Family Tree Goes for Oaks Trifecta in Remington Park Oaks

Family Tree winning the Iowa Oaks (Photo by Coady Photography)
Family Tree winning the Iowa Oaks (Photo by Coady Photography)

The $200,000 Remington Park Oaks drew nine for the 1-1/16 miles over the main track on Sunday afternoon. The Remington Park Oaks will be contested one race before the Oklahoma Derby.

The first race of the day is at 3pm with the Remington Park Oaks at 7:12pm. All times are Central.

Family Tree is one of only two entrants to the race with experience at Remington Park. She was third in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes, the top race for 2-year-old fillies, in Decmeber 2015. Since that run, Family Tree has developed into a multiple graded stakes winner and is also stakes placed in one of the top Grade 1 races for 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by Gary and Mary West of Omaha, Neb. and trained by Wayne Catalano, Family Tree won the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks in June at Prairie Meadows, followed by the Grade 2, $200,000 Indiana Oaks in July. On the strength of successive graded triumphs, Family Tree ventured to Saratoga in August to compete in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes where she faced superstar Songbird.

Songbird put on her show to win the Alabama by seven lengths with Family Tree finishing third, beaten 8-3/4 lengths. Since that effort, Family Tree has posted successive bullet breezes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. before traveling to Remington Park on Wednesday for the Oaks.

Family Tree drew the outside post in the field of nine and has been made the morning-line favorite at 2-1 odds by line-maker Rick Lee. Jockey Rafael Bejarano will have the mount on Family Tree on Sunday, riding her for the first time.

For All The Grands is the other entrant to the Remington Park Oaks with experience in Oklahoma City. She won an allowance race here in August for trainer Scott Young with Belen Quinonez aboard. She has been assigned morning-line odds of 30-1.

Unbridled Mo is the second choice in the morning-line at 3-1 odds by virtue of her victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Monmouth Park Oaks on Aug. 20. Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will have the mount on Unbridled Mo on Sunday.

The field for the Remington Park Oaks, by post position and program number, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
1. Walkabout: Ian Wilkes, Brian Hernandez, 8-1
2. Emmzy: Brad Cox, Joe Talamo, 5-1
3. For All The Grands: Scott Young, Belen Quinonez, 30-1
4. Inheritance: Steve Asmussen, Florent Geroux, 15-1
5. Unbridled Mo: Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 3-1
6. Put Da Blame On Me: Mike Tomlinson, Chris Landeros, 20-1
7. Always On My Mind: Todd Pletcher, Joel Rosario, 12-1
8. Ready To Confess: Donnie Von Hemel, Luis Quinonez, 9-2
9. Family Tree: Wayne Catalano, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1 (morning-line favorite)

Family Tree is the top winner and earner in the Remington Park Oaks with four career wins and lifetime money of $487,387. The field of nine fillies have won a combined 20 races with overall earnings of $1,305,358.

The schedule of races on Oklahoma Derby Day, and their post times (all Central):
Race 1: Maiden Special Weight for Oklahoma-breds, 6 furlongs, 3pm
Race 2: $75,000 Ricks Memorial Stakes, 1-1/16 miles (turf), 3:28pm
Race 3: $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes, 6 furlongs, 3:56pm
Race 4: Maiden Special Weight for Oklahoma-breds, 6 furlongs, 4:24pm
Race 5: $100,000 Remington Green Stakes, 1-1/8 miles (turf), 4:52pm
Race 6: $150,000 David M. Vance Stakes, 6 furlongs, 5:20pm
Race 7: $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes, 6 furlongs, 5:47pm
Race 8: $50,000 Red Earth Stakes for Oklahoma-breds, 7-1/2 furlongs (turf), 6:14pm
Race 9: $175,000 Governor’s Cup, 1-1/8 miles, 6:41pm
Race 10: $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, 1-1/16 miles, 7:12pm
Race 11: Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, 1-1/8 miles, 7:40pm
Race 12: $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial Stakes, 7-1/2 furlongs (turf), 8:11pm

The Primetime Pick 4 on Sunday will begin in race 9, the Governor’s Cup, and will carry a minimum wagering pool of $50,000.