MAJOR TOM CONTINUES DOMINANT SEASON IN TRACK RECORD PERFORMANCE
For Immediate Release
Saturday, May 24, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Major Tom, the super-Appaloosa who makes the exceptional seem routine, glided home to his third stakes win of the 2014 Remington Park season on Saturday night. His one-length triumph in the Grade 1, $35,000 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Stakes also added another track record to his resume.
Owned by Mary Hainline of Noble, Okla. and trained by Eddie Willis, Major Tom was ridden for the first time by someone other than Jimmy Brooks. Jockey Cody Smith picked up the talented mount as Brooks could not make it back to Remington Park after riding throughout the afternoon at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The change in pilots meant nothing to Major Tom as he was impressive in winning his seventh consecutive race dating back to May 2013.
Smith managed to get Major Tom away from the starting gate in the 440-yard affair in fine order, putting him on the lead before the midway point in the race. Turbulence had a great start from his inside post position but was unable to hold off Major Tom who methodically gained his normal advantage while under a strong hand-ride from Smith. Judys Miss Banks rallied to get up for second by a head over Turbulence.
Major Tom crossed the finish in :21.059 seconds over a sloppy track, setting a new Remington Park record for Paints & Appaloosas at the distance. The clocking shaved .262 off the 2012 mark set by Barney Ofield in the same stakes race.
Major Tom set a new 400-yard track record for Paint & Appaloosa racing at Remington Park when he won the Mister Lewie Memorial Stakes in April.
The heavy 3-5 wagering favorite, Major Tom paid $3.20 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.10 to show. Judys Miss Banks returned $11 to place and $6.40 to show. Turbulence paid $6.80 to show.
A 3-year-old gelding, Major Tom defeated four other 3-year-olds and four foes that were 4 or older in the National Cowboy. All of his rivals were Paint racers. A gelding by Red Storm Cat (qh) from the Mr Eye Opener (qh) mare Eyesa Knockout, Major Tom was bred in Oklahoma by Gary Vaughn.
The third stakes win of the season is the eighth career win from nine starts for Major Tom with six of the victories taking place at Remington Park. The winner’s share of the National Cowboy purse, $20,784, moves Major Tom’s career earnings to $212,107.
During the undercard on Saturday, jockey Cesar Gomez enjoyed his best night of the season, winning five times. Gomez won aboard: Stone Cold Alibi ($3.80 to win), race four; A Blaze Of Zoom ($24) race five; Pale Face Prospect ($23.20) race six; Gotta Go Streakn ($5.20) race eight and Risky Pursuits ($3.40) in race nine. Gomez now has 14 wins for the season after arriving midway through the season.
Racing will begin at 1:30pm on Sunday and Memorial Day Monday. The Sunday card features the four stakes races that comprise the Oklahoma Speedfest including the $70,000 Easy Date Stakes; the $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes; the $70,000 FL Lady Bug Stakes and the $70,000 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes. All four of the Speedfest races are for Oklahoma-breds.
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