JOCKEY STEWART ELLIOTT’S RIDING TRIPLE MOVES HIM INTO TIE FOR SECOND IN JOCKEY STANDINGS, WINS FEATURE WITH NAUTICAL GEM
Jockey Stewart Elliott had his picture taken for the third time Saturday when he won the featured allowance at Remington Park aboard Nautical Gem. That win put him in a tie with Ramon Vazquez at 53 wins apiece this meet, 19 behind leading rider David Cabrera at 72.
Elliott also won with J C’s Nightcap ($17.60 to win) in the sixth race and Salaciousacusation ($2.20) in the fourth. Two of those wins came for top trainer Steve Asmussen, which put him at 61 in the trainers’ standings, 38 ahead of second-place Bret Calhoun at 23 wins. Elliott’s win in the irons of J C’s Nightcap was for trainer Mindy Willis.
Nautical Gem, a 3-year-old filly by Gemologist, out of the Exchange Rate mare Miss Kekoa, was sent off as the 8-5 betting favorite in a first-level allowance race and she went wire-to-wire from the rail on a speed-favoring track after consistently light rain hit Oklahoma City throughout the card. Nautical Gem was never headed in the race, passing every pole on the lead. She hit interior fractions in the six-furlong race in :22.73 for a quarter-mile, :45.81 for the half-mile and :57.99 for five-eighths of a mile before stopping the timer in 1:11.06 over the fast track.
It was the fourth win in 11 career tries for Nautical Gem and she earned $17,949 for Asmussen who is also the filly’s owner. Nautical Gem’s lifetime bankroll improved to $73,735.
Asmussen moved within one of leading owner Danny Caldwell in the owners’ standings. Caldwell of Poteau, Okla., sits at 20 wins with Asmussen larger than he may appear in his rear-view mirror at 19.
The top five in each category, going into December racing at Remington Park are as follows:
1) David Cabrera, 72 wins
2) Tie – Ramon Vazquez, Stewart Elliott, 53; 4) Sophie Doyle, 37, and 5) Richard Eramia, 36.
1) Steve Asmussen, 61 wins; 2) Bret Calhoun, 23; 3) Austin Gustafson, 22; 4) Danny Pish, 19, and 5) Scott Young, 18.
1) Danny Caldwell, 20; 2) Steve Asmussen, 19; 3) Bryan Hawk, 13; tie 4) Dream Walkin Farms, Inc., End Zone Athletics, Inc., 8.
Remington Park racing moves into December with racing Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 2-5 with the first race at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $252 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The $200,000 Springboard Mile, the top stakes event for 2-year-olds at Remington Park, is featured on Friday, Dec. 18. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season continues through Sunday, Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.