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A full night of stakes events and trials provided top-level racing on Mothers’ Day at Remington Park. The final event featured a starting gate loaded with a dozen veterans, vying for the $102,960 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship.
Okey Dokey Fonda used a solid start to get position at the front of the herd as they roared over the classic distance of 440 yards. The advantageous beginning helped the 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred finish a half-length better than 12-1 long shot A Silver Goblin. Eyesa Storm Too, the 2-1 second-choice in the wagering, was third.
Owned and trained by Larry Devereaux of Jones, Okla., Okey Dokey Fonda was handled by leading rider G.R. Carter. The win in the Grade 1 Oklahoma Challenge earned Okey Dokey Fonda a berth in the national Bank of America Challenge to be held in November at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.
Okey Dokey Fonda covered 440 yards in :21.527 over the fast track, earning an American Quarter Horse Association speed index of 101.
Away as the wagering favorite at 7-5 odds, Okey Dokey Fonda paid $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.20 to show. A Silver Goblin paid $7.40 to place and $4.80 to show. Eyesa Storm Too paid $2.60 to show.
The win was the fifth from 16 career starts for Okey Dokey Fonda and his third at Remington Park. A gelded son of Okey Dokey Dale from the Jet View mare Fonda Brown, Okey Dokey Fonda earned $47,364 to push his overall total to $142,782.
(Courtesy Remington Park Media Relations)
Production assistance from RPTV
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