Tac N Dale took advantage of clear sailing from the far outside post position in the feature race Friday night at Remington Park, an allowance-optional $35,000 claiming affair. The 5-year-old won easily while horses from the rail post position out to the fifth post position became involved in a rugby scrum, causing a disqualification.

While jockey Rolando Raudales was flying free aboard Tac N Dale, away from the cement mixer of horses in the middle of the track, he proved much the best. Trained by Stacey Capps and owned by the Dusty Rose Ranch of Oklahoma City, it was the second win in a row for the connections as they also won the previous event, a maiden race with Docs Dusty Cartel, a 2-year-old. Tac N Dale is a half-brother to the younger Docs Dusty Cartel.

Someone else thought he was going to run big, other than Tac N Dale’s connections, as he was picked up for the healthy claiming price of $35,000. The winner now moves to the barn of trainer Jorge L. Gonzalez for new owner Family Racing.

When the gates opened, the No. 5 horse, Defender One, broke toward the rail, forcing the No. 4 horse, Southernstylemission, inward. That activity squeezed the No. 3 horse, No Mires a La Luna, completely out of the race with no chance to run well. The original finish of the race had Tac N Dale first, Southernstylemission second, HR Storm On In third and Defender One fourth. When all was said and done, the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission stewards determined Defender One was at fault for the major traffic jam and he was disqualified from that placing, to last in the field of eight. SM Lexis Chick was placed fourth after the DQ.

Tac N Dale, a gelded son of Prospect to the Top, out of the Okey Dokey Dale mare Docs Dusty Dale, hit the wire at 350 yards ahead of the runner-up by 1-1/4 lengths. The horses that ran second through sixth were in a blanket finish by the following margins apart – nose, nose, one length, nose and a neck. The winner hit the wire in a time of :17.844 over the fast track, earning a speed index of 81. Southernstylemission and HR Storm On In survived the traffic madness to remain second and third.

Tac N Dale, at 5-1 odds, returned $12 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show. He earned $14,258 from the $24,500 purse. His record improved to 21 starts, five wins, three seconds and two thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $122,002. He was bred in Oklahoma by Dusty Rose Ranch.

Remington Park racing continues Saturday and Sunday, March 27 & 28, with the first race nightly at 6pm-Central. Saturday’s main event is the Grade 2 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge at 440 yards.

Tracked by more than 165,000 fans on Facebook and 10,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $258 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 2021 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season continues through May 29. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.