SPRINGBOARD MILE ENTRANTS PUT IN WORKOUTS TO PREPARE FOR REMINGTON PARK’S TOP 2-YEAR-OLD STAKES
Four of the top five favorites in the morning-line odds for the $300,000 Springboard Mile, hit other racetracks on Friday morning to get in some final workouts prior to the running of Remington Park’s cornerstone 2-year-old race. The event on Friday, Dec. 15 carries qualifying points for the 2024 Kentucky Derby.
The winner gets 10 Kentucky Derby points with the progression going five points for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth.
Raging Torrent, the 3-1 second favorite in the morning line put in a workout at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., with a six-furlong move in 1:14.00 handily. The juvenile colt trained by Doug O’Neill is expected to ship to Remington Park from Southern California on Monday, Dec. 11. O’Neill has already won the Kentucky Derby twice – with Nyquist in 2016 and with I’ll Have Another in 2012. Raging Torrent has been entered to go with a blinkers off equipment change in the Springboard Mile and has his regular West Coast rider Antonio Fresu named to riding duties here.
Owned by Great Friends Stables and Mark Davis, Raging Torrent broke his maiden at first asking in July at Del Mar near San Diego. O’Neill immediately entered him in his first graded stakes race, the Grade 3, $200,000 Best Pal Stakes, in which he finished third, beaten 8-3/4 lengths. That didn’t deter O’Neill’s and his owners’ confidence in the colt. Raging Torrent came back to race in two Grade 1s – the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity and the American Pharoah. He finished fourth in both of those, adding blinkers in the latter race.
The undefeated and stakes-winning 2-year-old gray colt Glengarry, the third favorite in the Springboard morning line at 7-2 odds, went to the track at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Friday morning for trainer Doug Anderson. He breezed a half-mile in 49-seconds flat under Remington Park’s eighth-leading rider this meet, Luis Fuentes. Jockey Luis Saez has been named to ride Glengarry in the Springboard Mile.
Glengarry is expected to go into Remington Park trainer Boyd “Jobe” Caster’s barn and Caster said he expects the horse to be here this weekend. Glengarry recorded a bullet workout Dec. 2 at Oaklawn, covering five furlongs, breezing in 1:00.10, the fastest of 29 horses that went that distance that day. His breeze today was 18th fastest of 93 that went the four furlongs distance.
Glengarry, a juvenile son of Maximus Mischief (Into Mischief), out of the Tizway mare L.A. Way, is three-for-three to start his career, including two stakes wins. Anderson said he wanted to stretch the horse out and thought the Springboard would be perfect for him.
Glengarry, a $150,000 private purchase by an ownership group that includes Anderson, and Iowa residents Aaron Kennedy and Toby Joseph, broke his maiden by 5-3/4 lengths at first asking on Aug. 28 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. The gray colt was bred in Iowa by Highpoint Bloodstock. Glengarry followed up the first race with an even more impressive victory by 12-3/4 lengths on Sept. 30 in the $100,000 Iowa Cradle Stakes.
Gettysburg Address and Fidget
The nation’s top trainer by earnings, Brad Cox, also sent his two Springboard entries to the track this morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. – Gettysburg Address (6-1) and Fidget (8-1).
Gettysburg Address worked 1:00.40 for five furlongs, breezing, the second-fastest time at that distance today of 21 horses working the half-mile. Fidget went the same distance in 1:02.60, breezing, getting the 20th best time.
Otto the Conqueror
The only one of the top five favorites that didn’t go to the track was Otto the Conqueror, the 5-2 favorite for the Springboard Mile, out of the barn of all-time winningest trainer in thoroughbred racing, Steve Asmussen. Heading for his 18th training title at Remington Park, Asmussen sent out the son of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, out of the Shackleford mare Dream It Is, to the Oaklawn racing surface on Tuesday of this week where he trained in 1:01.20, breezing, at five furlongs. That was the seventh-fastest move of 23 that worked five-eighths of a mile on Tuesday in Hot Springs.
Other Springboard Mile horses that put in works today included My Buddy Mel (Remington Park, four furlongs, :51.21 handily, 27th of 40) and Third Street (Remington Park, four furlongs, :51.66 handily, 33rd of 40).
The Springboard Mile field, by post position and program order, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
Fidget: Brad Cox, Marcelino Pedroza, Jr., 8-1
My Buddy Mel: Danny Pish, Jermaine Bridgmohan, 20-1
Gettysburg Address: Brad Cox, Flavien Prat, 6-1
Magic Grant: Eddie Milligan, Jr., Richard Eramia, 8-1
Glengarry: Doug Anderson, Luis Saez, 7-2
Raging Torrent: Doug O’Neill, Antonio Fresu, 3-1
Rhino Runner: Sean Williams, Stewart Elliott, 20-1
Otto The Conqueror: Steve Asmussen, Tyler Gaffalione, 5-2
Third Street: Shawn Davis, Jose Alvarez, 20-1
Remington Park racing continues for five more dates, including Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:07pm. Racing on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13 & 14 also begins at 7:07pm. The Springboard program on Friday, Dec. 15 will start at 5pm. The final date of the Thoroughbred Season is Saturday, Dec. 16 with an early start of 2:30pm. All times are Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $340 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.