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Remington Park: Called to Serve the favorite in the Oklahoma Derby

REMINGTON PARK — The $400,000 Oklahoma Derby will be run Sunday at 5:14 p.m. with a 10-horse field on a 1-1/8-mile track.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 29, 2012
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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.

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