It was a short field of six horses in the Grade 1, $55,580 Remington Park Distance Championship, and most had assumed the even-money favorite O Donovan Rossa would cruise, but Big Dynasty had other ideas.

The 5-year-old gelded son of FDD Dynasty, out of the Tres Seis mare Delightfully Tres, came to Remington Park in March off a five-race win streak, but only one of those wins came at 870 yards around the hook. He won the Grade 3, $75,000 King Rick Rack Stakes at Zia Park in New Mexico in December last year, his first try around the turn, by six lengths as the 1-2 favorite. So, he was highly touted for this championship when he arrived in Oklahoma City.

Big Dynasty tried the 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes as a prep race and could do no better than fourth, 2-1/4 lengths back. Then trainer Robi Meche sent him into the 870-yard $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes here. He didn’t improve that much, finishing 5-3/4 lengths behind O Donovan Rossa on May 6. It wasn’t a surprise that he got ignored on the toteboard tonight at 11-1 odds. Whatever was missing in the Pauls Valley sure wasn’t on Saturday night.

Big Dynasty broke on the lead ahead of O Donovan Rossa and Dak this time after running third behind them in the Pauls Valley. After dispatching Jessa Bit of Candy, winning the speed duel by the top of the stretch, Big Dynasty did have to fight hard to the wire as O Donovan Rossa closed like a bear chasing a tourist.

In the end, Big Dynasty prevailed, under jockey Noe Garcia for Meche and owner Debbie Grimes of Waller, Texas, winning by three-quarters of a length in a time of :44.983 for a speed index of 101 on the fast track. His time in the Pauls Valley was :46.001. O Donovan Rossa won that race in :45.079. O Donovan Rossa had put up the fastest 870 yards of the meet when he ran :44.451 on April 16 in an allowance race he won by 10-1/2 lengths.

Saturday’s win was worth $32,046 for Grimes and her gelding’s record improved to 12 starts, seven wins, and two thirds for earnings of $208,639. Big Dynasty was bred in Texas by Michael Partin. The winner has now won two of three starts around the hook.

O Donovan Rossa was carried wide in the turn as he broke from the outside post, but he still closed well to finish two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Dak (5-2).

Big Dynasty paid $24.80 to win, $9.80 to place and $3.60 to show.

The remaining order of finish in the Remington Park Distance Championship had Jessa Bit of Candy fourth, Bakers Big Ol Boy fifth and The Grand Legend checking in sixth.

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