For Immediate ReleaseFriday, November 7, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - Ti Township shook his turf maiden on Friday at Remington Park, gaining his first win in a grass race despite his nearly perfect record of in the money finishes on the lawn.
Owned by Savannah of Houston and trained by John Locke, Ti Township came into Friday's $32,250 allowance feature going five furlongs with seven career turf races but no wins. However, the 5-year-old gelding did have two seconds and four thirds to his grass credit. After a rail-skimming ride by Richard Eramia, Ti Township now has one turf win on his resume.
Away from the rail post position in the field of nine, Ti Township stayed right there, saving ground and waiting for an opening out of the one and only turn, into the stretch. Stalking the early pace set by stable-mate Eagle Two Hundred and then Private Humor, Ti Township seized the opportunity to lead as the field straightened away.
Getting through at the rail, Eramia and Ti Township burst to the front while flying inside of rivals. Once clear, they drew off to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Eagle Two Hundred. Truly Gone Wild was third. The winner handled the course in :58.20 over the firm going.
Away as the even-money favorite, Ti Township paid $4.20 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Eagle Two Hundred returned $2.80 to place and $3 to show. Truly Gone Wild paid $4.80 to show.
An Oklahoma-bred gelding by Siberian Pine from the Darby Creek Road mare Bobbye's Sahmrock, Ti Township was claimed by the Locke barn for $10,000 in June at Lone Star Park in Texas and has since been in the money in six of seven races with two victories. Friday's win was his sixth from 26 lifetime starts with five of the scores taking place at Remington Park. The winner's check of $20,122 pushed his career earning's into six-digit territory with $102,862.
Remington Park opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday for simulcast racing and casino gaming. The nine-race thoroughbred program will begin at 6:30 p.m.