For Immediate Release
Saturday, November 8, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Remington Park season has been very successful for Must Be He as he scored his second consecutive win over the turf on Saturday in the featured $34,100 optional allowance at 7-1/2 furlongs.
Owned by Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla. and trained by Tommy Page, Must Be He cruised to an easy four-length win under jockey Martin Escobar. The 6-year-old Oklahoma-bred dueled for the lead with Quest Venture through the first half-mile of the race before putting him and five other foes away. He crossed the line in 1:31.14 over a firm course.
In addition to his two straight wins this season, Must Be He also ran second in the $87,000 Oklahoma Classics Turf in Sept.
Away at 6-1 odds, Must Be He paid $15.60 to win, $5.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Garbu's Son rallied for second and paid $7.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Que Paso was a tough-luck third and returned $5.20 to show after losing the runner-up photo to Garbu's Son by a nose.
Quest Venture was the beaten even-money favorite, tiring in the stretch to finish sixth.
The win was the ninth from 54 career starts for Must Be He, a gelded son of Blumin Affair from the Roo Art mare Shewhomustbeobeyed. It was his fourth Remington Park victory overall. The winner's purse of $20,466 boosted his career earnings to $152,033.
Must Be He was the eighth win this season for Caldwell, placing him into a four-way tie for the lead in the standings. Caldwell is seeking his first owner's championship at Remington Park.
Remington Park opens at 10 a.m. Sunday for simulcast racing and casino gaming. The Hollywood Park Pick 6 awaits horseplayers with a carryover of $112,487. The first post from southern California is 2:30 p.m.
Remington Park's nine-race afternoon program begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.