COYOTE DEN BREAKS ALL-TIME WIN PAYOFF RECORD AT REMINGTON PARK WITH $374 RETURN ON $2 WAGER
Coyote Den showed 99-1 odds on the toteboard because that’s as high as it goes, but true odds were 186-1 in Race 2 Thursday night and that led to an all-time record $374 payoff on a $2 win ticket at Remington Park.
The previous high payoff for a horse winning here was $284.60 by Van Nistelrooy Gal on Oct. 21, 2010 on a $2 ticket.
The 3-year-old gelded son of Den’s Legacy, out of the Woodman mare Tensas Woodlady, was still sitting eighth after a half-mile of the 7-1/2 furlong race on the turf. Jockey Alfredo Triana, Jr., then kicked his mount into fourth gear and he passed seven horses down the stretch to get up to a win by three-quarters of a length over heavy 2-5 favorite Our Silver Temple. Coyote Den paid $374 to win, $57 to place and $18.20 to show.
It wasn’t even close to the all-time North American $2 win payoff, but that payout came under unusual circumstances. That was on Dec. 8, 1989, when Power to Geaux was racing at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Simulcast wagering had just begun at several tracks around the country but in those days the pools were not comingled with the originating track. A $2 wager made on Power to Geaux to win was made at Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in Omaha, Neb., as part of that track’s simulcasting. There was only one $2 win ticket sold on Power to Geaux in the Ak-Sar-Ben simulcasting and one lucky patron was paid $2,922 to win on the $2 win ticket. If you don’t count simulcasting, the largest payout of a $2 win ticket before that was $1,885.50 on Wishing Ring at Latonia in Kentucky on June 17, 1912.
The Daily Racing Form reported that there were four winning tickets on Wishing Ring that day, including a woman who backed the horse because of the filly’s “well-sounding name.” Only $22 was wagered on Wishing Ring to win that day. The Daily Racing Form said it was noteworthy that the filly’s $644.50 to place was also a record at that time.
The two highest win payoffs in the Breeders’ Cup races and the Kentucky Derby still are Arcangues at $269.20 in 1993 to win and Doneraile at $184.90 respectively, in 1913.
On Thursday night at Remington Park, Coyote Den added his name to the historical list of longshots and keyed a couple of nice exotic payoffs in his race. The top four in Coyote Den’s race were him on top, Our Silver Temple second, High Noon Typhoon (3-1) third, another 2-1/4 lengths back, and Rogue Boy (14-1) in fourth. The $2 exacta payoff with the 2-5 favorite was $1,268.60 to each winning ticket from a pool of $44,798. The 50-cent trifecta paid out $2,175.25 from a pool of $28,636, and the 10-cent superfecta (3-6-8-1) returned $1,174.36 from a pool of $20,097.
JOCKEY LUIS QUINONEZ TIES DON PETTINGER FOR SECOND PLACE ON REMINGTON PARK ALL-TIME WINS LIST WITH 1,419TH VICTORY
Veteran rider Luis Quinonez needed three wins coming into this race meet to tie for second-place on the all-time wins list for jockeys. He got that third win on Thursday night, winning the eighth race aboard The Right Stuff (GB) for owners David and Holly Wilson of Sunland Park, N.M. That gave him 1,419 wins lifetime in Oklahoma City. His next one will move him into sole second place ahead of Don Pettinger. Both riders are in the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
The win still leaves Quinonez and Pettinger well behind the all-time winningest thoroughbred jockey in track history, 706 wins back of all-time leader Cliff Berry, who had 2,125. Trainer Bart Hone gave Quinonez a leg up on The Right Stuff (GB).
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 & 18, with a pair of nine-race cards beginning nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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