A solid collection of juveniles will assemble Dec. 15 for the $250,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park, a race in which last year 128-1 shot Texas Bling outran eventual grade I winner Will Take Charge.
The Springboard Mile attracted a field of 12 from all points, with some intriguing connections sending their young horses to the Oklahoma City oval. Larry Jones has a promising maiden winner entered, while Wesley Ward also sends in a duo against some talented local stock. All runners carry 120 pounds.
Brereton Jones' Divine View
, a Divine Park
colt, broke his maiden at first asking for trainer Larry Jones by 2 3/4 lengths going 6 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs
Nov. 16 with a bold four-wide move. Norberto Arroyo Jr. gets the mount from post 3.
The Ward-trained Noble Cornerstone
won a Nov. 3 maiden special weight at six furlongs at Aqueduct Racetrack
Nov. 3; a Noble Causeway
gelding bred and owned by My Meadowview Farm, he ships in here for just his second start. Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux picks up the mount from the 8 hole.
Trainer Don Von Hemel sends out Clever Trevor Stakes winner Smack Smack
, owned and bred by country singer Toby Keith's Dream Walkin Farms. The Closing Argument
gelding has four wins and a third from five starts, including that Nov. 8 closing score in the seven-furlong Clever Trevor at Remington and back-to-back wins in the Aug. 10 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Stakes and July 20 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes.
Cody Autrey has Guns Loaded
for Ywachetta Driver and James Travis, a Florida-bred son of D'Wildcat
who was outfinished in the Clever Trevor by half a length in his dirt debut. Prior to that local contest, Guns Loaded made three starts at Del Mar
on the synthetic track, breaking his maiden in July, finishing third in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) in August, and running fifth of 11 in the Sept. 8 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I). Jockey Clifton Berry gets the mount from the far outside.
Michael Langford's Dunkirk
colt Dunkin Bend
was fourth in the Clever Trevor for trainer Steve Asmussen, and looks to return to the form that saw him take the Sept. 1 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park
Robert Zoellner's homebred Alpha and Omega
gets the rail, and looks to build a win streak off a frontrunning three-length victory in the Nov. 29 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes at Remington. He has two wins and two seconds from four starts for trainer Kari Craddock.
Another local contender of interest is Black Hawk Stable's Run Away and Hide
, who did just that in his last start. After a solid maiden-breaking score first time out Nov. 7, the Chris Hartman trainee came back Dec. 4 and rolled gate-to-wire by 9 3/4 lengths in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance optional claiming event.
Bret Calhoun also has a back-to-back winner, Louies Flower
, a Flower Alley
colt who went wire-to-wire in an Oct. 30 one-mile allowance event while rolling by 5 1/4 lengths for owner Wesley Melcher.
is intriguing if only for his versatility early on; the Iowa-bred Cactus Ridge
gelding won his first two starts on dirt at Prairie Meadows
and successfully transferred that form for trainer Chris Richard to take the Sept. 14 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes at Kentucky Downs
by 5 1/4 lengths going seven furlongs on turf. A run on Polytrack in an off-the-turf edition of the Oct. 6 Bourbon Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland
did not go as well; he finished sixth of 13 there last out and returns to dirt again after a brief rest.
Big Sugar Racing's Big Sugar High
, who broke his maiden two starts back at Prairie Meadows and was third in the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile for trainer Tim Martin, and stablemate Denali Rahy Ruler
, a local allowance winner also trained by Martin for Charles Robinson, complete the field.
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Alpha and Omega (OK), G. Murphy, K Craddock
2. Dunkin Bend (KY), R. A. Vazquez, S M Asmussen
3. Divine View (KY), N. Arroyo, Jr., J L Jones
4. Walt (KY), K.S. Tohill, C A Hartman
5. Smack Smack (KY), J. Barton, D Von Hemel
6. Louies Flower (FL), L.S. Quinonez, W B Calhoun
7. Pachanga Party (FL), D.R. Flores, W A Ward
8. Noble Cornerstone (NY), K.J. Desormeaux, W A Ward
9. Boji Moon (IA), T.J. Thompson, C Richard
10. Big Sugar High (OK), G.W. Corbett, T E Martin
11. Denali Rahy Ruler (KY), A. Birzer, T E Martin
12. Guns Loaded (FL), M.C. Berry, C Autrey