Welder, the 2018 Horse of the Meeting at Remington Park, posted a half-mile breeze on Tuesday morning. The 6-year-old gray sprinter is preparing for his first start of the upcoming Thoroughbred season.
Owned by Ra-Max Farms of Claremore, Okla. and trained by Teri Luneack, Welder breezed four furlongs over a fast track in an easy 50.57 under exercise rider Obed Sanchez. A son of The Visualiser from the Tiznow mare Dance Softly, Welder was first to the track after the renovation break, putting his breeze in under sunny skies with morning temperatures in the low 80s.
Welder is expected to aim for many of the same sprint stakes he dominated a year ago. Luneack is hopeful for a possible return in an open company allowance sprint early in the season to help prepare for the big-money action later in the schedule.
In 2018, Welder won four consecutive stakes events, becoming the first horse in Remington Park history to win four stakes races in the same season. Welder won the $70,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint (five furlongs) on a sloppy main track in his season debut on Sept. 7; the $150,000 David Vance Stakes (six furlongs), handling open company and shippers from around the country on Sept. 30; the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes (six furlongs) on Oct. 19, and the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes (6-1/2 furlongs) on Nov. 16. All but the Vance were stakes races for eligible Oklahoma-breds.
In addition to being named the Horse of the Meeting, Welder also was voted best in three other divisions: Champion Older Male, Champion Sprinter and Champion Oklahoma-bred. He has only finished worse than third in two of his 27 career starts with 17 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds. At Remington Park, Welder has never been out of the money in his 11 starts, winning seven with three second-place runs and one more in third. His career earnings are at $722,651.
Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm.
Hence, winner of the 2018 Governor's Cup at Remington Park, may be tuning up to return in this season's edition, on Opening Night, Aug. 23. A 5-year-old horse owned and bred by Calumet Farm of Lexington, Ky. and trained by National Racing Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Hence breezed a bullet five furlongs on Sunday, Aug. 4 in 1:00.47 over a fast track. The work was the best of 10 at the distance on Sunday.
A 5-year-old son of Street Boss from the A.P. Indy mare Floating Island, Hence has competed in six stakes races (four of them graded events) since winning the Governor's Cup. He has managed a best finish of fourth in three of those six outings. Hence has won 5 of 23 career attempts with total earnings of $925,231.
The purse for the upcoming Governor's Cup is $175,000, meaning a win would make Hence a millionaire for his career.
Turbo Street (Aus), owned by Clark Brewster of Tulsa, Okla. and also trained by Asmussen, worked a half-mile on Sunday, Aug. 4, in 50.57, handily. The 8-year-old turf performer has won two consecutive Remington Green Stakes (2017 & 2018), the richest turf race conducted in Oklahoma City.
Turbo Street won his last out on June 29 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, scoring an allowance at 1-1/16 miles over turf. He has won nine career races from 39 starts for total earnings of $274,109. All of the career starts for Turbo Street are over turf, so a return to stakes action in Oklahoma City night not be expected until the $100,000 Remington Green on Sept. 29.
Bred in Australia by Bangaloe Stud Syndicate, Turbo Street is by Encosta de Lago (Aus) from the Quest For Fame (GB) mare Extra Terrestial (Aus). He was claimed on Sept. 2, 2017 by Brewster for $25,000 out of a race at Saratoga in upstate New York.
Recent half-length victor of the $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap on Saturday, Aug. 3, Lookin At Lee is on the grounds at Remington Park and may be set for his first attempt in Oklahoma City.
Owned by L and N Racing of Tulsa, Okla. and trained by Asmussen, Lookin At Lee has accumulated earnings of $1,327,945 from 25 lifetime starts, winning four with six finishes in second and three more for third. Normally a deep closer, Lookin At Lee is a multiple graded stakes-placed runner with his most famous effort being a second-place run to Always Dreaming in the Grade 1, $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby in 2017, finishing 2-3/4 lengths back.
A 5-year-old horse bred in Kentucky by Ray Hanson, Lookin At Lee is by Lookin At Lucky from the Langfuhr mare Langara Lass. A potential start in the Aug. 23 Governor's Cup at Remington Park could be next on the agenda for Lookin At Lee.
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