10/17/2011 3:48PM

Remington Park: Plans undecided for Redeemed, Prayer for Relief after Oklahoma Derby

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Dustin Orona Photography
Redeemed, with Edgar Prado up, wins the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Plans for Redeemed and Prayer for Relief following their respective first- and third-place finishes in the Oklahoma Derby were still being determined Monday, while Alternation likely wrapped his 3-year-old campaign with his runner-up finish in Sunday’s race at Remington Park.

Redeemed closed fast to win the Oklahoma Derby by a head, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 95. Trainer Tony Dutrow said the horse, who emerged from the race in good order, was to fly back to his Aqueduct division Tuesday. Redeemed races for the Jay Em Ess Stable operation of Mace Siegel and his daughter, Samantha Siegel.

“I haven’t talked to Samantha and her dad about plans,” Dutrow said Monday morning. “We’ll get the horse back to New York and get together.”

Redeemed won at two turns for the first time in the Oklahoma Derby, which was his second start in a route. The race also was his first in blinkers. In his two-turn debut, Redeemed finished second in the $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing.

“He’s bred to go the distance,” said Edgar Prado, who rode Redeemed.

“I think he’s going to move forward. Every time he’s shown more maturity. He’s getting better. I think the blinkers are helping him out to be focused.”

Alternation also added blinkers for the Oklahoma Derby, had the lead in the stretch, and was edged on the wire Sunday.

“We’re a little disappointed in the outcome of the photo, but I’m not disappointed in his effort,” trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. “I thought he ran a good race.

“It was a competitive race, and I don’t think anybody had a perfect trip. There were a lot of reasons for this, that and the other. But overall, it was a great race, with four horses within a length at the wire.”

Von Hemel said the Oklahoma Derby was probably the final 3-year-old start for Alternation, who in May won the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park.

“Most likely, he’ll be put away for the rest of the year and get ready for the races at Oaklawn, would be my guess,” he said Monday.

Prayer for Relief was seeking his fifth straight win Sunday and was the even-money favorite for the 1 1/8-mile race off scores in the Iowa, West Virginia, and Super derbies. After being boxed in along the rail, he surged between horses late to finish three-quarters of a length behind Alternation.

“He was in a tight spot the whole way and couldn’t get his legs going until the end of the race,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “There were some nice horses in there. It was a nice race.

“At least he was right there. He’s run so well for us. One thing I love about him is that he wants to go a mile and a quarter.”

Baffert said Monday that plans for the horse are to be determined, but did not rule out a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 5.

“We’ll look at it,” he said. “I don’t have to make that call until next week. If I don’t run in the Breeders’ Cup, I might just freshen him up and point to the Dubai World Cup, because I think he’d love that. He’s trained awesome on synthetic” surfaces.

The Dubai World Cup, at 1 1/4 miles in the spring, is now run on a synthetic surface. Prayer for Relief is two-time winner over synthetic tracks in Southern California. He became a millionaire Sunday.

Varied plans for Oaks runners

Tourmaline, who won the $250,000 Remington Park Oaks in the closing strides Sunday, could be headed to Delta Downs for her next start. Trainer Bernell Rhone said Monday that no plans had been set, but an option is the $125,000 Treasure Chest on Nov. 19.

“The decision will be up to the owners,” he said. “We’ll see what they want to do.”

Tourmaline earned an 86 Beyer for her half-length win over Savvy Supreme. Savvy Supreme, winner of the Grade 3 Monmouth Park Oaks, could run next in New York, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

“She seemed to come out of the race well,” he said Monday. “We’re looking at the Gazelle at Aqueduct on Nov. 26.”

Plans for May Day Rose, who set the pace and finished third in the Remington Park Oaks, are to be determined, Baffert said.

◗ Handle on the 11-race Oklahoma Derby Day card Sunday was $1.3 million from all sources. Last year, handle on the corresponding card, which featured 10 races, was $1.6 million.