The Oklahoma Derby, the marquee event of the Remington Park Thoroughbred Season, will run Sunday afternoon with a purse of $400,000.
The derby will have a 10-horse field running on a 1-1/8-mile track at 5:14 p.m.
Among the 3-year-olds slated to run the derby, Called To Serve has been tabbed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite.
Called To Serve will be ridden by Daniel Centeno, competing in his first race at Remington Park.
Several Hall of Fame jockeys will ride in the derby, highlighted by Kentucky Derby regulars Edgar Prado and Kent Desormeaux.
Prado, inducted into the hall in 2008, won the 2011 Oklahoma Derby on Redeemed and will come back to ride Willy Beamin. Desormeaux, inducted in 2004, will have the mount on Politicallycorrect.
The 10-race program on Sunday carries horsemen's purses of $1,124,700. The other four stakes races on the card include the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn Stakes (race 5); the $250,000 Remington Park Oaks (race 6); the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup (race 7) and the $125,000 Remington Green Stakes (race 8).
Here is a look at the 10-horse field for the Oklahoma Derby:
Pos., Name, Odds
1, DIAMOND JOE, 10-1
The pride of Nebraska, Diamond Joe has trained well for his Oklahoma Derby appearance since arriving in Oklahoma City on Sept. 12. A winner of an allowance race at Remington Park on Sept. 14, he is one of just two in the field that have started and won at Remington Park… Trained by Chuck Turco, Diamond Joe is a gelding by Dazzling Falls who won the Oklahoma Derby in 1995. Turco also trained Dazzling Falls… A winner of nine consecutive races, those victories have placed Diamond Joe atop the North American thoroughbred standings for most wins in 2012… Overall Diamond Joe has won 10 of 15 career starts with earnings of $126,116… Jockey Cliff Berry will ride Diamond Joe, seeking his third career score in the Oklahoma Derby… Diamond Joe was bred in Nebraska by Joe Miller and Roger Pelster. Miller retained owning rights with partner Joe Koziol… A large fan following from Nebraska is expected to make the trip south to Oklahoma City to cheer on their favorite horse, who won the first eight races in his streak of nine on five-furlong tracks in his home state.
2, CALLED TO SERVE, 7-2 (MORNING-LINE FAVORITE)
Arrived via flight from California to Will Rogers World Airport and then to Remington Park on Tuesday… Owned by Marc Ferrell and Vinka Ferrell, of Yorba Linda, Calif., Called To Serve is trained by Peter Eurton and finished third in his most recent effort, the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park in August… Called To Serve has won two of his seven career starts with two third-place runs as well; he has earned $154,430… Ferrell will be seeking his second win in the Oklahoma Derby as his Fiddlers Afleet won in 2009… Called To Serve posted a bullet five-furlong work at Hollywood Park on Sunday, going in :59-4/5 seconds, the fastest of 127 at the distance that morning, prior to his departure for Oklahoma… Daniel Centeno had the mount in the West Virginia Derby and keeps the ride for Oklahoma, becoming the first jockey to ride Called To Serve in two consecutive races.
3, POLITICALLYCORRECT, 12-1
Jumped on the plane with others coming in from New York on Monday when it stopped to pick him and other athletes up in Kentucky… Owned by Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey of Nicholasville, Ky. and trained by Wesley Ward, the connections seek their second Oklahoma Derby having won in 2010 with Pleasant Prince… A gelding by Kitten's Joy, he finished second to Prospective in the Grade 2, $100,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown in Cleveland in early July… Politicallycorrect has two wins from 11 attempts with total earnings of $111,375…Hall of Fame Jockey Kent Desormeaux has been named to ride, it will be his first mount in the Oklahoma Derby... Politicallycorrect worked a bullet six furlongs at Remington Park on Tuesday morning in 1:12.59 handily.
4, PROSPECTIVE, 5-1
The colt owned by John Oxley of Tulsa. and trained by Mark Casse, jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan returns for the first time to Remington Park to ride since winning the jockey title here with 82 wins in 2009… Prospective is Casse's first starter in the Oklahoma Derby… Oxley is an Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2001 with Monarchos… A winner of the Grade 3, $200,000 Grey Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto as a 2-year-old, Prospective then tried the Grade 1, $2,000,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile where he was 13th in the field of as many at Churchill Downs last November… As a 3-year-old he is well traveled with nice success including a win in the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby. He was then sixth in the Grade 1 $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington prior to an 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby… Rebounding in July, Prospective won the Grade 3, $100,000 Ohio Derby, under Bridgmohan. He was then eighth in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga in upstate New York... He has won six of 12 lifetime with a pair of seconds and overall earnings of $604,235.
