DOUBLE DOWN PULLS CLEAR TO WIN BOYD MORRIS MEMORIAL AT REMINGTON PARK
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Double Down used a solid start then powered through the 400 yards of the $61,800 Boyd Morris Memorial to pull the upset win over wagering favorite Valiant Rogue.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Owned by Wendy See of Lakeside, Mont. and trained by Judd Kearl, Double Down was ridden by G.R. Carter. The 4-year-old horse launched from his rail post position, then pulled away from a fighting Valiant Rogue who could not keep pace farther out in the middle of the racetrack.
Double Down was lacking in winning success and finished well back in his only start of the Remington Park season on May 4. James Lackey, assistant for Kearl in Oklahoma City, believed in the horse all along given a proper opportunity.
“We started him early and he had a horrific trip and got banged from both sides and had no chance whatsoever. We still knew he had the ability. We just needed a clean trip which he got today and he got the job done.”
Carter was impressed with Double Down in his first ride aboard the horse.
“He’s a really big, stout, huge-looking horse and has a lot of power to him. He might have broke in just a little bit but he was right on the lead and I kind of kept him busy and he took me to the front.”
Double Down crossed the finish in 19.566 seconds over a fast track for just his second career victory. The final winning margin was three-quarters of a length.
Away at odds of 7-1 in the betting, Double Down paid $17.80 to win, $7.20 to place and $4 to show. Valiant Rogue was the beaten betting favorite at 6-5 odds, paying $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Bye Byefreighttrain was along for third, another three-quarters of a length back, and paid $3 to show.
A 4-year-old horse by Valiant Hero from the Mr Jess Perry mare Fast Prize Doll, Double Down has won two of nine career starts. The Boyd Morris Memorial, his first stakes win, is worth $35,880 to run his overall bankroll to $67,758. Double Down was bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley.
The Boyd Morris Memorial is named after the famed Quarter Horse jockey who won the 1964 All American Futurity on Decketta. The Blanchard, Okla. jockey went on to be a prominent trainer of both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds once his successful riding career ended. He was a mainstay from the beginning at Remington Park prior to his passing.
Remington Park now moves to the final three days of the American Quarter Horse Season, Thursday thru Saturday, June 1-3. The first race nightly is at 6pm, except for Saturday, June 3 when racing begins at 5pm on the final night of the season.
Tracked by over 125,000 fans on Facebook and 9,000 Twitter followers, Remington Park is the home of the Grade 1, $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity on June 3. Remington Park has provided over $167 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Open daily at 10:30am with free parking and admission, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino 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.