CHEROKEE LEGACY TAKES DROP IN CLASS FROM OKLAHOMA CLASSICS CUP TO STATE-BRED ALLOWANCE VICTORY
It only took a slight drop in class for Cherokee Legacy to return to form, winning his first time in allowance company in Friday’s feature race at Remington Park.
Trainer Scott Young thought enough of the 3-year-old gelding to put him into the $153,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park in late October and he ran fifth. Young put the gelded son of Den’s Legacy (Medaglia d’Oro), out of the Vindication mare Ministrel Lisa, into a first-level allowance race Friday for Oklahoma-breds and it was the perfect medicine for what ailed him in the stakes race.
With jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr., guiding his every step, Cherokee Legacy (7-5 post-time favorite) fired from a third-place stalking position down the backstretch of the one-mile race to blow past them all after three-quarters of a mile. He then fought off a late battle from I’m Crenshaw (7-1) to win by a neck.
The winner earned $24,072 from the $41,650 purse for owner 7 Cedars Farm of Barnsdall, Okla., and improved his career record to eight starts, two wins, two seconds and two thirds for $76,536 in his bankroll. He was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm.
Cherokee Legacy paid $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.80 across the board. Running time of the winner was 1:42.56 on the fast track and he cut into the early fractions set by Dancing Devil and I’m Crenshaw of :24.46 for the first quarter-mile and :48.73 for the half. After three-quarters, Cherokee Legacy was in front with a time of 1:14.97 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:28.68 for seven furlongs.
Country Brave (17-1) finished third, another three lengths behind.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday night, Nov. 26, with a first post time of 7:07pm-Central.
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