User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Broadway Empire wins Oklahoma Derby

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Without even looking at the pre-race chart for the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby, trainer Robertino Diodoro figured his horse, Broadway Empire, would set the pace.

Advertisement
``I'm not saying that's what I wanted, but for some reason I had it in my head,'' Diodoro said. ``The horse is sharp and he's trained awesome since he's been here.''

Turns out, Broadway Empire led when it counted most, too. He led from start to finish and pulled away in the stretch before settling for a four-length win over Cameo Appearance in the 1 1/8-mile race Sunday, winning in 1:49.44 on a fast track.

The 1-5 favorite Departing - the winner of the Illinois, West Virginia and Super derbies who also ran in the Preakness Stakes - never fired and finished fourth under jockey Robby Albarado, behind Carve.

Diodoro and jockey Rico Walcott both expected Departing to make a late move, but it never materialized.

Broadway Empire has won four of six career races - all as a 3-year-old - for the Edmonton, Alberta, ownership group of Randy Howg, Bob Butz, Fouad El Kardy and Rick Running Rabbitt. The group earned $240,000 for the win, more than doubling the horse's previous career earnings of $166,745.

The Kentucky-bred son of Empire Maker suffered a quarter-crack in a hoof four days before his last race, the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park, but recovered enough to win the 1 3/8-mile race. Diodoro said he pointed Broadway Empire toward the $440,000 Oklahoma Derby after that.

``I really felt our horse was coming into his own,'' Diodoro said. ``To be honest, this is the first time this horse has been right going into a race.''

Broadway Empire - the second wagering choice at 3-1 odds - was a bit fractious in the gate, Walcott said, and wanted to go quickly.

``When I came out of the gate, he was driving me up to the lead,'' Walcott said. ``I just said, `I've got to get him relaxed, because there's a long way to go.'''

With Carve, He Has Bling and Cameo Appearance tucked in behind him, Broadway Empire led the field around the first turn and down the backside. At the three-quarter mark, Departing moved into third place but got no further and fell back a bit in the stretch.

Meanwhile, Broadway Empire extended his lead and never was seriously threatened.

``He's a little full of himself,'' Walcott said. ``He likes to act up a little bit on the post parade and want to buck and stuff. But I like him. He's a class horse.''

Because of the heavy wagering on Departing, the show payoffs for the three horses that finished in the money were unusual. Broadway Empire paid $8.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $30 to show. Cameo Appearance paid $9 and $43.60, while Carve paid a track-record $76.40.

The previous Remington Park record for a show payoff was $47.20, set on Sept. 13, 2002, by Quit Casper.

Diodoro said Broadway Empire eventually will be shipped to Santa Anita Park in California during the next week or so, but didn't know for sure if he'll race again as a 3-year-old.

``Right now, I'm just going to enjoy the night,'' Diodoro said. ``We'll start talking, I'm sure, over a couple of cocktails tonight, but I don't have no thoughts, no plans, nothing right now. Just one day at a time.

``If everything is good, we'll find one more (race) before Jan. 1.''

The 25th running of the Oklahoma Derby was the first in recent years for the race as a graded-stakes event.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Dempsey: At the Gate - Saturday
Rosewhitenblue wins at Los Alamitos
Game On Dude retired after loss streak
Santa Anita adds two days to fall meet
North Slope pulls upset at Belmont
Limelight Beach wins Little Brown Jug
Demonstrative wins steeplechase feature
Oaklawn has non-Lasix winner bonuses
Kenzadargent wins Belmont feature
MORE HEADLINES
 
  HORSE RACING EXPERT
  Mike Dempsey
Mike covers the New York racing circuit (Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga) year round as well as Keeneland, Churchill Downs, the Triple Crown, and the Breeders’ Cup.
Last Year Mike had a solid Triple Crown, correctly picking the winning horse in 2 of 3 races. He selected I'll Have another to win The Preakness, and nailed Union Rags to win the Belmont Stakes as his top pick.

Mike has also had past succes in the Kentucky Derby,  winning with Animal Kingdom in 2011 and rode his top picks, Super Saver and Street Sense, to the finish line in 2010 and 2007 respectively.

No handicapper in the industry works harder to bring you analysis that produces profits at the track!

Mike’s Reports include his selections, detailed analysis, a fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for the entire card.

Join Mike each day with daily picks from Aqueduct or you can get his Weekend Best Plays Report in his Multi-Track package or sit at the track with him for 30 Days with his Monthly Horse Package!
  HORSE RACING EXPERT
  Jerry Sessa
Jerry "Shots" Sessa has been involved in horse racing for over 30 years. He now brings his meticulous handicapping style to VegasInsider.com. When Jerry posts picks you are getting his best bets...when you win, he wins.

Jerry's is looking to repeat his 2012 Triple Crown success, when he selected the winning horses for The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes.

Jerry looks forward to working with everyone and making money for anyone who invests in his picks on a daily basis.

Join Jerry everyday with daily picks from Aqueduct and Santa Anita or choose a package that contains selections from Multiple Tracks for the LOW PRICE of $14.95! Or better yet, how about 30 Days of horse racing picks with his Monthly Racing Package for ONLY $99.95!
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest