Will Rogers Stakes Recap

Brushy Blue Dale, Oklahoma Cartel win rich futurities at Oklahoma track.

September 8, 2012

Oklahoma’s Will Rogers Downs hosted a pair of rich stallion progeny stakes on Saturday afternoon with the $65,400 Kansas Jackpot Futurity (RG3) and the $95,000 Black Gold Division II Futurity (R).

In the Kansas Jackpot, Deere Connection’s homebred Brushy Blue Dale scored an 8-1 upset with a maiden-breaking win under jockey Larry Payne. Trained by Matt Whitekiller, the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Okey Dokey Dale took a short lead out of the gate and extended it to a three-quarter-length advantage at the wire. The gray clocked 350 yards in :18.079.

Brushy Blue Dale, who became the 55th stakes winner sired by champion Okey Dokey Dale, had finished off the board in his four prior starts but did show improvement last time out when he finished a close fourth and earned the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the trials. After earning a total of $543 in those first four starts, he picked up a check for $26,160 for this win.

Fastest qualifier Breathless Moment, a filly by My Designated Driver who broke her maiden at first asking in the trials, put in a strong effort to take second for owner David Richardson. Joe Vincent’s homebred Down Moonshine Lane, a Missouri-bred daughter of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Famous Lane, crossed the wire third.

In the Black Gold, Oklahoma Cartel sprinted to a one-length victory with Juan Vazquez in the saddle for conditioner Luis Villafranco. Bred in Oklahoma by the Ellen Kennedy Estate and owned by the Ellen Kennedy Living Trust, Oklahoma Cartel broke her maiden in the trials with the fourth-fastest qualifying time. This effort, which was timed in :16.814 for 330 yards, was worth $38,304 to add to the filly’s previous earnings of $7,403.

Oklahoma Cartel became the third stakes winner sired by first crop stallion Carters Cartel and also the third stakes winner produced by Grade 3 winner Pure Oklahoma, a daughter of Takin On The Cash who produced Restricted Grade 1 winner Adios My Amigos and Grade 3 winner Oklahoma Bandido.

Wayne Wood and Clarence Pruitt’s homebred Heza Valiant Warrior, a Texas-bred gelding by Valiant Hero, got up to take second as the betting favorite. Mapricel, a PYC Paint Your Wagon colt running for breeder J & B Rental, came on late to take third.

Also on the card, Gerald Swindell and James Sills’ PYC Cash, a finalist in last year’s Heritage Place Futurity (G1), picked up his first win as a 3-year-old in the $22,400 Don Steele Memorial Stakes. Jimmy Brooks rode the PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding for trainer Eddie Willis.