11/23/2011 3:35PM

Remington: Oklahoma Classic Night winners square off in Silver Goblin


The biggest threat to Okie Ride’s win streak Friday in the $50,000 Silver Goblin at Remington Park appears to be a filly, Gleaming. The horses will battle in the Silver Goblin, a 6 1/2-furlong stakes that highlights a special afternoon card in Oklahoma City.

Okie Ride and Gleaming were both winners on the $1 million Oklahoma Classics Night program at Remington on Oct. 28, with Okie Ride winning his third straight race in the $111,000 Sprint and Gleaming becoming a stakes winner in the $113,000 Distaff Sprint. The two appear to be the main players in the six-horse Silver Goblin, which is restricted to 3-year-olds and up bred in Oklahoma.

Okie Ride has won 5 of 8 starts this year, including two separate stakes named the Route 66. His first came at Will Rogers Downs in May. Okie Ride’s second Route 66 triumph was in July, at Fair Meadows in Tulsa. He began his current win streak in September, in a $35,000 optional claiming sprint at Remington Park. Okie Ride won an allowance sprint in October, before cruising to a 2 3/4-length win in the Classics Sprint.

Okie Ride has won from both on and off the pace, and with his rail draw for the Silver Goblin he figures to be prominent. His main pace rival, in fact, looks to be Gleaming. Floyd Wethey Jr. has the mount on Okie Ride for Richter Family Trust and trainer Ken Nolen.

Gleaming rallied from just off the pace to win the Distaff Sprint. It was her fifth from six starts at Remington in 2010-11. Gleaming draws to Okie Ride’s immediate outside for the Silver Goblin, and could get a tracking trip behind the probable pacesetter. Cliff Berry has the mount on the filly, who will be making her third start since May. Bret Calhoun trains Gleaming for the partnership for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch.

Steal Your Face has hooked Okie Ride in his last six starts, and finished second to him in three of those races. He draws a useful post in gate 4, and might get a nice stalking trip in the Silver Goblin. Luis Quinonez has the mount on Steal Your Face for Rusty Roberts and trainer Roger Engel.

The field is completed by Ninilchik, who is cutting back to one turn after setting the pace in the $165,000 Oklahoma Classics Classic, and Stickrossmountain, a first-level allowance winner last out for trainer Veronica Griggs.

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