Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

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It's looking doubtful that graded stakes winner Twice Around will start in Sunday's $35,000-added Oklahoma Breeders' Handicap. Highweight in the six furlong race, Twice Around has been out of action for about a week because of an abcess in his right front hoof.

Winner of the Grade II Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn in Arkansas last spring, Twice Fleet was a late scratch in last week's $50,000 Great Plains because of the hoof.

"The abcess hasn't come out yet so about all we can do is wait and see," trainer Cecil Borel said Thursday. "If it pops real quick it will relieve a lot of the pressure and pain and then he can go right back into training."

Borel said if Twice Around misses the Breeders' Handicap, there is always the $100,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship next week. . .

Big Earl Works Well Big Earl, who's being pointed for the $100,000 Red Earth Derby Oct. 21, worked a super seven furlongs in his first trip over Equitrack Wednesday. With jockey Jim Brown in the irons, Big Earl went the first quarter in 22.2, the half in 46.3, five-eights in 58.3, three-quarters in 1:12.0 and galloped out the mile in 1:40.

"He worked real good," said assistant trainer Getty Benoit. "We were a little concerned that the track here might be too hard for him, but he loved it."

Big Earl has won five of his last eight races and ran second behind Sunday Silence in the $1 million Super Derby at Louisiana Downs last month.

There is some question, however, whether Big Earl will be allowed to race in the Red Earth. It seems the blood test taken from Big Earl in the Super Derby has come up positive for an excess of the therapeutic medication Phenylbutazone "bute".

Should the Louisiana State Racing Commission suspend owner/trainer Jerry Cart for the overage, the $200,000 second place Super Derby purse will be forfeited and Big Earl will be ineligible to race until Cart's suspension is up. . .

Jockey Talk With Jockey John Lively on the injured list for at least another week, jockey agent Larry Spraker has taken over Wade Rini's book. Spraker is one of the better agents here and should enhance Rini's presence at Remington. . .

J.C. Estrada's four bagger Sunday has tied Estrada with Pat Steinberg for the lead in the Remington Park jockey standings. Through Wednesday, Estrada has ridden 26 horses, for eight wins, five second place finishes and in in-the-money percentage (top four) of 50 percent. Estrada's mounts have gone off at average odds of about 5-1. Steinberg has ridden 49 horses with eight wins, seven seconds and an in-the-money percentage of 42. …

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