A superb Sunday of racing concluded at Remington Park with the Oklahoma Derby and Remington Park Oaks.
In the Oklahoma Derby it was Steve Asmussen who won the race for the second time, but not with his main fancy Red Route One, but instead his second string How Did He Do That. As part of a trio that battled to the line, How Did He Do That got the fractions right to win a three-way photo finish by the barest of margins.
The shocks would continue in the Remington Park Oaks as the Brad Cox trained Merlazza failed to fire with Honor D Lady picking up the pieces in the home straight.
Grade 3, 1 mile and an eighth, dirt, open to horses aged three. Total prize pool: $400,000
- How Did He Do That +2000
- Red Route One +350
- Tumbarumba +600
Winning time: 1:50.34
How Did He Do That produced a stirring finish to hold off his illustrious stable mate Red Route One and the Brian Lynch trained Tumbarumba.
In what was a messy race, How Did He Do That hit the front early and managed to hold off all the late finishers.
With the field bunched in behind, the first major challenger to his lead was Red Route One who tried to make headway up the rail.
2023 Oklahoma Derby Race Video
Closing with each and every stride, the eye was then drawn to the outside as Tumbarumba was finishing with a real flourish.
As the line beckoned, the race was up for grabs and all three contenders lunged late for the line. Finishing together, it was How Did He Do That who got the judges vote to win the biggest race of his career by the very slimmest of margins.
2023 Oklahoma Derby Race Payouts
|1||How Did He Do That||$91.20||$23.80||$13.20|
|2||Red Route One||$7.40||$5.40|
Remington Park Oaks
Grade 3, 1 mile and a sixteenth, dirt, open to fillies aged three. Total prize pool: $200,000
- Honor D Lady +450
- Ancient Peace +250
- Magic Bubbles +1000
Winning time: 1:46.00
Honor D Lady returned to winning ways for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr as she produced a stirring finish to win this year’s renewal of the Remington Park Oaks.
In what was a briskly run contest, Ancient Peace broke well from the wide outside to lead the field through the early stages.
Burning up the home straight, several of the race’s main challengers tried to position themselves into contention with the most prominent of these being Honor D Lady.
With the two horses matching strides, it was clear that the race would come down to the front two. Still holding a slim lead as they hit the home straight, Ancient Peace tried to fend off her main rival but would ultimately come up short.
2023 Remington Oaks Race Video
Travelling strongly, Honor D Lady was able to breeze past at the furlong pole and set sail for home.
With nothing coming out of the pack, she would go onto win the race by 4 lengths. Ancient Peace’s good early work ensured she would finish in second, with Magic Bubbles closing fast to grab third.
2023 Remington Park Oaks Race Payouts
|1||Honor D Lady||$17.40||$8.00||$4.40|
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