FLY TO THE BANK MADE LUKEWARM FAVORITE IN SILVER GOBLIN STAKES
It will be a clash of the Oklahoma Classics stakes winners when the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes on Friday night at Remington Park.
The Silver Goblin Stakes is a 6-1/2 furlongs sprint on the main track for Oklahoma-breds, 3-year-olds and older. Fly to the Bank has been made the lukewarm favorite for the race at 7-2 odds, coming off a victory in the six-furlong $114,800 Oklahoma Classics Sprint on Oct. 21. That 5-year-old gelding by Euroears (Langfuhr), out of the Kingkiowa mare Take It and Fly, will be facing another Classics winner, That’s Something, who won the $153,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup the same night. That 5-year-old gelded son of Read the Footnotes (Smoke Glacken), out of the Concern mare Cherokee Princess, will be shortening up from that win at 1-1/16th miles.
Fly to the Bank was an easy winner in the Classics Sprint at 8-1 odds, scoring by 3-3/4 lengths. Jockey Obed Sanchez had the mount for the Sprint win and was as surprised as anyone that it was so this easy on the James Helzer trainee.
“Me and (owner Juan) Carlos (Gallegos of Edmond, Okla.) have been working with this horse since the beginning of the meet,” said Sanchez. “At the end, my horse was just waiting for horses to fight.”
Sanchez is recuperating from broken ribs he incurred during a racing fall on Wednesday, Nov. 2, so leading rider at Remington, Cristian Torres, has been named to guide the favorite. Fly to the Bank was bred by his trainer, Helzer.
That’s Something’s trainer Lynn Chleborad draped herself in the flowered blanket of the Oklahoma Classics Cup and yelled out her signature happy shout, “YIP! YIP!” as she celebrated her winner. She also triumphed as the owner and breeder as That’s Something took his third race in a row on the dirt to capture the Cup and has been made the 4-1 second favorite for the Silver Goblin Stakes.
That’s Something provided Chleborad with her first win in the main event of the Classics. She set another record that night, getting her second win 23 years after getting her first with Imaginary Friend in 1999.
Jockey Luis Quinonez had the winning Cup mount and got a little surprise from That’s Something on Classics night.
“I didn’t know he was going to go to the lead and I said to him, ‘OK, if that’s where you want to be,’ “ said Quinonez. “When I looked at the others turning for home, I said, ‘You’re in trouble because I have a lot more horse (laughs).’ Lynn told me he was ready and she was right.”
And now the Classics winners clash, but apparently won’t dominate the toteboard in the Silver Goblin. Several others were given a puncher’s chance at knocking them both out.
Here’s the rest of the field of the Silver Goblin with post positions, horse, odds, jockey and trainer:
Salt Creek Kid, 10-1, Weston Hamilton, Sue Hunt
Dicey, 20-1, Jose Alvarez, Patrick Swan
Hunter Quick, 20-1, Inirio Maicol, Steve Williams
Rosie’s Outlaw, 8-1, Stewart Elliott, Karl Broberg
That’s Something, 4-1, Luis Quinonez, Lynn Chleborad
Cowboy Mischief, 15-1, Richard Eramia, Kenny Nolen
Mesa Moon, 10-1, David Cabrera, Scott Young
Euromantic, 6-1, Alfredo Triana, Jr., Victor Hanson
Tommyhawk, 8-1, Floyd Wethey, Jr., Randy Swango
Grand Royale, 20-1, Leandro Goncalves, Steve Williams
Fly to the Bank, 7-2, Cristian Torres, James Helzer
Rowdy Rascal, 15-1, Freddy Manrrique, Boyd “Jobe” Caster
DOUDOUDOUWANADANCE MADE PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE FOR SLIDE SHOW STAKES
There will be two other stakes on Friday night’s card for 2-year-olds – the $75,000 Slide Show Stakes for fillies and the $75,000 Don McNeill Stakes. Both of the juvenile races will go at one mile on the main track.
Doudoudouwanadance, who has been made the 4-5 odds-on favorite in the Slide Show, has not even been challenged in the first two races of her career. She broke her maiden at Remington Park on Sept. 30, drawing off to win by eight lengths. In her first effort against winners, she was just as impressive, winning by seven lengths in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes. Both her wins came at sprinting distances, however. This will be her first trip around two turns. Owner Terry Westemeir of Broken Arrow, Okla., sends her out and Kari Craddock trains the daughter of Magna Graduate (Honor Grades), out of the Macho Uno mare Ebony Uno. She is a home-bred for Westemeir. Leandro Goncalves, her regular rider, retains the mount.
McNEILL FAVORITE SEEKS TO STAY UNDEFEATED
Ghost Hero, owned by Norman Stables (Robert Norman) of Thomasville, Ala., trained by Jayde Gelner and ridden by Elliott, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Don McNeill Stakes, getting in off his maiden-breaking victory in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile. The trip to the winner’s circle in the Juvenile was the first time aboard for Elliott and he is back in the saddle.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Friday, Nov. 11 with the first race at 7:07pm-Central.
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