“Nothing to Worry”: Equine Clinches Second Career Victory in $75,000 Worth Horse Racing Event

Published 09/25/2023, 3:49 PM EDT

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The Remington Green on Sunday hosted the Oklahoma Derby, inviting the Thoroughbreds from across the country for a fierce horse racing day. One among the eight races joining the Oklahoma Derby was the Remington Green over a 1 1/8 mile turf. While the Breeder’s Cup prep ground came back for its annual eventing, the contenders made sure not to leave the equestrian spectators disappointed.

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Racing the 4th course of the day alongside 6 other horses, one of the equines felt right at home. With an unpredictable start to the race, the audience knew no winner. However, the equines taking it up a notch at the first turn, knew to give the equestrian enthusiasts a thrill ride. As the horses raced to the finish, Mindy Willis-trained equine performed to gain the title back to his name.

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As the gates opened for the 7 equines on race 4 at Remington Park, the horses occupied the ground with a spread. Nonetheless, moving ahead towards the turn, Mazuma and Presidential won the fight to take the lead. Sticking to the rail and following right behind were Don’tcrossthedevil and rider Stewart Elliott’s Sunlit Song. The order remained the same half a mile into the race.

Bringing in a change to the line with the final turn and 3 furlongs to go, Sunlit Song overtook Don’tcrossthedevil and Mazuma to trail behind Presidential. Maneuvering off the rail, Elliot provided Sunlit an opening to take over the lead from Presidential. And with half a mile to go, the audience knew the winner of the race. Sunlit Song clocking the time at 1:51.43 finished with half a length victory from Paluxy.

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“He makes you feel the whole way there’s nothing to worry about,” winning rider Stewart Elliott said according to DRF. “Just give him somewhere to go and he takes care of it.”

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The performance of the 8-year-old gelding wasn’t a first in his career; neither was it at the Remington, nor in his stakes career performance.

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Sunlit Song’s horse racing track

The Mindy Willis-trained son of My Golden Song has had an exceptional record throughout the course of his career. The breeder, Carolyn Barnett, and Becky Harding owned equine made its debut back in 2018. Since then, he has raced  at Lone Star Park, Remington Park, and Sam Houston earning a win in all.

Sunlit Song’s Sunday’s performance at Remington Park wasn’t his first. The gelding participated first back in 2020 and earned his first win at the venue aged 5. Continuing along, Sunlit Song came back for a win in 2021, and 2022 but ended up finishing a second. However, racing for the third time turned out to be a charm for the 8-year-old. With his win at the stakes, the equine’s career earnings have accumulated to $731,018 after securing $45,000 winner’s share.

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The win at Remington Park was Sunlit Song’s eighth stakes win in his career including Richard King Turf, Texas Horse Racing, and  Houston Turf  among others. The gelding currently stands on track with a total of 42 starts to his name. Amongst them all, he has won 18 and has finished second 12 times. The equine has held just the presence and continues to marvel at the community.

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Shivatmika Manvi

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Shivatmika Manvi is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having recently attained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shivatmika aims to tread her way forward into journalism. Further, the writer’s eager enthusiasm toward the world of track and field stems from her family’s loyal viewership of the Olympics, and years later, her passion continues/stands.
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