BOX SEAT SHOWED HE CAN WIN ON TURF, DIRT, DIFFERENT DISTANCES AS HE EXTENDS HIS WINNING STREAK TO TWO AT REMINGTON PARK
Box Seat showed his versatility Saturday night, winning for the second time in a row on a second type of racing surface, at a different distance, taking the feature allowance race at 1 mile-70 yards on the dirt at Remington Park.
The time before, Box Seat won on the turf at Remington Park. Since trainer Boyd Caster gave Iram Diego a leg up, Box Seat has not lost. The 4-year-old gray gelding won on Oct. 22 at 1-1/8 miles on the grass among $25,000-claiming horses that had not won two races in their lives. It was Box Seat’s 11th start before winning that race. He also took a trip to the winner’s circle Saturday night for his third career win in 12 tries. It seems Box Seat and Diego are a perfect fit.
Diego sat mid-pack in fourth aboard Box Seat in the route race Saturday before taking the lead at the top of the stretch. This son of Flashback, out of the Broken Vow mare Miss Personality, took over and stretched his lead to 1-1/2 lengths, the margin of victory at the wire. All this was done despite being shuffled and steadied in the first turn.
Box Seat went off at 5-1 odds and paid $13.60, $6.80 and $4.20 to win, place and show. He earned $17,847 for owner JT Stables of Springdale, Ark., from the $30,000 purse in this first-level allowance race. Box Seat improved his record to three wins, one second and two thirds for $55,010. Box Seat was bred in Kentucky by Gary and Mary West.
Tapsolution (9-2) ran second, another three-quarters of a length in front of third-place finisher Carlos Sixes, the beaten 2-1 wagering favorite. Off Track set the pace for the first half mile, covering that ground in :24.04 a quarter-mile and :48.85 for the half-mile. Gospel Musketeer then took over and led the group to the top of the stretch, setting the next fraction of 1:13.48 for six furlongs. Box Seat completed the race going 1:38.88 for the mile and then stopping the final timer in 1:43.20 over the fast track.
Remington Park has a quick turnaround for live racing next week with a Monday-Tuesday, and Friday-Saturday schedule. The first race on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 7-8 is at Noon. Then evening racing continues Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12 at 7:07pm. All times are Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $252 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 open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The $200,000 Springboard Mile, the top stakes event for 2-year-olds at Remington Park, is featured on Friday, Dec. 18. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season continues through Sunday, Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.