THIRD STREET SHOWS SIGNS OF HIS TALENT, WINNING FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS
When Third Street was shipped to Remington Park from Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, trainer Shawn Davis had high hopes for this 2-year-old gelding, starting him in two stakes races in a row.
Third Street didn’t show much in those two efforts after breaking his maiden at Lone Star by 7-1/4 lengths, but his effort Friday night in the featured allowance race for non-winners of two lifetime was more in line with what the gelding’s connections envisioned.
The son of Yoshida (JPN), out of the Street Boss mare Abbey Street, came from off the pace and swooped past the early front-runners like they were standing still in the turn for home and never looked back. Jockey Jose Alvarez didn’t have to ask him for much once he collared the early speed. Third Street pulled away in the 5-1/2 furlong sprint to win by 1-3/4 lengths.
Third Street started at Remington Park for the first time in the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes on Sept. 24 at six furlongs. His race wasn’t that bad as he rolled up in fourth, beaten only 4-1/4 lengths by Good Like Magic, a colt conditioned by the nation’s leading trainer by earnings this year, Brad Cox. Good Like Magic broke his maiden at Hawthorne in Chicago before running third in the Prairie Meadows Freshman Stakes in Iowa on Aug. 26. He then shipped to Oklahoma City and was impressive in his stakes win here. Since then, Good Like Magic ran third at Delta Downs in Louisiana.
Third Street’s second effort or lack thereof at Remington Park came in the $75,000 Clever Trevor Stakes in which he finished eighth, beaten 26 lengths by Magic Grant at seven furlongs. In that race, Third Street was engaged in an early speed duel that ended up with him and Vino Bianco running last and next-to-last. Davis gave Third Street three weeks off and dropped him in class Friday and the gelding responded, shortening up to 5-1/2 furlongs. He was sent off at 9-2 odds and returned $11.60 to win, $5.40 to place and $3.80 to show. The winning time for the race was 1:05.64 over the fast track. Third Street was sitting fourth down the backstretch about four lengths off the pace most of the way. Unbridled Bling (22-1) and True and Ready (even-money favorite) vied for the lead, but neither hit the board after wearing each other out.
Third Street cut into early fractions of :22.06 for the first quarter-mile, :46.12 for the half and then was right with the fading front-runners at ;59.09 for five-eighths of a mile.
Wish Man (9-2) finished second, 1-1/2 lengths in front of third-place finisher Bell Dozer (56-1). Wish Man had finished 19 lengths better than Third Street in the Clever Trevor when he ran third.
Third Street’s breeding was the first indication that he might have some talent. His sire, Yoshida (JPN) won $2.5 million-plus in his career, winning 5-of-18, including two Grade 1 stakes – the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga in 2019 and the $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs in 2018. He was trained by National Racing Museum Hall of Famer Bill Mott and ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith.
Third Street was up for bids at the Texas Thoroughbred Association 2-year-olds-in-Training Sale this Spring but he did not meet the reserve price asked. He was bred in Louisiana by Bryon Henderson. He earned $20,847 for owners Davis and Bill Carnes of Congress, Ariz., from the $35,000 purse Friday and improved his record to five starts and two wins for $45,948.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Nov. 18 with the first race at 7:07p.m.-Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $337 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.