SPRINGBOARD MILE NOMINATIONS SET, GRADED STAKES COMPETITORS EXPECTED FOR TOP 2-YEAR-OLD EVENT AT REMINGTON PARK
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – A long nomination list of 59 has been assembled for the $400,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Dec. 17. The biggest 2-year-old event of the local racing season is expected to pull many graded stakes runners from across the country to join locally-based runners.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
This year, for the first time, the Springboard Mile carries valuable eligibility points that will help determine the field for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. The final points-race of 2017, the Springboard Mile will give its winner 10 points while second-place is worth four points, third-place worth two points and fourth-place worth one point.
Greyvitos, winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 11 is expected to arrive in Oklahoma City on Wed., Dec. 13. Trained by Adam Kitchingman, Greyvitos broke his maiden status with the score in the Bob Hope Stakes, winning the seven-furlong race by 1-1/2 lengths.
Greyvitos and others coming in for Springboard Mile Day from California, are arriving via Tex Sutton Equine Transport at Will Rogers World Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas who finished second in the 2012 Springboard Mile with Will Take Charge, is expected to send Bravazo for this year’s race. Will Take Charge went on to become the Eclipse Award Winning 3-year-old in 2013.
Second in the Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 7, Bravazo most recently was a disappointing 10th in the Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25. Bravazo is the top earner among the Springboard Mile nominees with $140,928 to his credit from five career starts.
Undefeated Redatory continues to train well at Remington Park as he seeks to add the Springboard Mile to his win in the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes on Nov. 3. Owned by James Wessel and trained by Allen Dupuy, Redatory won the Clever Trevor Stakes in front-running style, pulling away in the seven furlongs to win by 2-1/2 lengths. Redatory is perfect this season at Remington Park, breaking his maiden status on Oct. 7, prior to his win in the Clever Trevor Stakes.
Believe In Royalty will bring his two-race winning streak into the Springboard Mile for trainer Larry Jones. Believe In Royalty broke his maiden on Oct. 9 before winning an allowance event on Nov. 13 in easy fashion. Both scores came at Laurel Park in Maryland. Jones will ship Believe In Royalty to Remington Park from his winter base at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
The post-position draw for the $400,000 Springboard Mile and the accompanying stakes races will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The undercard stakes on the final day of the Remington Park season, Sunday, Dec. 17, include:
- $100,000 Trapeze Stakes: 2-year-old fillies, one mile
- $100,000 She’s All In Stakes: fillies & mares, 3-year-olds and older, 1 mile-70 yards
- $75,000 Jeffrey Hawk Memorial: 3-year-olds and older, 1 mile-70 yards
- $50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes: 3-year-olds, one mile (Oklahoma-breds)
- $50,000 Useeit Stakes: 3-year-old fillies, one mile (Oklahoma-breds)
The first race on Sunday, Dec. 17 is at 3pm-Central.
Tracked by over 134,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided over $184 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Remington Park, home to the $400,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday, Dec. 17, is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, 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.