For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season began its normal Wednesday thru Saturday weekly schedule with an unseasonably cool evening. Temperatures in the low 70s, eventually falling to the low 60s, greeted guests and horsemen for the night of competition. Copse glided over the turf course in the $38,104 allowance feature on the cool night, finding more in the lane to pull out a win by one length.
Owned by Clark Brewster of Tulsa, Okla. and trained by Steve Asmussen, Copse was handled by jockey Ramon Vazquez and crossed the finish in the one-mile race over the course, labeled good, in 1:36.09. Pressing the pace-setter Serious Fun throughout, Copse made his move going into the stretch.
Racing outside of Serious Fun, who was holding the rail, Copse managed to find a little more in the final furlong, and needed the effort. Late-running Sittin High made a bid late but could not match strides with the winner, settling for second place in a close photo by a nose over Serious Fun who was third.
The even-money wagering favorite, Copse paid $4.20 to win, $3 to place and $2.80 to show. Sittin High returned $20 to place and $9.20 to show. Serious Fun paid $8 to show.
The win was the third from 14 career starts by Copse, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old gelding by Indian Charlie from the Gallileo (Ire) mare Greenery. The win in his first race ever at Remington Park is worth $20,763, pushing the overall earnings for Copse to $73,666.
Copse provided all of his connections with their second win of the evening. Brewster now has three wins on the young season, taking the lead at the top of the owner standings. Colleen Davidson of Grant, Okla. and C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla. are second with two wins each.
Asmussen’s two victories place him into a tie atop the trainer standings with three wins. He shares the early lead with Trout and Bret Calhoun.
Jockeys Cliff Berry and Jareth Loveberry each posted one win on the night to give each of them four for the season and a share of the lead in the rider standings.
Remington Park racing continues Thursday thru Saturday, Aug. 20-22. Friday night racing features the $50,000 Red Earth Stakes at 7-1/2 furlongs, over the turf, for Oklahoma-breds. The Saturday night offering is the $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap, over the turf at 1-1/16 miles. The first race nightly is at 7pm-Central.
Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park 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, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 27.
Tracked by over 85,000 fans on Facebook and 6,500 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.