Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Politicallycorrect rallied on the extreme outside to upset 2-1 favorite Willy Beamin in Sunday's $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Hung out seven wide down the lane, the 10-1 chance came with an irresistible late charge beneath Kent Desormeaux to prevail in the shadow of the wire, snapping the favorite's six-race winning streak.
Trained by Wesley Ward, Politicallycorrect had placed in a pair of stakes over the summer. The Kitten's Joy gelding finished third in the Easy Goer at Belmont and runner-up to Prospective in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby, but was last seen trailing in the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga on July 29. The break, and a step back up in trip, helped to engineer a form reversal.
As Willy Beamin forced the pace set by Master Rick through fractions of :23 1/5, :47 2/5 and 1:12 1/5, Politicallycorrect was positioned a few lengths off the pace. Willy Beamin put Master Rick away, only to run a gauntlet of challenges turning for home. Prospective, Suns Out Guns Out and Called to Serve all loomed boldly, but Willy Beamin fought them off.
Then Politicallycorrect was unleashed on the far outside. Finishing fast, he overhauled Willy Beamin to win going away by three-quarters of a length. The winner negotiated 1 1/8 miles on the fast track in 1:50 1/5 and sparked mutuels of $22.20, $9.20 and $6.
Willy Beamin had a head to spare over Called to Serve, with Suns Out Guns Out another three-quarters of a length astern in fourth. Prospective weakened inside the final furlong and wound up fifth. Next came Daddy Nose Best, Master Rick, Ted's Folly, Speightscity and Diamond Joe.
Politicallycorrect now sports a mark of 12-3-3-2, $351,375. The Kentucky-bred, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park last December in his fourth try, was well beaten in both the Gulfstream Park Derby and Grade 1 Blue Grass. He began to turn the corner when runner-up to Atigun in a Churchill Downs allowance on Kentucky Derby Day, and continued his progress in his stakes placings.
Alvin Haynes and Beth Burchell's Sticks Wondergirl wired the field in the $250,000 Remington Park Oaks, the richest event on the undercard. The three-year-old filly by Stevie Wonderboy was able to open up at the eighth-pole, then had to dig down to repel even-money favorite Jemima's Pearl by three-quarters of a length. Trained by Greg Burchell, Sticks Wondergirl stopped the clock in 1:44 for 1 1/16 miles with Jon Court aboard. This was her third win in a row, which increases her lifetime earnings to $191,638, and her career mark now reads 4-3-0-0.
One race later, Black Hawk Stable's Alsvid took the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup by a nose from Apprehender. The Chris Hartman trainee stalked the pace from the inside before taking over the lead into the stretch, and the 8-5 favorite was just able to hang on. Ridden by Chris Landeros, the three-year-old gelding covered six furlongs in 1:09 2/5. The son of Officer has compiled a record of 10-7-0-1, $361,465.
The $125,000 Remington Green was captured by John C. Oxley's Lockout. The three-year-old colt by Limehouse was up close early from the inside and gained a short lead deep into the stretch, winning by a head from the seven-year-old Golden Yank. The Mark Casse trainee covered 1 1/16 miles over the good turf in 1:42 1/5 with Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard. With this first stakes victory to his credit, Lockout's scorecard stands at 9-3-5-0, $258,527.
Skedee kicked off the Oklahoma Derby undercard with a photo-finish win in the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn for Oklahoma-bred distaffers. Jockey Benny Landeros had her in second throughout and was all out late to win by a head. Skedee covered the 7 1/2 furlongs over the good turf in 1:31. The seven-year-old mare is trained by Mary Lowder, who co-owns her in partnership with breeders Robert Poteet and John Lowder. The daughter of Sefapiano boosts her bankroll to $362,752 with this stakes victory, and her career line now reads 28-8-9-3.