The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 29, will be compiled in the Remington Park racing office on Wednesday morning, along with the seven other stakes events on the special program. Multiple horses expected to take part in the derby, the Grade 3, $200,000 Remington Park Oaks and other races on Sunday have put in final workouts.
New York Derby winner at Finger Lakes, Bankit, breezed a half-mile at Saratoga in upstate New York on Sunday, Sept. 22 in :49.7 for National Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. Bankit finished second in the 2018 Springboard Mile, behind stablemate Long Range Toddy, at Remington Park.
Bankit is expected to arrive with many horses traveling from Kentucky aboard the Tex Sutton Equine Air Charter, Air Horse One, on Wednesday afternoon at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City before vanning to the Remington Park stable area.
Long Range Toddy has been galloping on a regular basis at Remington Park since arriving here in late August. The victor of a division of the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., this spring, also posted a bullet five-furlong workout on Sept. 15 in :59.21, handily at Remington Park. The colt who also won the Clever Trevor Stakes here last fall, has appeared on the workout report almost weekly since returning to Oklahoma City where he started his career.
Mucho Gusto worked five furlongs at Santa Anita on Monday, Sept. 23 for National Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, traveling in 1:00.40 handily. The colt won both the Grade 3, $100,000 Laz Barrera Stakes and the Grade 3, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita in California this spring. He then pushed the best horses in the country in the 3-year-old division this summer. Mucho Gusto held his own after the weather heated up, running second to Maximum Security in the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell at Monmouth and third in the Grade 1, $1,250,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga to Code of Honor, who some believe is the top sophomore runner in the country.
Mucho Gusto is scheduled to arrive via Air Horse One from California on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Asmussen, currently leading the seasonal trainer standings at Remington Park with 18 wins, is also pointing top filly Lady Apple to the Remington Park Oaks. The winner of the Grade 3, $500,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in April, Lady Apple was third in the Grade 1, $1,250,000 Kentucky Oaks in May at Churchill Downs. She then won the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows in July.
Lady Apple breezed a nice four furlongs on Monday at Remington Park in :48.88. A daughter of Curlin, Lady Apple arrived at Remington Park on Sept. 18.
Welder, the 2018 Remington Park Horse of the Meeting, appears ready to roll in defense of his title in the $150,000 David Vance Sprint. The speedy gray, trained by Teri Luneack, breezed four furlongs at Remington Park on Monday in :48.82. As is his custom, Welder will ship to Oklahoma City on the morning of his race from his home at Ra-Max Farms in Claremore, Okla.
An Oklahoma-bred, Welder has won his last six races at Remington Park, dating back to 2017. In 12 starts in Oklahoma City, Welder has eight wins, three seconds and a third, landing in the money in all 12 attempts. He has posted 18 career victories from 28 starts.
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