10/01/2012 3:56PM

Remington: Politicallycorrect headed to BC Dirt Mile off Oklahoma Derby win


OKLAHOMA CITY – Politicallycorrect was bright and alert walking the shed row Monday at Remington Park, the day after he won the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby and a few hours before he was to board a flight to Southern California to begin preparations for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 3.

“We’re headed to the California sunshine,” trainer Wesley Ward said.

Politicallycorrect is part of a six-horse team Ward has pointing to Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita. The Oklahoma Derby winner was headed to Betfair Hollywood Park, where Ward will have a small division of horses this fall. Others the barn has pointing to championship races include Judy the Beauty for the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 3, Great Attack for the $1 million Turf Sprint on Nov. 3, and Handsome Jack for the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint on Nov. 2. Sweet Shirley Mae and Almost an Angel, meanwhile, are both candidates for the $2 million Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 2.

Politicallycorrect ran the biggest race of his career in the Oklahoma Derby, when he roared down the middle of the track to catch favorite Willy Beamin for a three-quarter-length win. Politicallycorrect earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96. It was the second Oklahoma Derby win for Ward and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who took the race in 2010 with Pleasant Prince. Dennis Ward, a longtime trainer and the father of Wesley Ward, saddled Pleasant Prince and came to town again this year with Politicallycorrect.

“My dad went over him from his nose to his toes this morning and gave me the green light to put him on the plane to California,” Ward said Monday. “He came back great.”

Dennis Ward, 66, has a stable based at Calder in Miami and plans to be at the Breeders’ Cup this year to assist his son. Kent Desormeaux, who rode Politicallycorrect on Sunday, has the mount in the Breeders’ Cup, Wesley Ward said.

Willy Beamin was seeking his seventh straight win Sunday and came close to keeping his streak alive as he had the lead approaching the wire. The race was his first start since he captured the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga.

“We were happy with the race, happy with Willy,” said Jim Riccio, who owns Willy Beamin.

Riccio said Willy Beamin will now be considered for the Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on Nov. 17. He said another option he’ll look into is the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 1. Riccio claimed Willy Beamin for $25,000 in March, and that makes the horse eligible for such races as the $200,000 Jewel at 1 1/8 miles. As for the Breeders’ Cup, it’s not a consideration, Riccio said.

“As much as I’d love to go to the Breeders’ Cup, I had my 30 seconds of fame at Saratoga,” he quipped of the King’s Bishop, his biggest win in 30 years in racing.

Riccio said that following the King’s Bishop a Remington official asked him to consider the Oklahoma Derby for the horse. Willy Beamin ended up being one of the highest-profile runners to ever compete in the race, which in 1999 drew Answer Lively, winner of the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Willy Beamin on Sunday ran in the care of Bill Cesare after his regular trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., who is legally challenging a 10-year suspension in New York, opted not to apply for a license in Oklahoma. Willy Beamin was to return to Dutrow’s care after he flies back to Aqueduct in New York on Tuesday.

Called to Serve, a close third in the Oklahoma Derby, flew back to Southern California on Monday, trainer Peter Eurton said. He said the horse emerged from the race in good order and that plans for his next start will be discussed in a few days.