NINETHIRTYTURBO RUNS WINNING STREAK TO THREE IN A ROW, WINNING THE $47,800 OKLAHOMA STALLION STAKES FOR COLTS & GELDINGS
The breeding combination that produced Ninethirtyturbo was a good one as the 3-year-old gelding won the $47,800 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes, colts and geldings division, Friday night at Remington Park.
Chris Kirk of owner and breeder Kirk Thoroughbreds Ltd. of Luther, Okla., said crossing Notional with the dam, Whodoyoulikeboss (by Grand Slam), was done because Notional was a proven sire in Oklahoma and it was a good cross. Then when he saw Ninethirtyturbo as a foal, he wasn’t so sure it was going to work out as successfully as he thought.
“That foal was so crooked I didn’t think we’d ever breed back to the mare,” Kirk said. Despite the first impression, Kirk named the foal Ninethirtyturbo because “it’s the most beautiful Porsche ever made.”
Sometimes heart outweighs crooked. It did Friday night as Ninethirtyturbo sat off the pace under jockey Lane Luzzi, and then pounced at the wire to get up for the win by a neck at 5-1 odds. He beat Euromantic (3-1) and was another half-length ahead of the betting favorite Smart N Intuitive (2-1), after that pair battled for the lead down the stretch. When Luzzi found a lane down the middle of the muddy track, he got his horse to switch leads and surge to victory.
“It had been awhile since the horse had run,” said Luzzi, “but (trainer) Kari (Craddock) had him relaxed and ready to run. He was a little bit sharp coming off that layoff, but when I finally got him outside, he gave me a big kick.”
The 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding earned $30,000 from the purse and improved his record to four starts, three wins, one second and a bankroll of $61,262.
“I wasn’t sure if I’d won at the wire,” said Luzzi. “But when I was pulling him up on the backstretch, I heard (Dale Day) say, ‘Ninethirtyturbo gets up for the win.’ I think this horse could really be something if he improves off this race.”
He chased fractions of :22.39 for the first quarter-mile, :45.60 for the half-mile, and 1:10.61 for three-quarters of a mile. The winning time for the seven furlongs was 1:24.16 over a muddy and sealed main track. Ninethirtyturbo paid $12.20, $5.40 and $4.40 across the board.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Sept. 12 with nine races on tap. First post is 7:07pm-Central.
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