OKLAHOMA CITY – Lightly-raced Gordy Florida has already shown improvement in his two career starts, both of which have ended in victory. He competed Thursday at Remington Park in a $35,200 allowance/optional $75,000 claiming event, not showing any signs of the immaturity he displayed when he broke his maiden status in late October.
Owned by Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin Farms of Norman, Okla. and trained by Kenny Smith, Gordy Florida was ridden again by Glenn Corbett. In October, the 2-year-old colt refused to step into the starting gate, delaying the start of his race by two or three minutes. Once he finally accepted the situation, he rallied from just off the pace to win in sharp fashion. Thursday evening, there were no such theatrics for Gordy Florida.
Gordy Florida stepped into the gate and patiently waited for the rest of the field of nine to join him. Remington Park starter Ed Crane dispatched the field in the 5-1/2 furlong test and Gordy Florida battled for the early lead with Bravura before eventually shaking free of the actual 9-5 wagering favorite going into the stretch. Gordy Florida pulled away under encouragement to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:04.38 over the fast track. Bravura held second with Moyahua along for third.
Also at 9-5 in the betting, Gordy Florida paid $5.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Bravura returned $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show. Moyahua paid $3.80 to show.
Gordy Florida is a Kentucky-bred colt by Cactus Ridge from the Indian Charlie mare Indianella. His second career win in as many starts at Remington Park this season was worth $20,916, moving his overall total to $40,359. The colt appears to have plenty of upside potential as he moves into this 3-year-old year in 2016.
The 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season continues this week with racing Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 3-5 starting at 7pm-Central nightly. There are just six race dates left in the season that concludes on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Open for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the $250,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday, Dec. 13.
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Source: Remington Park