Champion De Passem Okey Retires

Champion De Passem Okey retires from racing.

De Passem Okey has retired from racing.

Two-time distance champion De Passem Okey, who won his last career start, the Expo Square Stakes on July 5 at Fair Meadows, has been retired from racing, according to owner Steve Holt.

The 8-year-old gelding by Okey Dokey Dale, out of a Sir Richard Lewis (TB) mare named Impassable Gal (TB), enters into his retirement with a career earnings mark of $458,652 from 46 career starts. He won 21 races, including 11 stakes, with 11 additional placings. His career highlights came in the 2010 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, as well as the 2011 Remington Distance Handicap (G3). The 2010 and 2011 distance champion will be enjoying the remainder of his life at the farm of his owner Steve Holt, who claimed him for $7,500 in early 2010.

"He has been such a great horse to have and has done so much for us over the years," said Holt. "He is getting up in age, and I just couldn't imagine having him hurt himself or breakdown on the track with all that he has accomplished. He owes us nothing for the amount of joy and excitement he has provided us as a runner, and he has earned a nice retirement."

Eddie L. Moore D.V.M. bred De Passem Okey in Oklahoma. De Passem Okey was trained the majority of his racing career by Oklahoma-based trainer Rodney Reed.

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