For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – The $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes drew nine 2-year-old fillies for the 6-1/2 furlong race on Friday night at Remington Park. Well-traveled Laudation drew the rail post position for her first attempt in Oklahoma City.

Owned by Jerry Durant of Weatherford, Texas and trained by National Racing Hall of Fame member Steve Asmussen, Laudation has been from Kentucky to New York and back to Kentucky in her brief career. After breaking her maiden in her second career start on June 24 at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., Laudation tested the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga in upstate New York where she finished seventh. Upon return to the Bluegrass State, this time at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., Laudation was eighth of 11 in the $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante on Aug. 20.

Jockey Ramon Vazquez will have the call on Laudation, who has put in three workouts since her last start to ready for the Gaylord.

Shes Our Fastest comes into the Gaylord after winning the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Princess Stakes in Louisiana on Sept. 2. Owned by Mark Norman and Norman Stables of Thomasville, Ala., Shes Our Fastest is undefeated thru two starts for trainer Scott Gelner. She will be ridden in the Gaylord by Shane Laviolette who has been up for both of her career victories.

The field for the Gaylord, by post position and program number, with trainer and jockey:
1.    Laudation: Steve Asmussen, Ramon Vazquez
2.    Aim Spot: Ruperto Urbina, Chris Rosier
3.    Surf Ride: Lynn Chleborad, Alex Birzer
4.    Miss Hopper: Scott Young, Floyd Wethey
5.    Shes Our Fastest: Scott Gelner, Shane Laviolette
6.    Rose Of Malibu: C.R. Trout, Richard Eramia
7.    Santino: Brandon Jenkins, Lindey Wade
8.    Artsy Hearts: Ray Ashford, Jr., Lindey Wade
9.    Evil Ways: Bart Evans, Chya Johnstone

The Gaylord is the eighth of nine races on Friday night with an approximate post time of 10:19pm. The first race Friday is at 7pm. All times are Central.

The Gaylord Memorial is named in honor of the late chairman and publisher of The Oklahoman, the state’s largest newspaper. E.L. Gaylord was a staunch supporter of Remington Park in the track’s early history.

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