OKLAHOMA CLASSICS WINNERS STRETCH THEIR LEGS IN MORNING WORKOUTS PAST TWO DAYS AT REMINGTON PARK
A couple of stakes winners from Remington Park’s 2021 meet stretched out their legs in morning workouts the past two days – Absaroka and Morning Twilight.
Both horses were victorious among the top Oklahoma-bred horses on the grounds in the 2021 Oklahoma Classics in October. Absaroka, a 6-year-old gelding by Flat Out from the Brahms mare Wanton Song, won the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup for trainer C.R. Trout and owner Cowboy Stables (Blake Sappington) of Clinton, Okla., and did it in impressive fashion. Under four-time champion jockey at Remington Park, David Cabrera, Absaroka was in front at every pole and got strong as he approached the wire, winning by 4-1/4 lengths as the even-money favorite. Number One Dude and Dont Tell Noobody, also past stakes winners here, checked in second and third for the minor prizes. The winner covered 1-1/8th miles in 1:43.19.
Absaroka breezed a leisurely half-mile in :50.24 this morning under clear skies with temperatures in the low 80s.
Tuesday morning, Morning Twilight, a winner of the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie for 2-year-old state-bred fillies at six furlongs, worked a half-mile. A 3-year-old by Morning Line, out of the Medaglia D’Oro mare Sweet Golden Carol, Morning Twilight is trained by the sport’s all-time winningest trainer, Steve Asmussen, and owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Edwin S. Barker, and Titletown Racing Stables. She was ridden to victory in the Oklahoma Classics Lassie by Stewart Elliott, a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey for Smarty Jones in 2004.
Absaroka currently stands at 19 starts, five wins, four seconds and three thirds for $216,298 in his bankroll.
Morning Twilight was well within herself on Tuesday, covering a half-mile in :52.10, handily. She was very impressive winning the 2021 Oklahoma Classics Lassie, leaving a field of 10 others in her wake as she hit the finish line 7-1/2 lengths in front. Her winning time was 1:11.20.
Following her victory in the Oklahoma Classics Lassie, Morning Twilight ran 5-1/4 lengths behind Hits Pricey Legacy, another Trout trainee, in the $75,000 Slide Show Stakes, restricted to Oklahoma-bred juvenile fillies. That was her first effort at the mile distance. It did not parlay well with open company next time out as she ran sixth, beaten 15-3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes, also at one mile.
Asmussen gave her time off and she rewarded him for it. After that Trapeze run on Dec. 17, she came back at Lone Star Park on July 24 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and made her debut on the turf. Morning Twilight raced in a conditional allowance race at five furlongs on the grass and just missed by a neck as she was closing fast at the wire. She ran third in that spot to Mizoney, a multiple winner at Remington Park last year.
Morning Twlight’s career mark is now five races, two wins, one second and one third for $91,057 in lifetime earnings.
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