For Immediate Release
Sunday, November 16, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of four $50,000 stakes events shared top-billing on Sunday's program at Remington Park. Under a beautiful sun-filled sky, featuring temperatures around 70-degrees, the winners were impressive on both the main track and the turf.
The sprinters were featured in the $50,000 Chuck Taliaferro Memorial Stakes with heavy 4-5 favorite Semaphore Man coming through. Owned by Double Bogey Stable of Omaha, Neb. and trained by Kelly Von Hemel, Semaphore Man was ridden with confidence by Cliff Berry. A graded stakes winner earlier this year, Semaphore Man battled for the lead with Wind Water before putting him away in the stretch to win by 1-3/4 lengths.
Semaphore Man covered six furlongs in 1:09.32 over a fast track, paying $3.60 to win as the favorite, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Wind Water paid $2.80 to place and $2.10 to show. Roll On Roll On was elevated to third after Celluloid Hero was disqualified for interference in the stretch. Roll On Roll On paid $2.60 to show.
The Taliaferro win was the eighth from 24 career starts for Sempahore Man, a Kentucky-bred 6-year-old gelding by Formal Gold from the Lost Code mare Semaphore Ms. He won his Remington Park debut and earned $30,000 in the process to push his career bankroll to $427,710.
Berry won the Taliaferro for the fourth time in his career. It was the first time to win the race for both the owners and trainer of Semaphore Man.
The Taliaferro is named after the late trainer who was so prominent in the early years of Remington Park after a long career of success in racing.
Older fillies and mares went to the gate in the $50,000 Lady's Secret Stakes at one mile on the main track. The 9-5 favorite Nice Inheritance lived up to her billing and came through with a gritty effort to score by three-quarters of a length over Comely Grace.
Owned and trained by North America's leading trainer Steve Asmussen, of Arlington, Texas, Nice Inheritance moved up through traffic leaving the final turn in the Lady's Secret. The 4-year-old filly made the lead in the final yards under Luis Quinonez to win in 1:38.29. Courier, another trained by Asmussen, was a fast-closing third after battling traffic.
Nice Inheritance paid $5.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Comely Grace returned $5.40 to place and $3.80 to show. Courier paid $6.20 to show.
A Kentucky-bred filly by Pure Prize from the Minstrel Glory mare Born to Glory, Nice Inheritance won her seventh career race from 24 attempts and her second overall at Remington Park. The winner's share of $30,000 in the Lady's Secret moved her lifetime earnings to $283,017.
Nice Inheritance gave both Asmussen and Quinonez their first career score in the Lady's Secret, named after the fabulous gray mare who won many nationally important stakes races in the mid-1980s while tabbed as Horse of the Year in 1986. Foaled in Oklahoma, she was widely recognized as the top all-time earner among state thoroughbreds until Kip Deville passed her this year.
A pair of 2-year-old races were conducted over the turf as part of the stakes billing on Sunday. The 2-year-old fillies were tested in the 7-1/2 furlongs $51,470 Cimarron Stakes with Megan's Tough Love winning at 6-1 odds.
Owned by Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch of Dallas and trained by Bret Calhoun, Megan's Tough Love returned to racing against 2-year-old fillies after battling males of the same age in her last attempt. With Berry up for the Cimarron, Megan's Tough Love went gate to the line on the lead every step of the way to win by 1-1/4 lengths.
Peach Brew ran second with Lil Pink Cadillac third. Megan's Tough Love handled 7-1/2 furlongs over firm turf in 1:31.80.
Megan's Tough Love paid $14.20 to win, $6.80 to place and $4.20 to show. Peach Brew returned $7.40 to place and $5 to show. Lil Pink Cadillac paid $8.40 to show.
A filly by Rahy from the Capote mare Silent Partner, Megan's Tough Love won her second career race from just three starts. Both wins are over the Remington Park turf course. She won $30,000 in the Cimarron to move her lifetime earnings to $48,279.
The Cimarron win was the first for both the owners and trainer, while Berry won for the fifth time in the history of the race.
In the final event on Sunday, the $50,000 Centennial Stakes, Cashinmywranglers left his home state of Texas for the first time in his career. The trip to Oklahoma City was worth it as he won in closing fashion by three-quarters of a length, handling a mile in 1:38.48 over the firm turf course.
Owned by Billy Dee Luke of Boerne, Texas and trained by Ace Hare, Cashinmywranglers rallied under Glen Murphy for victory. Patient throughout the first half of the mile, the young gelding split foes while entering the stretch, getting up to win outside of Marquee Event, the favorite who led briefly in the final furlong.
Away at 12-1 odds, Cashinmywranglers paid $27.20 to win, $7.80 to place and $6 to show. Marquee Event, the beaten favorite at 7-5 odds, paid $7.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Art Thief was along for third and paid $6.80 to show.
The win was the second from nine starts for Cashinmywranglers, the most experienced runner to compete in the Centennial. A Texas-bred gelding by Proud Halo from the Desert Secret (Ire) mare Slim's Secret, Cashinmywranglers earned $30,000 to boost his overall money to $56,091.
It was the first Centennial win for both the owner and trainer. Murphy won the Centennial for the second consecutive year.
The 2008 Thoroughbred Season continues on Thursday at Remington Park with the first race slated for 6:30 p.m.