Sept. 27, 2013
Several familiar names to Oaklawn fans are prominent among the entries for Sunday’s $400,000 Remington Park Derby and the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks. The two races help anchor a stakes-laden card that begins at 1:30pm. Also on the program are the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup; the $100,000 Remington Green; the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes and the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn Stakes.
Nearly a year ago, Hall’s Family Trust’s Texas Bling shocked the Remington Park fans with his upset in the $300,000 Springboard Mile Stakes at odds of 128-1. The horse he defeated by a 1 ¾ lengths that day was recent Travers Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby winner Will Take Charge. Both colts wintered at Oaklawn with Will Take Charge getting the upper hand with his victories in the Smarty Jones and Rebel Stakes. Following his second in the Smarty Jones, Texas Bling competed in Oaklawn’s other three Kentucky Derby preps and will be making his first start Sunday since finishing eighth in the Arkansas Derby.
Texas Bling and his stablemate, He Has Bling, who broke his maiden at Oaklawn in January, are running as an entry and were listed at odds of 10-1. The Danelle Durham-trained horses will have to be on the top of their game to defeat the 6 to 5 favorite Departing, who is seeking his fourth Derby win this year after taking the Illinois, West Virginia and Super Derbys.
Another Arkansas Derby alumni competing Sunday is the third-place finisher from that race, Carve. The Steve Asmussen trainee has been well traveled since leaving Hot Springs and most recently finished fifth in the Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs Aug. 3. One race earlier, he was third in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
In the Remington Park Oaks, Alex and Joann Lieblong’s Marathon Lady, winner of an Oaklawn maiden race and third in the track’s Fantasy Stakes, was made the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Graeme Hall filly, trained by Steve Hobby, has been rubbing elbows with the best of her generation and performed respectively each time. She was second to Fiftyshadesofhay in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes, third to Close Hatches in the Mother Goose Stakes and most recently third to divisional leader Princess of Sylmar in the Coaching Club American Oaks.
Looking to knock off the favorite are Martha Washington Stakes winner Sister Ginger, trained by five-time Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen and Oaklawn allowance winner Gold Medal Dancer, trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel.
The Derby is race 9 at 5:30 p.m. and the Oaks is Race 6 at 4 p.m.
For the complete Remington Park entries, click here. http://www.oaklawn.com/promotions/2013/sep/03/game-day/