CALDWELL, VILLAFRANCO and WETHEY, JR. WIN THREE RACES WEDNESDAY
Threes were wild Wednesday night at Remington Park as three horsemen each had a triple – owner Danny Caldwell, trainer Federico Villafranco, and jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr.
Oddly enough they didn’t complete the triple exclusively with each other. Nine-time champion owner Caldwell of Poteau, Okla., and trainer Villafranco had all three of theirs together, but Wethey won two for that combo and another for trainer Scott Young. The third win for the aforementioned pair was captured by jockey Richard Eramia, who won for the 290th time at Remington Park in his career in Oklahoma City.
Caldwell and Villafranco’s three wins came in the second race of the night with Northern Trail (9-2 odds, $11 to win), Redneck Attack (10-1, $22) in the seventh and Gospel Runnin Gal (9-5, $5.60) in the ninth. The second race of the night was the one Eramia won. Wethey was on the other two winners. Wethey also rode Brew Casa (5-2, $7.80) to victory in the third race for Young.
Caldwell’s three visits to the winner’s circle gave him 29 for the meet, increasing his lead to six over second-place End Zone Athletics, Inc., of Mansfield, Texas at 23. Villafranco is in third place in the trainer standings with 29, behind National Racing Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen with 59 in first and Karl Broberg in second at 37. Broberg leads the nation in victories this year with 443 wins (going into Wednesday night’s races), ahead of second-place Asmussen, who was at 330.
Wethey’s triple kept him solidly in seventh place among riders with 18 wins. He is two behind Ken Tohill in sixth with 20. The top three riders are David Cabrera at 62, Eramia with 48 and Ramon Vazquez, 41. They are pulling away on top as no other rider has more than 28 wins.
Wednesday’s Big Payoffs
There were three exotic wagers Wednesday night that paid four figures, bringing the total to 92 times this meet a bet has paid $1,000 or more. The three on Wednesday night were a 10-cent superfecta in the eighth race, the 50-cent Primetime Pick 4 in the final four races on the card, and the five-of-six payout in the Sooner 6ix wager in races four-through-nine.
The combo for the 10-cent super in the eighth was the winner of the race, Kitchen Boss (11-1), Pure Grey (7-2) in second, followed by Beta Baby (72-1) in third and Cuddle Kitten (4-1) rounding out the top four. The super paid $1,732.02. Jockey Sasha Risenhoover keyed the big payout riding Beta Baby.
The Primetime Pick 4 sequence was Cruisin Comet winning the sixth race for trainer Teri Luneack at 5-1 odds, Redneck Attack (10-1) for Villafranco in the seventh, Kitchen Boss (10-1) for Asmussen in the eighth, and Gospel Runnin Gal (9-5), Villafranco again, in the finale. Those four winners were worth $1,020.
In the Sooner 6ix wager, a unique ticket pick six bet, there was no single ticket with all six winners. It did pay out to those who correctly selected five of six winners. They received $1,533.92. When there is no unique ticket, 50 percent of the pool is paid out and 50 percent carried over to the next night of racing. The carryover for Thursday night racing is $1,534.
On Wednesday night, the winning horses in the Sooner 6ix were Tarawa winning the fourth race for Asmussen at 6-1 odds, West Road (37-1) in the fifth, Cruisin Comet (5-1) in the sixth, Redneck Attack (10-1) in the seventh, Kitchen Boss (11-1) in the eighth, and Gospel Runnin Gal (9-5) in the ninth.
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