DONT TELL NOOBODY WANTS EVERYBODY TO KNOW HE CAN WIN OKLAHOMA CLASSICS CUP, EVEN AT 39-1 ODDS
The biggest upset on Oklahoma Classics Night 2020 at Remington Park came in the biggest race of the night with 39-1 longshot Dont Tell Noobody flying from the clouds to pass the front-runners for victory in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup.
It was the second win for Remington Park’s all-time winningest owner, Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla., in the Cup, as well as for his trainer Federico Villafranco. They combined to win the 2012 edition with Fifth Date, also a longshot at 20-1 odds.
Sophie Doyle was in the irons for victory with Dont Tell Noobody.
“When I called on him, he absolutely flew with me,” said Doyle. “Today I just wanted to keep rolling outside and we won convincingly.”
This 3-year-old gelding by Cyber Secret, out of the Cactus Ridge mare Yucca, was bred in Oklahoma by Al Horton. The most amazing thing about this horse is that he raced in a maiden claiming event for a $7,500 price tag as recently as March 16 at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. Any horseman on the grounds that day could have purchased him for that price. He won $105,000 for Caldwell on Friday night. As it is, Caldwell claimed the horse for $15,000 on July 29 from the barn of trainer Karl Broberg at Lone Star Park. Now, Dont Tell Noobody has won his last two races in a row, stepping up in class with no problem.
“He has been breaking really sharply with me so I thought being closer we really had a good shot,” said Doyle.
When Dont Tell Noobody won his first career race in that maiden-claiming race at Will Rogers Downs, his running line was amazing for the one-mile race in the slop. At first call, he was ninth, 25 lengths behind the front-runner. He fell even farther back at second call, eighth by 29 lengths. At the top of the stretch, he was still 10 lengths behind in fourth, but rolling like a freight train. He won that race by 1-1/4 lengths and gave an indication that he could be a horse with a strong late kick. He proved that again Friday night in the Classics Cup with a similar running style.
Dont Tell Noobody broke sixth in the field of eight and was still sixth in the 1-1/16th miles race on the dirt at second and third call before beginning his rally. By the time he hit the upper stretch, Doyle had swung him five wide and was rocketing down the middle of the track. He proved to be best at the end, finishing a full length in front of runner-up Fast Breakin Cash (5-2), who ran 5-1/4 lengths better than third-place Deal Driven (2-1). Rowdy Yates, the post-time even-money favorite could do no better than fourth. Rounding out the order of finish in the Classics Cup were United Patriot, Dak Da Man, Kwik and Georgia Deputy.
Dont Tell Noobody improved his record to 11 starts, four wins and one third for lifetime earnings of $146,202. Not too shabby for a horse coming from the low maiden claiming ranks.
“I have really grown to trust this horse and he just keeps getting better and better,” said Doyle.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday night with nine races on tap at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $250 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 2020 Thoroughbred Season features the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, simulcast from Keeneland, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 & 7. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.