A DOZEN TO FILL THE GATE FOR GRADE 3 SLM BIG DADDY STAKES AT REMINGTON PARK
OKLAHOMA CITY – March 11, 2019 – The Grade 3, $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes drew a field of 12 for this Saturday night at Remington Park. The 550-yard event features stakes-racing regulars making their 2020 debuts, including the race winner a year ago.
Rock About It, owned by Rockin J Running Horses of Gatesville, Texas and trained by Tammy Johnson, scored a one-length win in the 2019 SLM Big Daddy. That triumph turned out to be his only win of the year. However, Rock About It will return to one of his favorite racing distances, having never lost at 550 yards in four career starts.
Tough To Bee was in the money in both of Remington Park’s top races for veterans in 2019. The 6-year-old gelding was second in the Grade 1 Leo Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship. He has been tabbed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite by odds-maker Jerry Shottenkirk. Owned by Paragon Farms of Conroe, Texas and trained by Blane Wood, Tough To Bee will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez from outside post-position 12 in the SLM Big Daddy Stakes.
Shockinglyfamous makes his 4-year-old return, trying to add the SLM Big Daddy to his most recent win in the Altoona Derby at Prairie Meadows in Iowa in October 2019. Trained by Kasey Willis, jockey Agustin Silva has been named to ride the horse.
Hot Dam Bam A Lam, in the money in eight of his nine lifetime starts at Remington Park, comes into the SLM Big Daddy after scoring victory in the Grade 1 Refrigerator Stakes last fall. The 5-year-old gelding won the top race for older horses at Lone Star Park in October and brings a two-race winning streak into 2020. Trained by Trey Ellis, jockey John Hamilton is on again after guiding Hot Dam Bam A Lam to his last two victories.
Blazen Panther leads the field for the SLM Big Daddy with 11 career victories from a field-leading 49 attempts. Tough To Bee is the top earner in the field with $727,227 from his 29 career starts.
The field for the SLM Big Daddy Stakes, by post position and program order, with jockey, trainer and morning-line odds:
- Flight To La Jolla: Clint Crawford, Josh Romero, 15-1
- Eye M Smokin: Luz Chavira, Ruben Castro, 20-1
- Shockinglyfamous: Kasey Willis, Agustin Silva, 6-1
- Viva Le Don: Tammy Johnson, Cody Smith, 5-1
- Make To Market: Mary Meza, Cristian Esqueda, 12-1
- Flight Force: Michael Joiner, Jose Alvarez, 15-1
- Rock About It: Tammy Johnson, Jose Vega, 8-1
- Hot Dam Bam A Lam: Trey Ellis, John Hamilton, 4-1
- Sunsets Corona Girl: Carlos Ruiz, Gonzalo Valles, 20-1
- TH Maverick: Maria Barraza-Rodriguez, Gonzalo Gutierrez, 20-1
- Blazen Panther: Jonathan Chavira, Daniel Torres, 20-1
- Tough To Bee: Blane Wood, Ricky Ramirez, 3-1 (morning-line favorite)
Named after one of the most popular horses to ever compete at Remington Park, two-time World Champion SLM Big Daddy, the race in his honor is the 10th on Saturday’s 12-race card, with an approximate post time of 10:01pm. The first race of the night is at 6pm.
Remington Park racing is now into a regular Thursday through Sunday weekly schedule for the remainder of the season. The first race Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13 is at 6pm. Sunday, March 15 racing will start at 1:30pm. All times are Central.
Remington Park is always open for casino gaming. Simulcast horse racing is offered daily. Admission, parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park. Guests must be 18 or older in order to wager on horse racing or to enter the casino.
Tracked by more than 162,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,100 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $242 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park presents the Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity on Saturday, March 21. The 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season continues through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.