A sharp break from post 8 helped Love Is Everything V score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $232,600 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park.
Ridden by Jimmy Brooks and sent to post as the 7-2 second choice in a field of nine sophomores, Love Is Everything V defeated 17-10 favorite Aint Working by a half of a length in :17.476. Eddie Willis saddled the gelded son of One Valiant Hero.
Love Is Everything V was bred in Oklahoma by Valeriano Racing Stables LLC, and he made his season debut with a second-place finish in his Oklahoma Derby trial on March 8.
"No, I wasn't surprised," said Brooks of Love Is Everything V's victory. "This is a nice colt. He qualified for the Rainbow Futurity finals at Ruidoso Downs last year and was neck and neck with the winner (Uncle D), but he came up with a quarter crack in the final 200 yards and faded. I think he could have won.
"In the Oklahoma Derby trials, he just didn't break well," the rider added.
Love Is Everything V has won four of 11 starts, and the $93,040 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed his bankroll to $193,430.
Astranomical ran third and was followed by FMM Rocking Cartel, Ivory Turbo, Uptowne Babe, Sir Runaway Eye, Ritas Back On Track, and Gonnawannakissthis. Fantsy First Down was scratched at the gate.
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