RUN SLEWPY RUN WINS HER SECOND OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF TURF IN PAST THREE YEARS WITH STRONG LATE MOVE
Run Slewpy Run won the $99,600 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf on Friday night at Remington Park. It is her second win in this race in the past three years.
In fact, Run Slewpy Run and her half-sister Alternative Slew have won this race in four of the last five years. Only Plenty of Vision broke up the party in 2022. Jockey Stewart Elliott won his fourth Classics victory and his first in this race. He brought home Run Slewpy Run for owner-breeder Mike Jones of Bristow, Okla., and trainer Jayde Gelner. This was Jones’ fourth win in this race and Gelner’s second overall and first in this race. Gelner would later add a third Classics win, scoring the Classics Cup with Ghost Hero.
Run Slewpy Run won two years ago out of trainer Jesse Oberlander’s barn and Alternative Slew won in 2019-2020 for Jesse’s dad Randy Oberlander. Both Jones’ horses are from the dam Imadancingslew. Alternative Slew ran fourth in behind her half-sister in the this year’s Distaff Turf.
Remington Park leading rider Stewart Elliott needed some room to gain his fourth Classics victory as Run Slewpy Run was bottled up in traffic with a quarter-mile left in the Distaff Turf.
“As long as we found her somewhere to go, I knew we’d be fine; but we NEEDED somewhere to go,” Elliott said with a laugh. “We waited and waited and just needed a spot to open up. As soon as (Ruby the Destroyer) drifted, she went right through that hole.”
Run Slewpy Run was sent off as the heavy betting favorite at 1-2 odds and paid $3 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Her trip to the winner’s circle was worth $59,760 from the purse and improved her record to 20 starts, eight wins, five seconds and two thirds for earnings of $396,401. She won the 1-1/16th miles race on the firm turf in 1:46.72.
Run Slewpy Run sat fifth in the early going, cutting into interior fractions of :24.66 for the first quarter-mile, :50.29 for the half, 1:15.40 for six furlongs and 1:40.53 for the mile. Ruby the Destroyer led the way in the early going before tiring in the stretch. Run Slewpy Run swooped past the early pace horses and won by three-quarters of a length over Drenched (14-1).
“That little gray mare sure is tough,” said Jones. “You give her a hole and she’ll go through it.”
Gelner was thrilled with the ride Elliott gave her.
“This is a blessing; she’s great,” said Gelner. “It was a great ride from Stewart; he threaded the needle and got the win.”
Jones owns and breeds this mare by Den’s Legacy, out of her Evansville Slew mother.
True Blue Sky (5-2 second favorite) checked in third, another 1-3/4 lengths back of Drenched. The rest of the order of finish was Alternative Slew (8-1) fourth, Ruby the Destroyer (16-1) fifth, Plenty of Vision (33-1) sixth and Rainbows are Free (13-1) seventh.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Oct. 21 with the first post of 7:07pm-Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $331 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.