For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Ok, December 20, 2022 – Wildatlanticstorm, a two-time stakes winner and victor in the richest race for 2-year-olds at Remington Park, the $400,000 Springboard Mile, has been voted the Horse of the Meet for the recently completed 2022 thoroughbred season.
The strapping chestnut, who crossed the scales at 1,235 pounds prior to his Springboard triumph is owned by Jim Jorgensen of Thornton, Iowa. The colt by Stormy Atlantic from the Big Brown mare Imsortaspecial was bred in Iowa by his owner. Wildatlanticstorm is trained by Ray Ashford, Jr.
Wildatlanticstorm won three of four starts this season including wins in the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes on Oct. 28 and an allowance score on Sept. 8, in addition to his Springboard victory. He was ridden by David Cabrera in all of his races except the Springboard. In the marquee race for 2-year-olds, Leandro Goncalves had the mount and put a beautiful ride on the colt to maximize his opportunity to succeed.
Wildatlanticstorm earned $335,298 over his four starts at Remington Park. He has accumulated $366,568 overall from six career starts with four wins and two second-place efforts.
Here’s a look at the Parade of Stars, the champions from the 2022 Thoroughbred Season, as voted on by media and racing management.
Wildatlanticstorm – Champion 2-Year-Old Male
Wildatlanticstorm would have earned 10 points in the 2023 Kentucky Derby standings by winning the $400,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds at Remington Park on closing night, but he raced on Lasix. That precluded him receiving any points in those standings, but that was trainer Ray Ashford’s plan all along.
“We were going to see how he did in this race and if he showed he was good enough, we will have to take him off (Lasix) down the road in other Kentucky Derby point races,” said Ashford.
The 2-year-old colt was the first Iowa-bred to win the Springboard Mile in its 22-year history. The big red colt was almost undefeated at Remington Park this meet, winning the Springboard, the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes and an optional claiming $75,000/allowance race. His only loss was a runner-up finish in the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes when he lost by 1-3/4 lengths to Campfire Creed.
Olivia Twist – Champion 2-Year-Old Female
Olivia Twist’s victory in the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes kept the 2-year-old filly undefeated after three starts for trainer Todd Fincher and solidified her vote in this category. She is a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Mshawish (Medaglia d’Oro), out of the War Chant mare Twinkling, and she handled the step up in class to stakes company with ease, winning the Trapeze, her first stakes race ever. The meet’s top jockey Cristian Torres scored by two full lengths in that race after beating a field of allowance juvenile fillies by 15 lengths in her previous race. Owned by G. Chris Coleman of Farmington, N.M., she started her career with a maiden win at Remington Park on Oct. 19, sprinting five furlongs in :58.66, winning by 2-1/2 lengths.
Olivia Twist earned $60,000 from the Trapeze purse and improved to three wins in three tries for a bankroll of $100,149.
Rattle N Roll – Champion 3-Year-Old Male
Trainer Ken McPeek loved watching his 3-year-old colt win the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Mike Mackin of Louisville, Ky., owns Lucky Seven Stable in conjunction with his three brothers and sister and they own Rattle N Roll. The stable is named for Mackin’s parents and five siblings. Rattle N Roll made a strong run down the stretch, digging deep to hold off the late charge of Steve Asmussen-trained King Ottoman. Rattle N Roll finished 1-1/2 lengths in front of King Ottoman. In the Derby, jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., won aboard Rattle N Roll, a 3-year-old colt by Connect (Curlin), out of the Johannesburg mare Jazz Tune. It was the colt’s only race at Remington Park this year. Rattle N Roll earned $240,000 for the victory.
Hits Pricey Legacy – Champion 3-Year-Old Female and Champion Oklahoma-bred
This filly pulled off the biggest upset of the day on Oklahoma Derby Day in the Grade 3, $210,000 Remington Park Oaks, taking down Grade 1 winner Juju’s Map. She cemented her place in these categories with a follow-up victory in the Useeit Stakes, versus Oklahoma-breds, on the Springboard Mile undercard. Juju’s Map, who won the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland as a 2-year-old and then ran second to Echo Zulu in the Grade 1, $1.76 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar, could do no better than run third to Hits Pricey Legacy, a multiple stakes winner at Remington Park. Owner-breeder-trainer C.R. Trout’s barn centered around this filly the whole meet. The 3-year-old daughter of Oklahoma sire Den’s Legacy (Medaglia D’Oro), out of the Concord Point mare High Price Hit, won three of four starts this meet, losing only in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff to another local champ, the older mare She’s All Wolfe. Trout of Edmond, Okla., said “This filly means so much to us. Remington Park has always been my favorite track and it always will be.”
