Trainer Steve Asmussen, entered five horses in Sunday's $400,000 Springboard Mile. Remington Park's featured 2-year-old event of the Thoroughbred meet. The Springboard Mile is the final race on this year's calendar with valuable qualifying points for the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
Leading the Remington Park trainer standings with 93 wins thru Dec. 10, Asmussen placed a quintet into the Springboard. His group includes four who have already competed in Oklahoma City this season and a new player in Bankit.
Bankit, owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing, last raced on Oct. 20 when he won the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-breds at Belmont Park. Bankit will have the riding services of Ricardo Santana, Jr., who normally fares extremely well when Asmussen brings him in to ride the big stakes cards at Remington Park. Santana won five races on the Oklahoma Derby Day program in Oklahoma City on Sept. 30, all for Asmussen, including the Grade 3 Remington Park Oaks, the Governor's Cup, the Kip Deville Stakes, the Ricks Memorial and the E.L. Gaylord Memorial.
Long Range Toddy, the winner of the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes here on Nov. 2, seeks to complete the sweep of the top two local stakes races for juveniles at Remington Park. After breaking his maiden status on Sept. 28, Long Range Toddy led throughout the seven-furlong Clever Trevor, winning by one length. Asmussen has once again named Richard Eramia for Long Range Toddy, he has handled the colt in both of his career wins.
Tobacco Road, third in the Clever Trevor Stakes, tries to make amends for that effort with his second start at Remington Park for Asmussen. The winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile in August, Tobacco Road was fourth in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs in September and then was ninth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in October. Ramon Vazquez will ride Tobacco Road for the first time in the Springboard Mile.
Rounding out the Asmussen team for the Springboard Mile: Tone Broke, a winner of a maiden event followed by an allowance score at Remington Park this season; and Kaziranga, second behind Tone Broke in that allowance race in November. Jockey David Cabrera keeps the ride on Tone Broke while Iram Diego handled Kaziranga.
Javier Castellano will ride the morning-line favorite in Epic Dreamer. Trained by Kelly Breen, Epic Dreamer posted a bullet half-mile breeze on Dec. 7 at Remington Park, cruising in :47.31 over a fast track. It was the fastest work of 27 going a half-mile that morning. Epic Dreamer is at 8-5 odds and drew the rail post position for the Springboard Mile. The 2-year-old colt by Orb broke his maiden status at Belmont Park on October 26, handling 1-1/16 miles all the way on the front end, winning by 2-1/2 lengths.
The field for the $400,000 Springboard Mile, race 11 at approximately 7:52 p.m. CT on Sunday, by post position and program order with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
- Epic Dreamer: Kelly Breen, Javier Castellano, 8-5 morning-line favorite
- Kaziranga: Steve Asmussen, Iram Diego, 15-1
- Marquee Prince: Brad Cox, Florent Geroux, 10-1
- Six Shooter: Paul Holthus, Alex Canchari, 8-1
- Long Range Toddy: Steve Asmussen, Richard Eramia, 12-1
- Tone Broke: Steve Asmussen, David Cabrera, 15-1
- Dobbins G: Martin Lozano, Luis Quinonez, 30-1
- Bankit: Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana, 3-1
- Tobacco Road: Steve Asmussen, Ramon Vazquez, 15-1
- Dunph: Michael Maker, Reylu Gutierrez, 10-1
- D Toz: Danny Pish, Lane Luzzi, 20-1
The Springboard Mile is the main event on Sunday, with five other stakes races helping to round out the 12-race program. The other stakes races include:
Race 7 – $70,000 Useeit Stakes: 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies, 1 mile
Race 8 – $70,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes: 3-year-old Oklahoma-breds, 1 mile
Race 9 – $100,000 She's All In Stakes: 3 and older fillies and mares, 1 mile-70 yards
Race 10 – $100,000 Trapeze Stakes: 2-year-old fillies, 1 mile
Race 12 – $75,000 Jeffrey Hawk Memorial: 3 and older, 1 mile-70 yards
The Primetime Pick 4, races 9 thru 12, will have a guaranteed minimum wagering pool of $100,000 on Sunday. The Sooner 6ix, races 7 thru 12, will be in a mandatory payout situation as the Springboard Mile program is the final race date of the 2018 Thoroughbred Season at Remington Park.
Remington Park's final three days of racing this season are Friday through Sunday, Dec. 14-16. The first race on Friday and Saturday nights is at 7 p.m. The Sunday program is at 3 p.m. All times are Central.
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