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Lota PYC Preps for All American

PYC Paint Your Wagon colt works at Ruidoso Downs.

July 15, 2012

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Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) winner Lota PYC, the fourth-ranked 2-year-old American Quarter Horse in the nation, turned in a bullet :17.06 work for 330 yards from the gate at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday morning in preparation for All American Futurity (G1) trials on August 16.

The Grade 1, $2.4-million All American Futurity, run on Labor Day, is the world’s richest Quarter Horse race and has the largest purse of any 2-year-old race for any breed in North America.

Steve Holt’s homebred Lota PYC is undefeated from three starts, capped by his 2 ¼-length win in the $720,000 Remington Park Futurity.

A son of PYC Paint Your Wagon, Lota PYC won his maiden at first asking and then took his Remington Park Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length before his dominating Remington Park Futurity win as the even-money favorite. He raced 330 yards in the Remington Park Futurity in a very fast :16.614 on April 14.

Lota PYC was dealing with an abscess in his right front hoof at Remington Park, but trainer Rodney Reed said that it is doing well now.

“He’s doing very well,” Reed said. “I’d like to get an out in him, but there won’t be a race for him, so we’ll turn and work him before the trials to get some air in him.”

Lota PYC should be well acclimated to Ruidoso Downs’ 6,900-foot altitude for the All American Futurity trials. He will have been at the track for 79 days before the All American Futurity trials.

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