IT WAS BANNER NIGHT FOR TRAINER CLINT CRAWFORD, JOCKEY JORGE TORRES AS COMBO JOINS FORCES FOR THREE WINS ON CARD
Jockey Jorge Torres moved into a tie for fourth place in the jockeys’ standings at Remington Park with a riding triple Friday night. With those three wins for trainer Clint Crawford, the conditioner put a chokehold on fourth place himself in the trainers’ standings with five race days remaining in the meet.
Torres moved into a tie for fourth with jockey Cody Smith, who also had one win Friday, and the two of them now have 26 victories each for the meet. Francisco Calderon remains at the top with 35 trips to the winner’s circle while Justine Klaiber, with a victorious ride Friday, tied Juan Pulido for second at 29 wins.
Crawford has made 22 trips to the winner’s circle after his triple bagger and is three ahead of Ty Blackwell in fifth at 19. Crawford is 11 wins behind leader Santos Carrizales, Jr. at 33. Eddie Willis is second with 29 and Dee Keener rounds out the top three with 26.
Torres and Crawford teamed up for the first win in the third race of the night with Run Er Done, breaking fourth from the 10-post position in a maiden race for 2-year-old Oklahoma-breds. He quickly poured it on from the outside and passed his rivals to win by a half-length in the 300-yard race.
It was the second time Run Er Done had run at the maiden claiming level but this time he was the best, improving off his fifth-place finish last time out. He was sent off at 7-2 odds and paid $9.80 to win, $5.60 to place and $4 to show. His winning time was :15.790 over the fast track, earning a speed index of 79. This gelded son of Docs Best Card, out of the Second Painted Sign mare Magical Sign, is owned and was bred in Oklahoma by Danny and Dennis Salisbury of Woodward.
Crawford and Torres struck again in the fourth race in back-to-back fashion, as Razen Cane romped home a winner in another maiden race for 2-year-olds. It was the first time in four tries that the 2-year-old gelded son of Big Lew, out of the One Famous Eagle mare One Famous Class, had raced against maidens. His other three races came in two trial races for the Oklahoma Futurity and the Remington Park Futurity before competing against stakes company in the Remington Park Juvenile Stakes. Dropping in class Friday did the trick as Razen Cane eked out the victory by a nose at 330 yards. He went off 3-1 and paid $8.60 to win, $4 to place and $3.40 to show. His winning time was :16.978 for a speed index of 85. Razen Cane is owned by Faywd Ranch (Mike Farley) of Sand Springs, Okla. He was bred in Oklahoma by Marty & Shalia Powers.
The final victory for Torres and Crawford came in the seventh race when Rock On lived up to his name, head-banging his competition back to the Stone Age in a maiden race. He won by a half-length at 6-1 odds and paid a healthy $15.20 to win, $5.80 to place and $5.20 to show. The 2-year-old colt by First Moonflash, out of the Takin On the Cash mare Kitty D Ville, had come close to breaking his maiden last time out, leading most of the race before finishing fourth, beaten a half-length. On Friday, he pushed to the lead out of the gate again at 330 yards and held on for the victory. He also had run fourth in a Remington Park Futurity trial against tougher company. The colt is an Oklahoma home-bred for owner Richard Joneson of Shawnee. Running time for the winner was :16.911 for a speed index of 87.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program starting at Noon, featuring the Jack Brooks Stakes, the Boyd Morris Memorial and the FL Lady Bug Stakes, all for Oklahoma-breds. The Preakness Stakes simulcast will be shown after live racing concludes. Sunday racing begins at 4pm. All times Central.
Tracked by more than 170,000 fans on Facebook and 10,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $290 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park will feature the $1,102,440 Heritage Place Futurity and the $250,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship on May 28. Simulcast horse racing is featured daily at Remington Park where the casino is always open! Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.