THREE-TIME DEFENDING RIDING CHAMPION DAVID CABRERA MAKES FOUR MORE TRIPS TO REMINGTON PARK WINNER’S CIRCLE
Remington Park’s three-time defending riding champion David Cabrera continues to reign dominantly at this Oklahoma City track, winning four of the nine races on Saturday night.
Cabrera padded his lead in this year’s standings to 25 wins to Stewart Elliott’s 14. His four wins Saturday came with four different trainers – Karl Broberg, Ron Moquett, Austin Gustafson and Danny Pish. Cabrera took both halves of the early Daily Double with Broberg-trained Tiz Showbiz (6-1 odds, $14.40 to win) in the first race and with Moquett’s Pure Courage (8-5, $5.40) in the second. The $2 Daily Double paid $65. Cabrera rode Gustafson’s first-time starter Steels All In (3-1, $8), hitting the line first in race five, as he did with Pish’s Give It Everything (6-5, $4.60) in the eighth.
If that’s not enough to solidify his riding prowess to fans, Cabrera, with all eight of his mounts Saturday, ran either first or second. The only race he didn’t run first or second was the seventh race and he didn’t have a mount in that race. He finished as the runner-up in the third, fourth, sixth and ninth races.
It would have been five wins Saturday had Cabrera not been caught by a nose in the sixth race aboard Dont Float the Ice. Cabrera’s mount had the lead the entire race except at the wire.
Cabrera, with his 25 victories, leads Elliott in second, 14; Leandro Goncalves, 12; Richard Eramia, 11, and Alfredo Triana, Jr. rounding out the top five. Elliott did his best to keep pace, winning two races on the Saturday program.
The trainers’ race also is a tight one this meet with perennial winner Steve Asmussen scoring 11 wins thus far, followed by Broberg and Kari Craddock tied for second with eight each. Scott Young has seven and then tied for fifth are Danny Pish and Austin Gustafson with six victories each.
TRAINER BROBERG’S FLASH OF MISCHIEF, NOMINATED TO GRADE 3 OKLAHOMA DERBY, WORKS FIVE FURLONGS
Trainer Karl Broberg has not yet fully committed to running 3-year-old Flash of Mischief in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 26, but the colt did put up a 5-furlong workout at Remington Park on Saturday morning.
Broberg said he was on the fence about starting him here or in a starter allowance at 7 furlongs at Churchill Downs in Kentucky next Saturday.
Flash of Mischief’s work was a useful move, covering the five-eighths of a mile in 1:01.46 handily over a fast track. The workout, not from the gate, was recorded as the sixth fastest of 33 that went the five furlongs distance on Saturday morning.
The bay colt by the country’s leading sire, Into Mischief, out of the Political Force mare Flashy Campaign, has won 5-of-12 races in his career for earnings of $338,102. He is owned and was bred by Jerry Namy in Kentucky.
Among the victories for Flash of Mischief, the $250,000 St. Louis Derby on Aug. 28 at Fan Duel Fairmount Park in his most recent race and the $50,000 Golden Circle Stakes at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on May 15.
The Saturday morning worktab included another nominee to the Oklahoma Derby, as Hailey’s Melody breezed five furlongs for owner/trainer Joe Offolter. A 3-year-filly, also nominated to the Grade 3 Remington Park Oaks on Sept. 26, put up a 1:02.81 breeze to prep possibly for one of the two biggest races on derby day.
Remington Park racing continues next week with a Wednesday-Sunday schedule, Sept. 22-26. The action begins nightly at 7:07pm with the only Sunday race day of the meet, serving as Oklahoma Derby Day, staring at 3pm. All times are Central.
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