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March 16, 2012
Brenda Reiswig’s Midnight Sunlight looks to step forward after a fastest-qualifying trial win in the $378,500 Oklahoma Derby (G2) on Saturday night at Remington Park.
Also on the program, trainer Brent Clay sends out his winning pair of Cruzin The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Penelope Cruzin by Okey Dokey Dale) and Eufaula Me (Okey Dokey Dale-Yawls Spreadn Rumors by Serious Rumors) in the $135,000 Oklahoma Derby (G2).
Midnight Sunlight (Ivory James-Quick Moon Sign by Royal Quick Dash) started her career in impressive fashion for trainer Victor Hanson. She raced with the leaders in her Oklahoma Futurity trial and then she pulled away for the length win in :15.319 for 300 yards, the quickest time from 14 trials.
Another Ivory James offspring, Fit For Glory (Ivory James-Ima Perry Girl by Mr Jess Perry) was second behind Midnight Sunlight with the fourth-fastest time of :15.473. The colt is owned by Tom and Tom Bradbury Jr. with Lisa Beauprez and is trained by John Hammes.
The Eddie D. Willis-trained pair of Cocoa Creme (Corona Cartel-Christie Jo Dash by First Down Dash) and Madresita (Pappasito-Mongoose Jet Eye by Mr Eye Opener).
Samuel Valeriano’s Cocoa Creme battled to a neck win over fifth-fastest qualifier Hiclass Vodka (Hiclass La Jolla-Newport Lily by Stoli) in his trial with a :15.442 time. Jose Tarin’s Hiclass Vodka was timed in :15.500.
Rodney Verret’s Madresita impressed with an expanding length trial win in :15.471 and could grab favoritism on the strength of her strong trial performance and her breeding. She is from stakes winner Pappasito’s first crop and out of 2004 champion aged horse Mongoose Jet Eye.
In the 350-yard Oklahoma Derby, Clay saddles Cruzin The Wagon, winner of six of seven starts, and Eufaula Me, winner of four of six outs.
Terry Pursel’s Cruzin The Wagon won the Northlands Futurity (G3) at Canterbury Park and the Valley Junction Futurity (G3) at Prairie Meadows last year. He returned from a five-month layoff in his Oklahoma Derby trial to win by a head over second-fastest qualifier Folly Del Rey. Cruzin The Wagon was timed in :17.332 while Folly Del Rey was given a :17.335 time.
Randy and Sandy Coleman’s Folly Del Rey (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Disco Del Rey by Disco Jerry (TB)) has two wins from six starts with a second in the $780,000 Remington Park Futurity.
John Lawless’ Eufaula Me has won each of his three starts since finishing third in the Iowa Double Gold Futurity (RG3). He closed out his 2011 season with a win in the Jim Bader Futurity (R) at Prairie Meadows and then came back this year to win his Oklahoma Derby trial by a neck in :17.450.
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