09/25/2016 10:13PM

Chocopologie surges to victory in Governor's Cup

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Chocopologie wins the Governor's Cup by five lengths Sunday.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Chocopologie became a stakes winner in authoritative fashion on Sunday at Remington Park, where he powered to a five-length win over Smack Smack in the $175,000 Governor’s Cup.

The 1 1/8-mile race was one of 10 stakes on a program led by the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby won by Texas Chrome and the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks won by Unbridled Mo.

Chocopologie ($21.20) rode the rail under Colby Hernandez, tracking the pace set by Luv Bandit, who took the field through an opening quarter in 23.67 and a half-mile in 47.79. Chocopologie got through approaching the quarter pole, then opened up on the field in the stretch. He covered the distance on a track rated good in 1:49.32.

“We had a great trip,” Hernandez said. “He’ll run through anything. A little crack opened up and he ran right through it.”

Chocopologie is a 4-year-old by Candy Ride who races for Preston Stables. The horse was making his second start of the year, behind a win in a $17,500 optional-claiming allowance at a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs.

“I worried about seasoning today, but a racehorse’s a racehorse,” winning trainer Patrick Devereux Jr. said.

Chocopologie, who in his other career stakes appearance was second in last year’s Grade 2 Super Derby, has now won five of 10 starts. He picked up $105,000 for his win in the Governor’s Cup to push his earnings to $327,525.

Ivan Fallunovalot wins third Vance

Ivan Fallunovalot won the David M. Vance Sprint for the third year in a row Sunday at Remington Park, when he put in a gutsy run along the rail for a length score over Wings Locked Up.

Ivan Fallunovalot ($2.40) struggled to find racing room for much of the David M. Vance. He attempted to advance along the inside on the turn and coming into the stretch, then was able to get through in the later stages. Ivan Fallunovalot covered six furlongs on a track rated good in 1:09.29.

“I’m just thankful it worked out down the lane,” winning rider Lindy Wade said.

The David M. Vance was an opening weekend stakes in 2014 and 2015, but this year it found something of a new spot on the calendar when Remington renamed its former Sprint Championship the Vance. The Sprint Championship had been an Oklahoma Derby Day fixture. Last year, Ivan Fallunovalot won the Championship.

Ivan Fallunovalot was making his second start since January on Sunday. He won his comeback race from a quarter crack in a Sept. 1 allowance at Remington. Tom Howard trains the horse for Lewis Matthews, Jr. Ivan Fallunovalot is a son of Valid Expectations.

Taghleeb goes from last-to-first in Remington Green

Taghleeb closed with a flourish to win the $150,000 Remington Park Green by a half-length over 4-5 favorite Pumpkin Rumble. He covered the 1 1/8-miles on a course labeled firm in 1:46.97.

Taghleeb ($9.40) trailed early as Golden But Stormy took the field through fractions of 23.94 for the opening quarter, 47.85 for the half mile, and 1:12.14 for six furlongs. In the stretch, jockey Joel Rosario angled the horse out and Taghleeb rolled home.

“He broke just okay,” Rosario said. “I tried to save ground on both turns and he came with a nice run on the end.”

Mike Maker trains Taghleeb for Michael Hui. The horse is a 5-year-old by Hard Spun. 

Cool Arrow clear winner of Kip Deville

Rosario won a second stakes on the program a few races later, guiding Cool Arrow ($5.80) to a 2 1/2-length win over Mannford in the $75,000 Kip Deville for 2-year-olds. The winner tracked the pace, surged to the fore into the stretch, and went on to cover six furlongs on a track rated good in 1:10.76.

“He made it easy,” said Rosario, who was aboard for trainer Joe Sharp.

Brad Grady owns Cool Arrow, who is a son of Into Mischief.

-- Moment Is Right ($7.80) was strong on the front end in the $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes, winning by a 1 1/4 lengths over Wheatfield. She covered six furlongs on a track rated good in 1:09.92. Florent Geroux was aboard the winner for Ten Broeck Farm and trainer Steve Asmussen. Moment Is Right, who won last year’s Astoria at Belmont Park, is a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.

-- Penguini ($51.20) became a stakes winner in the $75,000 Ricks Memorial, when she won a three-way battle to the wire in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. She prevailed by a neck over Emerald Pond, while it was another half-length to Stormquility in third. Penguini covered the distance on firm ground in 1:42.05. Geovanni Franco was aboard for Georgie Stuart and trainer Clinton Stuart. Penguini is a daughter of Omega Code.

-- Ibaka ($2.80) won his third straight race when he led throughout in the $50,000 Red Earth Stakes. He proved a 1 3/4 lengths best, covering 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:28.86. C.J. McMahon was aboard for Doug Wall and trainer Bret Calhoun. Ibaka is by Uncle Abbie. Last on the card, McMahon won the Oklahoma Derby.