For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Ok – September 26, 2022 — While most of the eight stakes races on Oklahoma Derby Day were won by local outfits, Rattle N Roll in the Oklahoma Derby and Price Talk in the finale, the $100,000 Remington Green helped give the shippers a nice rebound.
After Rattle N Roll prevailed for trainer Ken McPeek in the Oklahoma Derby, the nation’s fourth-leading trainer, Brad Cox, was able to follow that lead with a win in the Green with Price Talk, the heavy 2-5 favorite in the richest open-company turf race at Remington Park. His trainee, Best Actor, could only manage third in the derby as the even-money choice.
Florent Geroux, the country’s seventh-leading jockey whose horses have earned more than $12 million this year, had seven mounts in the eight stakes races on the card, but had to win the Green with Price Talk to salvage the day. It was not an easy task, either. Another local, Sunlit Song (8-1), out of Mindy Willis’ barn, gave the invader everything he wanted and more, pushing the winner all the way to the wire in a drive.
The two horses engaged up front 1-2 after a half-mile of the race and they were joined at the hip the entire race, which was 1-1/8th miles on the turf course. Price Talk held on for all he was worth, getting to the wire a half-length in front of Sunlit Song.
“It was my first time on him but he’s a very old, classy horse,” said Geroux. “I was very pleased with the trip but he had to put his neck down at the end to win.”
Price Talk is a 5-year-old gelded son of arguably the greatest sire of turf horses ever, Kitten’s Joy. He is out of the War Chant mare Mayakoba. So, his pedigree screams, “turf, turf, turf,” top and bottom. Kitten’s Joy was the top North American Turf sire from 2013-2018. He passed away this year.
He earned $60,000 for owner Gaining Ground Racing (Brian Cutshall) of Edina, Minn. Price Talk improved to 15 starts, six wins, two seconds and three thirds for $330,884 in lifetime earnings. He was bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Brad Cox was represented at Remington Park by his son and assistant trainer Blake Cox.
“This just shows he (Price Talk) fits with stakes horses across the country,” said Blake. “If you spot him right, you can win some money with him.”
It was the first win for all the connections of Price Talk in this stakes.
Price Talk and Sunlit Song hit the line together, but Logical Myth (15-1) checked in third another 4-1/2 lengths behind. The winner paid $2.80 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.20 to show.
Running time for the winner was 1:48.88 over the firm turf. He stalked the two front-runners, Sunlit Song and Carlea’s Dream, in third before Carlea’s Dream gave it up off the final turn and left the rest of the race to the two warriors to the wire.
The interior fractions were :25.11 for the first quarter-mile, :50.02 for the half-mile, 1:14.30 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:37.27 for the mile.
Price Talk now has two stakes wins in a row, having taken the $75,000 West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 6. That was a scheduled turf race but was taken off the grass and run on the sloppy main track.
The remaining order of finish in the Remington Green was U S Navy Cross (4th), Hidden Enemy (5th), Shadrack (6th), Carlea’s Dream (7th), Paluxy and Perfect Star (dead-heat for 8th), Nathan Detroit (10th), Rated R Superstar (11th) and Devamani (12th).
Live racing at Remington Park continues next week with a schedule of Wednesday-Saturday. First post time is 7:07 p.m. nightly.
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