5, TED'S FOLLY, 20-1
The winner of the 2011 Springboard Mile at Remington Park, Ted's Folly received an all fees paid pass into the Oklahoma Derby as part of his bounty for winning the top 2-year-old race here… A winner of seven of 14 career attempts, Ted's Folly is still an all or nothing runner, either winning the race or not finishing in the top three… Most recently he was fourth, beaten 4-3/4 lengths behind Diamond Joe in the allowance on Sept. 14 that served as a local prep for the Oklahoma Derby… He joins Diamond Joe as the only runners who have started and won a race at Remington Park that will go in the derby…Owned by Steve Martin of Morrison and trained by Wilson Brown, Ted's Folly has lifetime earnings of $375,082… He was Remington Park's 2011 Horse of the Meeting by virtue of his six consecutive wins during the season… Brown is attempting his first win in the Oklahoma Derby, he saddled Mister Deville to a close second in 2000, missing by a neck to Performing Magic… Jockey Jose Medina has his normal spot on Ted's Folly, he has ridden the gelding in all of his Remington Park starts.
6, MASTER RICK, 10-1
The colt returned to the Remington Park barn of trainer Steve Asmussen shortly after finishing third in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 8. He had been training here prior to his attempt in Bossier City… Owned by Richard Davis of Dallas, Master Rick is seeking his first victory since scoring at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. when he won the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes in April… Master Rick has two wins from 10 attempts and earnings of $154,943… Asmussen was inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame this week… Jockey Gerard Melancon has been aboard Master Rick for his last three outs. His best finish in the Oklahoma Derby was a second in 1992 aboard Ecstatic Ride…
7, DADDY NOSE BEST, 4-1
Arrived via flight from New York on Monday, he completes the pair out of the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen for the derby… The leading trainer at Remington Park this season, Asmussen has never won the Oklahoma Derby, one of the few stakes races locally from which he has not taken home a trophy… Daddy Nose Best won the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby in February followed by the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in March. The colt by Scat Daddy from the Thunder Gulch mare Follow Your Bliss then finished 10th of 20 in the Kentucky Derby and was ninth of 11 in the Preakness Stakes before taking time off… In August, Daddy Nose Best was third in the Grade 2 $200,000 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga… A winner of four of 14 career starts with two second-place finishes and a pair of thirds, Daddy Nose Best has earned $665,263… He is owned by Cathy and Bob Zollars of Dallas who seek their first Derby win… Jockey Corey Nakatani will have the mount on Daddy Nose Best for the first time… Daddy Nose Best is the only runner in the field who has won over turf, with half of his four career triumphs on lawn.
8, SUNS OUT GUNS OUT, 15-1
The colt finally broke his maiden in his 11th career start, getting his first career win in his most recent effort on Aug. 20 at Saratoga… Owned by the noted partnership group West Point Thoroughbreds of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Suns Out Guns Out is trained by Dale Romans and will be ridden by Corey Lanerie. All of the connections are seeking their initial Derby win… Lanerie finished second in 2002 aboard Easyfromthegitgo… Despite his long tenure as a maiden, Suns Out Guns Out did have a start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in early March, running 12th of 13.
9, SPEIGHTSCITY, 15-1
Trainer Gary Contessa sends a runner to the Oklahoma Derby for the second consecutive year after saddling Socialsaul here in 2011 to finish fourth behind Redeemed, Alternation and Prayer For Relief… Recently eighth of 11 in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Speightscity made the mid-summer derby his return to action off a 6-1/2 month vacation. He battled for the lead until the stretch of the Travers before fading… In early February he was second in the Grade 3, $200,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct… Speightscity competed in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, finishing ninth… By Speightstown from the Quiet American mare My American Girl, Speightscity arrived at Remington Park on the Monday flight and has been to the track regularly, including a bullet half-mile breeze on Thursday morning in :49.41 seconds over a good track, dampened by overnight rains… Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. will have the mount on Speightscity for the second consecutive race… the chestnut is owned by Team Stallion Racing Corp. and McConnell Racing Stable. All of his connections are seeking their first Oklahoma Derby.
10, WILLY BEAMIN, 4-1
Arrived on the flight from New York on Monday, Willy Beamin is set for his first start after winning two stakes races in just 72 hours on late August at Saratoga. He won the $150,000 Albany Stakes for New York-breds at 1-1/18 miles on Wed., Aug. 22 before rolling right back to win the Grade 1, $500,000 King's Bishop Stakes at seven furlongs on Sat., Aug. 25… Extremely versatile and with plenty of endurance, Willy Beamin can battle from the front of a field or come closing down the stretch from the back of the pack… He has seven wins from 11 career starts with earnings of $609,405… Hall of Fame Jockey Edgar Prado is back to attempt his second consecutive Oklahoma Derby, having won the 2011 race on Redeemed… Owned by James Riccio, trainer William Cesare has the responsibility for Willy Beamin for the Oklahoma Derby.
NOTE: Capsules courtesy Remington Park