OKLAHOMA DERBY - A look at the 2013 field

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
1-1/8 miles

A look at each contestant entered into the state’s only graded Thoroughbred event. The field is listed in program/saddle-towel order with their morning-line odds.

1 - TEXAS BLING, 10-1
Owner: Hall’s Family Trust of Fort Worth, Texas
Trainer: Danele Durham
Jockey: Fabio Arguello, Jr.

Amazed most witnesses in the 2012 Springboard Mile, winning at odds of 128-1… has trained up to an Oklahoma Derby start, idle since an eighth-place run in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in April… Defeated Will Take Charge by 1-3/4 lengths in the Springboard. Since that day in December, Will Take Charge has started in all of the Triple Crown races and has won the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August and the Grade 2, $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 21 at Parx Racing in Philadelphia… Will attempt to be just the third horse to win the Springboard, followed by an Oklahoma Derby win the next year. Going Ballistic and Golden Yank each did it in successive years, when the Springboard was known as the MEC Mile. Going Ballistic won in 2006 with his Oklahoma Derby in 2007. Golden Yank won his Oklahoma Derby in 2008 following his local 2-year-old stakes win in 2007… This is the first Oklahoma Derby mount for Arguello who counts a win in the 1992 Kentucky Oaks as one of the biggest in his career.

1a - HE HAS BLING, 10-1
Owner: Hall’s Family Trust of Fort Worth, Texas
Trainer: Danele Durham
Jockey: Belen Quinonez

Part of a coupled entry with Texas Bling, the pair represent the first Oklahoma Derby starters for Hall’s Family Trust and trainer Danele Durham… Jockey Belen Quinonez will ride in his second Oklahoma Derby, having piloted Tricky Slew to a ninth-place run in 2005 behind Military Major… He Has Bling has four starts at Remington Park with just one third-place effort as his best attempt in Oklahoma City in a maiden race as a 2-year-old… Won the restricted $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas in May this year, the top score of his three career wins.

2 – CARVE, 8-1
Owner: Michael Langford of Jonesboro, Ark.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.

Makes his Remington Park debut in the Oklahoma Derby… Was claimed out of his career debut in January at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. for $30,000 by Langford, away from trainer Al Stall, Jr. and owners/breeders Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, the connections of Oklahoma Derby morning-line favorite Departing… Carve will be trainer Steve Asmussen’s 18th starter in the Oklahoma Derby. He has had a trio of runner-up finishes with Easyfromthegitgo (2002), Real Dandy (2005) and Reporting For Duty (2007). The 18th starter will tie him with Donnie Von Hemel for most saddled for the Oklahoma Derby… Carve was undefeated thru his first two starts. Since joining the stakes ranks after that, his best finish have been a third-place finish in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs in April and a third in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes in July at Monmouth Park in New Jersey… Training well over the past month at Remington Park, Carve will be ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. who is making his first start in the Oklahoma Derby.

3 – BRAVEMAN, 10-1
Owner: David Downard, Nashville, Tenn.
Trainer: Roger Anderson
Jockey: Terry Thompson

Second in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio in July, Braveman has finished off the board only once in his six career attempts. The Ohio Derby was his only attempt over a natural ingredient-based main track surface with his other five starts over synthetic surfaces or over turf… His most recent start, over the Ellis Park turf, resulted in a fifth-place run to end his perfect career streak never finishing worse than second… Braveman arrived Wednesday to Remington Park… He is the first Oklahoma Derby starter for his connections… Jockey Terry Thompson will have his third Oklahoma Derby mount, a second-place run on Timely Pursuit (2010) was his best finish.

