Seven to Be Inducted into Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame
The inductees will be honored at Remington Park on June 1.
May 4, 2018
Edited press release
Remington Park will induct a new class of seven into its Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Friday, June 1.
SLM Big Daddy
A two-time AQHA world champion (1997-98), “Big Daddy” is one of the best-known and all-time favorites at Remington Park where he was dominant on the track for three seasons. He won the Eastex Stakes three consecutive seasons (1997-99), the Remington Gold Cup twice (1997-98), and the Remington Park Championship in '97.
"Big Daddy" also won the Grade 1, 440-yard Champion of Champions twice (1997-98) and was an AQHA Supreme Racehorse. He was bred and raced by Steve and Lindsey Mitchell of Brownwood, Texas, and was trained by Don Mourning.
As the reign of SLM Big Daddy ended at Remington Park, a new era was taken over by Tailor Fit. He won three consecutive Remington Park Championships (1999-2001) and the Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship twice (2000-01). Tailor Fit twice won the Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos (1999-2001), and was the sport's world champion twice.
An AQHA Supreme Racehorse, Tailor Fit earned nearly $1.3 million while racing for Betty Jane Burlin of Navasota, Texas. He was trained by Steve Van Bebber and Janet Van Bebber.
Spit Curl Diva
Never out of the money in her 12 career starts at Remington Park, Spit Curl Diva, was one of the fastest and most-versatile females to compete in Oklahoma. At the height of her career, as a 4-year-old in 2010, Spit Curl Diva set three new Remington Park track records, at three different distances, in three consecutive races.
Spit Curl Diva won the 2010 Decketta Stakes and set a new 350-yard mark; she won the 2010 Bob Moore Memorial and set the 300-yard record; then won a 250-yard allowance to set that standard. An AQHA Supreme Racehorse, Spit Curl Diva still owns the 300-yard record at Remington Park. Her top stakes wins included the 2008 Blue Ribbon Downs Futurity, the 2008 Speedhorse Gold Cup Futurity at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, the 2009 Oklahoma Derby, the 2010 Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park, and the 2010 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
Owned originally by Elbert Brown of Seminole, Oklahoma, Spit Curl Diva raced the bulk of her career for the Lepic-Morgan Partnership of Iowa City, Iowa. She was trained through her career by David and Jody Brown.
The latest with the Brooks name from Blanchard, Oklahoma, going into the hall, he is also the first son of a Hall of Famer to be honored; Jimmy’s father, jockey Roy Brooks, raced competitively well into his 70s, earning his induction in 2010.
Jimmy Brooks won his first races in 1984 and has found success now in four decades. Brooks has more than 400 wins at Remington Park, with more than 1,300 career wins. Among his Grade 1 triumphs: the 1998 Remington Park Futurity with Flying Dino, the 2013 Remington Park Championship with Priceless Feature, the 2013 All American Derby aboard Feature Hero, and the 2016 Los Alamitos Super Derby with Big Lew. Overall, Brooks is approaching $20 million in mount earnings and has 12 victories thus far during the current Remington Park meet.
A nine-time leading trainer at Remington Park, Eddie Willis of Caney, Oklahoma, has been a force in Oklahoma and beyond for decades. His Remington Park titles have come in runs of four consecutive years (2004-2007) and another five straight years (2010-2014).
Willis saddled a meet-record 53 winners during the 2011 season. He has 14 wins during the 2018 Remington Park season and has surpassed the 600-win mark at the track during his career. Willis has saddled winners in all of the richest races in Oklahoma City, as well as multiple stakes scores around the state, New Mexico and southern California.
Willis trained 2003 AQHA world champion Oak Tree Special, and he won the 2013 All American Derby with Feature Hero. At Remington Park, Willis has won the Heritage Place Futurity twice (2007-09), the Remington Park Futurity three times (2002, 2003, 2013), the Heritage Place Derby four times (2010-2012, 2014), the Remington Park Derby three times (2002, 2003, 2012) and has one Remington Park Championship (2013). Willis began training in 1977 and has raced at Remington Park since day one of the Quarter Horse activity here in 1989.
Weetona Stanley – Breeder/Owner
The matriarch of Ladybug Stallion Station in Madill, Oklahoma, Weetona Stanley has headed the operation since the passing of her husband A.F. “Sonny” Stanley in 1993. The breeding farm responsible for historic sire First Down Dash continues a top-flight operation that still produces stakes winners of the highest quality.
Stanley was the owner of First Prize Dash, a 2006 AQHA Dam of Distinction. First Prize Dash produced four Grade 1 stakes winners and six stakes winners overall. As an racing owner, Weetona Stanley has won by herself, or in partnership, most of the major races offered at Remington Park, including: 2002 Heritage Place Futurity with Fast First Prize; 2006 Heritage Place Futurity with First Carolina; 2007 Remington Park Derby with First Carolina; the 2009 Remington Park Futurity with First Prize Leesa; and the 2014 Decketta Stakes with First Prize Shaunda. As a breeder, Stanley has earnings of nearly $10 million to her credit. Her name is still attached to winning horses competing at Remington Park, and beyond, on a daily basis.
F.E. “Butch” Wise – Industry Leader, Owner/Breeder
Well-known throughout the world of American Quarter Horse racing, breeding and sales, there is little that happens in the industry that Wise is not involved with in some capacity. He has served on numerous boards and committees to help guide the sport, including: American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee and Racing Council, as a director and honorary vice president.
Wise is also owner of Stone Chase Stables and owner of Wise Sales Company. He serves as an officer of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and is a director emeritus. Wise has a decades-long involvement with the operation of the expansive Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma, responsible for many of the sport’s top stallions over the years.
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