Sam Crow is Prompt Favorite in Remington's Mr Jet Moore Stakes

The even-money choice defeated a field of Oklahoma-breds on Thursday.

Q-Racing Journal

Terry Baber's Sam Crow inched closer to the $1-million mark in earnings with his three-quarter length win in Thursday's Mr Jet Moore Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Sam Crow, a 5-year-old son of Valiant Hero, is a bridesmaid no more, as the gelding was a prompt even-money favorite in Thursday's 350-yard, $61,800 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park.

Racing for Terry Baber of Burkburnett, Texas, Sam Crow defeated 5-2 second choice Valiant Rogue by three-quarters of a length in :17.346. Ricky Ramirez rode the gelding for trainer Trey Wood.

"He didn't outbreak them, but he broke with them and that was just enough to hold them off until the end," said Ramirez. "He kind of tried to prick his ears a little bit. I don't know what he was looking at, so I got after him a bit. He ran good and finished strong."

Sam Crow entered Thursday's stakes with a string of second-place finishes, including runner-up efforts in the March 12 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (R) at Remington, and the 2015 Rainbow (G1) and All American (G1) derbies at Ruidoso Downs.

Wood equipped Sam Crow with a flipping halter for the Mr Jet Moore, though the trainer was a little reluctant to try the equipment change on a horse who had entered the stakes with a bankroll of more than $900,000.

“You really hate changing things, but we didn't know what else to do to get him away from the gate,' Wood said. "It seemed to help a little bit. He's just a good horse."

Sam Crow was bred by Paris Wixon. The gelding has won six of 18 starts and has earned $960,377, and his career resume includes a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Jm Miracle, in the 2014 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Phoebesdynasty ran third and was followed by Bye Byefreighttrain, I V Gone, Hearts Ona Hero, Bringin The Gray, and Major Freight.

The Mr Jet Moore Stakes honors the memory of 1972 world champion Mr Jet Moore, a son of Jet Deck bred in Oklahoma by the late Bob Moore.

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