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Remington Park: Alternation will try to get back on track

Alternation, the thoroughbred trained by Remington Park's Donnie Van Hemel, finished fifth in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 9, 2012
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Alternation's only loss this year was the Stephen Foster Handicap in mid-June. Von Hemel hopes that race was an aberration as Alternation was given several weeks off to get ready for the Governor's Cup.

“It's a chance to hopefully get back on the winning note and get some confidence,” Von Hemel said of Saturday night's race. “With horses, believe it or not, confidence is a factor with them also.”

Alternation has been tabbed as a 6-5 favorite in the race. His rider will be Luis Quinonez of Jones. Quinonez is one of Remington Park's all-time leading jockeys, and he has been aboard the colt in his last six races.

If Alternation wins the Governor's Cup, he will go over $1 million in career earnings. He also needs a strong showing in the Governor's Cup to get into bigger races later this year.

“It's an important race on Saturday,” Von Hemel said. “It's significant for us because hopefully we are going to use it as a springboard to one of the Grade I races in New York in the fall.

“It's hard to take on tougher horses if you can't win this one.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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