LAST YEAR’S LEADING RIDER DAVID CABRERA TAKES ADVANTAGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES, MOVES INTO LEAD
A set of circumstances and some fine riding have launched last year’s leading rider at Remington Park, David Cabrera, into first place in the jockey standings.
Richard Eramia held a five-win lead (25 wins to 20) after Sept. 25 over both Cabrera and Stewart Elliott. Eramia was injured on Sept. 26 in the paddock when his mount wheeled on him in the walking ring and threw him to the turf. He has been on the sidelines since. Also, Elliott has been out all week, serving penalty days. Going into Friday night’s races, all three were tied for the lead with 25 each.
It took Cabrera nine days to pass Eramia. He won twice on Friday’s card to move ahead with 27 trips to the winner’s circle. Last year, Cabrera cruised to the riding title with 95 wins, compared to 81 for Vazquez in second and 64 for Eramia in third.
Cabrera won race five on the card, bringing 6-5 co-favorite, Syrah ($4.60 to win), to a 2-1/2 length win in a $7,500-claiming event for non-winners of two career races, going one mile on the main track, for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds-and-up. He rode that 4-year-old filly for leading owner End Zone Athletics of Mansfield, Texas, and second-leading trainer Karl Broberg. She is a daughter of Flat Out, out of the Formal Dinner mare Ms. Thanksgiving. This filly was bred in Kentucky by Muzeyyen Karabulut.
Cabrera’s other win came in the seventh race when 10-1 longshot Towering Oak ($23.40) upset a field of 3-year-olds-and-up, going 1 mile-70 yards, in a $7,500 claiming event for non-winners of three career races. Towering Oak, a 4-year-old gelded son of Sing Baby Sing, out of the Bellamy Road mare Legal Mind, is owned by Winters Thoroughbreds of Bluff Dale, Texas. Trained by Mindy Willis, Towering Oak was bred in Kentucky by Tom Durant.
The top five in the rider standings now looks like this:
1st – Cabrera, 27
2nd tie- Eramia, 25 / Elliott, 25
4th tie- Vazquez, 18 / Luis Quinonez, 18
ONE BETTOR TAKES DOWN SOONER 6IX UNIQUE TICKET POOL, POCKETS ALMOST $100,000
The unique-ticket pick six wager at Remington Park, called the Sooner 6ix, was a tempting bet Friday night as more than $76,000 was carried over into the pool. A total of $30,018 more was bet into the wager on Friday and when someone through the Twin Spires account wagering site was the only one able to figure out the winning combination of races four-through-nine, that person took home $99,935.
The winning combo of those six races were:
· Race 4 – #6 Tackson, 7-1, $16.80
· Race 5 – #6 Syrah, 6-5, $4.60
· Race 6 – #10 Fiddlers Tsunami, 8-1, $18.20
· Race 7 – #3 Towering Oak, 10-1, $23.40
· Race 8 – #5 Circleville, 5-1, $13.80
· Race 9 – #10 Voo Doo Doc, 9-2, $11.80
Live racing continues Saturday night with a nine-race card on tap, beginning with a first post time of 7 p.m.
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