Press ReleaseApril 20, 2014
The connections of Im A Fancy PYC were ready to have a party on Remington Park Futurity night Saturday. They came en masse in support of their colt and he did not disappoint, winning the Restricted Grade 3, $791,000 event for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds by a head. The first five finishers were within a neck of each other at the finish line.
Owned by Dustin Cox of Duncan, Oklahoma, and trained by Joe Thomas Sr., jockey Randy Wilson had the ride on the undefeated colt, now perfect through three starts this season. Cox and his family and friends attended with hopes of a celebration and they were extremely boisterous when Im A Fancy PYC’s number was posted first after a photo-finish.
“We had 70 of our friends come, probably more than that actually. We’re having a lot of fun. This is truly unbelievable,” Cox said after receiving the trophy for the futurity. “I’m just thrilled with the horse. It takes a lot of racing luck and we’ve had that and that’s all you can ask for. I’m not ashamed of my joy right now. That colt has brought me and my family so much happiness, he’s a special colt.”
A trainer’s objection was filed against Im A Fancy PYC when Donnie Strickland, conditioner of Beyond Gold Medal who started just inside of the winner, claimed foul. After review by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission stewards, the objection was overruled.
“My dad, Rex Cox, we’ve been around horses a long time and we’ve seen a million races and then some,” said the winning owner. “I didn’t think they would take him down.”
Wilson described the start aboard Im A Fancy PYC and their trip over 330 yards.
“When he left there he kind of broke in a little bit and I got into him right-handed and he wanted to edge in. I went left-handed on him to get him straightened out. He came on and luckily we got there first. I’m just happy the wire came when it did.”
Im A Fancy PYC held on to win by a head after taking over the lead midway through the race, crossing the line in :16.788 over a fast track. A quartet of foes were all bearing down on the winner making it a close finish with BP Down South in second and another nose back to Great Grace third. It was another nose to fourth-place runner Penthouse Sweet with Beneteau in fifth a neck behind her.
Away at 2-1 odds in the wagering, Im A Fancy PYC paid $6.20 to win, $7 to place and $3.40 to show. BP Down South returned $12.20 to place and $5.60 to show. Great Grace was the actual wagering favorite at 8-5 odds, paying $2.60 to show.
Im A Fancy PYC is a colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Mr Jess Perry mare First Prize Fancy. He was bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley and William Smith.
The winning share of the Remington Park Futurity, $316,400, now gives him $340,178 overall. It was the first Remington Park Futurity win for all of the connections of Im A Fancy PYC.
$298,000 Remington Park Derby
The 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred stakes event went to This Candys Awesome as she rallied from a slight deficit to win the 400-yard Remington Park Derby, also a Restricted Grade 3.
Owned and bred by Carl Pevehouse of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, and trained by Clint Crawford, This Candys Awesome overcame an early deficit under jockey G.R. Carter.
“The horse right on the inside of me with Jimmy Brooks (Shades Of Blues Girl) just left the gates just getting it on,” Carter noted. “It gave this mare a target to kind of run to and she just gained up and pinned her ears and ran by her. She put in a really gutty performance tonight.”
This Candys Awesome covered the 400 yards in :19.416, finishing a head in front of BP Southern Dynasty while Shades Of Blues Girl, part of a coupled wagering entry with VH Won that went off as the 3-5 favorites, held on for third.
A slight underdog at 6-1 odds, This Candys Awesome paid $15.60 to win, $8 to place and $3.80 to show. BP Southern Dynasty paid $9.80 to place and $4.80 to show. Shades Of Blues Girl paid $2.20 to show.
The win is the fourth from seven career starts for This Candys Awesome, a filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Send Candy. The first-place check of $119,200 moves her total bankroll to $170,819. She has now won three races at Remington Park.
The win was the fourth in the Remington Park Derby for G.R. Carter and the first for the other connections.
$50,990 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes
Rock You left the gate at 6-1 odds in the wagering and immediately was bumped hard by the 6-5 betting favorite One Valiant Hero, in what resulted in a thrilling renewal of the Grade 2 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes.
Despite the early disadvantage, Rock You rushed back into contention and at the end of the 300-yard contest prevailed by a neck in a fast winning time of 15.062. He earned $30,000 for his owners Reliance Ranches of Llano, Texas, and is trained by Eddie Willis while ridden by Omar Reyes.
Rock You paid $15.40 to win, $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. One Valiant Hero gamely finished second a neck behind the winner, paying $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Joker On Jack finished third to pay $4.
A 3-year-old gelded son of Foose from the Strawfly Special mare Babe On The Fly, Rock You was bred in California by Steve Burns.
The Bob Moore was his fourth career win from eight starts and his second in a row this season at Remington Park. He now boasts $171,072 in earnings.
The race is named in honor of the late Bob Moore, who based his prominent breeding and racing operation out of Norman, Oklahoma, where Bob Moore Farms still exists today. Moore was a major part of the movement to legalize pari-mutuel racing in Oklahoma in the early 1980s.
$74,750 Laico Bird Stakes
PYB Place Your Bet outclassed her competition with a convincing win in the Laico Bird Stakes (R) for 2-year-old Oklahoma-breds at 330 yards, winning by three-quarters of a length.
After having recently finished second in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park in March, the 3-5 wagering favorite covered the 330 yards in a final time of :16.643.
Owned by Georgina Chavira and Rita Sosa of Purcell, Okla. and trained by Luz Chavira, PYB Place Your Bet was ridden by Ivan Carnero. She took over midway through the race, finishing in front of Pymp Your Wagon with Awesome Ashley another neck back in third.
PYB Place Your Bet paid $3.40 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Pymp Your Wagon paid $4.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Awesome Ashley returned $4.40 to show.
Bred in Oklahoma by Connie Nobles, the 2-year-old filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon is from the Runaway Winner mare Fashion Dashin. The win is her second in three attempts overall, all this season at Remington Park. She made $44,634 to run her total money to $113,508.
The Laico Bird Stakes is named in honor of the winner of the 1967 All American Futurity and American Quarter Horse Association World Champion who was an Oklahoma-bred.
More stakes racing awaits fans on an Easter Sunday afternoon program that starts at 1:30pm. The $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile and the $70,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes, both for Oklahoma-breds, lead the card.
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