CABRERA SOLIDIFIES LEAD IN JOCKEYS’ RACE WITH FOUR WINS; MOVES SIX AHEAD OF CLOSEST COMPETITOR
Jockey David Cabrera is a three-time defending riding champion at Remington Park coming into the current meet and he continued his winning ways with a riding quadruple on Thursday night. The young jockey won every odd-numbered race of the evening except the ninth.
His big evening gave him a six-win lead over the next closest jockey this meet. Cabrera now has 15 wins over 10 race days, compared to Leandro Goncalves and Richard Eramia, tied for second with nine each.
Cabrera began the evening with a win in the first race aboard Stan’s Miracle Man, the 3-5 favorite that won by one length in a 5-1/2 furlong sprint. It was a race for horses that either had never won two races or were willing to run with a $100,000 claiming tag. Stan’s Miracle Man was the only horse in the four-horse field that had already won two events. He ran with the $100,000 tag, so he qualified for the race.
Cabrera, who won the titles here from 2018-2020, sat just off the front-running Royal Tap for a half-mile and took over with Stan’s Miracle Man in the stretch to pull away from the closing Point Two (9-1), the longest shot in the field. The early speed, Royal Tap (5-2), hung on for third, another 2-1/4 lengths back. Stan’s Miracle Man, a 2-year-old son of Run Away and Hide, out of the Mineshaft mare Platinum Blue, paid $3.40 to win and $2.20 to place. There was no show wagering after two early scratches pared the field down to just four competitors.
Stan’s Miracle Man is owned by Michael J. and Linda Mazoch of Sulphur Springs, Texas. He is trained by Austin Gustafson, who won two races Thursday night, and was bred in Texas by Larry Huntsinger. Running time for the sprint was 1:04.97 with interior fractions of :22:52 for the first quarter-mile and :58.43 for five-eighths of a mile.
Gustafson’s two victories Thursday moved him into a tie for fifth place in the trainers’ standings with his fourth win of the meet. The top four are Steve Asmussen with nine wins, Karl Broberg with six, Scott Young and Kari Craddock tied with five, followed by Gustafson, Kenny Nolen, and C.R. Trout with four each.
Cabrera’s next win came in the third race, a 1 mile-70 yard event over the main track for $7,500 maiden claiming horses that were 3-, 4-, and 5-years-old. He rode Party of Fifteen to victory in an 8-3/4 lengths romp. Cabrera popped out of the gate on top with this 3-year-old gelded son of Union Rags, and never was headed in the race. Party of Fifteen, out of the Cherokee Run mare Dream About, broke his maiden in his ninth attempt after hitting the board in five of his first eight tries. He went off as the 4-5 betting favorite and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.20 to win, place and show. Cabrera rode for owner Geral Dewitt of Garland, Texas, and trainer Ronnie Cravens III. Initiator (7-1) was second, one length ahead of third-place finisher Hearoseoneaster (58-1).
Party of Fifteen made every pole a winning one with fractions of :25.08, :50.33, 1:15.81, and 1:41.48, finishing the distance in 1:45.62. He was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
Cabrera then added his riding triple in the fifth race in the saddle of Mister Mmmmm (3-5) in the fifth race, a five-furlong sprint on the grass. Cabrera settled off the pace in third for the first half of the race and when he and his mount reached the top of the lane, he made his move, taking over the lead down the stretch and drawing off to win by 5-1/2 lengths.
This was another race for maidens and Mister Mmmmm made sure it would only take him five starts to finally become a winner. He had run second in three-of-four previous starts, all at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The 3-year-old son of Speightster, out of the Songandaprayer mare Celebrated, hit the wire well ahead of 30-1 longshot runner-up City of Hope. That bomb was a head in front of third-place finisher Win Won Dobbs (10-1). Mister Mmmmm returned $3.40, $2.40, and $2.40 across the board to his backers at the windows. Mister Mmmmm is owned and was bred by Forge Ahead Stables (Kevin Kuta) of Ashland, Neb. This was Gustafson’s second win of the night.
Running time for the five furlongs greensward was 57-seconds flat. The early fractions were :21.49 for the quarter-mile and :45.14 for the half-mile.
Cabrera ended his grand slam of a night with a fourth win in the seventh race in the irons of Comedian (9-5 favorite). Comedian is a 5-year-old gelded son of the country’s leading sire, Into Mischief, out of the Arch mare Voussoir. He handled the one-mile race over the main track and won by 1-1/2 lengths over 29-1 longshot With the Band, who was another head in front of third-place finisher Silver Luke Silver (5-1).
Cabrera sat in mid-pack for half the race and got the lead very late in the race, coming from third down the stretch to pass front-runners Silver Luke Silver and Rosie’s City Boy who faded to next to last. Comedian is trained by Karl Broberg and owned by Claiming Game Racing (Raymond Todd White) of Grand Prairie, Texas. Winning time for the mile was 1:39.57. The winner cut through fractions of :24.51 for a quarter-mile, :48.77 for the half-mile, 1:13.65 for three-quarters of mile and 1:26.66 for seven-eighths of a mile before winning. Comedian paid $5.80 to win, $4.20 to place, and $3.20 to show. He was bred in Kentucky by John Kerber.
Racing continues this week with nine-race cards Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 & 11, with the first race nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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