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De Passem Okey Closes Out Remington Meet

Carter, Willis, Pevehouse top Remington standings.

May 28, 2012

The 2012 Remington Park American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season came to a close on Memorial Day with a thrilling finale. The last race of the meeting was the Grade 3, $54,500 Remington Park Distance Handicap where De Passem Okey fought hard to defeat upset challenger SCJ Arabella Maria by a head.

The two-time defending distance champion De Passem Okey carried 128 pounds as the high-weight in the Distance Handicap. He spotted SCJ Arabella Maria seven pounds, and that difference helped even the competition throughout the stretch run.

Under G.R. Carter, De Passem Okey shot to the lead from the starting gate but could not put the field away as easily as his other wins this season, having to really work over the final quarter-mile of the 870 yards.

“He got a little hot today,” Carter noted, alluding to the 90-plus degree temperatures on the holiday. “He washed out a little and ran just a touch flatter than we’ve been accustomed to but he’s got the heart of a champion. When the mare headed him in the stretch, he dug in to finish.”

Owned by Steve Holt of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and trained by Rodney Reed, De Passem Okey settled for a head-bobbing victory over 35-1 longshot SCJ Arabella Maria. Apollo Rocks was a fading third after reaching the stretch on almost even terms with the winner despite a wide trip through the turn. De Passem Okey crossed the finish in :45.056 over the fast track.

The super-favorite at 1-5 odds in the wagering, De Passem Okey paid $2.60 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. SCJ Arabella Maria returned $12.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Apollo Rocks paid $2.40 to show.

The fourth win in as many attempts sealed the seasonal honors for distance champion for De Passem Okey. The former low-level claimer continues to blossom in the around-the-turn races, posting his 19th win from 36 attempts with 18 of them at 870 yards. The 6-year-old gelding by Okey Dokey Dale from the Sir Richard Lewis (TB) mare Impassable Gal (TB), De Passem Okey has now won seven races at Remington Park, all at 870 yards. The Distance Handicap put another $32,142 into the bankroll for De Passem Okay, who now boasts $397,529 overall.

De Passem Okey was bred in Oklahoma by Dr. Eddie Moore, D.V.M.

G.R. Carter – Leading Jockey
Carter’s win aboard De Passem Okey was his fifth on the final day of the season, giving him a season-leading total of 77. Carter, an Oklahoma City resident, clinched his 15th Remington Park riding title on May 26 and finishes 37 wins ahead of Jimmy Brooks and Stormy Smith, who tied for second-place with 40 wins each.

Carter also led all jockeys in total earnings as his mounts collected $1,835,106 during the season. His biggest win came aboard Lota PYC in the $720,000 Remington Park Futurity (R).

Ricky Ramirez, winner of the $1,048,560 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) aboard BP Cartels Alibi, had total mount earnings of $1,060,333 for second in the money category.

Eddie Willis – Jack Brooks Award Winner
The trainer championship went to Eddie Willis of Caney, Oklahoma, who earned the Jack Brooks Trophy for the seventh time at Remington Park. Willis posted 42 wins during the season, finishing five ahead of Clint Crawford, who had his best season ever at Remington Park with 37 wins. Luis Villafranco was third with 22 victories.

Willis also led the trainers in earnings with $1,301,737, posting his largest score in the $247,800 Heritage Place Derby (G2) with Priceless Feature. Trey Wood, who saddled BP Cartels Alibi to victory in the Heritage Place Futurity, was second with stable earnings of $726,136. Clint Crawford came in third with total earnings of $670,632.

Carl Pevehouse – Leading Owner
Owner/breeder Carl Pevehouse has enjoyed much success over a long career of racing at Remington Park. However, he had never amassed enough wins in any one season, to go along with some big stakes triumphs, to claim the leading owner title. That is, until this year when he racked up 13 victories to win his initial title. The Ratliff City, Oklahoma, resident who keeps his horses with trainer Clint Crawford, finished two ahead of Bella Vista Farms of Arcola, Illinois. Rancho Los Dos Potrillos of El Paso, Texas, was third with nine wins.

The leading owner by earnings was Raymundo Villareal Jr., whose BP Cartels Alibi won the $1,048,560 Heritage Place Futurity.

Steve Holt of Guthrie, Oklahoma, was second in earnings with $442,134. The Holt operation is as streamlined and successful as one could imagine under the training tutelage of Rodney Reed. Led by Remington Park Futurity winner Lota PYC and distance king De Passem Okay, the Holt athletes made 14 starts overall with eight wins, four seconds and one third for an in-the-money ratio of 93%.

Pevehouse was third with earnings of $304,408.

Live racing is now on hiatus at Remington Park until the 2012 Thoroughbred Season begins on August 10. Until then, Remington Park is open daily for simulcast racing and will feature the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, as I’ll Have Another attempts the first Triple Crown since 1978.