PALUXY WINS SECOND IN A ROW, TAKING ALLOWANCE; TRAINER SCOTT YOUNG, JOCKEY FLOYD WETHEY WIN THREE EACH AT REMINGTON PARK
Paluxy won for a second time in a row, the first time for his new barn at Remington Park and new owners Blue and Gold Racing, as trainer Scott Young and jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr., each won three times on the card.
Blue and Gold Racing pounced on Paluxy like a duck on a June-bug when he raced for the first time this meet at Remington Park on Aug. 19, claiming him for $25,000. He returned the favor Wednesday night by winning the feature race for his new connections.
Blue and Gold Racing is named for the colors of Kingfisher High School, the hometown of the Combs family. Mike Combs is listed as the managing partner of Blue and Gold in the program and his sons also are involved as partners of Paluxy, an upset winner in a third-level allowance race. Blue and Gold Racing also includes Mike’s son Chris Combs, a long-time assistant basketball and golf coach at Kingfisher High School. Young picked up Paluxy for Blue and Gold when he won that mile race on Aug. 19 under $25,000 claiming conditions. Young claimed him from the barn of Bret Calhoun and Collinsworth Thoroughbred Racing.
Paluxy, a 4-year-old gelded son of Brody’s Cause, out of the Master Command mare Miss Pippa, won the claiming race on Aug. 19 by a half-length, the same margin of victory in the allowance race Wednesday night. He went off at 6-1 odds in his second trip to the winner’s circle, the fifth overall in his career, and paid $14 to win, $5 to place and $4 to show to his backers.
It was the second win in a row for Young on the card Wednesday night, his first two wins of the meet. He also won the second race with Juliard Honor ($4.40 to win) in a claiming race for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares. Wethey was in the saddle for both victories. The duo concluded the night with a victory in the finale with Just Peek’n ($4) in a maiden special weight race for fillies and mares – 3,4 and 5 year olds. Just Peek’n is a 3-year-old filly owned by Family Stone Racing of Edmond, Okla.
Paluxy earned $21,729 from the $36,300 purse and improved his lifetime stats to 11 starts, five wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $124,240. His winning time for the mile was 1:38.14 over the fast track, a little faster than his first win here this meet in 1:38.37. Tonight’s interior fractions that he cut into from mid-pack were :25.27 for the first quarter-mile, 48.80 for the half-mile, 1:12.83 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:25.40 for seven furlongs. He just got past runner-up Hello Hot Rod (7-2), who was another neck ahead of third-place finisher Oliver (5-2). The post-time favorite, Catdaddy (9-5), checked in fourth, 1-3/4 lengths behind Oliver.
Paluxy was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 15-17. The first race is 7:07pm-Central, nightly.
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