JOCKEY STEWART ELLIOTT RECORDS THREE-BAGGER TO MOVE WITHIN TWO OF LEADING RIDER RICHARD ERAMIA
Jockey Stewart Elliott won three races at Remington Park on the Labor Day eight-race card Monday afternoon to move within two of top rider Richard Eramia in the standings.
After the holiday program, the seventh race date of the 2019 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season, Eramia has 10 wins and Elliott eight. Elliott, a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey aboard Smarty Jones in 2004, moved his tack to this Oklahoma City track to ride full-time for the first time this season.
Elliott won the first race of the day, followed by the fourth and fifth races to complete the riding triple. He rode Pisinero at 9-1 odds; Bluegrass Bronco, 5-1, and Primal Destiny, 7-1. He won for the fourth time on the turf course this meet, winning two for trainer Mindy Willis, one for Randy Morse and on this holiday aboard Bluegrass Bronco for J.R. Caldwell.
Elliott moved past last year’s leading rider at Remington Park, David Cabrera, to get into second place. Cabrera is along in third place with five wins this meet. Ramon Vazquez and Jose Medina were tied for fifth with four wins each.
After the first seven days of racing for the summer-fall thoroughbred meet, Steve Asmussen, winner of the last three training titles at Remington Park has a lead with six wins, followed by all-time winningest trainer here, Donnie Von Hemel, with five. The two of them are in a battle for most wins ever at Remington Park. Von Hemel has held that champions belt for most wins for a long while now and currently has 1,041 victories to Asmussen’s 975. Rounding out the top five in the meet’s trainer standings were Karl Broberg and Boyd Caster, tied for fourth with four wins and tied for fifth were J.R. Caldwell, C.R. Trout and Danele Durham with three apiece.
End Zone Athletics, Inc., was atop the owners’ standings with five trips to the winner’s circle this meet, followed by Bryan Hawk and Trout with three. Five owners were tied for fourth with two wins apiece – all-time winning owner here, Danny Caldwell, Dream Walking Farms, Clark Brewster, Ra-Max Farms and Speed Racing 2018.
Elliott won the first race, a one-mile event over the fast main track, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Justins Omen, and another six ahead of Gospel Musketeer. The winning time was 1 minute, 39.63 seconds, with Pisinero sitting second the first half of the race and then Elliott pushed the button and the winning horse pounced on the early front-runners Outfitter and Crossing Dixie to charge home. He paid $20 to win, $7.40 to place and $4.60 to show.
The second win with Bluegrass Bronco was at five furlongs on the firm turf and Elliott made every pole a winning one, going wire-to-wire in 57.73 seconds. He beat Posse Dreamin by 4-1/2 lengths and was another head in front of third-place finisher Mars Curiosity. He paid $12.80 to win, $6.40 to place and $4.20 to show.
The final win for Elliott on the card was a 5-1/2 furlongs sprint on the dirt. He finished 4-1/4 lengths in front with Primal Destiny and paid $17.40 to win, $8.20 to place and $6.40 to show. This also was a gate-to-wire win. He stopped the timer in 1:04.95.
There will be no live racing Wednesday due to the Labor Day racing. The live schedule returns Thursday at 7 p.m. with a nine-race card on tap.
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