ISLAND HIDEAWAY GIVES NAMY and BROBERG FIRST OF TWO STAKES WINS ON OKLAHOMA DERBY DAY IN RICKS MEMORIAL
The big day for the connections of owner Jerry Namy of Fort Worth, Texas, and leading trainer Karl Broberg, began with Island Hideaway winning the $75,000 Ricks Memorial Stakes and concluded with Flashy Mischief winning the $150,000 David Vance. The races were part of the Oklahoma Derby Day undercard on Sept. 25 at Remington Park.
The owner/trainer combo won two of the eight stakes on the program Sunday. Island Hideaway (GB), a 5-year-old mare by Mukhadram (GB), out of the Sea The Stars (IRE) mare Interstella (GB), beat Angel Palm, the heavy 9-5 odds betting favorite out of Brad Cox’s barn in the Ricks Memorial. Island Hideaway, the 4-1 second favorite ridden by Remington Park leading jockey Cristian Torres, came from sixth in a seven-horse field going 1-1/16th miles on the turf, and wound up 2-1/2 lengths in front of Angel Palm. Arm Candy (4-1) ran third, another 1-1/4 lengths back.
Island Hideaway won $45,000 for Namy and improved to 20 starts, six wins, two seconds and five thirds for a career bankroll of $153,394. She was bred in Great Britain by Moon Valley Stud. It was the first win in this stakes for all connections.
Running time for the winner was 1:42.15. Her win was set up by early fractions of 24.06 for the first quarter, 48.41 for the half, 1:12.64 for three-quarters and 1:36.52 for the mile. They were set by front-running Medalla Match and Quick Quick Quick. Those two finished fourth and eighth, respectively. The remaining order of finish included Valentines Day (5th), Cha Cha Mission (6th) and Chaton Rouge (7th).
Island Hideaway paid $10 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.20 to show. The race was for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older. This was Island Hideaway’s first stakes win in North America.
The Ricks Memorial is named in honor of the late Ran Ricks, Jr. who was the first owner with horses on the grounds at Remington Park. He was a multiple leading owner during the first eight years in track history before passing in late 1996.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. First post time is 7:07 p.m. nightly.
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