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September 27, 2013

8 entered for Oklahoma Derby, Departing favored from outside post position

OKLA. CITY — A field of eight 3-year-olds entered the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby Thursday in the Remington Park racing office. Departing, a three-time derby winner and earner of more than $1.3 million drew the outside post.

The Oklahoma Derby leads a six-race stakes schedule on Sunday which also includes: the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup, the $100,000 Remington Green Stakes, the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes and the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn Stakes. Overall, the entire race card on Sunday is worth $1,066,600 in purse money. The biggest day of the season gets underway at 1:30 p.m.

Owned by historic Claiborne Farm of Paris, Ky. and Adele Dilschneider of St. Louis, Departing is trained by Al Stall, Jr. Remington Park odds-maker Jerry Shottenkirk made Departing the 6-5 morning-line favorite as the gelding comes into the Oklahoma Derby with an impressive resume.

“Departing has been well-spotted on several occasions and is as tough as they come on a Grade II and Grade III level. His last two wins, in the West Virginia Derby by 8 3/4 lengths and the Super Derby by four lengths, place him firmly in the favorite’s role here,” Shottenkirk emphasized. “His only blemish was a sixth in the Preakness and that’s certainly a forgivable offense.”

Robby Albarado has been aboard Departing for his West Virginia and Super Derby triumphs, and will keep the mount for Sunday’s Oklahoma Derby.

Departing has won three graded derbies but is not the only winner of such a race entered in the Oklahoma Derby. Broadway Empire captured the Grade III, Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta and has been made the 4-1 second choice in the morning line.

“Broadway Empire just might be the most interesting combatant here,” Shottenkirk noted. “He broke his maiden by 16-plus lengths in 1:07.84 for six furlongs at Turf Paradise, was runner-up to the ultra-quick Let Em Shine in the Came Home at Betfair Hollywood Park and then shipped up to Canada, where he easily handled his competition. He’s the real deal and can go about as far as they want him to early in the game.”

Owned by the Alberta partnership of Randy Howg, Bob Butz, Fouad El Kardy and Rick Running, Broadway Empire is stabled in the Remington Park stakes barn and has had nearly a week to acclimate to his surroundings. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Broadway Empire will be ridden by Rico Walcott, who handled him in the Canadian Derby.

Cameo Appearance is the third-choice in the morning line at 9-2 odds, after running third behind Departing in the Super Derby. Owned by Gary and Mary West of Omaha, Neb. and trained by Wayne Catalano, Cameo Appearance will be ridden by Remington Park-based jockey Luis Quinonez.

Texas Bling, the 128-1 upset winner of the 2012 Springboard Mile at Remington Park, will try to become just the third horse to win the Springboard, followed by an Oklahoma Derby win the next year.

Going Ballistic and Golden Yank each did it in successive years, when the Springboard was known as the MEC Mile. Going Ballistic won in 2006 with his Oklahoma Derby in 2007. Golden Yank won his Oklahoma Derby in 2008 following his local 2-year-old stakes win in 2007.

Texas Bling has not competed since an eighth-place run in the Grade I, Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs in April. He has trained well in recent weeks, leading to the Oklahoma Derby. Owned by Hall’s Family Trust of Fort Worth and trained by Danele Durham, Texas Bling is part of a same-owner coupled entry with He Has Bling. Texas Bling will leave the Oklahoma Derby starting gate from post-position one, while He Has Bling will leave from post-position four.

The field for the Grade III, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds, by program and saddle-towel order:

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