Futurity Doubleheader at Will Rogers
Two-year-olds to line up at Will Rogers Downs.
November 7, 2012
Andrew Smith’s Wicked Courage trying for his fourth-straight win in the $418,993 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) and fastest-qualifier Eye Kelly heading the OHA Mystery Futurity for Oklahoma-breds comprise a futurity doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Will Rogers Downs.
Wicked Courage (Captain Courage-Wicked Pamela by Dash For Cash) started his winning spree when he arrived at Will Rogers this fall after being winless at Ruidoso Downs and Remington Park.
The Luis Villafranco-trained gelding won his maiden in his Will Rogers debut with a Black Gold 350 Futurity (R) trial win by three quarters of a length. He returned to take the final by a half length as the 3-5 favorite. He easily earned a spot in the Black Gold Futurity Championship with a 2 1/2 length trial win with the top time of :19.688 for 400 yards.
Gabriel Guiterrez’s First Down Shazoom (Shazoom-Nonanon by First Down Dash) fits well in the Black Gold Futurity Championship. He is the second-fastest qualifier with a :19.753 time for trainer Guillermo Valdivia and has the stakes resume. The gelding was second in the Lady Bug’s Moon Stakes (R), fourth in the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) and qualified for the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1).
James Goodnight’s Eye Kelly (Mr Eye Opener-Beam Me Up Kelly by First Down Kelly) makes her stakes debut in the Mystery Futurity after winning her latest two stakes. The Bill Goodnight-trained filly narrowly won her maiden at Fair Meadows and then scored by one-half length in her Mystery Futurity trial. Her time of :17.536 for 350 yards was the best mark from seven trials.
Jose Badilla’s Pajarita Sita (Pappasito-Mongoose Jet Eye by Mr Eye Opener) has the class with a third-place finish in the West Texas Futurity (G1) and qualifying for the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The filly won her Mystery Futurity trial by a neck with the second-fastest time of :17.594.
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