Long Range Toddy saddles up again at Remington Park

By Dale Day/Remington Park
August 22, 2019 01:19pm

Long Range Toddy, winner of the 2018 Springboard Mile at Remington Park before embarking on a long spring campaign this year that included a start in the Kentucky Derby, has resumed training in Oklahoma City.


Owned by Willis Horton Racing of Marshall, Ark., and trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Long Range Toddy had a long gallop around the track on Thursday morning at Remington Park with temperatures in the high 60s. Brooke Stillion guided the 3-year-old colt by Take Charge Indy from the Unbridled’s Song mare Pleasant Song around the main oval.


In addition to winning Remington Park’s top 2-year-old race last year, Long Range Toddy also scored the local $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes. This spring at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Long Range Toddy continued to add to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points he accumulated in the Springboard Mile. He was second in the Smarty Jones, third in the Southwest Stakes (G3) and won a division of the Rebel Stakes (G2) before finishing sixth in the Arkansas Derby (G1).


More than qualified with points, Long Range Toddy pressed the pace in the Kentucky Derby then was caught up in congestion in the final turn and faded, before placed 16th. After the first Saturday in May, Long Range Toddy was third in the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown and fifth in the Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Grand.

There is no word yet on plans for Long Range Toddy, as there are plenty of 3-year-old derby options that could be considered. The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 29 at Remington Park fits into that mix of races.


Also at Remington Park, Shotgun Kowboy, the three-time victor of the Oklahoma Classics Cup, continues to perform well for a comeback effort. Bred, owned and trained by Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer C.R. Trout, Shotgun Kowboy breezed a half-mile in :47.91 Thursday over a fast track while under jockey David Cabrera. 


Only the second Oklahoma-bred to win the Oklahoma Derby when he triumphed in 2015, Shotgun Kowboy would set a new Oklahoma Classics record if he wins the Oct. 18 edition.

Shotgun Kowboy has earned $1,403,241 with 13 wins from 37 career attempts. He has eight wins, two seconds and three thirds in his 14 starts at Remington Park with earnings in Oklahoma City totaling $836,577.


Shotgun Kowboy is gearing up for his first start since running fifth in the Steve Sexton Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park in late April.


Welder, the 2018 Horse of the Meeting at Remington Park, had a five-furlong breeze Thursday morning, moving in 1:01.47 under Cabrera. Trainer Teri Luneack is aiming the speedy gray toward an open allowance sprint at Remington Park before putting him back into stakes action.


At Remington Park, Welder has never been out of the money in his 11 starts, winning seven with three second-place runs and one more in third. His career earnings are $722,651. Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm.


The 2019 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season opens Friday with the first event at 7 p.m. CT. The $175,000 Governor’s Cup highlights the season's initial card.


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