SHOCKINGLYFAMOUS UPSETS, OUTLASTS TWO-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPION ROCK ABOUT IT IN THE SLM BIG DADDY STAKES
Rock About It had won the $52,320 SLM Big Daddy Stakes two years in a row at Remington Park and had never lost at 550 yards in four career races. Shockinglyfamous put an end to that streak with his upset win Saturday night in the Grade 3 event.
The 4-year-old horse by One Famous Eagle, out of the Langfuhr (TB) mare Shocktime (TB), dipped into all that thoroughbred breeding to outlast everyone at the long distance race for American Quarter Horses. Jockey Agustin Silva rode him perfectly to the win for trainer Kasey Willis and owners Stone Chase Stables and Alexia Willis of Maysville, Okla.
“I got in the gate, closed my eyes and hoped for the best,” said Silva after the victory. “He’s been working real good and felt good tonight. It was an awesome win.”
Rock About It dead-heated for second with Hot Dam Bam a Lam, both finishing three-quarters of a length back of the winner.
Shockinglyfamous last raced Oct. 12, 2019 when he was a winner at 10-1 odds in the $129,794 Altoona Derby at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. The colt is owned by Stone Chase Stables LLC (Butch Wise) of El Reno, Okla., and Alexia Willis of Maysville, Okla. He was bred in Texas by Clarence Scharbauer III.
As a 2-year-old, Shockinglyfamous won an 2018 All American Futurity trial at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, but did not make the lucrative final.
“Fear the beard,” said Wise in the winner’s circle, referring to the full growth that covers every inch of Silva’s face. “This is a nice horse and we’re all excited about it. I can’t wait to see him run through his stakes program at Remington Park. All the connections are very pleased with Kasey.”
Wise was inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2018, and has been connected to such legendary Quarter Horses as All American Futurity winner Refrigerator and one of the greatest sires in history, Corona Cartel. Wise arranged the sale of the legendary Refrigerator to James Helzer at an early stage in his great career. Wise also convinced Corona Cartel’s owner to stand the stallion in Oklahoma where he sired horses that have earned more than $62.8 million on the racetrack. Corona Cartel passed away in December at the age of 25.
The win in the SLM Big Daddy Stakes was the first for all connections. The stakes race is named for one of the most popular horses ever in Remington Park history. SLM Big Daddy won multiple stakes events locally in the years when he put back-to-back AQHA World Champion titles together in 1997 and 1998.
Shockinglyfamous covered the 550 yards in 26.395 seconds over a fast track, which started the night as sloppy. The time was good for a new stakes record in the SLM Big Daddy. The previous record was :26.451 set by Mixed Fantasy in the 2014 edition. The race was run with a 14 mph tailwind.
Shockinglyfamous left the gate at 5-1 odds and paid $13 to win, $5.40 to place and $4.40 to show. Rock About It finished in a dead-heat for the place with the 2-1 wagering favorite, Hot Dam Bam A Lam. Rock About It paid $3.20 to place and $3.60 to show. Hot Dam Bam A Lam paid $2.60 to place and $3.20 to show.
Shockinglyfamous earned a speed index of 109 for the win. He improved his lifetime record to 15 starts, four wins, five seconds and two thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $145,459. He banked $29,622 for this win.
Racing continues at Remington Park on Sunday with a first post time of 1:30 p.m. A 10-race card is on tap.
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