5 Fast Facts about the Remington Springboard Mile, a new Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race
- First staged in 1999, the $400,000 Springboard Mile is the most important 2-year-old race at Remington Park, Oklahoma City. It is one of five stakes races on the final day of the 2017 Remington Park Thoroughbred season.
- The Springboard Mile received a big boost to its reputation when it was added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series in 2017. It will be the final 2-year-old race in the Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, offering 10 points for the winner, four for the runner-up, two for the third horse across the line, and one for fourth.
- Few horses have caused as much drama in the Springboard Mile as Texas Bling did in 2012. He arrived having had nine starts, taking eight to win his first race – on turf – and then finishing sixth in the El Joven Stakes at Retama Park, San Antonio, Texas. But back on dirt he showed great late speed to win at odds of 128-1. He unsuccessfully followed the Oaklawn Park Derby preps the next year, but he later won the Assault Stakes at Lone Star twice.
- Though overrun by Texas Bling, the 2012 runner-up would go on to bigger and better things. Will Take Charge earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby after winning the Rebel Stakes (G2), and though he didn’t finish in the money in the Classics, he later became Champion 3-Year-Old Male after winning the Travers Stakes (G1), Pennsylvania Derby (G2), Clark Handicap (G1), and finishing a close second to Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
- It pays to watch the beaten runners, as the best-performed horses to have contested the Springboard Mile didn’t win. Along with Will Take Charge, they include 2015 runner-up Suddenbreakingnews, who later won the Southwest Stakes, finished second in the Arkansas Derby (G1), and fifth in the Kentucky Derby; and 2011 seventh-place finisher Caleb’s Posse, who the next year won the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).