RUN SLEWPY RUN TRYING TO KEEP IT ALL IN FAMILY WITH ANOTHER TRIP TO WINNER’S CIRCLE IN FRIDAY’S OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF TURF STAKES
When Run Slewpy Run goes to post for Friday night’s $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes, she will be trying to win her sixth race in a row on the Remington Park turf course and her second consecutive victory in this stakes.
The 4-year-old filly from trainer Jesse Oberlander’s barn will be trying to win this Oklahoma Classics race for the fourth time in a row for the Oberlander clan and the Imadancingslew family. Run Slewpy Run, by Den’s Legacy (Medaglia d’Oro), out of the Evansville Slew mare Imadancingslew, will be trying to repeat and defend her championship on Oklahoma Classics night for Jesse. The two years prior to her first win last year in the Classics Distaff Turf, her half-sister Alternative Slew won the race for trainer Randy Oberlander in 2019 and 2020. Randy, who has retired from training, is Jesse’s dad.
Three of Run Slewpy Run’s five wins in her current streak at Remington Park came in stakes company. She has won the past two $70,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes in 2021 and 2022 at 7-1/2 furlongs on the grass and the other was last year’s trip to the winner’s circle in this race at 1-1/16th miles. She won last year’s edition by three lengths over none other than her half-sister, Alternative Slew.
Run Slewpy Run’s latest victory came in this year’s Bob Barry Memorial Stakes on Sept. 23 with jockey Luis Quinonez in the saddle. Quinonez, the second-leading rider in Remington Park history behind only Cliff Berry, has been aboard for all five wins in the skein.
Run Slewpy Run is owned by Mike Jones of Bristow, Okla., and has won six-of-14 starts overall in her career with four seconds and one third for earnings of $277,424. She has been made the prohibitive 3-5 favorite by morning line maker Jerry Shottenkirk. She is 5-for-5 on the Remington grass with a bankroll of $205,095. Jones also bred and owned Alternative Slew who enjoyed success with six wins, five second and five thirds from 20 career attempts and lifetime earnings of $364,523.
The steely gray Run Slewpy Run started her local turf win streak on Sept. 2, 2021, when she won a first-level allowance race on the grass in Oklahoma City. She won so easily that night (1-1/4 lengths) that Oberlander moved her up in class her next grass outing and she won the Bob Barry for the first time. Like the lawnmower she has turned into she kept proving it, winning the next turf race, the $130,000 Oklahoma Distaff Classics Turf on Oct. 15 last year easily. Her fourth win in a row greensward came this meet when she won an open allowance by a neck. The fifth win was her second Bob Barry.
Oberlander has a secret to getting wins out of this filly.
“She’s easy to train; I just stay out of her way,” he said. “She’s great to have in the barn. I send her out in the morning and she just bucks and plays.”
When it comes to race night, she’s all business. Quinonez concurred with her effort in the Bob Barry last month when she fended off Morning Twilight for the score.
“She knows how to win,” he said. “She wanted to go to the lead but I just sat there (off the pace in fourth) and kept my eye on (Morning Twilight).”
Quinonez has won the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf five times. He won the past two with Run Slewpy Run and also aboard Bringinginthelute for trainer-owner-breeder C.R. Trout in 2014, on Soonerette for trainer Donnie Von Hemel and owner Dr. Robert Zoellner of Tulsa, Okla., in 2012, and on In the Band for trainer Brent Charlton and his ownership of Red Head Racing in 2011.
The field for the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf, by post position and program order, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
Plenty of Vision: Scott Young, Alfredo Triana, Jr., 9-2
Morning Twilight: Steve Asmussen, Stewart Elliott, 7-2
Ima Skywalker: Jesse Oberlander, Jose Alvarez, 10-1
Run Slewpy Run: Jesse Oberlander, Luis Quinonez, 3-5 (morning-line favorite)
Fightingtemptation: Alan Williams, T.L. Collier, 15-1
Special Treasure: Michael Whitelaw, David Cabrera, 20-1
Gospel Charity: Steve Williams, Freddy Manrrique, 20-1
Live racing at Remington Park continues this week with racing Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-22. There are 10 races on Friday night, Oklahoma Classics Night. All first post times the rest of the week are 7:07 p.m.-Central.
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