For the first time since 2016, a new horse will be awarded the Silver Goblin Stakes Trophy on Friday, November 12 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Remington Park’s most successful horse, Welder, has won the race in the past four years for owner Ra-Max Farms (Clayton Rash) of Claremore, Okla., Three times for trainer Teri Luneack.
The 8-year-old gelding who retired on October 15 with 16 wins at Remington Park and 27 overall has won the Silver Goblin Stakes a record number of times, one ahead of Okie Ride. This year there have been 20 nominations for the 6-1 / 2-stage race, including the horse that beat Welder in the last race of his career. The race is written for ages 3 and up who are Oklahoma foals. Shannon C won the Oklahoma Classics Sprint on October 15 and Welder was third.
Shannon C had been beaten by Welder four times in her career before winning the Oklahoma Classics Sprint, but the fifth time was the charm. Latent Heat’s 6 year old gelding son of Fistfite mare Miranda Diane is owned by B and S Racing (Robert Smith) of Springfield, Missouri, and is coached by Scott Young. He was ridden until his victory in the Classics by Leandro Gonçalves.
Shannon C could very well be the heir apparent to pick up the fallen stick. He’s on a two-game winning streak, having won the $ 70,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint on September 3. He could easily be the favorite for the Silver Goblin after those back-to-back wins.
“Shannon has been an iron horse from day one,” Young said. “The Classics victory was his day. It took a while, but it showed why Bob and Ted (Bozarth and Smith) breed horses at Miranda Diane. The circle is closed now. He took that victory at the Oklahoma Classics that we’re aiming for, why? The last four years.
Shannon C came out impressively at the end, winning by three lengths to 5-1. Young ran 1-2 in the race as Mesa Moon held Welder by a length. The trainer also named Mesa Moon for owner Cimarron TTT Farms (Marvin Triplett) from Edmond, Okla. Mesa Moon was three lengths behind his teammate in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint at 6 stages.
Shannon C took home $ 78,000 for the win and improved to 27 starts, seven wins, 11 seconds and two-thirds for $ 368,766 in earnings.
Quality Rocket is another multi-stake winner who would have to compete for favoritism if he were to hit the entry zone of this race. He was solidly beaten in seventh place in the $ 130,000 Oklahoma Classics Turf on Oct. 15, after winning it last year and winning the Red Earth Stakes two years in a row on turf. His talents, however, go well beyond routing on the grass. He won the Route 66 Stakes at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Oklahoma, two years in a row on distance dirt for the Silver Goblin Stakes.
Quality Rocket, a 7-year-old gelding son of Backstabber from the King of Scat mare, has an impressive lifetime record of 36 starts, 11 wins, nine seconds and a third for $ 409,006 in winnings. If he had to go to the Silver Goblin, he would be the biggest winner. That’s not too bad for a horse that was put on the line for $ 7,500 claiming three races in a row early in its career. It is owned by Jeremy Ball of Shawnee, Oklahoma, coached by Boyd “Jobe” Caster. Ramon Vazquez is in the saddle for his last two stakes attempts.
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The record time for the Silver Goblin is 1:15, set by Zee Oh Six in 2005, the first year of the race named after one of Oklahoma’s largest breeds in history. Silver Goblin is seventh among the Okie breeds in Lifetime Cash Earnings with $ 1,083,895. He is behind Kip Deville ($ 3,325,489), Lady’s Secret ($ 3,021,325), Shotgun Kowboy ($ 1,548,684), Clever Trevor ($ 1,388,841), Welder ($ 1,263,359) and She’s All In ($ 1,102,489). Silver Goblin had 26 career starts with 16 wins, four seconds and three thirds from 1993 to 1999. He will long be remembered for finishing second to Cigar in the 1995 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Cigar was in the middle of a 16 game winning streak. Cigar earned just under $ 10 million in his career.
The races continue next week with a schedule from Wednesday to Saturday evening. The first message time is 7:07 PM Central.
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