08/20/2011 8:04AM

Remington: Motion Approved upsets Red Earth Stakes

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Motion Approved springs a $76 upset under jockey Nena Matz. in the Red Earth Stakes.

Motion Approved upset three Oklahoma Classics Day stakes winners in one shot at Remington Park on Friday night, when he won the $50,000 Red Earth at 37-1. He darted home by two lengths over Strategic Leader, the winner of last year’s Classics Turf.

Motion Approved ($76.60) also defeated She’s All In, the winner of last year’s Classics Distaff who finished fourth, and J J’s Indy, the winner of last year’s Classic who finished seventh. The Red Earth, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Oklahoma, was the first stakes race of the Remington meet that opened on Thursday.

Motion Approved came into the Red Earth off a fourth-place finish in a $10,000 claiming route race at Fair Meadows in Tulsa. He sat in fifth early on, as Ninilchik led the field through six furlongs in 1:11.05. Motion Approved advanced under jockey Nena Matz and went on to cover the distance on a course rated firm in 1:28.94.

Motion Approved races for his trainer, Marti Rodriguez. The red Earth was his first stakes win and fourth overall from 35 starts. He has now earned $175,182.