Separate Bet is quickly putting together a perfect 2009 season at Remington Park as he racked up his second stakes win and second new track record on Saturday night, remaining undefeated in as many starts.
The speedy gray gelding rolled to victory in the Grade 2, $103,250 Leo Stakes, taking the win and a new track record at 400 yards with him to the barn. Separate Bet powered over the sloppy-sealed track in 19.396 seconds, taking .137 off the mark set in 2002 by A Real Man.
Conditioned by seven-time defending American Quarter Horse Association Champion Trainer Paul Jones, Separate Bet continues to build on an already impressive resume of speed, handling the adverse track conditions very well.
“He’s run on an off-track before and handled it very well so we had a pretty good idea he would handle it here,” Jones said. “He broke good and had a good clean trip. The horse is just a great horse, he finished strong, we couldn’t be any happier.”
A California-bred by Separatist from the First Down Dash mare Better Bet On Me, Separate Bet added Remington Park’s 400-yard mark to his 350-yard standard he set in the Eastex Handicap on March 8.
“It’s really awesome,” Jones admitted. “He’s also broken a track record at Ruidoso (Downs, N.M.) so he’s just a really remarkable horse.”
Owned by the Leedey, Okla. partnership of Jim and Duane Harrel, David Barrett and Jo Ann Adams, Separate Bet won the Leo by 1-1/4 lengths under jockey Cody Jensen. Separate Bet had to run down early leader Adios My Amigos. Illegal Memories was up for third.
The Leo gave Separate Bet his 10th career win from 22 attempts and his second Remington Park win from three tries in Oklahoma City. The gray made $60,000 to push his career total to $515,113. Separate Bet has also secured an automatic invite to the Grade 1, $200,000 Remington Park Championship on May 31.
The success of Separate Bet has exemplified the quick success of the Jones barn in their first full season competing at Remington Park. Normally a regular at Los Alamitos in southern California and on the New Mexico circuit, Jones has already won four races while saddling just seven at this early stage in the meeting.
“We originally brought seven horses and we’ve picked up another six horses since we’ve been here,” Jones noted. “We’ve brought in a few more from Los Alamitos so we have 16 here now and are off to a good start.”
The win in the Leo was the fourth on the program for Jensen, who like Jones, is at Remington Park as a regular for the first time ever. The veteran rider from Los Alamitos also won with Minit Man ($5.40 to win) in the first race, Judy Jackson ($6.80) in the second and My Winter Hotdog ($15.40) in the fifth race.
Jensen now has 10 wins on the season and moves into fourth-place in the standings. G.R. Carter leads the colony with 24 wins.
(Courtesy Remington Park Media Relations)
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