Owners: Randy Howg, Bob Butz, Fouad El Kardy, Rick Running Rabbit, Alberta, Canada
Trainer: Robertino Diodoro
Jockey: Rico Walcott

The second winner of the Grade 3, Canadian Derby to start in the Oklahoma Derby in the past three years, joining No Hesitation from 2010 (4th-place)… Broadway Empire broke his maiden at first-asking by 16-1/2 length in March at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. He has competed in stakes company in each of his ensuing four starts since that romp… Prepping for the Oklahoma Derby while working at Turf Paradise, he arrived at the Remington Park stakes barn on Saturday, Sept. 21… The 1-1/8 miles Oklahoma Derby is a shorter race than his last when he won the 1-3/8 miles Canadian Derby on the five-furlong bullring at Northlands… he is the first Oklahoma Derby starter for all of his connections.

Owner: Joe Offolter and Carter Thoroughbreds, Colleyville, Texas
Trainer: Joe Offolter
Jockey: Cliff Berry

One of just two in the Oklahoma Derby with wins at Remington Park (Texas Bling the other), Holiday Mischief broke his maiden here as a 2-year-old defeating, among others, He Has Bling who was last in the field of 12 in the mile race… Holiday Mischief was fourth in the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes here in November… In his second race as a 3-year-old, Holiday Mischief finished second in the $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park behind Departing, the morning-line favorite for the Oklahoma Derby… A win in the $100,000 Prelude Sakes at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, earned him a trip to the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby where he was seventh, behind Departing… Offolter will saddle just his second starter in the Oklahoma Derby. He had Demand Deposit in the 1997 running, finishing seventh behind Wild Rush… Jockey Cliff Berry will attempt to win his third Oklahoma Derby. He won with Comic Truth (2003) and Mr. Pursuit (2006). If Berry wins, he’ll become just the second jockey to win the race three times, joining Garrett Gomez (1993, 1995, 2001).

Owner: Gary and Mary West, Omaha, Neb.
Trainer: Wayne Catalano
Jockey: Luis Quinonez

A third-place finish in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, gains Cameo Appearance another derby attempt in Oklahoma. The Super Derby was the colt’s first attempt going more than one mile and racing over a natural ingredient-based main-track surface after four consecutive career starts over synthetic main tracks at Del Mar in southern California and then Arlington Park outside Chicago… Cameo Appearance was worse than third only once in his five career starts, in his career debut and only start as a 2-year-old… Trainer Wayne Catalano will have only his second Oklahoma Derby starter, he sent Native Cat Dance to a fifth-place run in 1990… Rockamundo was fifth in the Oklahoma Derby in 1993 prior to winning he Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park for the owners… Luis Quinonez seeks his second Oklahoma Derby victory. He won aboard Wally’s Choice (2004) in the last edition of the race when it previously carried a Grade 3 distinction. Quinonez has finished second in the Oklahoma Derby four times (2000, 2005, 2007, 2011).

7 – DEPARTING, 6-5
Owners: Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, St. Louis
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Robby Albarado

A three-time derby winner, having scored in the Grade 3 Illinois at Hawthorne; the Grade 2 West Virginia at Mountaineer and the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. Trainer Al Stall, Jr. left Departing at Louisiana Downs with the Oklahoma Derby in mind, in order to avoid shipping the gelding back to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. and then sending him to Oklahoma City, cutting down on the extra travel stress to the horse… Stall has indicated the Oklahoma Derby will probably be the final race in 2013 for Departing as the connections will plot a campaign as a 4-year-old after Sunday’s race… Departing has finished worse than third only once in his eight career starts, a sixth-place run behind Oxbow in this year’s Preakness Stakes... The owners and Stall are seeking their first win in the Oklahoma Derby… Jockey Robby Albarado has been up for the West Virginia and Super Derby wins. He seeks his first Oklahoma Derby, having finished third in 2002 aboard A. P. Five Hundred, behind winner The Judge Sez Who… Departing is one of two horses in the Oklahoma Derby bred by his owners with Carve the other… Claiborne Farm, one of the most historic in all North American racing history, has been connected to many of the sport’s greats, including Secretariat, who stood his entire career as a stallion at the Paris, Ky. farm.