Hits Pricey Legacy improved her record to 10 starts, five wins, two seconds and two thirds for a total bankroll of $339,935 for the homebred. The filly has won $327,435 of that at Remington Park.
Rated R Superstar – Champion Older Male
Rated R Superstar won the $102,000 Jeffrey Hawk Memorial Stakes, the final stakes race of the season for older horses at Remington Park on the Springboard undercard, to secure the older male honor. The 9-year-old gelding races for Remington Park’s all-time winningest owner Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla. The son of Kodiak Kowboy (Posse), out of the Gold Case mare Wicked Wish, beat heavily favored shipper from trainer Brad Cox’s barn, Caddo River (4-5). Rated R Superstar loves the Remington Park main track, winning for the third time here in only four tries. The Hawk Memorial was added to his Governor’s Cup triumph on the first night of the season in August. It was the second consecutive Governor’s Cup for Rated R Superstar. His record overall is now 65 starts, 13 wins, 10 seconds and eight thirds for $1,781,280. On Remington Park’s dirt surface he is now 4-3-1-0 for $278,000.
She’s All Wolfe – Champion Older Female
It wasn’t known at the time, but racing fans would see She’s All Wolfe win for the last time at Remington Park in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff on Oct. 21. Trainer Donnie Von Hemel sent his mare out to win the $128,000 Distaff for the third year in a row. She was retired from racing in the days leading up to the Remington Park season ending. She gave Von Hemel his 30th Classics victory, the all-time lead for trainers in the series. She’s All Wolfe finished one victory short of her dam (mother) She’s All In in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff. Her mama won this race four times. Both mares are owned by Dr. Robert Zoellner of Tulsa, Okla. He has won the Classics Distaff nine times. Richard Eramia was She’s All Wolfe’s regular rider this season as she won both of her Remington Park attempts. She was triumphant in allowance company against Oklahoma-breds a month before the Classics. The 5-year-old daughter of Magna Graduate (Honor Grades), out of the Include aforementioned mare She’s All In, finishes her career with a record of 29 starts, 10 wins, six seconds and three thirds for $755,260 in earnings.
Flash of Mischief – Champion Sprinter
This 5-year-old colt by Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday), out of the Political Force mare Flashy Campaign, won this category by winning the toughest open-company sprint stakes of the meet – the $150,000 David M. Vance Stakes. It was impressive enough for the top trainer of the meet, Karl Broberg, to send him to the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., in November. Flash of Mischief ran second in his only other start of the meet, but he ran second to another Champion this meet, Rated R Superstar in the $175,000 Governor’s Cup in August. The colt then broke through by 6-1/4 lengths in the Vance Stakes, on the Oklahoma Derby undercard on Sept. 25. Flash of Mischief is owned and was bred in Kentucky by Jerry Namy of Ft. Worth, Texas, and his record is now 23 starts, nine wins, five seconds and two thirds for $774,901.
Price Talk – Champion Turf Performer
Price Talk earned the award for his win in the richest open-company turf event of the season, the $100,000 Remington Green, on the Oklahoma Derby undercard Sept. 25. Owned by Gaining Ground Racing of Edina, Minn., Price Talk is trained by Brad Cox and was ridden to victory in the Green by Florent Geroux. The Green was the only start of the season at Remington Park for the 5-year-old gelding by Kitten’s Joy from the War Chant mare Mayakoba. He has a record of 16 starts, six wins, two second and one third for total career earnings of $342,824.
Ernie Banker – Champion Claimer
Ernie Banker was successful and popular between two top barns this season at Remington Park. He started his local run on Sept. 1, finishing ninth over a sloppy track for owner End Zone Athletics and trainer Karl Broberg. He then won his next attempt on Sept. 23 and was claimed for $15,000 by owner Danny Caldwell, who sent him to victory six days later on Sept. 29 when Broberg claimed him back for End Zone Athletics at a price of $20,000. The 5-year-old gelding then won a starter allowance event on Oct. 12 and an allowance on Nov. 7 out of the Broberg barn to finish the season with four consecutive wins from five starts.
A son of Central Banker from the Prime Timber mare Tall Timbercowgirl, Ernie Banker was bred in New York by Andy Beadnell. He has a career mark of 25 starts with nine wins, three second and four thirds for total earnings of $258,542.
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