ALTERNATIVE SLEW GAINS VENGEANCE ON HAWAIIAN TYPHOON IN OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF TURF
Alternative Slew has been battling it out with Hawaiian Typhoon, in a turf feud at Remington Park since they ran first and second in last year’s Bob Barry Memorial. Hawaiian Typhoon turned the tables taking the Barry this year, with Alternative Slew second.
On Friday night, the final musical chair in this game went to Alternative Slew in the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf race at 1-1/16th miles greensward. Once again they were top two, this time with jockey Luis Quinonez guiding the 3-5 wagering favorite Alternative Slew past the front-running Hawaiian Typhoon for a 1-3/4 lengths victory.
The win for Quinonez was his 20th victory under the umbrella of Oklahoma Classics stakes, moving him one closer to second-place Don Pettinger at 21. Cliff Berry leads in this category with 26. All three of the riders are members of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park.
Randy Oberlander trains Alternative Slew and she is owned by Mike Jones of Bristow, Okla, who is also the breeder. Her win gave her $78,000 from the purse and the 4-year-old filly by Alternation, out of the Evansville Slew mare Imadancingslew, improved to 14 starts, five wins, four seconds and two thirds for $300,743. It was her third win in six tries over the Remington grass course.
As usual, Alternative Slew fell in lockstep behind Hawaiian Typhoon, who likes to make every pole a winning one on the lead. Alternative Slew rallied on the far turn and then powered to the front as they came to quarter-mile pole. She drew away by 1-3/4 lengths at the line and paid $3.20 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Hawaiian Typhoon (6-5) easily held on for second, comfortably five lengths ahead of third-place Leather and Lace (8-1).
Hawaiian Typhoon set fractions of :23.98 seconds in the first quarter-mile, :48.87 for the half-mile and 1:13.63 for three-quarters of a mile. Alternative slew had reached the front after a mile in 1:36.98 and stopped the timer in 1:43.01 over the firm turf.
Alternative Slew won the Classics Distaff Turf for a second consecutive year.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday night with nine races starting at 7:07pm-Central.
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