FIRE MISSION PREVAILS IN THRILLING SPRINT, CLIFF BERRY UP

For Immediate Release
Friday, December 11, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – The final weekend of the 2015 Thoroughbred Season at Remington Park started Friday night with a tough field of sprinters featured in a $47,630 allowance. Many in the field were multiple stakes winners locally but it was Fire Mission who prevailed with a game effort.

Owned by Flurry Racing Stables of Hot Springs, Ark. and trained by Karl Broberg, Fire Mission was handled by Cliff Berry who plans to retire after the Remington Park season ends on Dec. 13. Fire Mission battled for the early lead and then chased Imahit as he launched to the front after a quarter-mile was contested. Once Imahit was finished at the top of the stretch, Fire Mission had plenty left to win by 1-1/2 lengths.

Okie Ride, a winner of 12 career races at Remington Park, was away slowly. The veteran 8-year-old who normally runs near the front of the field, put forth a furious rally from last but came up short. Bruvver Max was along for third, three lengths behind Fire Mission who crossed the six-furlong finish in 1:09.54 over a fast track.

Fire Mission was 6-1 in the wagering and paid $14 to win, $5.80 to place and $4.20 to show. Okie Ride was the beaten 8-5 wagering favorite, paying $2.80 to place and $3 to show. Bruvver Max paid $3.80 to show.

The win was the ninth from 39 lifetime attempts for Fire Mission. A Florida-bred 5-year-old gelding by Wildcat Heir from the Pioneering mare Perujia, Fire Mission made $26,247 for his effort Friday to run his total earnings to $162,538.

The win for Berry is his 47th of the season and his 2,125th of his Remington Park career. He has eight more mounts over the final two days of the season with three on Saturday night and five on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday racing starts at 7pm with the Sunday afternoon Springboard Mile program underway at 1:30pm. The five stakes on Sunday, with approximate post times:
- $50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes, 3-year-old Oklahoma-breds, 1 mile, race 1 at 1:30pm
- $100,000 She’s All In Handicap, fillies & mares, 3 and up, 1 mile-70 yards, race 2 at 1:58pm
- $50,000 Useeit Stakes, 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies, 1 mile, race 8 at 4:46pm
- $100,000 Trapeze Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, one mile, race 9 at 5:14pm
- $250,000 Springboard Mile, 2-year-olds, one mile, race 10 at 5:42pm

Open 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.


Tracked by over 88,000 fans on Facebook and 6,700 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.

 

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