Docs Dusty Okie Closes Remington Meet
Oklahoma City track holds two stakes on closing day.
June 2, 2013
The 2013 Remington Park American Quarter Horse & Mixed-Breed Season came to a close Sunday afternoon with a final 12-race program. The closing race was the Grade 3, $53,500 Remington Park Distance Handicap, going to Docs Dusty Okie in a 9-1 upset.
Owned by Dusty Rose Ranch of Oklahoma City and trained by Cristino Estrada, Docs Dusty Okie hit the finish line three-quarters of a length in front of Wahoo. Emperor Valerian was along the rail, picking up third, another three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.
Docs Dusty Okie, carrying 124 pounds, took the lead away from pace-setting Saritas Blueboy with 220 yards remaining. The 6-year-old gelding had too much remaining late in the stretch for the others to cut into his advantage. Under jockey Randy Wilson, Docs Dusty Okie covered the 870 yards around the turn in a quick time of :44.639 over a fast track.
Bred in Oklahoma by Dusty Rose Ranch, Docs Dusty Okie paid $21.40 to win, $5.80 to place and $4.60 to show. Wahoo returned $3.80 to place and $4 to show. Emperor Valerian paid $4.60 to show.
DM Streakin Thru Fire was the beaten even-money favorite, finishing fifth. He shared high-weight status at 125 pounds along with Emperor Valerian and Stray Cat, winner of the Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge in May.
The win was the 10th from 32 career starts and the sixth overall at Remington Park for Docs Dusty Okie, a son of Okey Dokey Dale from the Hy Lucky Jay (TB) mare Stephanie Rose. The winner’s check of $32,392 moved his career earnings to $254,601.
Easy Jet Stakes
Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds were featured on closing Sunday in the $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes at 350 yards. The Restricted Grade 3 race was won by Skuze Please, the 2-1 wagering favorite.
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Joe Mills of Tulsa, Skuze Please is trained by Tana Pace and was ridden by Jesus Salazar. The gelding finished a perfect season going three-for-three at Remington Park, breaking his maiden against state-breds in April, winning a conditioned allowance race in May and then scoring his first stakes race on Sunday.
Skuze Please used a solid start to take the advantage from the gate and then pulled clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Stolin Credits. Lethal Corona was third.
Skuze Please handled the 350 yards in :17.193 and paid $6.20 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Stolin Credits paid $9.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Lethal Corona returned $4.60 to show.
A son of Dashin Bye from the Sixarun mare Sixy Hemp, Skuze Please made another $26,034 in the Easy Jet Stakes win to move his career total to $52,914, nearly doubling his overall money.
The Easy Jet Stakes is named in honor of the 1969 All American Futurity winner and world champion who was bred and owned in Oklahoma by the late American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame horsemen Walter Merrick of Sayre. Easy Jet became one of Quarter Horse racing’s greatest stallions after concluding his career on the track.
Live racing at Remington Park is now on hiatus until the beginning of the 25th Anniversary Thoroughbred Season on August 16.
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