Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Silver Goblin Favorite in Derby

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Silver Goblin Favorite in Derby

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Oklahoma-bred and owned Silver Goblin, with markings to match his name, is the Morning Line favorite with betting odds of 6-5 in the sixth running of the Remington Park Derby.

He is the only Oklahoma-bred horse entered in the premiere Remington Park Derby.

Silver Goblin drew post position 6 in the post drawing Thursday for the $300,000 Remington Park Derby on Saturday. The 1991 grey gelding, bred and owned by Al J. Horton, McAlester, has won nine times and placed second once in 10 starts at Remington Park to earn $404,445.

The gelding won the first two races of the Remington Park Derby, the $75,000 Budweiser Stakes Feb. 27, and the $100,000 Great West Stakes March 19. He previously warmed up for those races by winning the $15,000 Bethany Stakes Feb. 12.

He won the 1993 $272,200 Mathis Brothers Futurity Oct. 24 after having won the $15,000 Remington Prevue Stakes Oct. 10.

The Remington Park Derby, 11/16-mile race for three-year-olds, has earned the stature of being a major stepping stone for its winner to enter the Kentucky Derby. Four of the eight prospective starters in the Remington Park Derby _ Silver Goblin, Blumin Affair, Sir Harry Bright, and Smilin Singin Sam _ are early nominees to the Chrysler Triple Crown Series.

Silver Goblin is trained by Kenny Smith, a nephew of Horton's. He will be ridden in the Remington Park Derby by jockey Dale Cordoba, who ride him to the title of 1993 Fall Season Horse of the Meeting, Champion two-year-old and Champion Sprinter, and to winning the first two legs of the Remington Park Derby Series.

Chosen by the odds makers to follow Silver Goblin was Blumin Affair, owned by Leroy Bowman and Art Vogel of Hamberg, Iowa. They bought the Kentucky-bred brown colt at the 1992 Keenland Thoroughbred yearling sale. He is trained by Jack Van Berg, Thoroughbred Hall of Fame trainer, who last year moved his main training operations from California to the Lazy E Training Stable near Guthrie. …

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