Rich Futurity Tops Remington Weekend

Oklahoma-Bred Futurity tops weekend in Oklahoma City.

Q-Racing Journal
April 18, 2013

The top qualifiers from two programs of trials, Coronado Cartel and Ellens Regard, meet on Saturday night in the $710,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) to highlight a card dominated by stakes races. The five horses with the fastest times on each of two programs of trials qualified for the futurity.

Supporting the rich futurity are the $130,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R), the $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) and the $50,000 Laico Bird Stakes.

Trainer Eddie D. Willis stepped up on the second night of trials to saddle the evening’s top two qualifiers and the overall top two qualifiers from the 20 heats held over the two cards.

Reliance Ranches’ Coronado Cartel (Corona Cartel-First Carolina by Mr Jess Perry) has stepped forward at every opportunity. He made his career debut on March 15 and responded with a three-quarter-length maiden score. That was just a hint of what was to come.

In his futurity trial, Coronado Cartel blew away his rivals by 2 lengths, with his time of :16.648 for 330 yards easily topping the qualifier’s list.

James Sills’ homebred Walking Perry (Walk Thru Fire-Perry Story by Mr Jess Perry) raced to the second-fastest time and is another horse from the Willis barn moving forward. He fought to a head win in his maiden race on March 15 and then dominated his trial by a length, with the second-fastest time of :16.748.

On the first night with 10 trials, Ellens Regard (Chicks Regard-Diamonds For Casey by Heza Fast Man) and Send Me This Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Jess Send Candy by Mr Jess Perry) finished a head apart in the eighth trial, with the top two times while each horse was making their career debut.

HTR Stables’ Ellens Regard gamely won by a head, with a :16.891 time for trainer Stacey Capps while Send Me This Wagon was timed in :16.891 for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill. Send Me This Wagon is leased by the partnership of Jana Harrison with Stacy and Randy Hill.

Noel S. Lopez-Prieto’s Brace For Bernal (Furyofthewind-Zoom Bracer by Shazoom) should be favored to score his fourth-straight win when he starts in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby.

Brace For Bernal concluded his juvenile season with a 1 1/4-length win in the Bill Hedge Memorial Stakes at Will Rogers Downs and has been spotless in his two outs this year. The former $10,000 claimer returned from a four-month winter’s rest to take a starter-allowance race at Remington Park with a strong finish. That race set him up for the derby trials and he responded with a 2 ½-length trial score. The Luis Villafranco-trained colt was timed in :19.766 to be the only horse to break the 20-second mark.

You and Me Partners’ Glory Rider (Valiant Hero-Mighty B Doll by On A High) raced to her second career win when she won her trial by a nose over Racehorse Inc.’s third-fastest qualifier Hiclass Fly (Fly Jess Fly-Hiclass Bling by Dashin Chico).

Glory Rider was timed in :20.012 and Hiclass Fly stopped the timer in :20.017.

The Kasey Willis-trained Glory Rider won her maiden last summer at Ruidoso Downs and was third in her comeback race before the derby trial.

Hiclass Fly, from the Arthur Gordon barn, won three-straight races last fall and was third in the Biscayne Stakes at Hialeah back in January.

In the 300-yard Bob Moore Stakes for older horses, Andrew Smith’s Wicked Courage (Captain Courage-Wicked Pamela by Dash For Cash) returns from a more than five-month layoff. He concluded 2012 with a four-race winning streak, capped by his daylight victory in the $419,000 Black Gold Championship (RG3).

Wicked Courage won the $95,000 Black Gold 350 Championship (R) by three quarters of a length before his 1 1/2-length win in the Black Gold Championship as the odds-on favorite for trainer Villafranco.

While Wicked Courage returns from a layoff, Black Rosalita (Sweet First Down-Poneta by Tolltac) is in peak form for trainer Luz Chavira after winning the Decketta Stakes (G3) by a half length in her most recent start. That was her second start off a layoff and she was a close second in an allowance race in her 2013 debut. Last year, she won the Charlie Claborn Stakes and the Black Gold Derby.

In the 330-yard Laico Bird Stakes for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds, Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Cartel Chica (Teller Cartel-Jess Because I Could by Feature Mr Jess) showed promise when she won her only start. The Villafranco-trained filly battled to a head win in a maiden race, with a :15.618 time for 300 yards.

Steven Gore’s BP Southern Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Southern Fling by Southern Cartel) has been the strong odds-on favorite in each of his two starts. The Eddie D. Willis-trained gelding won his maiden at first asking by three quarters of a length and then was a non-qualifying third in his Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity trial.