ADMIRAL STING PULLS OFF MILD UPSET, WINNING $72,750 MIGHTY DECK THREE STAKES, DEFEATING LAST YEAR’S WINNER

OKLAHOMA CITY - March 9, 2019 -- Admiral Sting, a non-stakes winner in 13 starts lifetime, won the $72,750 Mighty Deck Three Stakes at Remington Park, traveling 250 yards in a time of 13.111 seconds at 9-2 odds on Opening Night in Oklahoma City.

Jockey Jimmy Brooks got this 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess out of the gate first and held on for the win by three-quarters of a length over PV Queen Bee Candy, who was a neck in front of last year’s winner of this race, Valiant Rogue, who went off as the 2-1 favorite this year. Admiral Sting had only raced at this distance one other time in his career and he was a winner when he broke his maiden at Remington Park on March 24, 2017. He then raced 12 more times at longer distances before winning at 250 yards again tonight.

Trainer Eddie Willis said he doesn’t believe his winner is a true 250-yard horse, but, “I think he’ll get even better after this.”

As for plans for the future for Admiral Sting, owned by Jahree Standridge of Coalgate, Okla., Willis hasn’t picked out his next spot.

“We’ll just wait till tomorrow and see what it brings,” Willis said.

Brooks said he broke quickly and about 100 yards out of the gate, he thought about going to the stick, but changed his mind when he felt how strong the horse was under him.

“I just flagged him a couple of times,” Brooks said. “There was no use in going to the whip.”

Admiral Sting won $40,650 from the purse to give him $115,717 for his career. His record now is 14 starts, five wins, two seconds and three thirds. The closest he had come to winning a stakes race before Friday was twice finishing only a neck back, once in a $90,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Associations stakes race at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., on Nov. 10, 2018, finishing third as the 3-1 favorite, and running fourth in the $55,000 Jack Brooks Stakes at Remington Park on May 28, 2018.

Admiral Sting was bred in Oklahoma by his owner. He is out of the Strawfly Special mare Sting Scorpion Sting. 

The Mighty Deck Three Stakes is named after the ultra-fast Mighty Deck Three who dominated 2-year-old competition in 1980. The Oklahoma-bred was undefeated thru 10 races, including the Rainbow Futurity, and posted the top qualifying time for that year’s All American Futurity. He was upset in the All American, beaten a nose by Higheasterjet. Despite the loss, Mighty Deck Three was still voted the Champion 2-year-old for 1980.

Coming up Saturday night, the 12-race card will be trials for the Grade 2, $396,650 Oklahoma Futurity, the final scheduled for Saturday, March 23. The 10 fastest 2-year-old Quarter Horse qualifiers from those 12 races will compete for that purse.

Opening Weekend continues at 6pm on Saturday, March 9 and on Sunday afternoon, March 10 at 1:30pm. All times Central.

Remington Park is always open for casino gaming. Simulcast horse racing is offered daily. Admission, parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park. Guests must be 18 or older in order to wager on horse racing or to enter the casino.

Tracked by more than 150,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,800 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $215 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Home to the historic Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity, to be run for the 78th time on March 23, 2019, Remington Park is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.