STAKES WINNER CAMPFIRE CREED STAYS UNBEATEN AT THIS MEET WITH SECOND WIN IN ROW IN REMINGTON PARK FEATURE
Campfire Creed caught the eye of every Remington Park fan last year when he won the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes and he has received the same kind of looks this year, winning two in a row, including Thursday’s featured allowance.
That Kip Deville Stakes win last year on Sept. 25 became even more impressive, looking back, as the horse that ran second to him in the six-furlongs stakes was Wildatlanticstorm, who went on to win the $400,000 Springboard Mile.
Campfire Creed, a 3-year-old gelded son of Jimmy Creed, out of the More Than Ready mare Mahbadiha, was incredible in his four starts at Remington Park last year. Trainer Danny Pish sent him out in his first try here on Aug. 20 and he broke his maiden by 5-1/4 lengths. He immediately won the Kip Deville in his next start. Pish then put him in the $100,000 Clever Trevor, stretching out to seven furlongs. Wildatlanticstorm got his revenge, beating Campfire Creed by a nose. Campfire Creed then got shuffled in traffic in the first turn of the Springboard Mile and never got into the race, finishing fifth, beaten by 10-1/2 lengths.
Jockey Gerardo Mora rode Campfire Creed in all his 2022 races. Pish since has moved on to jockey Lindey Wade and Wade has picked up where Mora left off, winning two straight now on Campfire Creed.
Pish gave his gelding some time off after the Springboard, laying him up from December 17 to Oct. 11, almost 10 months before starting him as a 3-year-old for owner Dennis E. Foster of Cle Elum, Wash. He whistled in that start, his debut as a sophomore at Remington Park in allowance non-winners of three company. Campfire Creed finished in front by 4-1/4 lengths at 6-1/2 furlongs with Wade in the irons for the first time. Wade got back aboard on Thursday night and had to fight a little harder with allowance non-winners of four career races, sneaking in as a winner by a neck at 1-2 odds. Crooked Fellow (11-1) finished second after leading the race in the early going, backing out of it and being passed, and then re-firing in the stretch to make it a four-horse scramble for the win.
Crooked Fellow was three-quarters of a length ahead of third-place finisher, a filly with the boys, Blameitonmidnight (13-1), who was another head in front of Gunflash (2-1 second favorite) in fourth.
On Thursday, Crooked Fellow set early fractions of :24.20 for the first quarter-mile, :47.33 for the half-mile, 1:11.55 for three-quarters and then Campfire Creed took over in the stretch as he hit the seven furlongs in 1:24.57, finishing the mile in 1:38.32 over the fast track.
It was the first time Campfire Creed had won a race longer than 6-1/2 furlongs. He earned $22,149 from the $37,000 purse and improved his record to seven starts, four wins and two seconds for earnings of $150,825. Foster bought him for $60,000 in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale of 2021. Campfire Creed was bred in Kentucky by Highclere Inc.
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 & 28. The Clever Trevor Stakes for 2-year-olds is featured at seven furlongs on Friday evening. The first post nightly is 7:07 CDT.
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.