Shortly before California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, a pair of Oklahoma-breds unleashed impressive performances in two divisions of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.
The $64,500 colts and geldings division went to Clark Brewster’s homebred Fesstune, who romped to a 14 ¾-length win as the 1-2 favorite. Ridden by Justin Shepherd for trainer Scott Young, the gelded son of Omega Code got the one-mile distance in 1:38.34. It marked the second straight win for Fesstune, who in April broke his maiden at Will Rogers by 5 ¾ lengths. His record now stands at 3-2-0-1 with earnings of $53,465. He became the ninth stakes winner sired by Omega Code, a Grade 3-winning Elusive Quality stallion who stands at Rockin’ Z Ranch in Beggs, Oklahoma.
Peggy Herald’s Shaketheincredible, by Shaker Lemon Pie, got up for second with Harmony Stable LLC’s Charlie’s Deere, by Save Big Money, in third. Rolloncat (Tactical Cat) and Kracktow Shaker (Shaker Lemon Pie) competed the field.
In the $55,000 fillies division, 1-2 favorite Heykittykittykitty got up to win by a length in 1:39.40 with Jose Medina aboard for trainer Ron Moquett. Bred by Diamond G Ranch Inc. and owned by Westrock Stables LLC, the filly came in to Will Rogers off a starter allowance win at Oaklawn Park. This was her second Oklahoma Stallion Stakes win after winning a division in November at Remington Park. Her record now stands at 7-4-2-1 with a bankroll of $110,891. Her sire Tactical Cat, who formerly stood at Diamond G and now stands at Raywood Farm in Arcadia, Oklahoma, is closing in on $20 million in progeny earnings.
Walters Jones’ Imadancingslew, by Evansville Slew, finished second with Carol Waller’s homebred Lingering Smoke, by Mr. Nightlinger, in third. Nurse G (Save Big Money), Justapurdybirdie (Service Stripe), Stay Ready (Evansville Slew) and Aunt Sissy (National Saint) completed the field.