Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship

Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship

Grade 1 winner Apollitical Pence and champion Danjer head Saturday's field at Remington Park.

Apollitical Pence 2021 Mighty Deck Three Stakes. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

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Apollitical Pence, the winner of last year's Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 440-yard, $320,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship (G1) at Remington Park.

Trained by Monty Arrossa for owner Dunn Ranch of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Apollitical Pence made his 5-year-old season debut with a 1 1/2-length victory in the 250-yard, $68,000 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds on March 9. The gelded son of world champion Apollitical Jess has won 10 of 24 starts while racing in three states, including New Mexico, and he has earned $1,055,191. His five wins in eight starts at Remington Park include the 2019 Heritage Place Derby (G2).

Apollitical Pence drew post 6 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon.

Other contenders include reigning champion aged horse Danjer and multiple graded stakes winner Valiant Tiberias. A 5-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer will be stretching out in distance off of his second-place finish in the 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) on May 1. During his championship campaign, the gelding won two Grade 1 stakes, including the October 24, 440-yard Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Danjer drew post 2 and will be ridden by Cody Smith.

Valiant Tiberias is a 5-year-old Valiant Hero gelding trained by Marco Adair Chavez-Gutierrez for owners Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen, and Felix Rodriguez. Valiant Tiberias has won two stakes during the current Remington Park meet, including the March 27, 440-yard Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge (G2).

Valiant Tiberias drew post 5 and will be ridden by James Flores.

The complete field, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Mi Amor Secreto (Juan Pulido), 6-1
Danjer (Cody Smith), 3-1
JK Wildcat Red (Cristian Esqueda), 30-1
Midday News (Raul Ramirez, Jr.), 20-1
Valiant Tiberias (James Flores), 3-1
Apollitical Pence (Francisco Calderon), 5-2
Apollitical Papa (Jose Ortiz), 30-1
Perrys Double Down (Raul Valenzuela), 20-1
Hooked On Jordan (Bryan Ernst), 20-1
Jess My Hocks (Agustin Silva), 6-1

The Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship and the other eight stakes races for Saturday, make up the “Night of Champions.” The evening features six Grade 1 events and total purses of more than $2.7 million, making it the richest night of racing ever conducted in Oklahoma.

Betty Jane Burlin is the only owner that has multiple Remington Park Championship wins, and she holds the record at three. She won the race three consecutive years, 1990-2001, with world champion Tailor Fit, a gelded son of Strawfly Special trained by Steve Van Bebber and Janet Van Bebber. Four trainers are tied with most wins at two – Rick Robinson, Steve Van Bebber, Don Mourning and Russell Harris. Jockey G.R. Carter Jr. has the record number of wins in the race with five – The Widgeon (1989), Higher Goals (1995), Country Chicks Man (2007), Louisiana Senator (2011) and Dashin Brown Streak (2015).

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