BOBWHITE BOBBY FIGHTS TO THE WIRE, OUTLASTING GRANDSONSAM FOR HALL OF FAMER VON HEMEL
Bobwhite Bobby and Grandsonsam weaved their way through the stretch together and when the smoke had cleared, the former outlasted the latter, giving Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer Donnie Von Hemel yet another victory at Remington Park on Monday.
Both Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds were biding their time down the backstretch in fourth and sixth, respectively, while Smackzilla (9-2) and Excaping the Blues (3-1) fought viciously on the front end in the one mile race over the muddy track. Smackzilla jumped in front by two lengths in the first half mile, going :48.34. By the time three-quarters of the race was over, Smackzilla had faded to third and would finish last, as Von Hemel’s other entered horse in the race. Papa Bill (11-1) had taken over by that point, but Bobwhite Bobby and Grandsonsam were beginning to find their faster gears and were beginning to gobble up ground. Papa Bill went six furlongs in 1:14.47. Seven furlongs went in 1:27.74 as Bobwhite Bobby and Grandsonsam had hooked horns up front. Bobwhite Bobby, the even-money favorite under jockey Richard Eramia, hit the finish line in front by a head. Grandsonsam (5-1) was the runner-up, two lengths in front of Papa Bill. Bobwhite Bobby’s winning time for the mile was 1:41.
Bobwhite Bobby, a 3-year-old gelded son of Successful Appeal (Valid Appeal), out of the Brian’s Time mare Schedule (GB), paid $4.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. He earned $20,898 from the $35,000 allowance-non-winners-of-two career races, restricted to Oklahoma-breds. Owner Dream Walkin Farms (Toby Keith) of Norman, Okla., pocketed the money and Bobwhite Bobby improved his record to six starts, two wins, one second and one third for $51,357 in earnings. He is a home-bred for Dream Walkin Farms.
Remington Park racing continues Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 2:30p.m.-Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $337 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 is home to the Springboard Mile, a Kentucky Derby points-qualifying race, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. Remington Park presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. Parking and admission are always free. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing or enter the casino gaming floor. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.