SHARE THE UPSIDE SHOWS HIS CLASS, STAYING UNBEATEN ON THE TURF, WINNING THREE TIMES IN THREE TRIES AT 5 FURLONGS
Share the Upside was a horse that had proven himself on the dirt, beating Whitmore in the King Cotton Stakes earlier this year at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Whitmore finished third and second in the past two Breeders’ Cup Sprints.
Share the Upside landed at Remington Park on Friday night to solidify his prowess on the turf and he did just that. In winning the $34,000 Edmond Turf Sprint allowance race, this 5-year-old gelded son of Maclean’s Music, out of the Silver Deputy mare Mystic Silver won for the third time in a row on the green at the same distance – 5 furlongs.
Another piece of evidence at how classy this 4-5 odds-on choice was is a look back at the 2019 Hot Springs Stakes sprint. Share the Upside ran second to Whitmore, beaten less than two lengths and finished just ahead of one of the classiest horses of all time at Remington Park and in Oklahoma racing history, Welder, who was third. Welder is the two-time Oklahoma Horse of the Year and two-time Remington Park Horse of the meet, something no other horse has accomplished in the track’s history.
So it was somewhat surprising when Share the Upside was only a few minutes out from post Friday and still hovering around even money in the six-horse field. When starter Vic Padilla broke the field from the gate, jockey Stewart Elliott pushed him to the lead and then cruised in second for the first half of the race, just behind Shannon C. Share the Upside took over at the top of the stretch and Elliott didn’t ask him to run until there was only a sixteenth of a mile remaining. At that point, the runner-up, About Our Time, started to pressure him. Share the Upside held off his late challenger to win by one length in a time of :57.10.
The Steve Asmussen trainee had come into the race with two wins at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, in his last two starts at 5 furlongs greensward. Both of those came in allowance-optional claiming races. The gelding is owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Holdings (J.G. Sikura) and Windsor Boys Racing of Lexington, Ky. The horse was bred in Ontario, Canada by the first owner.
Share the Upside paid $3.60, $3 and $2.10 across the board. Empire of Gold was third, another 2-1/4 lengths back of About Our Time. Share the Upside earned $20,349 from the purse and improved his lifetime record to 18 starts, eight wins, four seconds and one third for a bankroll of $420,217. On the turf, he is three-for-three for earnings of $69,453.
Live racing continues Saturday night at Remington Park with nine races on tap, starting at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $246 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 is scheduled to run through Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.