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Plainsman, R Rated Superstar Reunite in Governor's Cup

R Rated Superstar took last year's edition by a neck over Plainsman.

R Rated Superstar (red cap) flies by Plainsman late to win the 2021 Governor's Cup Stakes at Remington Park

R Rated Superstar (red cap) flies by Plainsman late to win the 2021 Governor's Cup Stakes at Remington Park

Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

Last year, only a neck separated Plainsman  and Rated R Superstar in the $175,000 Governor's Cup Stakes, with the latter getting the best of it at the wire.

Despite the loss, Plainsman, a 7-year-old horse trained by Brad Cox and owned by Shortleaf Stable, has been made the 9-5 morning-line favorite over Rated R Superstar (4-1). They will leave the gate next to each other, from post 1 (Rated R Superstar) and 2 (Plainsman) in the 1 1/8-mile Governor's Cup Aug. 19 at Remington Park.

After losing to Rated R Superstar in last year's Governor's Cup, Plainsman, a son of Flatter  out of the Street Sense  mare S S Pinafore, made his next stop at Churchill Downs and won the $300,000 Ack Ack Stakes (G3) at one mile Oct. 2. He has a record of 9-7-6 from 31 starts with earnings of $1,408,412.

Rated R Superstar is a 9-year-old Kodiak Kowboy gelding from Federico Villafranco's barn who runs for Remington Park's all-time winningest owner, Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Okla. Caldwell picked up Rated R Superstar for $50,000 in a claiming race at Oaklawn Park early last year.

The gelding has run in nothing but graded stakes in his last five starts. He has a record of 11-10-8 from 62 starts. His earnings rest at $1,616,280.

Also entered is Brendan Walsh trainee Ethical Judgement, whose last start was a win in an allowance optional claiming race at Ellis Park

Completing the field are Box Seat, Catdaddy, Oliver, Flash of Mischief, and Tiz Life.

Opening Night at Remington Park

A total of 87 entered the nine races Friday evening for an average field size of 9.6. The total purses for the evening total $381,925, with the $175,000 Governor's Cup topping the night.

A 5 1/2-furlong sprint for $5,000-level Oklahoma-bred claimers, 3-year-olds and older, will begin the season. A group of eight will contest the opener over the main track.

A pair of turf races, both at two turns, will take place opening night. In race six, maidens aged 3, 4, 5 will go one mile, with a field of 11 attempting to graduate to the ranks of winners. The final race on the program is an allowance event at 7 1/2 furlongs for fillies and mares, 3 and older, with 12 entered.

Remington Park will stay with Friday and Saturday racing through the remainder of August. The first race nightly is 7:07 p.m. All times Central.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.