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Best Actor Aims To Give Brad Cox Fourth Consecutive Victory In Oklahoma Derby – Horse Racing News


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Greatest Actor and Florent Geroux successful the Smarty Jones

The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby headlines a 12-race program on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Remington Park. The headliner drew a subject of eight this morning with Greatest Actor tabbed the morning-line favourite at 9-5 odds.

Owned by Gary and Mary West of Omaha, Neb., Greatest Actor will try to provide coach Brad Cox his fourth consecutive victory within the Oklahoma Derby. Most not too long ago, the winner of the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx in Philadelphia, Greatest Actor will attempt to be a part of Owendale (2019), Shared Sense (2020) and Warrant (2021) as Cox-trained derby winners at Remington Park.

Greatest Actor has solely had 4 profession begins, all as a 3-year-old, successful three of the 4. The lone defeat was a second-place effort within the Grade 3 Indiana Derby at Horseshoe Indianapolis, the place he was overwhelmed solely a half-length by Actuator. Jockey Florent Geroux will hold the mount he has had with Greatest Actor in his final two makes an attempt. Geroux rode Owendale to victory within the Oklahoma Derby to start the string of triumphs in Oklahoma Metropolis for Cox.

Rattle N Roll has the second standing on the morning-line at 5-2 odds, after successful the $250,000 St. Louis Derby at FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing, in southern Illinois. Owned by Fortunate Seven Secure of Louisville, Ky. and educated by Ken McPeek, Rattle N Roll gained the St. Louis Derby by 4-1/2 lengths. Earlier within the yr, Rattle N Roll ran third to Cyberknife within the Grade 3, $225,000 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. Cyberknife, the Arkansas Derby winner, went on to be victorious within the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes and was runner-up within the Travers Stakes at Saratoga this summer season. Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. will journey Rattle N Roll as he has in all however two of the colt’s 12 profession makes an attempt.

Rattle N Roll leads all entrants within the Oklahoma Derby with profession earnings of $758,105. He additionally gained the $200,000 American Derby at Churchill Downs in July and was the winner of the Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders Futurity at Keeneland in October 2021 as a 2-year-old.

Racing’s all-time main coach, Corridor of Famer Steve Asmussen, has entered King Ottoman for the Oklahoma Derby as he tries to win the race for a second time. Owned by Three Chimneys Farm in Halfway, Ky., King Ottoman was victorious within the $300,000 Texas Derby at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas in Could. That win is the one profession victory from six makes an attempt for this colt by Curlin from the Tapit mare Shook Up. King Ottoman can be ridden by Stewart Elliott and is 5-1 within the morning-line.

Different derby winners within the Oklahoma Derby on Sunday embody: Grade 3 Canadian Derby winner Nice Escape (8-1 odds) and Manitoba Derby winner Pink Knobs (12-1), each educated by Robertino Diodoro who gained the race in 2013 with Broadway Empire; and Steal Sunshine (8-1), winner of the Ellis Park Derby in Henderson, Ky. in August.

Right here is the Oklahoma Derby subject, by put up place and program order, with coach, jockey and morning-line odds:
1. Steal Sunshine: Bobby Dibona, Leonel Reyes, 6-1
2. Pink Knobs: Robertino Diodoro, Jorge Carreno, 12-1
3. Flash Of Genius: Shawn Davis, Leandro Goncalves, 15-1
4. Greatest Actor: Brad Cox, Florent Geroux, 9-5 (morning-line favourite)
5. Rattle N Roll: Ken McPeek, Brian Hernandez, Jr., 5-2
6. Massive Chopper: Jayde Gelner, Lane Luzzi, 15-1
7. King Ottoman: Steve Asmussen, Stewart Elliott, 5-1
8. Nice Escape: Robertino Diodoro, Cristian Torres, 8-1

The Oklahoma Derby is the eleventh of 12 races Sunday at Remington Park with a scheduled put up time of 8:14pm. The Grade 3, $200,000 Remington Park Oaks is the highest undercard occasion, set for race 9 at 7:08pm. The primary race on Sunday is ready for 3pm. All occasions are Central.

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