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Oh Cooper Go Wins Pauls Valley

Oklahoma-bred gelding upsets reigning distance champion at Remington Park.

April 7, 2013

The first Remington Park stakes race of the season around the turn, the Grade 3, $55,000 Pauls Valley Handicap, featured two-time distance champion De Passem Okey in his 2013 debut. The 7-year-old was denied his attempt to defend his title in the Pauls Valley as Oh Cooper Go held strong throughout the stretch run to upset the champ by a length.

Owned and trained by Jackie Kirby of Jay, Oklahoma, and ridden by Randy Wilson in his first race off a layoff, Oh Cooper Go started well and claimed good position chasing early leader SRD Bobwirebob. De Passem Okey was just outside Oh Cooper Go as they moved around the bend together, second and third.

SRD Bobwirebob then blew the turn, unable to hold his line as he floated toward the outside rail before the top of the stretch. Oh Cooper Go left the turn wide off the inside rail but that worked out for him according to Wilson.

“We came into the stretch wide but De Passem Okey helped hold us in,” said the rider. “In the stretch he started to slow, but he switched leads and dug in to hold them off.”

Oh Cooper Go won at 9-1 odds and crossed the finish in :46.825 for 870 yards over the fast track. De Passem Okey was second with Docs Dusty Okie another 1 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up for third.

The 5year-old Oh Cooper Go paid $21.80 to win, $6 to place and $4.60 to show. De Passem Okey paid $2.80 to place and $2.10 to show as the beaten wagering favorite at 4-5 odds. Docs Dusty Okie returned $3.40 to show.

The Pauls Valley win was the fifth from 20 career starts for Oh Cooper Go, a gelding by Apollo (TB) from the Strawfly Special mare Oh Strawfly Go. The Pauls Valley triumph was his first win in seven tries at Remington Park and made him $32,500 for the effort, bumping his all-time bankroll to $100,087.

Oh Cooper Go was bred in Oklahoma by Rex & Sue Cox.

This was the first Pauls Valley Handicap win for the connections of Oh Cooper Go.

Sunday’s undercard consisted of five trials to determine the field for the $253,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R) to be held April 20. Brace For Bernal was much the best in his trial to overcome drifting out toward the outside rail while posting the top time at 400 yards.

Owned by Noel Lopez-Prieto of Canadian, Texas, and trained by Luis Villafranco, Brace For Bernal was ridden by Paul Nieto, crossing the finish in :19.766, the only clocking below the 20-second mark achieved by any qualifier.

A 3-year-old colt by Furyofthewind from the Shazoom mare Zoom Bracer, Brace For Bernal was bred in Oklahoma by Joaquin Lopez.

Brace For Bernal will be joined in the starting gate of the Remington Park Derby by nine others on April 20. The rest of the field includes: Glory Rider, :20.012; Hiclass Fly, :20.017; Bon Accord, :20.106; Feature Hero, :20.124; Eye A Spit Curl Girl, :20.159; A Will And Away, :20.162; Jazz Wagon, :20.164; JB James, :20.166 and Klassy Chick, :20.166.