OWNER-TRAINER C.R. TROUT SEEKS TOP SPOT ALL-TIME IN EACH OF THOSE CATEGORIES IN $175,000 OKLAHOMA CLASSICS CUP
Owner-trainer C.R. Trout will try to move into first place all-time in two categories Friday, Oct. 16, when he sends Fast Breakin Cash to the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup.
The Classics Cup is the richest event on the million-dollar night of stakes racing for top Oklahoma-breds. The Oklahoma Classics will enjoy its 28th renewal on Friday.
Trout has won this race six times as an owner and six times as a trainer. Trout won four times with millionaire Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy, in 2015 and then the last three years, 2017-19. His other two wins were with Imahit (2013-14).
Trout is tied with Donnie Von Hemel in the training category. Von Hemel’s wins were with Marq French (2008-09), D Fine Okie (2007), and Mr Ross (1999-2001). Von Hemel has no entrant for this year’s Classics Cup.
Trout is deadlocked with John and Barbara Smicklas in the owner category. The Smicklas victories in the Classics Cup came with Zee Oh Six in 2002 and 2005-06. They also went to the winner’s circle with Brush With Pride in 1997-98 and Belle of Cozzene in 1996.
Remington Park’s leading jockey and defending title-holder the past two years, David Cabrera, has a shot at moving into a tie for second in all-time Classics Cup wins with Don Pettinger, who has four victories. Oklahoma Hall of Famer Cliff Berry won the Cup five times.
A competitive field of eight horses were drawn for the Oklahoma Classics Cup; here’s a deeper look at each of the race entrants.
1 – Dont Tell Noobody, 15-1
Owner: Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla.
Trainer: Federico Villafranco
Jockey: Sophie Doyle
There is good news and bad news for this 3-year-old gelded son of Cyber Secret, out of the Cactus Ridge mare Yucca. The good news is that he gets in off a win against first-level allowance Oklahoma-breds. The bad news is that he has never run in stakes-company. Even with a sharp win going one mile on the main track to lead him in, under Doyle, he stretches out to 1-1/16th miles against tougher horses for this. He has 10 starts lifetime with three wins and one third for a bankroll of $41,202.
2 – Georgia Deputy, 20-1
Owner: William Elliott and Joe Petalino of Durant, Okla.
Trainer: Joe Petalino
Jockey: Ezequiel Lara
A 4-year-old gelding by Notional, out of the Hickory Ridge mare Georgia Ok. He is still eligible for non-winners of two races lifetime after 27 starts, winning only at the maiden level at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 23 this year, but he did it easily, scoring by five lengths around two turns. Not much difference between him and the horse on the rail. Dont Tell Noobody beat him by 1-3/4 lengths at Remington Park last time out on Sept. 27. Through his 27 attempts, he has won once, finished second twice and third another four times. Despite being only 1-for-27, he has made upwards of $2,000 per start for lifetime earnings of $49,745.
3 – United Patriot, 10-1
Owner: Larry Foos and Troy Cartmill of Sapulpa, Okla.
Trainer: Michael Biehler
Jockey: Lori Biehler
Finished a distant fourth in last year’s Oklahoma Classics Cup, 14-3/4 lengths back of Shotgun Kowboy. This 5-year-year-old ridgeling by Flat Out, out of the With Approval mare Kim D, won the $55,000 Classics Cup at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., on May 19 this year, going the same distance of this race. He won at WRD by 3-1/4 lengths and is two-for-four at 1-1/16th miles on the dirt. He has an excellent win percentage, having his picture taken 10 times in 30 tries, running second once and third five times. His wallet lifetime stands at $282,745, third best in this field.
