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'Earl' Captures SLM Big Daddy

Sweet First Down gelding scores in 550-yard stakes at Remington Park.

March 17, 2013

The $37,500 SLM Big Daddy Stakes (R), the rare 550-yard stakes event at Remington Park, was won Saturday night by You Can Call Mr Earl. The 4-year-old gelding came away from some contact at the start to run down the early leader and hold on for victory.

Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Earl Richardson of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, You Can Call Mr Earl is trained by Clint Crawford and was ridden by Tony Bennett.

A Splash Of Hell was away from the starting gate best, jumping on the lead while rivals to his outside made contact with each other. You Can Call Mr Earl was in that fray but after a few strides was on his mission to catch up. After 200 yards, You Can Call Mr Earl had collared the early leader and began to pull clear. Heavy 1-2 wagering favorite Mr Truly Uno, who won last year’s SLM Big Daddy, was also involved in the bumping away from the start and was flying late but had spotted the winner too much ground. You Can Call Mr Earl prevailed by a half-length, crossing the finish in :26.662 over a fast track.

A 15-1 longshot in the betting, You Can Call Mr Earl paid $33.60 to win, $11 to place and $5.60 to show. Mr Truly Uno paid $2.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Big Chop was third and paid $3.80 to show.

The win in the SLM Big Daddy Stakes gave You Can Call Mr Earl his sixth career score and his third consecutive at Remington Park dating to April 2012. The triumph was worth $23,230 and rolled his total earnings to $95,808. You Can Call Mr Earl is a son of Sweet First Down from the Strawfly Special mare Stawfly N Princess.

Crawford saddled his second SLM Big Daddy Stakes winner, adding You Can Call Mr Earl to his 2011 win with Skyline Lover. The SLM Big Daddy Stakes is named after the millionaire who won two world champion titles (1997 & 1998) in addition to his six stakes scores at Remington Park in the late 1990s. He was a crowd favorite over a three-year span here that decade.

Crawford had three winners on Saturday night. In addition to You Can Call Mr Earl, Crawford won with Blue Efforts ($7.40 to win) in race one and April Two Eight ($4.80) in the fifth race. Crawford has seven winners on the season and is second in the trainer standings to Eddie Willis who has 11.

The 2013 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-Breed Season continues with  10 races Sunday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.