AFTER MILE AND HALF MARATHON ON GRASS, YOUVESAIDITALL FINISHES NOSE IN FRONT OF JAILHOUSE KITTEN
If anyone asks, the magic of trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Remington Park trumps the nation’s top turf top sire for the last decade, Kitten’s Joy.
After a 1-1/2 miles over the good turf course in Saturday night’s marathon, Asmussen’s Youvesaiditall got to the wire a nose in front of Jailhouse Kitten in the fifth race.
It was also the narrowest of noses separating those two, as was displayed in the photo-finish image after the race, and it was the only time Youvesaiditall was in front of Jailhouse Kitten. The head-bob came at just the right time for the winner. Jailhouse Kitten is a 5-year-old gelded son of Kitten’s Joy, a sire that has ruled with winners on turf for years. That didn’t help Saturday night in this tight race.
Stewart Elliott got there for Asmussen in the starter allowance-optional claiming $25,000 race, just ahead of leading rider David Cabrera and trainer Marti Rodriguez. Youvesaiditall, a 4-year-old colt by Lookin at Lucky, out of the Distorted Humor mare One for Jim, won his second race in a row. Talk about versatile, he won at 7-1/2 furlongs on the turf last time out in a starter allowance $15,000 and stretched that out to 1-1/2 miles Saturday. Both wins came with Elliott, one of the top turf riders at Remington Park this season.
Youvesaiditall went off the heavy betting favorite at 1-2 odds, while Jailhouse Kitten was 13-1. The winner, owned by Ackerley Brothers Farm in Houston, paid $3 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show and earned $8,295 for the win. He improved to 20 starts, seven wins, one second and two thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $179,562. He was bred in Kentucky by Glory Days Breeding, Inc.
Finishing third in the race, a half-length back of the two that hit the wire together was Mr. Tickle (6-1).
The 1-1/2 mile final time was 2:34.57 seconds and was the only time this season that distance has been run on the turf. The early fractions were :24.82 for the first quarter-mile, :50.91 for the half-mile, 1:16.69 for three-quarters of a mile, 1:44.05 for the mile and 2:10.20 after a mile and a quarter.
ALL-TIME WINNINGEST OWNER AT REMINGTON PARK, DANNY CALDWELL, MOVES BACK IN FRONT OF ASMUSSEN IN OWNERS’ RACE THIS MEET
The race in the owners’ standings between Asmussen of Arlington, Texas, and Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla., has been as tight as the mile and a half turf race was Saturday night. Asmussen led going into Saturday night’s races with 17 trips to the winner’s circle and Caldwell running second at 16. Caldwell head-bobbed past Asmussen with two trips to the winner’s circle, winning the second race with Touching Rainbows (5-1) and the eighth race with Chris and Dave (6-1).
Caldwell now has 18 wins for the season to Asmussen’s 17 as an owner. Caldwell owns 361 career wins at Remington Park and is the all-time winningest owner here.
The rest of the top five in the owners’ standings this season are Bryan Hawk in third with 10 wins, Dream Walking Farms tied for fourth with Steve Williams and M and M Racing with seven.
Asmussen did, however, win twice Saturday to extend his massive lead in the trainers’ standings. He has 52 victories this meet, 30 ahead of Bret Calhoun in second place at 22 wins. Austin Gustafson is third with 18, followed by Robertino Diodoro with 16 and Danny Pish with 15.
David Cabrera also let out a notch in the jockeys’ race with another victory, giving him 67 for the season. He is 20 ahead of Ramon Vazquez in second with 47. Stewart Elliott is third with 42 wins, followed by Richard Eramia at 32 and Sophie Doyle rounding out the top five with 30.
Remington Park racing continues with Monday and Tuesday action on the schedule for the first time this season on Nov. 16 & 17. The first race both days is at Noon-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.