(Shoplifted captures the Springboard Mile at Remington Park and gain points towards the 2020 KY Derby / Photo Courtesy of Remington Park)
From the Remington Park Media Team:
Using a closing move from the middle of the field, Shoplifted swung wide around the final turn to put himself in position to strike in Sunday’s $400,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park. The tactic paid off as he battled through the stretch to just get up for victory by a head.
Owned by the Versailles, Ky. partnership of Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables and LNJ Foxwoods, Shoplifted is trained by National Racing Hall of Famer and Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. The 3-year-old colt was ridden to victory by Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Shoplifted was seventh in his most recent start prior to the Springboard, the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Nov. 1. His effort at Remington Park had a more favorable result as he avoided all traffic issues with his wide move around the final turn.
Santana let Shoplifted get comfortable in sixth-position moving along the backstretch after a nice start to avoid congestion going to the first turn. Rowdy Yates, a two-time stakes winner this season at Remington Park, went out to battle for the lead with Alternate Time and the pair set early fractions of :23.49 for the quarter-mile; :47.75 for the half-mile and 1:13.34 for three-quarters of a mile over the fast track. Shoplifted accelerated with his bid before the end of the second and final turn, reaching the stretch clear of all except Embolden and Answer In.
Embolden had the advantage with a furlong to go but was quickly defending his status as Answer In moved to his inside and Shoplifted to the outside. Santana managed to get the most out of Shoplifted as the colt responded in the drive to get up in the final strides.
“He broke really well today,” Santana noted. “He was sharp and finished very strong for me. I knew he might be something special when he broke his maiden at Saratoga.”
Santana was up when Shoplifted won his first career race at Saratoga in a 5-1/2 furlong maiden special weight event. He was also aboard for the colt’s run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile where he encountered some traffic issues early in the race.
Everett Dobson of Edmond, Okla., represented the ownership group with his Cheyenne Stables. He was thrilled with the result in winning his first Springboard Mile.
“I have to give Steve Asmussen credit,” Dobson said. “He told me (Shoplifted) could be competitive here and in this race and we’re thrilled we came. I have great partners in this horse and they couldn’t be any happier. It’s great to be back in Oklahoma and win a race!”
Dobson had previously finished seventh in the 2010 Springboard Mile with Caleb’s Posse who eventually went on to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables campaigned Caleb’s Posse with the late Don McNeill.
Shoplifted hit the finish in 1:37.95, a head in front of Answer In while Embolden was a tough-luck third, just a half-length from the winner.
Shoplifted was played at 4-1 odds in the wagering and paid $10.60 to win, 4 to place and $3 to show. Answer In was the beaten betting favorite at heavy odds of 3-5, paying $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Embolden was third and returned $4.20 to show. The remaining order of finish was: Jungle Runner (4th), Maximiliano (5th), Southgate (6th), Rowdy Yates (7th), Kirkcules (8th), Slew Tang Clan (9th), Alternate Time (10th) and Shipman’s Song (11th).
The Springboard Mile win is the sixth overall for Asmussen and his second consecutive after winning with Long Range Toddy last year. Shoplifted gave Santana and the ownership group their first score in the race.
A colt by Into Mischief from the Yes It’s True mare Shopit, Shoplifted was bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall, Carrie Brogden and Craig Brogden. The Springboard Mile is his second win from five attempts and gave him a paycheck of $240,000 to roll his total earnings to $385,500.
The top four finishers in the Springboard Mile receive qualifying points for the 2020 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Shoplifted picked up 10 points and is currently tied with many others for fourth in the early points standings. The Springboard Mile has produced a starter for the Kentucky Derby in three of the last four editions, and is the final American points-race on the 2019 calendar for the derby.