Myst Fit Scores in Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby
The Separatist gelding earns his first career stakes win on Saturday.
March 24, 2017
Myst Fit, a gelded son of champion Separatist and the second-fastest qualifier, kept his perfect season record intact with a neck victory in the $251,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on Saturday.
Racing for Newman Cattle Company and Bobby Simmons and prepped by Trey Wood, Myst Fit went 350 yards in :17.382 while posting a 92 speed index. Ricky Ramirez rode the gray gelding, who was winning for the second time in as many outs this season.
Myst Fit was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The gelding was acquired by Newman Cattle Company ffor $19,000 at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, and he is out of Mystiflying, a winning 9-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry.
Health issues limited Myst Fit to only three starts in 2016.
"He had a lot of soft-tissue issues when we got him last year," Wood said. "When we got him to Ruidoso Downs, he actually had a throat issue that we didn't know about until we got him.
"Once we ran him, he got really sick and we had to do surgery on him," the trainer added. "Luckily he came back good, and he's a nice horse."
A winner of three of his five outs, Myst Fit broke his maiden in a Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial last May. The $100,400 winner's share of the Oklahoma Derby purse bumped his bankroll to $117,023, of which $106,130 has been earned his year.
Famousist ran second and was followed by Miss Racy Runaway, fastest qualifier and 3-2 favorite Jess Kool Lady, Cropped Top, Bellissima Chocolata, Desert Trail, Bp Jess Fast, Tommy The Train, and Teardrops At The Bar.
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