Oklahoma Derby 2013 Contenders at Remington Park

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will play host to the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby this Sunday, September 29. A nice purse of $400,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Remington Park's dirt track.

A field of eight has been confirmed for the Oklahoma Derby - race 9 on Remington Park's Sunday card. Post time is 5:14 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all eight combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.

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Departing - sat out the Kentucky Derby but entered the Preakness as one of the hotter entries - he finished sixth in that race but bounced back with two straight impressive wins since - last time out with win in the Grade 2 Super Derby as 1-5 favorite with a Beyer Speed Figure of 104 at Louisiana Downs September 7 and a terrific 8 3/4 length win in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer August 3. He had five starts prior to the Preakness with four wins including the Grade 3 Illinois Derby April 20 and the minor Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston March 2. His only other career blemish other than the Preakness? A third in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby March 30 at Fair Grounds. He enters as the class of the field having won six of eight career starts with a third place finish. Departing will depart from the far outside post as the strong favorite at 6-5 odds Sunday.

Broadway Empire - is coming off two nice wins in Canada - the Grade 3 Canadian Derby by three lengths as favorite last time out August 17 and the minor Ky Alta Handicap by seven lengths in July - both results at Northlands Park. Before that was a sixth in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap in June, a second and a win in his debut. Broadway Empire's Canadian success is a tad hard to gage but he is the only other graded stakes winner besides Departing in the field and is being sent off as the 4-1 second choice.

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Cameo Appearance - Wayne Catalano trained colt has five career starts with two wins and two third place finishes. Last time out was a good third behind Departing in his graded stakes debut - the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs September 7 after an OK third in his stakes debut - the minor Straight Line Stakes at Arlington Park August 17. He also owns an Allowance score and a MSW victory at Arlington Park in the summer. Cameo Appearance is listed at 9-2 odds and races from the 7-hole Sunday.

Carve - has seven career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen - two wins to start his career - an Allowance Optional Claiming score over Title Contender February 17 after a Maiden Claiming win January 25 but no wins since. He finished sixth in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes in March, a decent third in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in April and seventh in his last graded stakes action - the Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs in June. Last time out was a fifth in the minor Super Derby Prelude Stakes after a respectable third in the minor Long Branch Stakes July 7. Carve will line up in post 2 at 8-1 odds Sunday.

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He Has Bling - Danele Durham trainee will make his graded stakes debut Sunday after 15 career starts produced three wins, three seconds and a third place finish. He had a couple of wins in the spring at Lone Star - an Allowance and the minor Texas Stallion Stakes in May but has finished off the board in his last two starts - an Allowance on this track last time out August 23 and a sixth in the minor Assault Stakes at Lone Star July 6. He Has Bling takes off from post 4 at 10-1 odds and is a coupled entry along with...

Texas Bling - has 14 career starts for trainer Danele Durham with two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He had a win December 9 in the minor Remington Springboard Mile on this very track and followed that with an OK second to Will Take Charge in the Smarty Jones Stakes January 21 but was a distant ninth in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park February 18. Last time out was an unflattering eighth in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby after a close fourth in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 16.

Braveman - has six career starts with two wins - both at Presque Isle Downs earlier this year and three seconds - the best of which came July 27 in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby at Thistletown. Last time out was a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Ellis Park August 24. Braveman will line up in post 3 at 10-1 odds Sunday.

Holiday Mischief - had a win in the minor Super Derby Prelude Stakes over Sunbean at 16-1 odds here August 3 and finished a disappointing seventh in the Grade 2 Super Derby a month after that. Earlier this year he had a second in an Allowance at Lone Star June 29 and a couple of off-the-board finishes. He finished a good second in the minor Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston in March as well to follow and Allowance score also at Sam Houston in February. He has 12 career starts with three wins, two seconds and a third place finish but is the longest shot in the field at 12-1 odds. He leaves from post 6.

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