April 29, 2012
The final racing day of April was a big one for leading jockey G.R. Carter Jr., as the defending AQHA champion jockey won five races to stretch his advantage atop the rider standings.
Carter swept the daily double to get his Sunday rolling with Call Me Flyer ($5.20 to win) in the opener and Queen Of Nuts ($4.60) in the second race. Icy Valentine ($4.40) took him to victory in the fifth race and then Separacrest ($10.80) did the same in race eight. The Carter quintuple was completed in race 10 when he won with Klassy Sassy ($25.20) at 11-1 odds.
The five wins for Carter moves him to 48 on the season, 16 ahead of Adalberto Candanosa in second. Carter is attempting to win his 15th riding title at Remington Park. He has been voted the AQHA champion jockey nine times, more than any other rider in the history of the award.
The American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season moves into May with racing slated Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6. Racing gets underway Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday racing will begin at 5 p.m., one-hour earlier due to the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby. Sunday racing starts at 1:30 p.m.
The main racing event next weekend will be the 20 trials, 10 each on Friday and Saturday, determining qualifiers for the $1,115,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on May 26. The fastest five from each night of trials will move on to Oklahoma racing’s richest event.
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