03/09/2005 12:00AM

Remington Park track report


Remington Park-based owner and trainer Joan Charlton brought Prospector's Music to Oklahoma in 2002, and the horse became one of the most patronized stallions in the state. But when he died in December, Charlton was left to find a new stallion to replace him. Charlton has decided on first-year stallion Strategic Partner, a Grade 3-winning son of Kris S.

Charlton is hoping over time Strategic Partner can match the appeal of Prospector's Music, who was bred to 70 mares in 2003 and 47 in 2004. Prospector's Music, sire of Grade 1 winner Gygistar, will have his first crop of Oklahoma-bred horses hit the track this spring.

Charlton stands Strategic Partner for $1,500 at Charlton Ranch in Washington, Okla. The stallion is owned by a partnership that includes Charlton and her husband, Brent, Doug and Jim Wall, and Ron Wilkerson.

Charlton said she purchased Strategic Partner largely because he was a son of Kris S. Other sires who are sons of Kris S. include Prized and Arch.

"There's a lot of Mr. Prospector blood back here," Charlton said. "The only way to be commercial, we had to have something not competing with everybody else. We don't have to be competing against five other Kris S. horses back here."

Strategic Partner, 7, won the Grade 3 Crown Royal American on turf. He earned $353,821 in his career, and is out of the Majestic Light mare Very Special Lite, a Grade 3 winner of $278,516.