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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 22, 2020— It was Benito Baca Day at Remington Park on Sunday. It wasn’t a planned promotion, but he made it so as he won on four of the five horses that he rode to the wire.
Baca was unstoppable, bringing home winners in races two, four, five and eight. The only race he lost was the sixth and he still picked up a check as his horse ran fourth. His horses that got their noses in front at the wire were Celee Chico (7-1 odds), Beggars Bargain (2-1 betting favorite), The Foose Goose (14-1) and Dominating Knockout (4-1).
Baca quickly jumped up the ladder of the jockey standings from 12th to a tie for fourth with seven victories. Ricky Ramirez and Justine Klaiber also have won seven times this meet. They are all distantly in James Flores’ rearview mirror as the leading rider has made 19 trips to the winner’s circle this meet. Cody Smith, who won two races Sunday, moved into second place alone with nine wins. Agustin Silva is third with eight wins.
In the second race, Baca won with Celee Chico at 870 yards for trainer Jordan Baumann; in the fourth with Beggars Bargain at 330 yards for Bernard Baca; in the fifth with The Foose Goose at 330 yards for Bradley Mason, and in the eighth with Dominating Knockout at 250 yards for Eddie Lee Willis.
Celee Chico, race two winner, paid $17.20 to win, $7.40 to place and $4.80 to show and finished 3-1/2 lengths ahead of Lotta Smoking in second, who was 2-1/2 more in front of third-place finisher Goldies First Sign. The favorite at 9-5, Lota Legacy, ran fourth. Running time for the 870 yards was :45.830 for a 90 speed index. The horse is owned by Daniel Baumann of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was bred in the state by Carl White.
Beggars Bargain, race four, paid $6.60, $3 and $2.40 to win, place and show, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of runner-up Dashing Then Cashing, who was a head better than Desired Effect in third. Beggars Bargain was the post-time favorite. The winner stopped the timer for 330 yards in :16.977 for an 85 speed index. He is owned by Chip and Sheresa Lea of Clovis, N.M. The 3-year-old gelding was bred in Texas by Jack W. Powers.
The Foose Goose, race five, returned $30.60, $13.40 and $9 across the board, running a head in front of JM Lady Luck, who was another 1-3/4 lengths in front of First Lota PYC in third. The even-money favorite, Smoke Em All Sis, only beat one horse in the nine-horse field. The Foose Goose is owned by Gene Cox of Chester, S.C. and was bred in Oklahoma by the owner.
Dominating Knockout, race eight, returned $10, $4.20 and $2.60 to win, place and show, getting up by a neck over post-time favorite Pricey Girl by a neck. In third, another half-length back was Woodbridge Reserve. Dominating Knockout is owned by Blackwood Investments LLC, Soldier Creek Holdings, Eddie Lee Willis, and Roman Garcia III of Lawton, Okla. This gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Five Puig Racing LLC.
Racing is scheduled to continue, without public spectators, Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29. The Thursday night program features a 10-race card that begins at 6pm with a $9,134.76 carryover in the Sooner 6ix.
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 will host the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season from March 6 through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.