11/12/2011 8:47AM

Remington Park: Officer Prado mows 'em down in Clever Trevor

Dustin Orona Photography
Officer Prado closes from far back to take the Clever Trevor, the local prep for the $300,000 Springboard Mile.

Officer Prado closed from last to nail Isn’t He Clever and Mr Bluegrass Music nearing the wire in the $100,000 Clever Trevor for 2-year-olds Friday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

The seven-furlong race served as the local prep for the $300,000 Springboard Mile on Dec. 10.

Officer Prado ($18.40) trailed the field for much of the race, sitting about five lengths behind pacesetter and favorite Sword Trick, who was pressed through fractions of 21.56 seconds for the opening quarter and 43.45 for the half-mile. Isn’t He Clever took over through six furlongs in 1:08.96, then was unable to withstand the last-to-first stretch rush of Officer Prado.

“When I angled him out leaving the turn, he really gave me a burst of speed,” said Lindey Wade, who rode the winner for trainer Steve Asmussen. “I thought ‘Okay, we might get a part of this, maybe third.’ I knew we were way back, but we were going to get a piece of it. Then I thought we could get second, and then I thought, ‘We’re going to win!’ ”

Officer Prado scored by a half-length over the previously undefeated Isn’t He Clever. It was another neck back in third to Mr Bluegrass Music, while Sword Trick held fifth.

Officer Prado covered the distance on a track rated fast in 1:23.10. It was the first stakes win for the horse, who races for his breeder, Kathryn East.

Asmussen has now won three runnings of the Clever Trevor, taking the 2008 edition with King Gulch and the 2009 running with Grand Slam Andre. He is nearing 6,000 career wins as a trainer. Friday night’s Clever Trevor was win No. 5,992.