08/03/2012 3:38PM

Remington Park: Alternation ready for next weekend's Governor's Cup

Tom Keyser
Alternation is looking for his fifth stakes win of the year in the Governor's Cup.

Alternation has been working strongly at Remington Park since arriving in Oklahoma City last month, with his final drill for the track’s $200,000 Governor’s Cup likely to come early next week, trainer Donnie Von Hemel said on Friday. The Governor’s Cup will be run Aug. 11 as part of opening weekend at Remington.

Alternation has won four of five starts this year for Pin Oak Stable, including the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and the Grade 3 Pimlico Special. In his most recent race June  16, he finished fifth in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. Alternation arrived at Remington on July 12 from Von Hemel’s division at Arlington Park. He has had three works in Oklahoma City, among the highlights a near-bullet five furlongs in 59 seconds July 21. Alternation drilled six furlongs in 1:12.80 in his last work July 29, with the move coming under regular rider Luis Quinonez.

“He went real strong all the way around there,” Von Hemel said. “He broke off good from the pole, had plenty of gas down the lane and galloped out very nice. Luis was very happy with him, and I was very happy with him.”

Von Hemel on Friday was still debating when to next work Alternation, taking into consideration summer temperatures. Oklahoma City hit 112 degrees on Wednesday.

“The way the heat is, we’re going day by day,” he said. “I don’t want to knock him out. I’m probably going to do less rather than more, and it may be early next week before we do anything again with him work-wise.”

Alternation won four straight stakes leading up to the Stephen Foster, when he finished 4 1/4 lengths behind winner Ron the Greek and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

“It was not our best race, and of course in that kind of company you’ve got to run your best race,” said Von Hemel.

The Governor’s Cup, to be run at a mile and an eighth, will be drawn on Wednesday. Remington will open its meet on Friday, Aug. 10.

She’s All In eyes River Cities repeat

She’s All In, the romping winner of the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne in April, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Friday morning at Remington. She will likely run in next month’s $100,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs, said Von Hemel.

She’s All In is the defending champ in the mile and a sixteenth turf race that runs on the same Sept.  8 card as the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby. She’s All In last raced on July  14, finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Modesty at Arlington. Overall, the Oklahoma-bred has won 11 of 25 starts and $612,222 for her breeder and owner, Robert Zoellner.

Remington on Heckler Sports

Remington has announced its social media platforms will be expanded this meet to include Heckler Sports, at www.hecklersports.com and available on iPhones. The “all sports social network” is designed for real-time, back-and-forth banter between fans watching particular events trending on the site, like the card at Remington.

Heckler also features sports headlines and comment sections, while users can create profiles tiered to their sporting interests. Investors in Heckler include former professional football player Everson Walls and Tim Brown, a past winner of the Heisman Trophy.

◗ Evangeline Downs-based jockey David Bourque has withdrawn his appeal of a seven-day suspension for a riding infraction and will begin his suspension on Sunday, according to Larry Munster, assistant executive director for the Louisiana Racing Commission. Bourque’s days run through Aug. 11.