11/23/2011 2:19PM

Delta Downs: Decisive Moment getting break after Delta Mile win


VINTON, La. – Decisive Moment, a Kentucky Derby starter in May who ran the best race of his career last Saturday when he defeated Southern California shippers Hoorayforhollywood and Matto Mondo in the $125,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs, is being freshened, trainer Juan Arias said. He’ll be vacationing in Ocala, Fla.

“We’re going to take him to the farm and give him a couple of weeks off,” Arias said.

Arias said Decisive Moment would then rejoin his stable at Calder Race Course and from there plans for his next start would be determined. He said Decisive Moment will be freshened at the Derby Dreams farm of his owner, Ruben Sierra.

Decisive Moment took Sierra to the Kentucky Derby this year, earning a start in the race after finishing second to Animal Kingdom in the Grade 3 Spiral at Turfway. Animal Kingdom would go on to win the Kentucky Derby, while Decisive Moment finished 14th.

His effort Saturday in the Delta Mile was a powerful one as he set the pace, repelled challengers, and earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 94. It was his second win at Delta, following the $250,000 Jean Lafitte here in January. Decisive Moment also was second in last year’s Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

“He loves this track,” Arias said.

Sierra and Arias had a candidate for this year’s Jackpot in Flashy Kid, but he was excluded from the race run last Saturday. Arias said plans are to redirect the Flashy Bull colt to the $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on Dec. 10. He is looking to make flight arrangements for Flashy Kid, who is based at Calder.

Another horse who was excluded from the Jackpot, the overnight stakes winner No Spin, is on target for the Springboard Mile, trainer Tim Ice said. The horse is based at Fair Grounds.

Remington shuts down turf course

There will be no turf racing at Remington Park for the remainder of the meet, according to Dan Fick, the track’s director of racing. The season runs through Dec. 10.

“We got with the jockeys Saturday before the races and they voted to run the race we had for Saturday then not run any more turf races the rest of the meet,” Fick said. “We were thinking the same thing. It was getting pretty bare. It had gone dormant. At some point in time, it’s tough to keep it going this long.”

Fick said it was at this same time a year ago that Remington called off turf racing for the remainder of 2010. He said the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn Stakes, which was scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, would now be run at a mile on dirt. The date remains Dec. 2.

Oklahoma calendar set for 2012

Remington will race 67 dates for Thoroughbreds next year, from Aug. 15-Dec. 8. The track’s calendar for 2012 was recently approved by the Oklahoma Racing Commission. Remington also will run a 50-date meet for Quarter Horses, from March 2-May 28.

Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., was granted a 32-date Thoroughbred meet for 2012, from March 5-May 19. The track also will conduct a 28-date Quarter Horse meet, from Aug. 25-Nov. 10.

Fair Meadows in Tulsa will have a 34-date mixed meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses from June 14-Aug. 4.

O’Neill runner eyes Zia Park Derby

Thirtyfirststreet, who won the $200,000 Lone Star Derby in May, is being pointed to the $150,000 Zia Park Derby, trainer Doug O’Neill said. The 1 1/16-mile race will be run Dec. 3.

O’Neill said earlier this week he also is considering running Matto Mondo, the third-place finisher in the Delta Mile, in the $200,000 Zia Park Distance Championship on Dec. 4.

◗ Rapid Transit ($8.60) won the richest race of the year at Evangeline Downs, when he edged Political Option by a head in last Saturday night’s $517,844 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Futurity.