Okie Ride, winner of four Oklahoma Classics Sprints and multiple other stakes events at Remington Park, posted a sharp half-mile workout Wednesday morning. The effort may set up his return to action, with Remington Park career records in his sights.
Owned by the Richter Family Trust of John & Kris Richter of Perkins, Okla., the now 10-year-old Okie Ride posted a four-furlong work in :48.33 over a fast track with regular jockey Luis Quinonez up. The workout continues a stretch of conditioning that started over the summer at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla.
Trained by Kenny Nolen, Okie Ride has raced exclusively at Remington Park since the fall of 2013. Once the annual Remington Park Thoroughbred Season has finished, so has been the yearly activity for Okie Ride. The lighter racing schedule, normally four to six races per Remington Park season, has benefitted the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Candy Ride (Arg.) from the Geiger Counter mare Tic Tic.
Since 2013, Okie Ride has won the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint twice, the $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint three times, and the $50,000 Silver Goblin Stakes twice. All seven of the wins came against fellow Oklahoma-breds. The last victory for Okie Ride facing foes in open races took place in a 2012 allowance race at Remington Park.
A winner of 16 career races, Okie Ride has amassed 14 scores at Remington Park. That places him just one win away from tying Highland Ice and Elegant Exxactsy for the most wins at Remington Park in history as each won 15 local races in their careers.
Okie Ride currently shares the mark for most wins in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint, winning the race in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. The four victories puts him alongside Highland Ice who won the Classics Sprint in four consecutive years, 1996-1999. Okie Ride is currently tied with She’s All In and Notable Okie with four career wins on Classics night. Highland Ice holds the all-time mark with five Classics victories. The Oklahoma Classics will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 this season at Remington Park.
Overall, Okie Ride has started 41 times, winning 16 with 10 second-place runs and another six finishes in third. His stats at Remington Park: 33 starts, 14 wins, seven seconds and six thirds. Okie Ride has earned $789,714 in his career with $700,642 made at Remington Park.
The 2017 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season will begin on August 25. The 67-date meeting runs thru December 17.