ROWDY RASCAL AND KACHINA HANDLE OKLAHOMA-BRED FOES IN WEDNESDAY DOUBLE-FEATURE
ROWDY RASCAL BEATS STAKES CALIBER FIELD TO WIN FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE
Rowdy Rascal had been beaten by Number One Dude, Fly to the Bank and Tommyhawk the last time he faced them; Wednesday night he got his revenge on all of them, winning the featured allowance race.
Maybe it was the switch in distance to seven furlongs or the fact that he was in peak form his third time to the track off his last layoff, but whatever the case, he wound up going gate to wire under allowance conditions for Oklahoma-breds, 3-years-old and older. He had finished behind those three rivals on Sept. 22 here, at Fair Meadows in Tulsa on July 20 and June 14, and at Will Rogers Downs on May 9. None of those races were at seven furlongs, however.
Trainer Boyd “Jobe” Caster had the 4-year-old revved up and ready to roll in his third race of the meet after two strong efforts on the grass, running second, beaten a half-length by Eakly in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Turf on Oct. 20 at Remington Park. The time before that, Number One Dude, the 4-5 favorite in Wednesday’s race, had run second and Rowdy Rascal third in the $50,000 Red Earth Stakes, also on the lawn.
The last time Rowdy Rascal had stayed to have his picture taken after a race at Remington Park was last year on Dec. 17 in the $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes. That was also his last win on the dirt at any track. Fly to the Bank had won the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes on Nov. 11, 2022, a race in which Rowdy Rascal had finished dead last in 12th, beaten 16 lengths. On Wednesday night, however, Fly to the Bank could do no better than second despite winning two stakes races in a row on the dirt here – the $30,000 Silver Goblin Stakes on Nov. 10 and the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint on Oct. 20.
Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan pushed Rowdy Rascal to the front quickly out of the seven-furlongs chute and battled with Number One Dude for a half mile before taking over. Those two and Fly to the Bank then hooked up down the stretch before Dude faded to third.
Rowdy Rascal earned $24,000 from the $40,000 purse for owner JT Stables (Theresa Moore) of Springdale, Ark. Sent off as the 7-2 third-favorite in the race, Rowdy Rascal paid $9.40 to win, $6.40 to place and $3.80 to show. He was bred in Oklahoma by Harmony Stable. The winner improved his record to 23 starts, six wins, two seconds and four thirds for earnings of $281,482.
Rowdy Rascal covered seven furlongs in 1:23.85 on the fast track, setting fractions of :23.69 for the first quarter-mile, :46.60 for the half and 1:10.88 for three-quarters of a mile. He beat Fly to the Bank (5-2 second favorite) by three-quarters of a length, followed by Number One Dude, another 1-1/4 lengths behind. Tommyhawk (9-2) was fourth and That’s Something (18-1) fifth.
KACHINA COMPLETES NIGHT OF UPSETS IN FEATURE RACES, BEATING HEAVY FAVORITE DICEY
Kachina had not raced at seven furlongs since she ran third in the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes for Fillies on Sept. 9, 2022, but now that she came back to the distance, the filly might have found her favorite measure. She won the featured allowance race for fillies at 13-1 odds, beating fillies and mares that had already dusted her handily on several occasions.
Four opponents in Wednesday’s eighth race allowance for older Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares had beaten Kachina in the past year – Stormieis Blue, Da Prairie Girl, Gotta See Red and Fightingtemptation.
At 1 mile, 70 yards last time out on Oct. 20, Stormieis Blue beat Kachina by 17 lengths in the $111,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Handicap. Gotta See Red beat her by one length in the $55,000 More Than Ever Stakes at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla.; Fightingtemptation beat her by a neck in allowance conditions at WRD, and Da Prairie Girl by six lengths in an allowance at Remington last fall in November.
Kachina actually was passed by Dicey (even-money favorite) in the stretch Wednesday night, but dug in at the rail and, like the Grinch at Christmas, her heart grew three times its normal size. She slowly, but surely, regained the ground she lost and passed Dicey at the wire on the inside rail. It was like Christmas morning to trainer Kari Craddock and owner Dana Kirk of Kirk Thoroughbreds from Luther, Okla.
Kachina, a 4-year-old filly by Pollard’s Vision (Carson City), out of the Indian Charlie mare Mudlaff Charlie, was bred by her owner in Oklahoma. She earned $23,898 from the $40,000 purse and improved to 13 starts, four wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $105,930. Her winning time for seven furlongs was 1.25.03 on the fast track.
Kachina paid $29.60 to win, $12 to place and $7.20 to show. She won by a neck over Dicey, who was coming into this race off three wins in a row, one of them the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint. Dicey was a half-length in front of Stormieis Blue (11-1) in third. The rest of the finish was Gotta See Red (7-1) fourth, Da Prairie Girl (7-5) fifth, Alternative Slew (14-1) sixth and Fightingtemptation (76-1) seventh.
Interior fractions for the race were :22.93 for the first quarter-mile, set by Gotta See Red, followed by :45.74 for the half and 1:11.22 for three-quarters. Dicey had taken the lead at the top of the stretch.
Remington Park racing continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 with cards that begin with a first post time of 7:07 p.m.-Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $337 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.