OWNER DANNY CALDWELL JOINS ELITE CLUB OF ONE WITH HIS 300TH WIN AT REMINGTON PARK
No owner had ever won 300 races at Remington Park before. One has now – Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla.
Caldwell reached that pinnacle at this Oklahoma City track Thursday night when California Breeze put him in the winner’s circle after the sixth race, winning a $36,300 allowance race, going 6-1/2 furlongs on the main track.
“It’s an honor,” Caldwell said after the race. “I didn’t even realize it. The credit should go to all the people who help me. It all goes to them. I have a lot of people who make me successful. Freddie (trainer Federico Villafranco) and his crew, my jockeys, my shoers.”
In the saddle for the honor on this night was Richard Eramia, who lassoed the two front-runners at the top of the stretch, passed them and held off runner-up and 3-2 betting favorite Mo Mo by a length for the win. This 4-year-old filly by Into Mischief, out of the Afternoon Deelites mare Ava G, cruised home in 1:17.29 over a fast track. Mo Mo and Cowgirl Judge set the early fractions, the first quarter-mile in :22.36, followed by :45.57 for the half-mile before Cowgirl Judge faded badly. Mo Mo tried to hold on after the speed duel, but California Breeze and Eramia had the favorite measured and rolled past her to the wire.
“Everybody who helps, it goes to them,” Caldwell said. “I’m just the guy who kind of places the horses and recruits them. I have a great crew and they work hand in hand together. Basically I just try to get them the horses to win with.”
California Breeze, bred in Kentucky by Venneri Racing, Inc. & Flintridge Stables, earned $21,627 for the victory. It was her third win lifetime in 15 starts and increased her bankroll to $100,964 from three wins, four seconds and three thirds.
“Winning 300 races here really is quite a feat,” Caldwell said. “I want to say, “Hi,” to my mom at home watching. My family is very important to me, my wife, they all support me and that means a lot.”
The 300th win was also Caldwell’s 18th of this race meet and he is two ahead of second-place End Zone Athletics, Inc., which has taken 16 trips to the winner’s circle. Caldwell is a nine-time champion owner at Remington Park, winning the title for the last eight seasons in a row.
It was Eramia’s 26th win of the meet and he stands alone in third place, just one back of Ramon Vasquez’s 27 after he had a riding double. Jamie Theriot and Freddy Manrrique also had two-baggers Thursday night. Manrrique had the biggest bomb of the night, winning aboard Brickley Sioux at 64-1 odds in the final race of the night. The horse had just won a race at Remington Park at 93-1 the previous time out on Sept. 27.
MORE MASSIVE PAYOUTS LIGHT UP THE TOTEBOARD AT REMINGTON PARK; FIVE OF SIX EXOTICS BREAK THE BANK IN FINAL RACE OF THE NIGHT
In wagering news, bells and whistles and dollar signs went off like the Fourth of July in the last race at Remington Park. The largest bonanza was in the 50-cent Primetime Pick 4 where those correctly selecting California Breeze (7-2), Blabimir (10-1), Mono (5-2), and Brickley Sioux (64-1) were rewarded with a payout of $10,723.75. The late 50-cent Pick 3 returned $1,465.95 to those who had all three winners in the last three races. The 10-cent superfecta paid a whopping $4,380.05. The 50-cent trifecta was friendly at $5,318.30 and the $2 exacta payoff was $1,801. Those five diamond-mine payoffs moved the needle to 69 times an exotic wager has paid off more than four figures in 28 days, seven times tonight.
The Pick 5 had averaged a payout of $2,670 nightly through 27 race days. The blinding payout from the plethora of lights on the toteboard showed that Thursday night would be no different. A pool of $49,568 was split among 16 tickets that correctly chose the five winners in the wager and returned $2,323.15 each for their success on the 28th night of racing. Tonight’s Pick 5 winning horses were Grand Bling (5-1 odds), Heat My Dust (9-2), Keena (9-1), Aggieville (19-1) and Timely Reply (19-1).
The Pick 3 from races 4,5,6 paid a whopping $1,994.30 when the 7-2 winner California Breeze joined two 19-1 horses for that combo. But we weren’t through. For the third race in a row, the toteboard was a pinball machine as the Pick 3 wager from races 5,6,7 was worth $4,062.26 to winning bettors when Blabimir (10-1) won the seventh.
In the new Sooner 6ix wager, there were no winning tickets with six-of-six. When there is no unique winning ticket, half the pool is paid out and half is carried over to the next race day, after the takeout of 21 percent. The winning horses in the Sooner 6ix were Aggieville (19-1 in the fourth race), Timely Reply (19-1), California Breeze (7-2), Blabimir (10-1), Mono (5-2) and Brickley Sioux (64-1). A consolation of $291.68 was paid to those who picked four-of-six correctly. The carryover for Friday night is $1,750.
Tracked by more than 145,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,700 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $203 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Remington Park is home to the $1,000,000 Oklahoma Classics Night for Oklahoma-breds on Friday, Oct. 19. Remington Park is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, Remington Park is in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.