HALF-SISTERS RUN FIRST, SECOND WITH RUN SLEWPY RUN BEATING ALTERNATIVE SLEW IN OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF TURF
Run Slewpy Run kept the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf, presented by WWLS-the Sports Animal, trophy in the family for the third year in a row with a win Friday night at Remington Park.
Alternative Slew, a half-sister to Run Slewpy Run, had won this race the past two years and in this year’s edition the two were running against each other. They showed that bloodlines ring true as Run Slewpy Run won and a fast-closing Alternative Slew ran second, three lengths back.
This was an all-family deal, too. Alternative Slew was trained in 2019-2020 by Randy Oberlander, father of this year’s Distaff Turf winning trainer Jesse Oberlander. Jesse has trained now for two years and has started to make a name for himself after his dad retired this year.
When asked what his dad thought of his early success, taking down stakes wins, Jesse said, “He’s a man of few words. He’s busy playing with grandkids.”
Both horses are owned and bred by Mike Jones of Bristow, Okla.
Alternative Slew had a layoff from December of last year to Sept. 10 when she ran third in her only start of this year. She had been laid off so long because of an accident in her stall that almost cost her an eye. She and Run Slewpy Run are both from the same dam (mother), Imadancingslew. Run Slewpy Run was sired by Den’s Legacy and Alternative Slew by Alternation. Even though Alternative Slew was proven at this distance of 1-1/16th miles on the lawn, while Run Slewpy Run’s two wins greensward were at 7-1/2 furlongs, leaving some wonder if she could handle the extra measure.
“I didn’t know whether she would get the 1-1/16th miles,” said Jesse Oberlander, “and with her running against her sister, I didn’t know who would run first or second.”
Now he knows, even though Alternative Slew showed some improvement in her second start off the long layoff. Still, she finished second at 2-1 odds to her 6-5 favored sibling, beaten three lengths. Alternative Slew finished 2-3/4 lengths in front of Twilight Curfew (10-1) in third.
The remaining order of finish in the Distaff Turf was Country Daisy (4th), Leather and Lace (5th), Tiztheboss (6th), Hawaiian Typhoon (7th), Tic Toc Toccet (8th) and Courtly (9th).
Jockey Luis Quinonez won with Run Slewpy Run and was aboard Alternative Slew last year in her win. It was Quinonez’s 21st win in an Oklahoma Classics race, tying him for second all-time with Don Pettinger. Quinonez is now five wins behind Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame jockey and all-time winningest jockey at Remington Park, Cliff Berry. Quinonez has won the Classics Distaff Turf five times now. His other three victories came with Bringinginthelute in 2014, Soonerette in 2012 and In the Band in 2011.
This was the third Distaff win for Jones, all in a row with Alternative Slew (twice) and now Run Slewpy Run.
Run Slewpy Run sat second most of the race, chasing front-runner Hawaiian Typhoon’s fractions of :23.83 for the quarter-mile, :47.63 for the half-mile, 1:12.41 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:37.01 for one mile. The finish time for the winner was 1:43.28 over firm turf.
Run Slewpy Run paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40 to win, place and show. She earned $78,000 from the purse and improved to nine starts, four wins and two seconds for $188,631 in her wallet. She is now three-for-three on the Remington Park grass with $143,868 in earnings from those races.
The Oklahoma Classics is a $1,000,000 series of stakes races devoted to Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbreds.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Oct. 16 with the first race at 7:07pm-central.
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