SUNLIT SONG GETS IT DONE AGAIN ON REMINGTON PARK TURF COURSE IN FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE
Sunlit Song is a three-time stakes winner on turf courses from Oklahoma to Texas in his last nine starts, so it was no surprise that he turned on the jets in the stretch to beat the featured allowance field Wednesday night.
The 6-year-old gelded son of My Golden Song, out of the Early Flyer mare Fly So True, trained by Mindy Willis, won the $60,000 Remington Green Stakes here on Sept. 27 last year at 1-1/8th miles. Wednesday night’s race on the lawn was 7-1/2 furlongs. This is a versatile grass horse. He also won the $100,000 Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas at 1-1/8th miles on March 20 this year. His third stakes win greensward came at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the $50,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes at 1-1/16th miles on June 13.
He almost made it four stakes wins when he lost by three-quarters of a length, the renewal of the Remington Green this year on Sept. 26. He was 12 lengths back in 11th place early, before firing up the freight train halfway home. One jump past the finish line he was ahead of the winner Spooky Channel in that race.
On Wednesday night, jockey Leandro Goncalves had him well behind in sixth place coming up the backstretch before he made his move. On the far turn, he was rolling and had moved into second place coming into the stretch. By the time he hit the wire, he was 2-1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Don’task Don’ttell. The 8-5 post-time favorite, Tut’s Revenge, finished third, another half-length behind.
Sunlit Song was sent off as the 5-2 second favorite in the wagering and paid $7 to win, $4 to place and $2.40 to show. His winning time for the distance was 1:29.96 over the firm turf. He cut into fractions of :48.11 for the half-mile and 1:12.01 for three-quarters of a mile.
The winner is owned by Carolyn Barnett and Becky Harding of Pollok, Texas and was bred in Texas by Barnett. Sunlit Song earned $23,847 from the $40,000 purse and improved his record to 31 starts, 12 wins, eight seconds and four thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $435,594. His record on the Remington Park grass is 7-2-3-0 for $97,678.
Racing continues this week with a Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 21-23 schedule. First post time is 7:07 p.m. each night.
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