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Dark Afternoon First Stakes Winner for Black Bear

Black Bear stood this year for $2,500 at Black Hawk Farm in Oklahoma.

Dark Afternoon wins the Remington Park Turf Sprint at Remington Park

Dark Afternoon wins the Remington Park Turf Sprint at Remington Park

Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

Dark Afternoon became the first black-type stakes winner for stallion Black Bear in taking the $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint the evening of Sept. 22. He rallied past Twentyone N Change late to win by three-quarters of a length under Jermaine Bridgmohan.

The winner, an Oklahoma-bred out of the Came Home mare Afternoon Liason, was clocked covering five furlongs in :56.74 on a firm Remington Park turf course. The Austin Gustafson trainee paid $7.40 to win.

Dark Afternoon earned $30,000 and improved his record to 4-1-1 in seven starts with overall earnings of $111,855. It was his second win from three races during the ongoing Remington meet.

Pomeroy Haze finished third, three lengths behind runner-up Twentyone N Change.

What They Said

  • "He has shown a new dimension, passing horses. He did it well," Bridgmohan noted.
  • "Jermaine said, 'Don't panic if he breaks bad; he will be all right,'" said owner-breeder James Rogers of Elk City, Okla. "His half-brother Denver City won this race last year, so maybe more good things are coming."

Black Bear, a multiple stakes-placed 13-year-old son of Midnight Lute , entered stud in 2018. Dark Afternoon is his leading money earner. Bango Bear and Oga Bear are next, with respective earnings of $68,298 and $40,362. Black Bear stood this year for an advertised fee of $2,500 at Black Hawk Farm in Oklahoma.

Video: Remington Park Turf Sprint S. (BT)