4 – Rowdy Yates, 2-1 (morning-line favorite)
Owner: L and N Racing of Tulsa, Okla.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Stewart Elliott
This colt gets in off a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3, $200,000 Oklahoma Derby here on Sept. 27. Asmussen is the leading trainer in the country by money earned this year with $16 million-plus and he is a 15-time leading trainer, and all-time winningest trainer, at Remington Park. Asmussen is a Hall of Famer nationally and in Oklahoma. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for top trainer in the country. This colt by Morning Line, out of the Yes It’s True mare Spring Station, has won 5-of-12 starts lifetime, four of those in stakes races. He is a two-time stakes winner over this track surface, taking the $100,000 Classics Juvenile on Oct. 18, 2019, at six furlongs, and the $75,000 Don McNeill Stakes on Nov. 15, 2019. Both of those stakes scores came against Oklahoma-breds. Other than the stakes wins in his home state, he also took home the $100,000 Ellis Park Juvenile (2019) and the $100,000 Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park, in January. Owners L and N Racing have sent out Lookin at Lee, who ran second in the 2017 Kentucky Derby to Always Dreaming, and Echo Town, one of the country’s at a sprint or mile distance this year.
5 – Fast Breakin Cash, 5-1
Owner: C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla.
Trainer: C.R. Trout
Jockey: Luis Quinonez
This 4-year-old gelding by Yes It’s True, out of the Forestry mare Fast N Fine Lookin, is Trout’s hope to extend his streak in this race to four years in a row. He won it with Shotgun Kowboy the past three years. It would put him in the lead all-time for the Cup with seven wins as an owner and a trainer. Fast Breakin Cash looks solid with excellent efforts in stakes-company. He ran second in the $75,000 Kip Deville and $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile in 2018, and the $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes in 2019. All those triumphs were over the Remington Park surface. He finished third behind two-time Oklahoma Horse of the Year, Welder, in last year’s $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint. His lifetime record is 13 starts, three wins, five seconds and one third for a bankroll of $170,578.
6 – Dak Da Man, 6-1
Owner: Cisper Racing of Peggs, Okla.
Trainer: Kari Craddock
Jockey: Lane Luzzi
A 4-year-old gelded son of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, out of the Distorted Humor mare Mountain Rose, is coming off a near-win with first-level allowance horses at the one-mile distance. He has run first or second seven times in his career, and did close from 12th in the $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes here last year to get up for fourth. Fast Breakin Cash ran second in that race. The two horses wound up about seven lengths apart at the finish line. He tried the Classics Cup that United Patriot won at WRD this year, but could do no better than a ninth-place finish, 18 lengths back. Lifetime, he is a 15-time starter with three wins and four seconds for $100,284 in earnings.
7 – Kwik, 10-1
Owner: End Zone Athletics of Mansfield, Texas
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: David Cabrera
This gelded son of Successful Appeal, out of the Victory Gallop mare Babe’s Little Sis, is riding a six-race streak of picking up a paycheck, never finishing worse than fourth. Two of those starts saw him run second and third with stakes horses. He ran third at Fair Meadows in Tulsa in the $48,000 Route 66 Stakes for Okie-breds on July 21. Prior to that in the spring, he was second, beaten 3-1/4 lengths in the Classics Cup at WRD that United Patriot won. He also finished seventh in the Jim Thorpe Stakes here last year, a race in which Fast Breakin Cash was the runner-up. Kwik has started 27 times, running first four times and five times second and third. Earnings of $93,154.
8 – Deal Driven, 5-2
Owner: Troy Johnson and Charles Lo of Vacaville, Calif.
Trainer: Robert Mosco
Jockey: Ramon Vazquez
For the second year in a row, Deal Driven, a stakes winner at Parx in Philadelphia, is shipping in from the East Coast to try the Oklahoma Classics Cup. The second-leading horse by money earned in this field, Deal Driven is at $342,896. A 6-year-old gelded son of Into Mischief from the Tiznow mare Tiz Merry. Deal Driven won the $60,000 Parx Hall of Fame Handicap on Sept. 14, 2019. He could do no better than fifth in the Classics Cup last year, beaten 20-1/4 lengths by Shotgun Kowboy. Deal Driven last raced Sept. 10 at Laurel, running second in an allowance-optional $50,000 claiming race at 7 furlongs.
Remington Park racing continues with a Wednesday-Saturday schedule, Oct. 14-17. The first race nightly is at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $250 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 2020 Thoroughbred Season features the Oklahoma Classics on Friday, Oct. 16, a million-dollar night of stakes racing for top Oklahoma-breds. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.