Oklahoma City, OK (October 28, 2022)-All kinds of 2-year-old horses shipped in for the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes on Friday night, but in the end it was the same two local horses fighting down the stretch from the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park on Sept. 25.
Campfire Creed got the best of Wildatlanticstorm in the Kip Deville by 1-3/4 lengths going six furlongs on a fast track. On Friday night, however, Wildatlanticstorm turned the tables at seven furlongs on a wet, rainy night over a sloppy track. This time as they came to the wire, Wildatlanticstorm, with jockey David Cabrera up held off the late charge of Campfire Creed to win by a nose at 5-1 odds.
“The last time (in the Kip Deville) we broke bad and rushed him up and lost,” said Cabrera. “Tonight he broke so well and relaxed and was comfortable in the stretch. I had a lot of horse left.”
Wildatlanticstorm, a 2-year-old by Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat), out of the Big Brown mare Imsortaspecial, fought tooth and nail with Campfire Creed from the top of the stretch to the wire. Wildatlanticstorm was never farther back than fourth down the backstretch while Campfire Creed came from seventh place halfway through the race to engage with a quarter mile to go.
Trainer Ray Ashford had this winner revved up and ready to go for owner Jim Jorgensen of Thornton, IA. Wildatlanticstorm was bred in Iowa by the owner and became the first Iowa-bred to win the Clever Trevor. Wildatlanticstorm was raised at Columbiana Farm for his breeder/owner.
“Sometimes Iowa-breds have a tough time once they get out of the state of Iowa,” said Ashford. “We hope he’s like Tyler’s Tribe.”
Tyler’s Tribe, an Iowa-bred trained by former Remington Park conditioner Tim Martin, is 5-for-5 lifetime at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, IA., including four stakes victories. That 2-year-old is on his way to the Breeders’ Cup next week at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., in that horse’s first race outside of Iowa.
This was the fourth time Cabrera has won the Clever Trevor Stakes. He also made a trip to the winner’s circle aboard El Pando last year, Redatory in 2017 and U.S. Officer in 2016. All four of Cabrera’s wins have come for different trainers and owners. It was the first win for Ashford and Jorgensen in this series.
Juvenile horses had made the trip into Oklahoma City from New Mexico, Kentucky, Texas and Minnesota. The best a shipper finished in the Clever Trevor was Money Run (5-1) in fifth place, after he won a maiden claiming $75,000 race at Churchill Downs on Oct. 2. When all was said and done, the top four finishers were all locally stabled horses. Campfire Creed was sent off the 5-2 post-time favorite, finishing 7-1/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Toddchero (9-1), 2-1/2 lengths in front of Lil Sweet Thang in fourth place.
Wildatlanticstorm has not finished worse than second in five lifetime races. He earned $60,000 for this victory and improved his record to 5-3-2-0 for $126,568 in earnings, almost doubling his bankroll. Going into the race he had earned $66,568.
Wildatlanticstorm cut into early fractions of :22:44 for the first quarter-mile, :45.47 for the half-mile and 1:10.85 for three-quarters of a mile. His winning time was 1:23.62. Wildatlanticstorm paid $13.40 to win, $5.20 to place and $4.40 to show.