FIFTH DATE LEADS EVERY STEP, TOPS HALF-MILLION IN EARNINGS
For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 31, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Veteran 9-year-old Fifth Date was last of eight in the Oklahoma Classics Cup 13 nights ago, a race he won in 2012. Halloween worked out better for the Oklahoma-bred as he dropped down to the $10,000 claiming ranks, went to the front at the start and led every stride of his one-mile event.
Owned by Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla. and trained by Federico Villafranco, Fifth Date was hustled from his rail post position by jockey Alex Birzer and he never looked back. Leading at one point by four lengths in the stretch, Fifth Date held off a late rally by Aegisadvantage to win by a length in 1:37.42 over the fast track.
The victory was the 19th in the career for Fifth Date from 73 starts. The gelding has made 42 attempts at Remington Park and has now won 12 of them. The winner’s share of the $15,575 purse was $9,822, running the lifetime earnings for Fifth Date to $508,047.
Away as the even-money favorite, Fifth Date paid $4.20 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show. He is by Cherokee Five from the Black Tie Affair (Ire) mare Miss Owl’s Affair.
Aegisadvantage paid $6.60 to place and $4.60 to show. Rys Alley Cat was third and returned $4.20 to show.
Jockey Luis Quinonez opened up his lead in the rider standings to three over Alex Birzer, 42-39. Quinonez won two on Halloween to Birzer’s tally on Fifth Date.
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 & 2 with the first race Friday at 7pm followed by a special afternoon program on Saturday that begins at 1:30pm.
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