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Best Actor seeks a fourth straight win for Brad Cox at the Oklahoma Derby – Horse Racing News | Pawleck report

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Best Actor and Florent Giroud win Smarty Jones Award

Row 3, which costs $400,000, tops the 12-race Oklahoma Derby program on Sunday, September 25th at Remington Park. The headline drew an eight field this morning with the best actor costing him the favorite morning streak at 9-5 odds.

Owned by Gary and Mary West of Omaha, Nebraska, Best Actor will attempt to give coach Brad Cox his fourth straight win at the Oklahoma Derby. Most recently, the $300,000 Class 3 winner Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx in Philadelphia will attempt to join Owendale (2019), Shared Sense (2020) and Warrant (2021) as Cox-trained derby winners at Remington Park.

Best Actor has had only four career starts, all at 3 years old, and has won three of the four. The only defeat was a second-place attempt at the Class 3 Indiana Derby at Horseshoe Indianapolis, where he was beaten only half length by the Actuator. Jockey Florent Geroux will keep what he got with Best Actor in his last two attempts. Geroux Owendel rode to victory in the Oklahoma Derby to start the Oklahoma City winning streak for the Cox.

Rattle N Roll finished second on the morning streak by 5-2, after winning the $250,000 St. Louis Derby at FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing, in southern Illinois. Owned by Lucky Seven Stable of Louisville, Ky. Trained by Ken McPeek, Rattle N Roll won the St. Louis Derby by 4-1/2 lengths. Earlier in the year, Rattle N Roll placed third in the Cyberknife in Class Three, worth $225,000 for Matt Win Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Arkansas Derby, first division winner, Cyberknife, took home $1 million Haskell Stakes, and was the runner-up at Travers Stakes in Saratoga this summer. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. will ride Rattle ‘n’ Roll as he has done in all but two of the 12 attempts the colt has made.

Rattle N Roll tops all participants in the Oklahoma Derby with career earnings of $758,105. He also won the $200,000 American Derby at Churchill Downs in July, and was the future $500,000 First Division winner at Keeneland in October 2021 when he was two years old.

All-time leading race coach, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, entered the King Ottoman at the Oklahoma Derby trying to win the race for the second time. The King Ottoman, owned by Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, won the $300,000 Texas Derby at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas in May. This win is the only victory of six attempts for this colt by Curlin of Tapit mare Shook Up. The Ottoman King will be riding by Stuart Elliott and 5-1 in the morning streak.

The other Derby winners in the Oklahoma Derby on Sunday are: Canadian Division III Derby winner Great Escape (8-1 odds) and Manitoba Derby winner Red Knobs (12-1), both trained by Robertino Diodoro who won the race in 2013 with Broadway Empire; and Steal Sunshine (8-1), winner of the Ellis Park Derby in Henderson, Kentucky in August.

This is the Oklahoma Derby field, as per postal location and program rankings, with coach, jockey, and morning odds:
1. Stealing the Rising Sun: Bobby DiBona, Lionel Reyes 6-1
2. Red knobs: Robertino Deodoro, Jorge Carreno, 12-1
3. A Flash of Genius: Sean Davis, Leandro Goncalves, 15-1
4. Best Actor: Brad Cox, Florent Giroud, 9-5 (Favorite in the Morning Line)
5. Rattle ‘n’ Roll: Ken McPeak, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2
6. Big Chopper: Jayde Gelner, Lane Luzzi, 15-1
7. The Ottoman King: Steve Asmussen, Stuart Elliott, 5-1
8. The Great Escape: Robertino Diodoro, Christian Torres, 8-1

The Oklahoma Derby is the eleventh of 12 races on Sunday at Remington Park with a set publishing time of 8:14 p.m. The $200,000 Third Class Remington Park Oaks is the largest bottom card event, set for the ninth race at 7:08 p.m. The first race is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. All times are central.

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