The richest racing program for Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbreds is set for the evening night of Oct. 22 at Remington Park. More than $1 million in purses is on the line over 10 races Friday with the final eight races comprising the Oklahoma Classics stakes events.
The main event is the final race on the program, the $175,000 Classic, presented by the Chickasaw Nation, at 1 1/16 miles. A field of 10 entered the race with Pleasant Storm tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Remington Park oddsmaker Jerry Shottenkirk.
“Pleasant Storm won the allowance prep for the Oklahoma Derby but bypassed the big one for the Classic,” Shottenkirk said. “Although he's a 3-year-old against older horses, he still has a class edge. He ended his 2009 season by winning the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile and then ran in some difficult races this spring, including the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn, in which he was sixth behind Lookin At Lucky .”
Bred and owned by Vickie Fixley and trained by Joe Petalino, Pleasant Storm will try to add the Classic to his score a year ago in the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile. Jockey Bryan McNeil has the call.
Pleasant Storm is a winner of three of six starts, with all of his wins coming at Remington. He won his season debut last month, scoring by a half-length, using his normal closing move from off the pace. His career earnings coming into the Classic stand at $101,532. He started his 2010 campaign with a second-place finish behind Dryfly in Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Stakes before his run in the Rebel.
He is by Pleasant Tap out of the Stormin Fever mare Burning Fever.
Pleasant Storm will face nine, four of which raced on Classics night last year. J J’s Indy (2nd), Pacar (4th), and Run Off River (6th) competed in the Classic a year ago, finishing behind the victor, Marq French. Garbu’s Son moves into the Classic this year after competing in the Classics Turf in 2009 where he finished fourth.
Oklahoma Classic, presented by Chickasaw Nation, 1 1/16 miles, $175,000, Remington Park, Oklahoma-breds, post time 11:02 p.m. CDT
PP, Horse, Trainer, Jockey
1, Run Off River, Brad Heidelberg, Luis Quinonez
2, Davilar, Larry Wilson, Jose Medina
3, Some Quick, Dale Sneed, Benny Landeros
4, Pleasant Storm, Joe Petalino, Bryan McNeil
5, Share Cropper, Allen Milligan, Martin Escobar,
6, Pacar, Mike Teel, Chris Landeros
7, Motion Approved, Marti Rodriguez, Nena Matz
8, Okie City, Juan Padilla, Belen Quinonez
9, J J’s Indy, Brent Charlton, Dale Cordova
10, Garbu’s Son, Ernie Davidson, Cliff Berry
The lineup for the Oklahoma Classics stakes races, with approx. post times (CDT):
• Race 3 - $90,000 Lassie, presented by Kaw Nation, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, 7:32pm
• Race 4 - $90,000 Juvenile, presented by Heritage Place, 2-year-olds, six furlongs, 8:02pm
• Race 5 - $145,000 Distaff, presented by Remington Park, older fillies & mares, 1 mile-70 yards, 8:32pm
• Race 6 - $130,000 Filly & Mare Turf, presented by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, 7-1/2 furlongs, 9:02pm
• Race 7 - $130,000 Sprint, presented by Will Rogers Downs Cherokee Casino, six furlongs, 9:32pm
• Race 8 - $130,000 Filly & Mare Sprint, presented by Cherokee Nation, older fillies & mares, 10:02pm
• Race 9 - $130,000 Turf, presented by the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association and the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, one mile, 10:32pm
• Race 10 - $175,000 Classic, presented by Chickasaw Nation, 1-1/16 miles, 11:02pm
The Oklahoma Classics program at Remington Park will be featured on the TVG racing channel, available to both Direct TV and Dish Network satellite subscribers. TVG racing analyst Chris Kotulak will be live at Remington Park during the Oklahoma Classics to head their coverage.