C.R. Trout enjoyed a three-win evening at Remington Park on Friday, saddling a trio of winners including the victors in both $50,000 divisions of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes.
Trout, an owner/trainer/breeder from Edmond, Okla. won the fillies division of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes with Sunday Night Miss. He then followed that with a score from Hallelujah Hit in the colts and geldings division. In between, Shotgun’s Night rolled to a sharp debut, romping against Oklahoma-bred maiden company.
Both stakes divisions were contested at seven furlongs. Sunday Night Miss pulled away to win by 2-3/4 lengths in the filly division, giving Trout his second straight score in the race as he won with Euro K Shotgun in 2016. Sunday Night Miss rallied from last in a short field of five, moving wide around the other four rivals in the lone turn to take control at the top of the stretch before crossing the finish in 1:22.69 over a fast track.
Firetail and Okie Diva went to the front and dueled away for fractions of :22.02 for the opening quarter-mile, :44.13 for the half-mile and 1:09.39 for three-quarters of a mile to set up the move by Sunday Night Miss. Go Apple Jack moved into second position while Baby K was third, 6-1/4 lengths behind the winner.
Ridden by Richard Eramia, Sunday Night Miss was at 9-1 odds in the wagering and paid $20 to win, $13.60 to place and $10.20 to show. Go Apple Jack returned $8.60 to place and $9 to show. Baby K paid $8 to show. Okie Diva was the beaten 3-5 wagering favorite and finished fourth.
A filly by Mr. Nightlinger from the Sunday Break (Jpn) mare Sundayville Break, Sunday Night Miss won her second career race and her first of the year. She picked up $30,000 to run her overall earnings to $74,981.
In the colts and geldings division of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes, Hallelujah Hit used an all-out drive in the stretch to pass four rivals and get up to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:22.58. Hallelujah Hit was seventh in the field of nine as they entered the turn, and came out of the turn with full momentum under Richard Eramia. The chestnut gelding passed dueling pace-setters Linnaeus and Euroncall with a furlong to go before fending off a charge from Makin The Dough who gained second. Witt’sdollarnight was third, 2-1/2 lengths from the winner.
Euroncall, pressed on the front by Linnaeus, set fractions of :22.70 for the first quarter-mile, :45.54 for the half-mile and 1:09.92 for three-quarters of a mile.
The wagering favorite at 6-5 odds, Hallelujah Hit paid $4.60 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Makin The Dough paid $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Witt’sdollarnight paid $2.60 to show.
A son of Mr. Nightlinger from the Sahm mare Halo Hit, Hallelujah Hit won his third career race, and first of 2017. His $29,796 share for the stakes win gives him $125,252 in total earnings.
The three training wins gives Trout five for the season, moving him into a large third-place tie in the standings behind Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen (10 wins) and Federico Villafranco (7 wins).
The trio of victories as an owner, moves Trout to a second-place tie in those standings with five wins. He shares second with T and M Precision Services of Claremore, Okla. Danny Caldwell, the eight-time leading owner at Remington Park, leads the standings with seven wins.
The Oklahoma Stallion Stakes divisions are for eligible 3-year-old progeny of stallions registered with the Oklahoma stallion registrar and are nominated to the stallion stakes program.
(from Remington Park news release)