Ellens Regard Leads Day One of RP Futurity Trials

Filly by Chicks Regard tops Friday’s five qualifiers for Oklahoma-bred stakes.

April 6, 2013

The first night of important qualifying trials for the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (R) took place on Friday night with five finalists making their way to the lucrative event. Ellens Regard, a bright gray first-time starter, battled throughout the eighth of nine trials to win her heat and earn the top time of the evening.

Owned by HTR Stables of Mustang, Oklahoma, and trained by Stacey Capps, Ellens Regard was ridden by Berkley Packer. The 2-year-old filly hooked up with Send Me This Wagon, who was just to her inside in the starting gate, and the pair went nose-to-nose for the duration of the 330 yards. In the final strides, Ellens Regard managed to get to the finish by a nose over Send Me The Wagon, crossing the line in :16.891 over the fast track. The runner-up also made the Remington Park Futurity with the second-fastest time of :16.914.

Bred by Kenneth Harlow, Ellens Regard is by Chicks Regard from the Heza Fast Man mare Diamonds For Casey.

Joining Ellens Regard and Send Me This Wagon in the April 20 Remington Park Futurity from Friday qualifying will be: Quik Shooter, :16.946; Houdini, :17.064 and Jess One More Thing, :17.113.

Jockey G.R. Carter won three races on Friday, qualifying all three of his trial winners for the Remington Park Futurity. He was aboard Send Me This Wagon, Quik Shooter and Jess One More Thing.

There will be nine more Remington Park Futurity trials held on Saturday with the five fastest from those heats moving into the April 20 final. The total combined money for the Remington Park Futurity trials, final and Oklahoma-bred fund money and awards for breeders and stallion owners is $1,110,000, establishing the race as the richest state-bred futurity in American Quarter Horse racing.

Also on the Saturday program is the $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds. The first race Saturday is at 6 p.m.

Sunday racing will feature trials for the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R) and the Grade 3, $50,000 Pauls Valley Handicap for distance runners. The first race Sunday is at 1:30 p.m.