KISS MY GRITS GETS HER REVENGE IN FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE
Kiss My Grits was an impressive winner in her first start at Remington Park in September, winning by four lengths in a maiden race.
She badly disappointed, however, her first time against winners on Oct. 17, running fifth as the 2-1 wagering favorite, as both Brew Casa and Lady Abigail finished ahead of her in that start. On Friday night, she was facing them again in the featured allowance race and gained her revenge, winning by a half-length at 9-1 odds.
Kiss My Grits, owned by Georgie Stuart and 7 Cedars Farm of Barnsdall, Okla., and trained by Clinton Stuart covered the six furlongs in 1:12.82 seconds, stalking in fourth until the stretch. She chased interior fractions of :22.14 for the quarter-mile, :45.88 for the half-mile, and :58.90 at five-eighths of a mile.
A 3-year-old filly, Kiss My Grits is a daughter of Flatter, out of the Empire Maker mare Centerville and was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm in Pryor, Okla. Jockey Ken Tohill engaged the front-runners down the stretch and Kiss My Grits showed tons of heart, holding off Travelers Cheque for the win. The runner-up was another half-length ahead of third-place Little Bit Okie. Brew Casa was the beaten betting favorite at 2-1 odds, finishing fifth.
The winner earned $24,922 of the $43,350 purse and improved her running line to four starts, two wins, and one third for a total bankroll of $53,795.
Cabrera and Broberg Score Four
Also Friday night, leading rider David Cabrera widened his lead with four wins on the night, all for trainer Karl Broberg. They teamed up for triumphs with Onomatopoeia ($5.40 to win) in race four, Blue Harbor ($6.20) in race six, High Class Euro ($6.80) in race eight and Rocketringo ($2.60) in the ninth.
Cabrera now has 62 wins this meet, leading Stewart Elliott who is second place in the standings with 45.
No one had a unique Sooner 6ix ticket on Friday, so the carryover for Saturday’s races in the pick six pool is $62,525.38. There were plenty of tickets that had six-of-six correctly selected on the combination of 4-9-7-4-9-4,5,12, and those bettors were paid $273.12 each in the Sooner 6ix bet.
WELDER TO FACE SEVEN FOES IN SILVER GOBLIN STAKES NEXT FRIDAY, GOING FOR HIS NINTH WIN IN A ROW; SHOTGUN KOWBOY RUNS THURSDAY
Two of the top horses in the history of Remington Park return to the races next week, Shotgun Kowboy on Thursday night and Welder on Friday night. Both are quickly approaching milestones here.
Shotgun Kowboy, a 7-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy, out of the Siphon (BRZ) mare Shotgun Jane, has long surpassed the $1 million mark in earnings with $1,508,241, but he could become the first horse in Remington Park history to earn a million dollars at this venue. He has started 15 times with nine wins, two seconds and three thirds at Remington Park for $941,577 in his bankroll over this track. A win in Thursday night’s allowance-optional $40,000 claiming race at 1 mile-70 yards would give him nearly $30,000 more and put him within about $30,000 of the million-mark here.
The race will go as the sixth of nine races on the card Thursday and will go off at approximately 9:27 p.m. Here’s a look at the field by post position with connections:
1) Pinson, jockey Iram Diego, trainer Randy Morse
2) Chris and Dave, Stewart Elliott, Federico Villafranco
3) Shotgun Kowboy, David Cabrera, owner-trainer C.R. Trout
4) United Patriot, Lori Keith, Michael Biehler
5) Voo Doo Doc, Lane Luzzi, Danny Pish
6) Net Gain, Ken Tohill, Clinton Stuart
Welder will go to post on Friday in the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes, at approximately 9:55 p.m., the seventh race of a nine-race card. He will be trying to win for the ninth time in a row, which would surpass She’s All In’s eight in a row. He would be still be in the rear-view mirror of Slide Show, who has the record at 11 in a row. Welder, owned by Ra-Max Farms (Clayton Rash) in Claremore, Okla., is approaching $1 million in earnings for his career. The 6-year-old gelded son of The Visualiser, out of the Tiznow mare Dance Softly, has won 20-of-30 starts lifetime and $928,998. A win in this stakes race would put him at a little more than $970,000.
Here’s a look at the Silver Goblin Stakes field:
1) Gospel Cherokey, Luis Quinonez, Steve Williams
2) Golden Driller, Walter De La Cruz, Steve Williams
3) Quality Rocket, Jose Medina, Boyd Caster
4) Mr. N, Sasha Risenhoover, Amanda Barton
5) Timely Reply, Freddie Manrrique, Randy Swango
6) Welder, David Cabrera, Teri Luneack
7) D Toz, Lane Luzzi, Danny Pish
8) Rockport Kat, Kevin Roman, Teri Luneack
Live racing continues Saturday, Nov. 9 with a first post time of 7 p.m. for the nine-race program.
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