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Remington Park: No Spin a contender in wide-open Springboard Mile
There are question marks surrounding every 2-year-old in Saturday night’s $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. For some like Seeker, who exits the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, and Ted’s Folly, who is seeking his sixth straight win, the race will be their first at two turns. For others, such as Grade 1 Champagne alum No Spin, the Springboard is a chance to prove themselves on dirt. And for runners like Fire Alarm, who in his last start faced future Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club winner Gemologist, the race is a first shot at stakes competition.
“I don’t see anybody in the race being the even-money favorite,” said Wilson Brown, who trains Ted’s Folly. “There are so many questions in this race. It’s going to be an interesting race.”
The Springboard is the final race of the Remington meet. It drew a field of 12 horses and will be supported by two $50,000 sprint stakes for 3-year-old Oklahoma-breds, the Useeit and Jim Thorpe.
No Spin has invaded from Fair Grounds for the Springboard. He had been entered in last month’s Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, but was excluded, needing a defection to get into the race that was capped at 10 starters. Plan B became the Springboard Mile. He drew post 12 and figures to start as one of the top contenders under Chris Rosier.
“I think it looks like a very competitive field,” said Tim Ice, who trains No Spin. “I think we definitely belong in there. I’m not happy with the 12-hole. We’ll have to overcome the post. But overall, he has the talent and deserves to be in the race.”
No Spin has answered more of the Springboard’s variables than a number of his rivals as a stakes winner at two turns. But that race was on turf – in an overnight stakes at a mile at Hawthorne – and with No Spin’s other career win coming on a synthetic track, he will be seeking his first dirt score Saturday. He has raced once over such a surface, and finished a troubled sixth in the Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 8.
“When he broke, the ground broke from underneath him and he kind of went down on his back end right out of the gate,” Ice said. “From that point, he just acted disinterested. Overall, it was just a bad experience for him.”
But not one that led Ice to give up on dirt with the horse, who races for the partnership that includes Leonard Blach, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.
“He trains over the dirt, but he still needs to prove that he can run on it in the afternoon,” Ice said of No Spin. “But I can’t see any reason why he can’t handle the dirt the way he trains and works over it.”
Ted’s Folly has no issues with dirt as he has reeled off five straight wins over Remington’s main track this meet. But all have been sprints, races in which he has rallied from well off the pace. Among his wins are the $80,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile and the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes.
“The way he runs, you think, ‘Geez, this colt is dying for two turns,’ ” Brown said. “But you never know. He could be a closing sprinter. But in my opinion, whether he can go the distance, I certainly think he can. But I don’t know that yet. We’ll find out about 10:14 p.m. Saturday night.”
That’s post time for the Springboard Mile, which will be the final race of the meet. Other starters in the 12-horse field include Flashy Kid, who was third in the $200,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs and, like No Spin, was excluded from the Delta Downs Jackpot.
Trainer Juan Arias, who is based at Calder Race Course, said Flashy Kid began his career at Hoosier Park to take advantage of his Indiana-bred status and has continued to develop nicely. Sebastian Madrid has the mount for Just for Fun Stable.
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