Cool Arrow, by winning two of the three main stakes races at Remington Park for 2-year-olds, including the richest in the $300,000 Springboard Mile, is the Horse of the Meeting for the 2016 season.
Owned by Brad Grady of Covington, Texas and trained by Joe Sharp, Cool Arrow won both the Springboard Mile (by 3-1/2 lengths on Dec. 11) and the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes (by 2-1/2 lengths on Sept. 25) on his way to a perfect mark of two stakes wins in as many attempts at Remington Park. The 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief from the Mr Purple mare Phoenicia was bred in Kentucky by Allen Poindexter.
Cool Arrow was ridden to his Springboard victory by Luis Saez while Joel Rosario had the call for the Kip Deville win.
Cool Arrow was also named Champion 2-year-old Male for the recently completed 2016 season. He becomes the first 2-year-old to take the top honor for the Remington Park season since Bayerd was voted Horse of the Meeting in 2014.
All of the divisional champions were named in voting by media, racing officials and track personnel who covered and worked the 2016 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season.
Champion 3-year-old Male – Texas Chrome
The gutty winner of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, Texas Chrome was a unanimous selection as the top 3-year-old male in the voting process.
Owned by Keene Thoroughbreds of Greenville, Texas and trained by J.R. Caldwell, Texas Chrome was ridden in his Oklahoma Derby triumph by C.J. McMahon. The Texas-bred colt by Grasshopper from the Naevus mare Margarita Mistress parlayed his success in the Oklahoma Derby into a start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Champion Older Male & Champion Sprinter – Ivan Fallunovalot
The speedy and talented veteran continues to relish his racing attempts at Remington Park and in the process, Ivan Fallunovalot was voted Champion Older Male and Champion Sprinter for the second consecutive year at Remington Park. His ballots were unanimous for 2016.
A winner of five of six career attempts at Remington Park, Ivan Fallunovalot won the $150,000 David M. Vance Sprint on the Oklahoma Derby undercard. It was the second straight year that Ivan Fallunovalot managed to win the richest sprint race of the season (formerly known as the Remington Sprint Cup.).
Owned by Lewis Mathews of Bismarck, Ark. and trained by Tom Howard, Ivan Fallunovalot was ridden in his two Remington Park wins this season by Lindey Wade. A 6-year-old Texas-bred gelding by Valid Expectations from the Horse Chestnut (SAF) mare Flashdance Missy, Ivan Fallunovalot went on to win the Grade 3 DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park in Maryland after his successful Remington Park run.
Champion 2-year-old Female – Perfect Wife
Owned by Fern Circle Stables of Lexington, Ky., Perfect Wife won the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes on the Springboard Mile undercard on Dec. 11. Trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Corey Lanerie, Perfect Wife won the honor by winning her only Remington Park attempt.
Perfect Wife is by Majesticperfection from the Street Sense mare Crozat.
Champion 3-year-old Female – Unbridled Mo
In winning her lone start of the season in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, Unbridled Mo was named top 3-year-old Female.
Winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 Monmouth Park Oaks prior to winning the Remington Park Oaks, Unbridled Mo is owned by Red Oak Stable of Old Bridge, N.J. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Unbridled Mo was ridden to her Remington Park Oaks win by National Racing Hall of Famer John Velazquez.
A filly by Uncle Mo from the Unbridled mare Unbridled Waters, the Remington Park Oaks win was the fourth triumph in a row for Unbridled Mo at the time.
Champion Older Female – Devious Rumor
A winner of three races during the season, the 5-year-old mare Devious Rumor defeated males in the 5-furlong Remington Park Turf Sprint for Oklahoma-breds and then won a pair of starter allowance races over the main track to seal her title.
Super-speedy and tough to beat at distances under six furlongs, Devious Rumor is owned by Doyle Williams of Tulsa and is trained by Scott Young. Jockey Belen Quinonez was aboard for her Remington Park scores.
Devious Rumor is an Oklahoma-bred by Street Boss from the Siphon (Brz) mare Gracinha.
Champion Turf Performer – Gianna’s Dream
A pair of victories in stakes races for Oklahoma-bred females, and a perfect two-for-two mark on the year, earned the top turf title for Gianna’s Dream.
The 3-year-old filly won the $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial on the Oklahoma Derby undercard and then the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf on Oct. 21. Owned by Jordan Wycoff of Fort Washington, Pa., Gianna’s Dream is trained by Michael Maker. She was ridden in the Barry Memorial by Joel Rosario and in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf by C.J. McMahon.
An Oklahoma-bred by Twirling Candy from the Rahy mare Untamed Beauty, Gianna’s Dream was bred by Center Hills Farm and Randy Blair.
Champion Oklahoma-bred – Euro K Shotgun
A half-sister to 2015 Horse of the Meeting and Oklahoma Derby winner Shotgun Kowboy, Euro K Shotgun made her first racing season at Remington Park count.
Making her career debut at the age of three, Euro K Shotgun rolled to four victories in five attempts, including wins in the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes and the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint.
Owned, trained and bred by C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., Euro K Shotgun was ridden by Luis Quinonez. She is a daughter of Euroears from the Siphon (Brz) mare Shotgun Jane.
Champion Claimer – Itsallaboutyou
A winner of four straight races to end his six-attempt Remington Park season, Itsallaboutyou won claiming events at the $6,250 and $10,000 levels before winning consecutive starter allowance races.
Owned by Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla. and trained by Federico Villafranco, Itsallaboutyou was ridden to all of his wins this season by Ramon Vazquez.
A 5-year-old gelding, Itsallaboutyou is by Harlington from the Silver Deputy mare Edey’s Village.