HORSE THAT WAS NIPPED IN CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS, LD IS BACK, IS BACK IN WINNER’S CIRCLE IN LEO STAKES AT REMINGTON PARK

OKLAHOMA CITY - May 4, 2019 – It’s been almost a year and a half since LD Is Back was in the winner’s circle, but he got back in it Saturday in the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes at Remington Park,

Even though the 6-year-old gelding hadn’t been in the winner’s circle doesn’t mean he wasn’t something special. For instance, LD Is Back finished only a neck back in the $600,000 Champion of Champions, one of the top races in the country for older American Quarter Horses on Dec. 15 at Los Alamitos in California. The horse that won that race, Bodacious Eagle, was named the 2018 World Champion by the AQHA in additional to having two more divisional honors.

Bodacious Eagle was World Champ in the aged horse and aged gelding classifications and has won $1.2 million in his career. LD Is Back was the 2-1 favorite two years ago in the $956,000 Los Alamitos Derby and looked every bit of that in winning the Leo Stakes Saturday at Remington Park under jockey Jesse Levario.

Trainer Josue Ponce sent this son of Walk Thru Fire, out of the Jazzing Hi mare Prima LD, to the gate for the Leo at 400 yards and knew he was a presence with which to be dealt. The gelding looked like a monster in the paddock, muscled up and ready to fire. He did just that with a winning time of 19.317 seconds over a fast track.

“I know he’s a good horse,” Ponce said. “He did his job. Yes, we have accepted into the Remington Park Invitational (Grade 1 $250,000-added Championship, closing day, Saturday, June 1). We’ll see how he comes out of this.”

LD Is Back, owned by Valeriano Racing Stables, LLC, of Odessa, Texas, and was bred in California by Gerardo Pasquel. He paid $6.40 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. There was a dead-heat for second in the Leo with Born To Be Bad and Tought To Bee finishing on even terms behind LD Is Back. 

LD Is Back gave all of his connections their first victory in the Leo Stakes. The race is named in honor of one of Quarter Horse racing’s foundation sires. Leo, an AQHA Hall of Fame member, stood the bulk of his long stallion career in Perry, Okla., where a life-size statue commemorates him to this day. Leo was owned for the final decades of his life by Bud Warren.

Racing continues Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for a 10-race live card at Remington Park.

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.

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