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Local owner's horse wins Friday race

October 22, 2012

TAKING THE FIFTH (DATE) — Fifth Date, ridden by jockey Alex Birzer, heads to the finish line to win the Classics Cup race Friday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Fifth Date is owned by Poteau's Danny Caldwell. Photo By Dustin Orona Photography

OKLAHOMA CITY — The 20th Oklahoma Classics were contested Friday night at Remington Park. The full slate of Oklahoma-bred stakes races did not disappoint with a mix of favorites and stars winning along with a few longshots.
Fifth Date, an 8-year-old gelding who primarily has competed in sprint races his entire career, scored the top race of the evening in the $155,500 Chickasaw Nation Oklahoma Classics Cup, powered by TVG. Easily the biggest win for Fifth Date, it happened just two races after he was claimed for $18,000.
Claimed by owner Danny Caldwell of Poteau on Aug. 25, trainer Federico Villafranco started Fifth Date in a 1 mile-70 yard event for his first race off the purchase. The stretch-out move off of sprints helped build his stamina for the 1-1/16 miles Classics Cup. The claim was made with the big race on Classics Night in mind.

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