Easyfromthegitgo Looks to Oklahoma Derby for First Graded Win
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2002 6:33 PM
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 11:43 PM
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runner-up Easyfromthegitgo is the morning line favorite for the $250,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) at Remington Park on Sunday.
The son of Dehere, out of Montera (by Easy Goer), has the highest earnings ($526,890) among the nine horses entered in the $250,000 stakes, formerly known as the Remington Park Derby. Easyfromthegitgo also has the best record against graded stakes company, which earned him the morning line odds of 5-2. Easyfromthegitgo also finished third in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III). The colt is trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by James Cassels and Robert Zollars.
Second choice at 7-2 is West Virginia Derby (gr. III) runner-up The Judge Sez Who. The colt by Judge T C, out of Mandy Mack (by Native Prospector) finished a neck behind Wiseman's Ferry in his last start. Before the West Virginia Derby, he finished third in the Ohio Derby (gr. III) behind winner Magic Weisner and Wiseman's Ferry. The Judge Sez Who is trained by Milton Wolfson and owned by Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds.
Other contenders to test the waters in graded stakes include Dusty Spike who finished third in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, Missme who finished sixth in the Rebel Stakes, and Grey Beard who finished seventh in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Missme has the best record coming into the race. The dark bay or brown gelding by Belong to Me has won his last three races, two of them $60,000 stakes races at Prairie Meadows and Ellis Park.
The field for the Oklahoma Derby is as follows:
1) Missme, Calvin Borel, 112, 6-1
2) Easyfromthegitgo, Corey Lanerie, 121, 5-2
3) Grey Beard, Rafael Bejarano, 112, 20-1
4) Wishingitwas, Buck Harris, 115, 15-1
5) The Judge Sez Who, Cornelio Velasquez, 112, 7-2
6) Premeditation, Curt Bourque, 115, 10-1
7) Cowboy Stuff, Frank Lovato Jr., 118, 9-2
8) A.P. Five Hundred, Robbie Albarado, 112, 5-1
9) Dusty Spike, Karry Kretzer, 112, 8-1
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