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Distance Champ has Successful 2012 Debut

De Passem Okey wins his 2012 debut.

March 16, 2012

De Passem Okey, the defending two-time champion distance horse, made his 2012 debut on Thursday night at Remington Park. The impressive effort immediately stamped him as a contender in attempting to win his crown for a third-straight year.

Owned by Steve Holt of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and trained by Rodney Reed, De Passem Okey was ridden with extreme confidence by champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. The 6-year-old gelding glided to an easy 4-1/2 length win in a $25,250 allowance event at 870 yards.

“He was kind of fresh coming off the layoff and left the gate going right to the front,” Carter noted. “I kind of let him pull me around the turn. Once we got to the top of the lane, I got him to switch leads and tapped him trying to keep him honest. He cruised on in. It was really fun.”

The heavy wagering favorite at 1-5 odds, De Passem Okey paid $2.60 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Federal Express Pack returned $7.20 to place and $4.60 to show. Perry Otoole, coupled in the wagering with De Passem Okey and also owned by Holt, finished third.

De Passem Okey handled 870 yards in :45.368 over the fast track. The Oklahoma-bred by Okey Dokey Dale from the Sir Richard Lewis (TB) mare Impassable Gal (TB) won his 16th career race from 33 attempts. It was his fourth win in nine Remington Park tries and was worth $15,942 for the score. The check pushes his overall earnings to $306,763.