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Press ReleasesApril 4, 2014
The Remington Park Futurity (RG3) trials will be contested over Friday and Saturday night at Remington Park with 11 trials each night. Post time both nights is 6 p.m. Restricted to Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds, the Remington Park Futurity will distribute $1,402,000 in purses combined for both trials and finals, and is conducted over 330 yards.
Oklahoma’s lucrative state bred program is second to none. A wellspring of mares and stallions from the industry’s most dominant bloodlines call this state home. Four of the nation’s top five leading sires in 2013 reside in the state. Influential Oklahoma breeders such as Robert W. Moore, Henry E. Brown, Bill Price, Walter Merrick, Weetona Stanley, and Carl C. Pevehouse, are just a few of the names listed as AQHA’s All Time Leading Breeders with combined earnings of over $44 million. Two of the top 5 leading owner’s in 2013 are Oklahoma residents, including the No. 1 leading owner Reliance Ranches. The Oklahoma-bred program has paid owners, breeders and stallion owners well over $38 million from the inception of the program in 1984.
The five fastest qualifiers from the futurity trials on each day will advance to the April 19th final. The first three runnings of this race with eligibility restricted to Oklahoma-bred horses went ungraded by AQHA, but at AQHA’s recently concluded annual convention, the Futurity and Derby were both granted Restricted Grade 3 status for 2014. Of the 176 entries to the trials of the Remington Park Futurity, 100 will be making their career debuts, while seven of the 76 who have already raced have a win to their credit.
Many of Oklahoma's top mares, stallions, breeders and owners are represented in this weekend’s Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity and Derby trials. The 22 trials to the record $1.4 million Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (RG3) include familiar connections to past winners such as Lota PYC (2012), and Eye Yin You (2004). Siblings to recent Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Paint Me Perry and finalist First Prize Parisa will make their debut in the trials, as well as a colt out of Send Me The Candy, winner of the 1996 Remington Park Futurity (G1), just to name a few.
Recently named 2013 Oklahoma champion stallion PYC Paint Your Wagon sired 31 of the 176 trial entries and three of the seven entries who have a win to their name. The stallion was recently relocated to Lazy E Ranch near Guthrie, Oklahoma, after Reliance Ranches LLC purchased a majority ownership interest.
Reliance Ranches of Edmond, Oklahoma, the current owner atop the ownership standings with combined earnings of $162,982 from eight firsts, six seconds, and four thirds from 27 starts, have eight horses entered into the Futurity trials. Reliance Ranches also owns Coronado Cartel, the winner of last year’s Remington Park Futurity.
Reigning Remington Park leading trainer Eddie D. Willis, who also leads the trainer standings this year with 20 wins from 74 starts, will saddle 26 entries over the two nights of trials.
Remington Park’s Sunday nine-race program, with first post time at 1 p.m. contains six trials to the Remington Park Derby (RG3). Contested at a distance of 400 yards, the Remington Park Derby final on April 19th will offer $448,000 in total purses for trials and finals.
The Remington Park Derby trials attracted 58 entries. Recent West Texas Derby (G3) winner I Azoomed You Knew highlights the entries. A winner in three of four career starts, the Azoom gelding is out of the stakes-winning First Down Dash mare Dashing Little Reba. Trained by Brandon Muniz, I Azoomed You Knew will be ridden by Jesse Lee Levario.
The trials also feature three 2013 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity finalists, Ellens Regard, BB Secrets Zoom and Quik Shooter. Undefeated Heza Fast Invictus goes for his sixth consecutive win for Oklahoma trainer, Kasey Willis in the third of six trials.
Expect a 10 minute delay between Sunday's 7th, 8th and 9th races for a reining demonstration kicking off Remington Park's month of extreme racing.
Remington Park’s American Quarter Horse and Mixed-breed Season races each week Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, first post is at 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon racing starts at 1:30 p.m.
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