FAIRWAY MAGIC REMAINS UNDEFEATED AT REMINGTON PARK WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN IN SATURDAY’S FEATURE RACE
Fairway Magic has been nothing but magic since arriving at Remington Park this fall. He won his third consecutive race when he romped home in the featured allowance sprint Saturday night.
The first sign that this 4-year-old gelded son of Violence, out of the Roar mare Ramblin Rosie, had some talent was on Aug. 29 when he broke his maiden at Remington Park. That evening, he finished two lengths in front of a 3-year-old named Liam. Liam came back and finished a competitive third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 27.
It took until Fairway Magic’s 10th race lifetime to win for the first time, but he had been racing at other venues – Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Fair Grounds at New Orleans. After beating Liam, trainer Bret Calhoun sent Fairway Magic into a first-level allowance race and he rolled to a win by 1-1/4 lengths. Then on Saturday night, jockey David Cabrera, for the third time in the saddle, guided him to another win. All three victories have come, sprinting six furlongs on the main track.
Fairway Magic won $18,045 from the $30,500 purse in his third straight score and improved his lifetime record to 12 starts, three wins and three seconds for $85,297 in his wallet for owner Tom Durant of Grapevine, Texas. This gelding was bred in Kentucky by Morris B. Floyd and Gary Layman.
Fairway Magic was sent off as the wagering favorite at 9-5 odds and paid $5.80 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. He was a half-length ahead of the closing Gotta Go, who got up for second. Both were well-placed off the early pace before using their late kicks to run one-two. Fairway Magic sat fifth down the backstretch in the field of 10, while Gotta Go was seventh. They were chasing interior fractions of :21.79 for the first quarter-mile, :44.51 for the half-mile, and :56.94 for five-eighths of a mile before stopping the timer in a swift 1:09.91 over the fast track.
Fairway Magic was the third win of the night for leading rider Cabrera. He also won the first race aboard At It Early ($7.20 to win, 5-2 odds) and with Tesuque ($10.20, 4-1) in the fifth race.
Remington Park racing will resume on the final four evenings of October, Wednesday thru Saturday, Oct. 28-31 with the first race nightly 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.