For Immediate ReleaseSunday, October 26, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - A fast group of eight Oklahoma-breds went to the turf course to battle five furlongs in Sunday's $50,000 Osage Hills Stakes. Laidbacklynny loves to run on the front end in his races and he had enough to make it to the line first, albeit by just a neck.
Owned by Wesley and Lyndell Stark of Oklahoma City and trained by Kenny Nolen, Laidbacklynny shot right to the front under jockey Alex Birzer. Cutting through a strong northerly wind while running up the backstretch, Laidbacklynny had something in reserve as he moved through easy fractions of :22.55 for the quarter-mile then :45.98 for the half-mile.
Once to the stretch, Laidbacklynny was able to hold off two-time Osage Hills Stakes winner Marq French by a head, winning in :57.87 over the firm turf. Ti Township rallied for third.
At 4-1 in the wagering, Laidbacklynny paid $10 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Marq French returned $3.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Ti Township paid $6.80 to show.
The exacta (Nos. 4-1) paid $45.20, the trifecta (4-1-3) paid $318 with the superfecta (4-1-3-2) paid $551.20.
The Osage Hills victory was the fifth from 11 attempts for Laidbacklynny, a 5-year-old gelded son of Stauder from the Slewacide mare Gypsy Rosalee. It was his third career win at Remington Park. The first-place check of $30,000 moves his overall earnings to $116,808.
The Osage Hills was also the first Remington Park stakes victory for Nolen, a longtime and successful local trainer.
The 2008 Thoroughbred Season resumes on Thursday night at Remington Park with the first event at 6:30 p.m.