At 23/1, nobody was giving Oscar Nominated a chance of winning the 2016 Spiral Stakes. Turns out that a random gamble on the Ramsey Stables product would’ve churned out a huge payday. With the absolutely stunning victory, Oscar Nominated paid out $49.20, $18.00 and $11.00.
Azar came in second at 8/1 to give his backers a $9.00 and $6.40 pay out, while Surgical Strike showed at third to return $5.40 on 8/1 odds as well. There was also a bounty of 50-20-10-5 points on the derby trail for the top-four horses at the 2016 Spiral Stakes.
It was a tough day for the favorites. Kasseopia was the lead horse at 7/2 but finished 8th while Airoforce was a 2/1 lead horse at the window and barely showed up, finishing a disappointing 10th. Jensen and Don’t Be So Salty were 5/1 and couldn’t crack the top-three.
Ironically, Oscar Nominated’s surprising 2016 Spiral Stakes victory puts owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey in a tough situation. Oscar Nominated was not submitted as an entrant in to this year’s Kentucky Derby. He has missed the late entry nominations by a few weeks. If the Ramsey’s are so inclined, they can pay a supplemental entry fee at the cost of $200,000 to break in to the Kentucky Derby. Paying the supplemental entry fee would also make Oscar Nominated eligible for the other two Triple Crown races.
That rather large price tag isn’t deterring ownership. “He’s going in one way or the other,” said Ken Ramsey, who has nominated eight other horses to theKentucky Derby. The Ramsey’s missed last year’s Kentucky Derby when International Star was scratched at the last minute. It seems that the illustrious breeder and owner isn’t taking any chances this year and you can hardly blame him. It would be almost insane to think that Oscar Nominated could upset the field at the Kentucky Derby in a month, but his running at the 2016 Spiral Stakes was downright competitive and impressive.
Oscar Nominated has now won gone 2-1-0 in three races this year, having placed at the Keith Gee Memorial Stakes in January prior to winning the Black Gold at Fair Grounds in late February.