A dozen racing programs into the 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season, no one has stepped away to a large lead in any of the horsemen’s standings. The race for leading owner is extremely close with seven different individuals or groups involved, including Danny Caldwell and Danny Keene.
Caldwell, of Poteau, Okla., has been the leading Thoroughbred owner at Remington Park for five consecutive seasons (2010-2014) and has won six titles overall. Keene, of Greenville, Texas, is seeking his first Ran Ricks, Jr. award, symbolizing the top owner.
Thursday night, Keene won two more races to go along with the pair he won on Wednesday. The four wins this week give him eight for the season, matching the total for Caldwell.
Keene horses at Remington Park are trained by Shea Stuart, conditioning horses in his first full season here. Thursday’s Keene triumphs came with Plaska ($3.80 to win) in the opener and Internet Success ($4.60) in race six. Both of the Keene winners were ridden by Deshawn Parker, who is racing at Remington Park for the first time this year.
In the jockey standings, two-time defending Remington Park champ Ramon Vazquez won a race Thursday to give him 15 wins for the season. He is now tied with newcomer C.J. McMahon at the top of the jockey standings.
The trainer standings have Karl Broberg in first place with 11 wins. Stuart, Steve Asmussen and Federico Villafranco are all tied for second place with eight victories.
Remington Park’s Thoroughbred Season is now into the Oklahoma Derby month of September. Racing continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 & 5 with the first race nightly at 7pm (Central). The extended week will take Sunday off then come back for holiday racing on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7 at 1:30pm (Central).