03/24/2011 2:22PM

Remington: Separate Bet tries to rebound returning to favorite track for Leo


Separate Bet has compiled a strong record at Remington Park through the years and his return to the Oklahoma City track Saturday night for the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes for Quarter Horses might help him recapture his best form. The 400-yard race drew 11 older horses, including Strike It Quick, who set a world record for 350 yards in a Sunland Park allowance in December.

Adding further depth to the Leo is Louisiana Senator, who won the Grade 2 Eastex over Remington’s opening weekend March 6; Swingin Daddyo, winner of the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby, and Streakin Down, the winner of the Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby.

Separate Bet is 3 for 6 at Remington, where last year he was just edged in the Leo. He is seeking to rebound from an uncharacteristic ninth-place finish in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Winter Championship on Feb. 19. He has worked well since, breezing 220 yards in 11.58 seconds March 19, which was the second fastest of 30 moves at the distance at Remington.

Ricky Ramirez has the mount on Separate Bet, a career earner of more than $750,000, for trainer Paul Jones.

◗ Dan Fick, the new director of racing for Remington, announced on Wednesday that most of the entry dates listed in the meet’s second condition book are in error. A corrected version of the condition book can be found at www.remingtonpark.com. In addition, Fick said trials for the Remington Park Futurity will be run on two dates, April 2-3, with entries for both cards to be taken March 30.