WILD BEHAVIOR WINS FIFTH RACE IN ROW, TAKING FEATURED ALLOWANCE SPRINT
Wild Behavior began a winning streak in Minnesota this summer that has carried over to Remington Park where he was victorious for the fifth consecutive race, taking the featured event here Friday night.
The nation’s top sire, Into Mischief, continues to send out winner after winner across the country and did again with Wild Behavior, a 5-year-old gelded son, out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Queen Brianna. He is trained by Ed Beam and was ridden to this victory by Floyd Wethey, Jr.
Wethey is one of three jockeys to win aboard Wild Behavior in his five-win skein. Dean Butler began the streak in the saddle as the gelding won by 10-1/4 lengths in a conditional allowance 6 furlongs race on the main track at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. That started the victorious madness on June 8. He followed that with another victory with Butler up on the grass at Canterbury on July 18 by a neck at 5 furlongs. Wild Behavior then went back to the dirt where he won his final two races during his Minnesota campaign on Aug. 10 and Aug. 29, by three-quarters of a length and 4-1/2 lengths, respectively. His final two wins in Minnesota came with Lindey Wade getting a leg up.
The last two wins came at his preferred 6 furlongs, the same distance at which he ran in Remington Park’s allowance in this starter allowance-$25,000 claiming optional race that carried a purse of $20,000.
The trip to the winner’s circle on Friday was his sixth win in 13 lifetime starts. He also has one second and one third. His bankroll swelled by $11,847 to $144,649. He also is owned by Beam of Arnett, Okla. Wild Behavior was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm. Despite the winning streak, the winner was sent off as the second favorite in the wagering at 7-2 odds. The 9-5 post-time favorite, Good Scout, showed some early tactical speed in third place early, but faded to seventh in the field of eight. The winner paid $9.20, $6.20 and $4.20 across the board.
The horse that ran second behind Wild Behavior, Keller’s Gold, was totally overlooked at 45-1 odds, despite having run second, beaten only two lengths by last week’s David M. Vance Stakes winner Greeley and Ben in a race on June 5. Greeley and Ben has won nine consecutive races. Welder, Remington Park’s all-time winningest horse with 16 Oklahoma City wins, ran third in that same race at Prairie Meadows.
Keller’s Gold finished, 4-3/4 lengths behind Wild Behavior, and was a nose ahead of third-place finisher Gold Street at 5-1 odds. Keller’s Gold returned $37.20 to place and $11.60 to show on $2 tickets. Gold Street paid $3.20 to show.
Running time for the 6 furlongs on Friday was :22.38 seconds for the first quarter-mile, :45.49 seconds for the half-mile, and :57.81 for five-eighths of a mile before hitting the wire in 1:10.74 over the fast track while under wraps in the final yards, apparently with plenty left in reserve. He made every pole a winning one after breaking second from the gate.
Jockey Ramon Vazquez enjoyed three victories on Friday night. The triple began in the opener aboard More ($2.60 to win) and continued with Shanghai Silver ($4), both horses are trained by Bret Calhoun. The hat trick wrapped in the final race of the evening aboard Win Won Dobbs ($5.80).
Vazquez now has 15 wins for the season, placing him in a three-way tie for third in the rider standings with Leandro Goncalves and Richard Eramia. David Cabrera heads the colony with 31 wins while Stewart Elliott is second with 19.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Oct. 2 with the first of nine races underway at 7:07pm-Central.
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