Black Gold Closes Will Rogers Season
BP Coronas Policy heads Black Gold Championship at Will Rogers.
November 8, 2013
Bill Price’s BP Coronas Policy has shown improvement throughout the fall season at Will Rogers Downs and can cap that run with a win as the fastest qualifier to the $384,750 Black Gold Championship (RG3) on closing day, Saturday, at the Claremore, Oklahoma track.
The 400-yard Black Gold Championship leads the $146,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity (RG2) and $25,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Derby (RG2) on the program.
BP Coronas Policy (Corona Cartel-Marys Southernpolicy by Shazoom) comes into the Black Gold Championship, a race for offspring of participating stallions, off a neck win in the last of three trials that was good enough to set the top-qualifying time of :19.763 for the 400 yards.
The Rodney Reed-trained colt won his trial to the $95,000 Black Gold 350 Futurity (R) on September 22 and then returned to finish third in the finals at 16-1 odds. He moved forward in his Black Gold Championship trial when he won by a game neck over second-fastest qualifier SM Chicks N Garters (Country Chicks Man-Bullions N Garters by Bully Bullion).
Rafter SM Ranch’s homebred SM Chicks N Garters (Country Chicks Man-Bullions N Garters by Bully Bullion) is a maiden after five starts and his second-place run in :19.814 is his best effort for trainer Clinton Crawford. He raced in the Black Gold 330 Futurity (RG3) and the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3).
In the OHA Mystery Futurity, trainer Reed has another fastest qualifier in Spit Curl Daisy (Spit Curl Jess-First Prize Corona by Corona Cartel). She makes her first stakes appearance after racing to her third win from five starts in her Mystery Futurity trial. She won her trial by an impressive 1 1/4 lengths with a :17.471 time.
Marty and Shalia Power’s Heza Fast Invictus (Mighty Invictus-Sheza Fast Jewel by Heza Fast Man) could be the Mystery Futurity favorite after pushing his record to four-for-four with his trial win and the second-fastest time of :17.529. He easily won the first trial by a length.
The Kasey Willis-trained gelding won the Iowa Double Gold Futurity (RG3) by 1 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 favorite two starts ago. He took his Double Gold Futurity trial by a neck.
In the OHA Mystery Derby, Wade Helton’s Llano Cartel (Teller Cartel-Eyesa Lil Cuervo by Lil Bit Cuervo) has found a spot for his sixth win from 12 starts this year. Last spring, the gelding won the Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) and was third, beaten by a neck, in the Bob Moore Stakes (G2).
After a sixth-place run behind champion Prospect To The Top in the $55,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park, trainer Alfredo Gomez brought him to Will Rogers and he won the second of two trials to the Mystery Derby by a neck. His time of :17.655 topped the qualifiers.
John Hudson’s Ride My Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Shawne Kate by Shawne Bug) won the other trial by one-half length with the second-fastest time of :17.669.
Ride My Wagon also has a solid stakes resume. The Stacy Charette-Hill-trained filly won last year’s Valley Junction Futurity (G3) at Prairie Meadows and qualified for this year’s Speedhorse Derby (RG3) at Fair Meadows.
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