OUTLINING WINS GRASS ALLOWANCE FEATURE AS HEAVY FAVORITE FOR LEADING TRAINER STEVE ASMUSSEN, TOP JOCKEY STEWART ELLIOTT
It’s been an adventurous race meeting for Outlining, the winner of Friday night’s featured allowance race on the turf for leading trainer Steve Asmussen and top jockey Stewart Elliott.
The race was for fillies and mares, 3 and older, over the turf course.
It was Outlining’s first start of the meet on Sept. 21 that left the second leading rider at the time and four-time title holder at Remington Park, David Cabrera, nursing a broken femur for months to come. In that race Outlining sat mid-pack and made a move that gave the 4-year-old filly the lead, but as Cabrera went into a drive, he leaned left and the filly ducked right, tossing the rider to the ground.
In the Outlining’s subsequent race, she missed winning by a neck under Elliott. She finally emerged from the shadows and made it to the winner’s circle Friday, but not after holding off the onslaught of a late move by Our Davina again. In the race Oct. 12 that Outlining lost by a neck in third, Our Davina was in that photo finish in second just a head in front of Outlining, in a race won by True Blue Sky
So, after the eventful opening salvo with injury involved and a heartbreaking loss in her second outing, Outlining again was begging for a wire at the finish, holding on for a neck victory at even-money. The fast-flying Our Davina (6-1) just ran out of time, passing three horses in the stretch, coming up short of the winner. Our Davina was a half-length ahead of third-place finisher Claire June (7-1).
Outlining, a daughter of Cupid, out of the Action This Day mare, earned $21,345 from the $36,000 purse for owner HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud of Solana Beach, Calif., and improved her record to 13 starts, three wins, two seconds and two thirds for a bankroll of $89,599. She was bred in Kentucky by Hugh Moore and Everett Dyer. The filly was a $75,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders Sale in March 2021.
Outlining raced one mile in her first try here this meet, then shortened up to 7-1/2 furlongs in October. Stretching out to 1-1/16 miles greensward Friday turned the trick for this winner. The winning time for the distance was 1:47.14 over the firm going. The filly sat just off the shoulder of front-runner Shade (11-1) in the early going and took over at the top of the stretch. The early fractions set by Shade, who faded to last, were :24.76 for the first quarter-mile, :50.29 for the half and 1:16.03 for three-quarters. Outlining took the lead after that and had the mile in 1:40.79.
Veteran Remington Park jockey Luis Quinonez, continued his solid season with a riding triple on Friday evening.
Quinonez scored the opening race of the night on Illustrator ($3.60 to win) in the opener as that colt broke his maiden status, winning by 11 lengths. Jacks Spring Break ($67.60) was the second win of the night for Quinonez as he booted home the 32-1 longshot in race four. In race five, Blue Boon ($5.40) held on to win an allowance over the turf.
“Luis Q,” a resident of Jones, Okla., is approaching 4,000 career victories and has 24 Remington Park race dates remaining to reach the milestone at the track where he has the second most victories in the track’s history. Quinonez, 56, now boasts 1,471 wins at Remington Park. Cliff Berry is the all-time riding leader in Oklahoma City with 2,125.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Nov. 4, starting at 7:13pm-Central, following the final stakes event of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, simulcast from Santa Anita.
Remington Park has provided more than $331 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 home to the Springboard Mile, a Kentucky Derby points-qualifying race, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. Remington Park presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. Parking and admission are always free. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing or enter the casino gaming floor. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.