FAVORED STAKES-WINNING ABSAROKA UPSET BY THAT’S SOMETHING IN FEATURED REMINGTON PARK ALLOWANCE
Absaroka, winner of the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup last year at Remington Park, went off the 2-1 post-time favorite in the featured allowance race Wednesday night, but That’s Something was not phased, pulling off the upset.
Absaroka not only won the Classics Cup, but did it handily by 4-1/4 lengths against Oklahoma-breds. He also followed that up with a third-place finish against open company in the $75,000 Jeffrey Hawk Memorial Stakes. After about a nine-month layoff, however, the 6-year-old gelding just didn’t have it on this night, running fifth.
That’s Something had plenty. The 12-1 longshot out of owner-trainer Lynn Chleborad’s barn sat just off the pace set by Absaroka and Dial in for Lute, back in third and fourth place most of the way, but exploded to the front in the stretch. The 5-year-old gelded son of Read the Footnotes, out of the Concern mare Cherokee Princess, drew away like a good thing at the finish, winning by 4-1/4 lengths under veteran jockey Luis Quinonez. Quinonez is the second all-time leading rider at Remington Park, trailing only Cliff Berry.
That’s Something was also bred by Chleborad in Oklahoma. The gelding had not won a race at Remington Park since he broke his maiden here on Oct. 1, 2020, in a 7-1/2 furlong race on the turf. Tonight’s race was one mile on the dirt. He seems to have found his niche, however, as he won for the third time in his last four starts, all three victories coming at the mile distance. His other two trips to the winner’s circle in the past four were at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., both under allowance conditions. In five tries at one mile now, he has won three and run second in the other two starts.
The winner covered the distance in 1:37.91 over the fast track and cut into interior fractions of :24.92 for the first quarter-mile, :49.58 for the half-mile, 1:13.45 for six furlongs and 1:25.74 for seven-eighths of a mile. He earned $25,711 from the $40,384 purse and improved his record to 17 starts, four wins, four seconds and no thirds for $104,912 in earnings.
Filling out the top three were Charliecando (9-1) in second, a nose ahead of third-place finisher Sky Jumper (10-1). Beyond Hello was also bet down to 2-1 odds, but he could only manage to beat one horse in the eight-horse field.
Live racing at Remington Park continues this week with racing Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10, with the first race nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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