10/25/2011 2:43PM

Remington Park: Cherokee Lord continues Inman's legacy

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Cherokee Lord scores a 2 1/4-length win in the Remington Green.

More than 18 years after his death, Hoss Inman is still winning races. His estate co-bred and co-owns Cherokee Lord, who dominated last week’s $125,000 Green at Remington Park and his headed next to the Grade 3, $100,000 River City at Churchill Downs.

The Green was the first stakes win for Cherokee Lord, a 4-year-old son of Sir Cherokee who also races for longtime Inman client Millard Seldin. Cherokee Lord is based at Hawthorne with trainer Charles Livesay, who trained for Inman in the 1960s and later went to work as an assistant trainer to the prominent Midwest horseman who died in 1993.

“We lost him too quick,” Livesay said of Inman, who was 62 at the time of his death.

Livesay has 10 horses in training, and most are owned by Inman’s estate, which is overseen by his family. Cherokee Lord is the most prominent member of the barn with a résumé that includes a fourth-place finish in last year’s Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington and a runner-up finish in this year’s Grade 3 Cliff Hanger at Monmouth Park.

“He’s a nice horse,” Livesay said. “He’s the champ right now.”

Cherokee Lord ended up having an adventurous trip to Remington, but his trip in the Green itself was perfect. He stalked in second, overtook the leader in the stretch, and went on to a 2 1/4-length win. For the effort, Cherokee Lord earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92. His performance was even more impressive considering what happened on the road in the week leading up to the Green.

Livesay said the truck hauling Cherokee Lord broke down the first night of the trip, but he was able to get the vehicle and trailer parked at a car dealership along a highway in Illinois. He had to wait overnight with Cherokee Lord until the shop opened, then waited some more for a part before getting back on the road to Remington.

“We unloaded him and grazed him and walked him to try to keep him comfortable,” he said of managing a very adaptable Cherokee Lord.

“Things ended up working out pretty good.”

The trip to Remington was the first in 21 years for Livesay.

“I was there in 1990 with Hoss, and he ran quite a few there,” said Livesay, who last week ended up making some more Remington memories with Inman.

My Adonis staying put for Jackpot

My Adonis, who shipped in from Monmouth to win last Saturday night’s $200,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs, will be spending a little more time in Vinton, La., trainer Kelly Breen said.

“He’s staying at Delta until the Jackpot,” Breen said.

My Adonis established himself as a leading contender for the Grade 3, $1 million race for 2-year-olds on Nov. 19 with his five-length win in the Jean Lafitte.

Citizen Advocate invaded from Calder to win the $150,000 My Trusty Cat on the Jean Lafitte card Saturday.

“She came out of the race dynamite,” trainer David A. Vivian said. “I’m going to stay right here with her at Delta Downs and run her in the Princess next.”

The Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess is on the Jackpot card.

Colitis claims promising runner

Tricky Suspect, an undefeated stakes winner who was being pointed to the Jean Lafitte, had to be euthanized earlier this month, according to trainer Al Cates. The horse had a three-day bout with what veterinarians believe was Colitis-X.

“We caught it early and that gave us hope,” said Cates, who brought Tricky Suspect to an equine hospital shortly after the horse failed to show interest in his lunch and was found to have a temperature.

Tricky Suspect, who won last month’s $50,000 Razorback Futurity at Louisiana Downs with a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 89, raced for Eugenia Thompson.

“It was tough to take,” Cates said of losing Tricky Suspect. “We hated it.”

◗ The statebred championship cards being run this weekend at Remington and Zia Park were drawn Tuesday.

Remington will put on the Oklahoma Classics program on Friday night. It features eight Oklahoma-bred stakes worth a cumulative $1 million.

Zia will run the New Mexico Cup on Sunday. It is one of the richest statebred programs in racing, with $2 million in stakes for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.

◗ Terry Wallace, the announcer at Oaklawn for 37 years until his retirement in June, and Alozno “Lonnie” Clayton, the late jockey who as a 15-year-old won the 1892 Kentucky Derby, are both being inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Others to be inducted during a Feb. 3 ceremony include retired NBA player Lee Mayberry and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones.

◗ Stall applications for the Oaklawn meet that opens in January are due Thursday. The track will begin receiving horses in the barn area on Nov. 14, while the first day of training will be Nov. 21. Purses at Oaklawn are projected to average $325,000 a day.

◗ Sisterhood, who last week won the $75,000 La Senorita at Retama Park, is a candidate for the Grade 3, $100,000 Miesque at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25, trainer Wesley Ward said.

◗ Ruidoso Downs announced the purse for the Grade 1 All American Derby for Quarter Horses will exceed $2 million in 2012. A late payment into the race is due before Nov. 1.