PRAYER FOR RELIEF CONTINUES STRONG SUMMER, WINNING GOVERNOR’S CUP AT REMINGTON PARK
For Immediate Release
Saturday, August 17, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Prayer For Relief turned the tables on his local nemesis by edging by Alternation and holding off a determined run from Worldly in another thrilling renewal of the $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes.
Last year, Alternation defeated Prayer For Relief by a nose in the Governor’s Cup. In 2011 the pair ran in the Oklahoma Derby with Alternation finishing second, a head in front of Prayer For Relief who finished third.
Owned by Zayat Stables of Hackensack, N.J., Prayer For Relief went into this year’s Governor’s Cup off a convincing June 29 win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. As the 1-5 wagering favorite, the 5-year-old son of Jump Start from the Mr. Sparkles mare Sparklin Lil relaxed into an easy stride and went wide through the first turn. However, he was never more than a few lengths from the pacesetting Alternation. Worldly, who ran third in the 2011 Governor’s Cup as a beaten favorite, prompted the pace throughout and never quit running after Alternation gave way to finish fourth.
Ricardo Santana, Jr. rode Prayer For Relief vigorously to the wire to defeat a resurgent Worldly by just a head. “The number five horse (Worldly) tried to come back on my horse but my horse fought back for the win,” Santana said.
Darren Flemming, assistant for trainer Steve Asmussen, was equally proud of Prayer For Relief. “He’s really come around but actually he’s never run a real bad race. He fought hard last year to get beat in this same race.”
Prayer For Relief covered the 1-1/8 miles in 1:50.42 over the fast track and earned $105,000 for the win. The millionaire boosted his overall bankroll to $1,524,725 with the score, his seventh from 22 career starts.
Prayer For Relief paid $2.60 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10. Worldly paid $6.20 to place and $3 to show. Stachys made a bold late run, briefly had the lead in the stretch and then held third to pay $3 to show.
Remington Park now moves into its normal Wednesday thru Saturday night racing schedule for the bulk of the remainder of the season. Thoroughbred racing continues Aug. 21-24 with the first post nightly at 7pm.
Stakes racing over the turf headlines next week’s action. The $50,000 Red Earth Stakes for Oklahoma-breds at 7-1/2 furlongs takes place on Friday, Aug. 23 while the $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap at 1-1/8 miles will be contested Saturday, Aug. 24.
Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park also features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby, to be run for the 25th time on September 29, 2013.
Tracked by over 42,000 fans on Facebook and 4,300 Twitter followers, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino and is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.