08/02/2012 10:50AM

Prayer for Relief sent to Asmussen, pointing for Governor's Cup at Remington

Shigeki Kikkawa
Prayer for Relief has been moved from Bob Baffert to Steve Asmussen, who will race him in the Midwest.

Prayer for Relief has been relocated to the Midwest and the care of trainer Steve Asmussen, who said Thursday that the horse’s first order of business in the region will come in the $200,000 Governor’s Cup at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Prayer for Relief had been based in Southern California with trainer Bob Baffert. The horse is owned by Zayat Stables.

The Governor’s Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race, will be run on Aug. 11.

“It’s a good spot,” said Asmussen. “He has run at Remington before, it’s $200,000, and those are the races they sent him back to the Midwest for. We’re excited to have him.”

Prayer for Relief, a three-time graded winner who earned $1.1 million while under the care of Baffert, last raced at Del Mar and finished sixth in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on July 28. The race was his first out in two months, and he was beaten 1 3/4 lengths while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. Asmussen said the horse is now based at Churchill Downs.

Prayer for Relief won on synthetic surfaces in Southern California, but has done arguably his best work on dirt, taking last year’s Grade 3 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows, Grade 2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park, and Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. He also ran a close third in last year’s Oklahoma Derby at Remington.

Prayer for Relief is a 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Jump Start.