Oklahoma's richest horse race will take place at Remington Park in Oklahoma City this Sunday, September 27, with the 31st running of the Oklahoma Derby. The race is for Thoroughbreds three years and older at a distance of 1-1/8 miles on the park's dirt oval. The guaranteed purse is $400,000.
The derby is one of seven stakes races held on the 27th. Others include the David Vance Sprint, the Remington Green, The Kip Deville Stakes, The Ricks Memorial Stakes, the Flashy Lady Stakes, and the E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes. The combined purse of Sunday's races is $740,000.
Seven horses are listed as probable starters for the race. Drawing a lot of interest is ROWDY YATES, a three-year-old colt with a 5.72 rating. The colt last won on January 26 at Sunland in the 1-mile Riley Allison Derby. ROWDY YATES has raced three times since the long pandemic layoff, finishing 4th each time in highly competitive races. He is trained by Steven M. Asmussen.
Also probable for the derby is MO MOSA, a three-year-old with a 5.12 rating. With three starts in 2020, the colt's best finish was 3rd on April 11 in a 1-mile race allowance race at Oaklawn Park. His trainer for Sunday's event is Michael J. Maker.
AVANT GARDE, a three-year-old gelding, is also probable for the race. His previous start was a 1-mile race on June 10, 2020, where he placed second. With a minimal rating of 0.0, this horse is being trained by Jesus Lander.
Probable to join the post parade is another three-year-old gelding, DEAN MARTINI, who carries a rating of 6.05. The gelding has been in the money five of his last seven starts. Definitely a horse to watch, Thomas Amoss trains him.
Fifth among the probable starters is another highly rated horse, SHARED SENSE. With a rating of 6.11, he has a first and second in this last three starts. The three-year-old colt is trained by Brad Cox.
NECKER ISLAND, a three-year-old colt with a high 6.17 rating, is another probable starter. Most recently, NECKER ISLAND competed in the Kentucky Derby on September 5, finishing 9th. Chris Hartman is this trainer.
Finally, the highest-rated horse in the Oklahoma Derby is MAJOR FED, who sports a 6.19 evaluation. Gregory Foley trains this three-year-old colt. MAJOR FED also ran in the Kentucky Derby, finishing just behind NECKER ISLAND.
Seven horses will be line for Sunday's Oklahoma Derby and seven horses have a shot at bringing home the win.
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