Governor's Cup S.
( 8.5f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Langfuhr Miners Mirage , by Mining
BAdena Springs, KY.; OZollars, Cathy and Bob; TSteven M. Asmussen
Sing Baby Sing
Unbridled's Song Roll Over Baby , by Rollin On Over
BClassicStar, KY.; OTom R. Durant; TJack A. Bruner
(DK B/ h,
Mr. Greeley Tipsy Girl , by Raise a Cup
BOratis Thoroughbreds, KY.; OMillard R. Seldin Revocable Trust; TGary A. Thomas
Steve Asmussen capped off a fine day at Remington Park when his Beta Capo snapped a five-race losing streak and easily took the Dec. 1 Governor’s Cup Stakes.
It was the final black-type event of Remington’s meeting, as well as Asmussen’s third victory of the afternoon, as he also won with Tactical in the third race and Hard to Get in the eighth. The training triple put Asmussen’s final season total at 48 wins, as he wrapped up his fourth Remington Park training championship. The title was his first at the Oklahoma City track since 1995.
Prevailing by four lengths over favored Sing Baby Sing in the Governor’s Cup, Beta Capo finished the 11¼16-mile contest over a fast track in 1:44.22.
Owned by Cathy and Bob Zollars of Dallas, Texas, Beta Capo was ridden by Cliff Berry as he faced four rivals. Berry was the meet’s leading rider with 87 wins.
The victory was the fifth from 17 starts for the Kentucky-bred son of Langfuhr, and the winner’s share of $45,000 boosted his career earnings to $267,564.
Beta Capo also took the March 31 Sportsman’s Paradise Stakes at Delta Downs, as well as the April 28 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge Stakes on turf at Lone Star Park.
Alone or in partnership, the Zollars also campaigned Private Emblem, a four-time stakes winner en route to being named 2002 New York champion 3-year-old male; and other graded stakes winners Fifty Stars and Real Dandy, a 2007 added-money winner.
Beta Capo was bred by Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs and was consigned to the 2006 Adena Springs March 2-year-olds in training sale where the Zollars bought him for $45,000. Adena Springs, agent, consigned him to the sale.
Beta Capo is out of the stakes-winning Mining mare Miners Mirage, who was purchased for $16,000 by Stronach at the 1994 Keeneland September yearling sale from Glencrest Farm, agent.
The mare has since produced two other stakes victors in addition to Beta Capo: Alpha Capo (by Alphabet Soup), who is also owned by the Zollars; and Stronach homebred Candy Box (by Running Stag), a 2007 added-money winner.
Miners Mirage’s last reported foal is a juvenile Milwaukee Brew colt named Fire Brewed, who has placed this year. The mare’s 2006 Touch Gold foal died, she was not bred last year, and was barren to the cover of El Prado this year.
Langfuhr is the sire of 51 stakes winners. Among his 18 2007 added-money winners are graded victors Jambalaya (gr. IT), Lang Field (gr. IT), Lawyer Ron (gr. I), and Last Answer (gr. IIT). Langfuhr will stand the 2008 season for $25,000 at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.—E.M.