A group of five Oklahoma-bred speedsters will contest Friday night's $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes at Remington Park. The 6-1/2 furlong event will be the stage for an attempted fourth-straight victory this season by Welder, possibly securing season-title honors for him in the process.
Welder has taken three consecutive stakes events to this point: the $70,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint (which was off the turf on a sloppy main track) on Sept. 7 against Oklahoma-breds; the $150,000 David Vance Sprint on the Oklahoma Derby undercard on Sept. 30, against open-company in the richest sprint race of the season; and the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint, against state-breds on Oct. 19.
Owned by Ra-Max Farms of Claremore, Okla. and trained by Teri Luneack, Welder has been ridden masterfully by jockey David Cabrera, the runaway leader in the rider standings this season at Remington Park with 69 wins. Welder has been made the heavy 2-5 morning-line favorite for Friday's Silver Goblin Stakes by odds-maker Rick Lee.
Welder is also attempting to win the Silver Goblin Stakes for a second consecutive year. If successful, the gray 5-year-old gelding would become the fourth horse to win the race multiple times joining Steal Your Face (2009, 2011), Okie Ride (2012, 2013, 2016) and Johnny Whip (2014-15).
Friday's Silver Goblin Stakes will feature a new foe for Welder as Perfect To Please will turn back in distance from normally running around two turns (usually over turf) to this 6-1/2 furlong sprint. A three-time winner this season, Perfect To Please won a five-furlong allowance turf sprint on Aug. 25, a one-mile allowance/optional $25,000 claiming race over a sloppy main track on Sept. 21, and then the $70,000 Red Earth Stakes for Oklahoma-breds at 7-1/2 furlongs over the turf on the Oklahoma Derby undercard Sept. 30.
Owned by Elada Kirk of Muskogee, Okla., and trained by Veronica Griggs, Perfect To Please will be ridden for the third consecutive race by Kevin Roman. The 8-year-old gelding finished third in his most recent start, the $130,000 OKC Turf Classic versus state-breds as part of the Oklahoma Classics Night. Perfect To Please was beaten 4-3/4 lengths in that race, taken off the turf and conducted on a sloppy main track. Perfect To Please is 5-1 in the morning-line odds.
Shannon C will challenge Welder for a second straight race, after finishing second to him (4-3/4 lengths behind) in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint. Owned by B and S Racing of Springfield, Mo. and trained by Scott Young, Shannon C will be ridden by Floyd Wethey, Jr. He is the second morning-line favorite for the Silver Goblin Stakes at 4-1 odds.
A 3-year-old gelding, Shannon C won the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes, colts and geldings division, at seven furlongs here on Sept. 14.
Mr. N has been entered in the Silver Goblin Stakes and if he starts, will compete eight days after finishing fifth in an allowance/optional $40,000 claiming race here on Nov. 8. Owned by Henry Witt, Jr. of Waco, Texas and trained by Terry Eoff, Mr. N was third behind Welder and Shannon C in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint, beaten 9-1/4 lengths. The 5-year-old gelding was fifth behind Welder in the David Vance Sprint, 6-3/4 lengths after the winner. Jockey Richard Eramia has been named to ride Mr. N for the first time this year.
Rockport Kat will renew his series with Welder as he has been a foe in two of his stakes victories this season. Owned by Poindexter Thoroughbreds of Springfield, Mo. and trained by Lynn Chleborad, Rockport Kat was fifth in the Remington Park Turf Sprint (beaten eight lengths) and fourth in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint (beaten 11-1/2 lengths). Jockey Alex Birzer will have the mount on the 6-year-old gelding.
Perfect To Please is the top winner in the Silver Goblin Stakes field with 16 career triumphs. Welder has the most money earned of the five entrants with $593,151.
The $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes field, by post position and program number order, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
1. Perfect To Please: Veronica Griggs, Kevin Roman, 5-1
2. Welder: Teri Luneack, David Cabrera, 2-5 (morning-line favorite)
3. Rockport Kat: Lynn Chleborad, Alex Birzer, 12-1
4. Shannon C: Scott Young, Floyd Wethey, Jr., 4-1
5. Mr. N: Terry Eoff, Richard Eramia, 12-1
The Silver Goblin Stakes is the seventh of nine races Friday night at Remington Park with an approximate post time of 9:52pm for the stakes. The first race of the evening is slated for 7pm.
The Silver Goblin Stakes is named after the gray Oklahoma-bred millionaire who won multiple stakes races at Remington Park and numerous graded stakes events around the nation, in a career spanning 1993-1999.
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