Thursday, October 20, 2016
Big Night for Leading Owner Danny Caldwell and Jockey Ramon Vazquez
Ramon Vazquez and Danny Caldwell, among Oaklawn’s most potent jockey/owner combinations the last few years, teamed to win four races Wednesday night at Remington Park. They won the second race with favored Big Sugarush ($3), third race with Steva La Diva ($5.80), seventh race with D R C Majestic Man ($38.60) and eighth race with favored Classy Cove ($4.80).
Vazquez’s four-bagger lifted him into a tie for first in the jockey standings with C.J. McMahon. Each has 41 victories. He was Oaklawn’s second-leading rider the last two years.
Caldwell (25 victories) is the runaway leader in the owner’s standings and well on his way to a third consecutive personal Triple Crown – leading owner on his annual circuit of Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and Remington Park.
Federico Villafranco trains privately for Caldwell.
Ribbon of Darkness, a Jan. 29 allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn, is the 5-2 second choice in the program for the $145,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Stakes Friday at Remington Park.
Ribbon of Darkness, runner-up in last year’s Distaff, is scheduled to break from post 6 under Ramon Vazquez and carry equal top weight of 123 pounds. Following her January victory, she ran sixth in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 at Oaklawn.
Caldwell claimed Ribbon of Darkness for $15,000 at the 2014 Remington Park meeting. She has earned $366,307 off 10 victories from 33 career starts.
The 7-5 program favorite for the Distaff is Steel Cut, runner-up behind Ribbon of Darkness Jan. 29. She was a Feb. 18 allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn in her next start.
Probable post time for the mile and 70-yard Distaff, which is restricted to Oklahoma-breds, is 8:34 p.m. (Central).
Maryland, My Maryland
Morning Fire is scheduled to make his comeback in the $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap at 6 furlongs Saturday at Laurel. He hasn’t started since finishing fourth in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes April 15 at Oaklawn.
Bachelor runner-up I Will Score won the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) May 14 at Santa Anita in his next start.
Texas Chrome, third in the Bachelor in his 3-year-old debut, has won three consecutive stakes races, including the $400,000 Super Derby (G3) Sept. 10 at Louisiana Downs and $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) Sept. 25 at Remington Park. He is scheduled to make his next start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.
Morning Fire, who is trained by Keith Nations, has a 4-3-2 record from 11 lifetime starts and earnings of $237,318. The 9-5 program favorite is scheduled to break from post 4 Saturday under Daniel Centeno and carry 120 pounds.
Probable post time for the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap is 3:06 p.m. (Central).
Uncontested, a 2-year-old Tiz Wonderful colt owned by Harry Rosenblum of Little Rock, Ark., and trained by Wayne Catalano, was a front-running six-length winner of his career debut in Wednesday’s fifth race at Keeneland. Uncontested, who was ridden by Catalano’s son-in-law, Channing Hill, covered 6 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:15.81 and paid $23.40. Hill finished fourth in Oaklawn’s jockey standings this year with 33 victories. Catalano won 11 races. Catalano and Rosenblum teamed with another sharp debut winner, Gentlemen’s Bet ($69.40), who scored by 7 ¼ front-running lengths in January 2012 at Gulfstream Park. Gentlemen’s Bet won Oaklawn’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes in 2015 and has earned $742,430. … Ricardo Santana Jr., Oaklawn’s leading rider the last four years, won three races Wednesday at Keeneland. One of Santana’s victories was for his major client, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who has collected seven titles at Oaklawn since 2007. Santana and Asmussen teamed to win the second race, an entry-level allowance event for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, with favored Ever So Clever ($2.80), a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Ever So Clever was coming off a runner-up finish, beaten a half-length, in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs. Medaglia d’Oro broke his maiden at the 2002 Oaklawn meeting, returned to Hot Springs to win the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) the following year and retired with $5,754,720 in earnings. … Oaklawn-raced Ma Can Do It is entered in the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) Saturday at Keeneland. Oaklawn stakes winner Sarah’s Sis won last year’s Raven Run.