FAIRWAY MAGIC STAYS UNDEFEATED AT REMINGTON AFTER TWO TRIES HERE, TAKING THURSDAY’S FEATURE ALLOWANCE RACE
It took Fairway Magic 10 tries to win his first career race when he debuted at Remington Park on Aug. 29, beating Liam in a maiden race, but that was an indicator of good things to come.
All Liam did was come back and run third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 27. Just four days later, Fairway Magic won his second race in a row here, this one in first-level allowance company after losing the first nine attempts of his career.
The Thursday win for Fairway Magic came in a sprint at six furlongs on the dirt. The 4-year-old gelding by Violence, out of the Roar mare Ramblin Rosie, covered the distance in 1:09.56, winning by 1-1/4 lengths as the wagering favorite at 9-5 odds.
Jockey David Cabrera was aboard for owner Tom Durant of Grapevine, Texas, and trainer Bret Calhoun. Fairway Magic pulled away from Please the Court (5-2) late for the victory and he was another length ahead of third-place finisher Gold Speed Go (9-1). The gelding earned $17,898 from the purse of $30,000. He was bred in Kentucky by Morris B. Floyd and Gary Layman.
Fairway Magic improved to 11 races, two wins and three seconds for earnings of $67,252 lifetime. He was in a virtual speed duel the entire three-quarters of a mile with Gold Speed Go, who faded late after setting interior fractions of :22.41 seconds for the first quarter-mile, :45.43 at the half-mile, and :57.40 for five-eighths of a mile. Please the Court closed from fifth to gain second.
TRAINER LYNN CHLEBORAD’S WIN IN FINALE WAS 300TH AT REMINGTON, SECOND ALL-TIME LEADING FEMALE TRAINER HERE
When That’s Something won the final of nine races on the card Thursday night, it was trainer Lynn Chleborad’s 300th career victory at Remington Park. She and trainer Kari Craddock led all females in that category, coming into the meet, tied at 299 apiece.
Craddock has won five this season for 304 scores overall in her history at Oklahoma City.
Live racing continues Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 & 3 with nine races nightly, starting at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $248 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 continues through Dec. 20, including the million-dollar night of stakes racing for state-breds on Friday, Oct. 16, Oklahoma Classics Night. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.