OKLAHOMA CITY â€” 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.