SHOCKINGLYFAMOUS DROPS FROM STAKES RACES, IMMEDIATELY FINDS WINNER’S CIRCLE AGAIN AT REMINGTON PARK
After racing in eight consecutive stakes races, trainer Kasey Willis dropped Shockinglyfamous in class and into the winner’s circle again for Friday night’s feature race at Remington Park
It wasn’t like the 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle, out of the Langfuhr (TB) mare Shocktime (TB), was totally destitute as a stakes runner. He had won three of those eight stakes races, but he hadn’t been close in two black-type events at Remington Park in 2021. He was beaten 2-3/4 lengths in the $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes to open his season on March 9 and then lost by three lengths in the $66,000 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge on March 27.
Willis, of Maysville, Okla., and Stone Chase Stables, the owners of Shockinglyfamous, put him into an allowance-optional $20,000 claiming race Friday and he responded in the softer spot with a 1-1/4 length victory at 4-5 odds. Jockey Jimmy Brooks booted the horse home in the 550-yard race and had to steer clear of the rest of the field inside him. Shockinglyfamous broke from the far outside post-position (7), and was side-by-side next to the horse from the inside rail post (1), Docs River Spirit (4-1) when he found the finish line. Jess Vamoose (11-1) finished third another 2-1/2 lengths behind the winner. Shockinglyfamous stopped the timer in :27.092 over the fast track for a speed index of 96.
Shockinglyfamous earned $10,162 from the purse of $20,200. This was a race for 3-year-olds-and-older that had not won a race since Oct. 30, 2020, or would run in this race for a $20,000 claiming price. Only one trainer stuck his horse in for that tag and it wasn’t Shockinglyfamous. The connections would make sure no one took the winner from the Willis barn.
Shockinglyfamous improved to 22 starts, six wins, two seconds and two thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $171,939. He was bred in Texas by Clarence Scharbauer III. His three stakes wins in the last eight tries came in the $130,000 Altoona Derby at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Oct. 12, 2019 at 400 yards, the $50,000 SLM Big Daddy at 550 yards at Remington Park last year on March 14, and the $15,000 Bank of America Rillito Challenge Championship at Ruidoso Downs on July 12, 2020.
Friday night’s victory was Shockinglyfamous’ second win in three tries at 550 yards and his second win in eight starts in Oklahoma City.
Remington Park live racing continues Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2. The first race on Saturday is at Noon, while Sunday racing begins at 6pm.
The Kentucky Derby simulcast is featured Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The first race from Churchill is at 9:30am with the Kentucky Derby set for 5:57pm. All times are Central.
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