In a mad dash to the wire, it was How Did He Do That (c, 3, Good Magic–Stormin Maggy, by Storm Cat) who got his nose in front on the line just ahead of late-rallying Red Route One (Gun Runner) and Tumbarumba (Oscar Performance) to win the GIII Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park Sunday night. The 44-1 outsider pressed pacesetting Ghost Hero (Shaman Ghost) through fractions of :23.57 and :48.05 with Tumbarumba just to his inside, while Red Route One was well back in the 12-horse field. How Did He Do That rushed up to put his nose in front just as Tumbarumba was finding room to run at the rail at the top of the lane. Those two foes were going head to head, while Red Route One had worked his way through the entire field and was producing a powerful late rally to bully his way between the two leaders in a dramatic blanket finish.
On a tour of midwest derbies, How Did He Do That was a dead-heat winner of the July 8 Iowa Derby. Sixth behind Tumbarumba in the Aug. 13 Ellis Park Derby, he was coming off a third-place effort in the Sept. 2 Super Derby.
How Did He Do That's dam Stormin Maggy is a half-sister to champion Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet). The mare, carrying a full-sibling to the winner, sold to Chris Nolan for $40,000 at the 2021 Keeneland November sale. That Good Magic filly RNA'd for $120,000 at the recently concluded Keeneland September sale.
How Did He Do That is the seventh graded stakes winner for Good Magic, whose son Mage took down this year's GI Kentucky Derby.
Sunday, Remington Park
OKLAHOMA DERBY-GIII, $400,000, Remington, 9-24, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50.34, ft.
1–HOW DID HE DO THAT, 124, c, 3, by Good Magic
1st Dam: Stormin Maggy (SP), by Storm Cat
2nd Dam: Maggy Hawk, by Hawkster
3rd Dam: Qualique, by Hawaii
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($190,000 Ylg '21 FTKOCT).
O-J Kirk & Judy Robison; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings
LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Stewart Elliott. $240,000.
Lifetime Record: 14-4-1-1, $562,553. Werk Nick Rating: A+.
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2–Red Route One, 124, c, 3, Gun Runner–Red House, by Tapit.
O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.
3–Tumbarumba, 124, g, 3, Oscar Performance–Naive Enough,
by Street Sense. 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($30,000 Ylg '21
FTKOCT). O-Amerman Racing LLC; B-Coteau Grove Farms, LLC
(LA); T-Brian A. Lynch. $44,000.
Margins: NO, NO, 1. Odds: 44.60, 5.20, 6.40.
Also Ran: Raise Cain, Cagliostro, Hit Show, Heroic Move, Groveland, Gunflash, Ghost Hero, Pearl's Earl, Mor Lana Spirit. Scratched: West Coast Cowboy. Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuelTV.