$250,000 Springboard Mile Headlines Closing Day at Remington

Shotgun Kowboy wins the Clever Trevor Stakes (Photo by Dustin Orona Photography)
Shotgun Kowboy wins the Clever Trevor Stakes (Photo by Dustin Orona Photography)

The 2014 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season comes to a close this Sunday with the $250,000 Springboard Mile headlining the 11-race program. The action, featuring four other stakes races in addition to the Springboard, is underway at 1:30pm. All times Central.

The richest 2-year-old race of the season, the Springboard Mile drew 11 this morning in the Remington Park racing office. A total of eight entrants have been based or have competed this season at Remington Park while three others are visiting Oklahoma City from the likes of New York and Kentucky. All eight of those that have raced at Remington Park this season have also won at least one race in Oklahoma City.

The Springboard will serve as the potential rubber match between Bayerd and Shotgun Kowboy in the three-race series of 2-year-old stakes races at Remington Park. Bayerd won the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes in September with Shotgun Kowboy running third. Shotgun Kowboy then managed to spin the results by winning the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes in November with Bayerd finishing second.

Remington Park odds-maker Rick Lee kept the pair close in the morning-line odds. Shotgun Kowboy is the slight favorite at 2-1 odds with Bayerd just behind in the line at 5-2 odds.

Both Bayerd and Shotgun Kowboy are owned by Oklahomans. Clark Brewster of Tulsa campaigns the Kentucky-bred Bayerd while C.R. Trout of Edmond serves as the owner/trainer/breeder of Shotgun Kowboy, an Oklahoma-bred.

The tale of the tape has Shotgun Kowboy ahead in career wins with three, having also won the $86,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile in October here. Bayerd has two victories with his romping 11-1/2 lengths maiden triumph at Saratoga in upstate New York in August also on his resume. Bayerd is trained by Remington Park’s leading conditioner, Steve Asmussen.

Shotgun Kowboy leads in career earnings with $146,701 while Bayerd has accumulated $132,100.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has entered Hillbilly Style to the Springboard for owner Willis Horton. The duo saw Will Take Charge run second in the 2012 Springboard Mile before going on to earn Champion 3-year-old honors in 2013 after winning the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in upstate New York, the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx in Philadelphia and the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Will Take Charge also raced in all three legs of the Triple Crown last year.

Hillbilly Style is still a maiden after six attempts with a pair of second-place finishes in his last two starts at Churchill Downs. Jockey Jon Court has been named to ride Hillbilly Style, installed at 15-1 odds on the morning-line.

It’ll Be Fine comes into the Springboard off an allowance win at Aqueduct in New York City in November. Trained by Ken McPeek, who is partners with Christopher Carper as owners of the Greatness colt, It’ll Be Fine has won two of his seven career starts. He was fourth in his only stakes attempt, the $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes over the Louisiana Downs turf in Bossier City in September. Chris Landeros has been named to ride It’ll Be Fine who is 20-1 on the morning-line.

High Noon Rider arrived late Tuesday to Remington Park from New York. The colt by Distorted Humor took a flight from New York to Kentucky and then was vanned to Remington Park for the second part of his long journey. Trained by George Weaver, High Noon Rider broke his maiden status at Aqueduct, winning his first career race on Nov. 19.

Jockey Joe Bravo will ride High Noon Rider who is the third-choice in the morning-line odds at 3-1.

Owners Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch of Dallas have two runners in the Springboard. Phenomenal Phoenix, trained by Donnie Von Hemel, broke his maiden on Nov. 5 by 5-1/2 lengths. Conbradulations, trained by Bret Calhoun, broke his maiden status here in September and was second in an allowance event here in October.

Phenomenal Phoenix and Conbradulations will compete coupled, as a same-owner wagering entry at 12-1 odds in the morning line. Cliff Berry, Remington Park’s all-time leading jockey, was named on both runners at entry time this morning.

The $250,000 Springboard Mile will be the 11th and final race on the program Sunday with an approximate post time of 6:30pm. The field by program and saddle cloth number with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
1.    Phenomenal Phoenix: Donnie Von Hemel, Cliff Berry, 12-1
1a. Conbradulations: Bret Calhoun, Cliff Berry, 12-1
2.    Sky Full Of Stars: J.R. Caldwell, Jareth Loveberry, 20-1
3.    Bayerd: Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana, 5-2
4.    Hillbilly Style: D. Wayne Lukas, Jon Court, 15-1
5.    It’ll Be Fine: Ken McPeek, Chris Landeros, 20-1
6.    Super Stroke: J.R. Caldwell, Dakota Wood, 30-1
7.    Runaway Bling: Danele Durham, Dylan Williams, 50-1
8.    Shotgun Kowboy: C.R. Trout, Luis Quinonez, 2-1
9.    Supermason: Bret Calhoun, Lindey Wade, 6-1
10. High Noon Rider: George Weaver, Joe Bravo, 3-1

The other stakes races on the undercard of the Springboard Mile include:
Race 2 (1:58pm): $50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes, Oklahoma-breds, 1 mile
Race 6 (3:56pm): $50,000 Useeit Stakes, Oklahoma-breds, fillies/mares, 1 mile
Race 9 (5:30pm): $100,000 She’s All In Stakes, fillies/mares, 1 mile-70 yards
Race 10 (6pm): $100,000 Trapeze Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, 1 mile

The Remington Park final weekend of live Thoroughbred action this season is on Dec. 12-14 will feature racing at 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The season will close on Sunday, Dec. 14 with the first of 11 races at 1:30pm. The $250,000 Springboard Mile will headline the final afternoon of the season.