Gilbreath Pair Head Remington Challenge Night

Cold Cash 123, The Long Knife headline top night of Challenge races.

Q-Racing Journal
May 9, 2013

The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained pair of 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123 and Leo Stakes (G1) runner-up The Long Knife racing in the $101,340 Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2) highlight a card dominated by Bank of America Racing Challenge races on Sunday at the Oklahoma City track.

T-Bill Stables’ Cold Cash 123 (Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) returns to the Gilbreath barn after racing at Los Alamitos under the care of trainer Denny Ekins. At Los Alamitos, he won the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and was third as the 2-5 favorite in the Robert L Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1). Those were his best finishes from five West Coast starts. He will be making his first appearance in the Bank of America Remington Challenge Championship since a troubled sixth-place finish in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) in mid-February.

Cold Cash 123 made two starts at Remington Park a year ago for Gilbreath, winning the Leo Stakes (G1) and the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in successive starts as the solid choice in each race.

During his 2011 world championship campaign, he raced to Grade 1 wins in the Rainbow Derby, Texas Classic Derby and The Championship at Sunland Park for Gilbreath.

Steve Denny’s The Long Knife (Tac It Like A Man-Oodles Of Cash by Hooked On Cash) comes off a close second-place finish in the Leo Handicap on March 30. The gelding finished just a neck behind First In Class DBS as the 2-1 favorite. He won the Texas Classic Derby (G1) in November and was second behind champion Feature Mr Bojangles in the 2011 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Wade Siegel and Don Boyle’s BF Farm Boy (Hawkinson-Shirleys Strawfly by Strawfly Special) returns to the stakes ranks under trainer William Harris’ care after taking a $25,000 allowance race on April 21. The gelding was third in the 2012 Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3) and qualified for the 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) while being trained by Paul Jones, his conditioner until his latest start.

In the $40,860 Merial Remington Distaff Challenge at 400 yards, Reliance Ranches’ Cruzin The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Penelope Cruzin by Okey Dokey Dale) and the Dean Frey-owned, -bred and -trained Shez Jess Toxic (Take Off Jess-Dashing Fly Lady by Victory Dash) meet in a deep field of 10 fillies and mares.

Cruzin The Wagon chases her first stakes win during the current Remington Park season after finishing third in the Mighty Deck Three Handicap and second in the Decketta Stakes (G3) as the 5-2 favorite. A year ago, she won the $135,000 Oklahoma Derby and Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) at Remington Park.

Shez Jess Toxic makes her Remington Park debut after finishing fourth in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos back in January. She was second in the Southern California Derby (G1) in her start before the Charger Bar.

In the $45,270 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) at 870 yards, Steve Holt’s champion De Passem Okey (Okey Dokey Dale-Impassable Gal (TB) by Sir Richard Lewis) heads an entertaining and competitive lineup of nine distance specialists.

De Passem Okey returned from a layoff to finish second in the Pauls Valley Handicap (G3) and then win a $25,100 allowance race as the 3-5 choice. A former $7,500 claimer, the Rodney Reed-trained gelding won last year’s Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge (G3) by 3 lengths while winning each of his four starts, including three stakes, during the 2012 Remington Park season.

Richard Sturdevant, Terry Wootan and J.D. Yates’s DM Streakn Thru Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Sashay N Six by Sixarun) is a rising 870-yard star. In his 870-yard debut, he won his trial to the Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge (G3) and then finished second in the finals as the 11-10 favorite, his most recent start.

DM Streakn Thru Fire won the 2012 Lovington Stakes (G2), was second in the Zia Park Championship (G1), and was a close third behind Cold Cash 123 in the 2011 Rainbow Derby (G1), third in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and qualified for the All American Futurity (G1) while racing on the straightaway.