REMINGTON PARK LONGSHOT WINNERS KEY BOXCAR PAYOUTS FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS RETURNED TO BACKERS
It was a night of lucrative payouts at Remington Park as fans of the track were rewarded in their search for longshots.
In races six and seven on the nine-race card, of the six top finishers in those two events, none was less than 8-1 odds. The sixth race featured a 10-cent superfecta of 58-1, 28-1, 32-1 and 4-1 for a payout of $16,044.80. The combination of 13-12-8-5 with True Runner getting past Silent Trick in the late stretch for the win by 1-1/4 lengths triggered the huge payout. True Runner, with jockey Freddy Manrrique up for trainer Tina Hurley, paid $118.80 to win on a $2 ticket, $38.20 to place and $20 to show. Silent Trick returned $22 to place and $16.80 to show. Completing the top three, another half-length back, was Greater Glory, who was worth $19.20 to show to her backers. These were 3-year-olds-and-up, fillies and mares, which went to post looking for their second win lifetime. True Runner is owned by Peter Varga of San Antonio.
The even-money favorite, Brightest, could do no better than fifth, followed by the second post-time favorite, Complete Sense, at 5-2 in sixth. The 50-cent trifecta in this race paid out $4,884.70 and the $2 exacta returned $1,774.80.
The lights continued to go off with bells and whistles in race seven like a loose casino gaming machine. The top three finishers were 8-1, 17-1, and 42-1, they were Dabblin Channel, Goodnightloving and Much About It. That trifecta paid out $1,180.60 on a 50-cent ticket. Add 6-5 betting favorite, She Might Tell, in fourth place and the 10-cent superfecta was worth $1,091.26. Jockey Danny Sorenson rode the winner to a half-length victory for trainer Joseph Smith and owner Albert Salmon, Jr., of Marshall, Texas.
Races six and seven also keyed a major payoff in the late 50-cent Primetime Pick 4 wager of $3,937.10. The odds on the Pick 4 winning horses were 58-1, 8-1, 9-5 (Box Seat, race eight) and 3-1 (Starship Zeus, race nine) in the final four races on the card, six-through-nine.
Through the first 32 dates of the Remington Park season, there have now been 44 wagers that paid $1,000 or more. The Thursday night card contributed six such payoffs.
TRAINER BRET CALHOUN MOVES INTO SIXTH PLACE ON ALL-TIME WINS LIST AT REMINGTON PARK WITH DOUBLE
Trainer Bret Calhoun of Navasota, Texas, began the fall Remington Park meet in eighth place overall with 363 victories at this Oklahoma City racetrack. As the meet progressed he moved past Roger Engel into seventh place with his 370th trip to the winner’s circle. On Thursday night, Calhoun, with victories 379 and 380, got by Joe Petalino into sixth place.
Calhoun now trails fifth-place Kenny Smith with 396 wins. His two victories Thursday night came with Dreammaster ($5.40 to win) in the second race at 8-5 odds and with Euroexit ($2.80) in the fifth race at 2-5. Jockey Richard Eramia won for him in the second while leading rider and two-time defending champion David Cabrera was in the irons in the fifth.
Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famers hold the top three spots in the all-time training standings at Remington Park. Steve Asmussen and Donnie Von Hemel are first and second with 1,089 and 1,057 wins respectively. Joe Offolter is third with 550 wins, followed by Clinton Stuart in fourth with 424.
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 & 24, with 9 races underway nightly 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 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, simulcast from Keeneland, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 & 7. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.