Departing one to beat in Oklahoma Derby

The Sports NetworkSeptember 26, 2013 

Departing, recent winner of the Super Derby, goes for his third straight stakes victory Sunday in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. The 1 1/8-mile stakes drew a field of eight 3-year-olds, including an entry.

Departing, trained by Al Stall Jr., will again be ridden by Robby Albarado and start from the far outside post. This is the second straight start for the gelding from the outside position.

Owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, Departing won the Super Derby by four lengths at Louisiana Downs as the 3-10 favorite just three weeks ago. That win came after starting from post 7 in a seven-horse field.

The gelding captured the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park as the 7-5 favorite in August and also won the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne in late April. He was third behind Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on March 30

Unable to start in the Kentucky Derby, Departing went in the Preakness Stakes but finished sixth to Oxbow.

Departing notched his fifth win of the year and sixth overall with his Super Derby victory. The 3-year-old has earned $1,379,500 in eight lifetime starts.

Here is the full field for the Oklahoma Derby in post position order: Texas Bling, Fabio Arguello Jr.; Carve, Ricardo Santana Jr.; Braveman, Terry Thompson; He Has Bling, Belen Quinonez; Broadway Empire, Rico Walcott; Holiday Mischief, Cliff Berry; Cameo Appearance, Luis Quinonez and Departing, Robby Albarado. Texas Bling and He Has Bling are coupled as an entry.

The Oklahoma Derby has a 6:14 p.m. (ET) post-time.

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