For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – The feature Remington Park stakes race on the schedule this week is Friday night’s $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes. The race, over the turf for fillies and mares at 7-1/2 furlongs, is the final stakes race in the month of August in Oklahoma City.
The race is named in honor of Bob Barry, Jr., who passed this summer in an automobile accident, and his father Bob Barry, Sr., who passed away four years ago. The Barrys were Oklahoma broadcasting legends, covering sports in the state for over 60 consecutive years.
The Barry Memorial, for Oklahoma-breds, drew a field of nine, including the recently impressive Zeta Zody. A 4-year-old filly owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling of Elk River, Minn., Zeta Zody roared to a 7-1/2 length win over the Remington Park turf on Aug. 20. Trained by Michael Biehler, Zeta Zody will be ridden again by Alex Birzer. The daughter of Omega Code will bring a two-race winning streak into the Barry Memorial.
Another owned by the Ulwellings and trained by Biehler that is entered into the Barry Memorial is Ridgeofstone. An 8-year-old mare, she won this race a year ago when it was on the undercard of the Oklahoma Derby and was known as the Ladies on the Lawn Stakes. Jockey Deshawn Parker has been named to ride Ridgeofstone.
Bringinginthelute will make her 2015 racing debut in the Barry Memorial. She was the winner of the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf last year, defeating four others who have entered the Barry Memorial. Owned, trained and bred by C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., Bringinginthelute will be ridden by Luis Quinonez.
Sooner Superstar returns to action one week after facing males in the Red Earth Stakes. The 6-year-old mare made a strong bid for her third straight victory in the race before fading in the stretch to finish fifth. Owned by Poindexter Thoroughbreds and Marti Rodriguez, a partnership of Rogersville, Mo., Sooner Superstar is trained by Rodriguez and will be ridden by Ken Tohill.
More Than Even, the top winner and earner in the field for the Barry Memorial, will attempt her first turf race if she starts. Owned by Doyle Williams of Tulsa, Okla. and trained by Roger Engel, More Than Even has compiled 14 career victories with earnings of $457,606. Jockey Cliff Berry will have his regular spot aboard the 5-year-old More Than Even.
The field for the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes, by post-position order, with trainers and jockeys:
1. What Lola Wants – J.R. Caldwell; Iram Diego
2. More Than Even – Roger Engel; Cliff Berry
3. Sooner Superstar – Marti Rodriguez; Ken Tohill
4. Harpers Princess – Kylie Wanger; C.J. McMahon
5. Okie Nova – Kenneth Nolen; Jareth Loveberry
6. Ribbon Of Darkness – Federico Villafranco; Ramon Vazquez
7. Zeta Zody – Michael Biehler; Alex Birzer
8. Ridgeofstone – Michael Biehler; Deshawn Parker
9. Bringinginthelute – C.R. Trout; Luis Quinonez
Remington Park Thoroughbred racing is scheduled Wednesday thru Saturday this week, Aug. 26-29. The first race nightly is at 7pm.
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.
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