Q-Racign JournalApril 17, 2014
Six juveniles that came out of just two of the 22 trials races will enter the final of the $861,000 Remington Park Futurity (RG3) and Reliance Ranches LLC’s Shades Of Blues Girl has the fastest-qualifying time to the $328,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) on Saturday night at Remington Park.
The futurity and the derby are for Oklahoma-breds.
Also on the 12-race program offering more than $1.8 million in purses are the $50,000 Bob Moore Stakes (G2) and the $70,000 Laico Bird Stakes.
There were five trials on each of two nights (April 4-5) and the five horses with the five-fastest times from each of 11-trial nights advancing to the finals. There were fortuitous trials on each night with three horses qualifying from the fourth trial on the first night and three horses reaching the finals from the final trial on the second night.
A.C. Taylor’s homebred Specials Jamie (Ivory James-Special Anywhere by Make It Anywhere) led the three-qualifier parade from the fourth trial in the first night when she won by three quarters of a length in :16.583 for 330 yards. The Kasey Willis-trained filly was making her second start after finishing a close second as the 19-10 favorite in a Remington Park allowance race.
James Sills’ Beneteau (Brimmerton-Dianetogetcha by Mr Eye Opener) finished second in :16.683 for the third-fastest time of the night while Michael Teel’s homebred AJs High (Apollitical Jess-Regally Rare by Rare Form) took third with the evening’s fourth-fastest time of :16.693.
On the second night, Penthouse Sweet (Corona Cartel-The Way You Want Me by Mr Eye Opener), Adina Baker’s Beyond Gold Medal (Gold Medal Jess-Stellar Queen by Special Effort) and Wade Legget’s WL Mr Goodtime (This Snow Is Royal-Sir Alibi Linda by Sir Alibi) swept the top-three spots in the final trial for the top-three times of the evening.
The Eddie Willis-trained Penthouse Sweet won by a head in her career debut as the 6-5 favorite with a time of :16.726. The Donnie Strickland-trained Beyond Gold Medal was timed in :16.736 while WL Mr Goodtime was clocked in :16.787 for trainer Matthew McCart.
In the 400-yard Remington Park Derby, Shades Of Blues Girl (Corona Cartel-Run The Dash by Sixarun) scored her fourth-straight win when she dominated the second of six trials by 1 1/2 lengths to lead six prospects from the Eddie Willis barn into the derby.
Shades Of Blues Girl, a full sister to world champion and the sport’s richest distaffer, Blues Girl Too, started her hot streak with a maiden score back in November at Los Alamitos and came right back for a non-qualifying victory in her Los Alamitos Two Million trial. After a three-month layoff, she narrowly won a Remington Park conditioned allowance race before storming to her Remington Park Derby trial win.
Willis also qualified second-fastest qualifier BP Southern Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Southern Fling by Southern Cartel), fourth-fastest qualifier Midnight Cartel (Carters Cartel-Night Lines by Strawfly Special), sixth-fastest qualifier YM Rapid (Corona Cartel-Also A High by On A High), seventh-fastest qualifier VH Won (Valiant Hero-Jazzy Corona by Corona Cartel) and eighth-fastest qualifier BP Hit The Bigtime (Cartel Success-JA Fast Lady by Heza Fast Man).
Steven Gore’s BP Southern Dynasty raced to his third career win from eight starts when he won his Remington Park Derby trial by a head. Each of his three wins have comes from his six Remington Park starts and include last year’s $54,000 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds.
In the 300-yard Bob Moore, which holds the highest grading of any 300-yard race for older horses, the Eddie Willis-trained pair of Valeriano Racing Stables LLC’s One Valiant Hero (Valiant Hero-Smiles All Around by Feature Mr Jess) and Reliance Ranches LLC’s Rocky You (Foose-Babe On The Fly by Strawfly Special) should be dangerous.
One Valiant Hero returns after winning the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby to face older horses in search pushing his record to three-for-three during the Remington Park season.
The 3-year-old colt won his Oklahoma Derby trial by three quarters of a length and then pulled out to take the 350-yard Oklahoma Derby by the same margin in a sharp :17.190. Last year, he won the $85,000 All American Juvenile (R) at Ruidoso Downs by one1 3/4 lengths and was a close second in the $95,000 Black Gold 350 Futurity.
Rock You should be ready for this test after coming off a more than three-month layoff to win a $26,600 conditioned allowance race at Remington Park by a neck. Last fall at Los Alamitos, the gelding was third in the $1 million Golden State Million Futurity (G1).
In the 330-yard Laico Bird for juvenile Oklahoma-breds, Georgina Chavira and Rito Sosa’s PYB Place Your Bet (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fashion Dashin by Runaway Winner) is the 5-2 morning-line choice to gain her first stakes win after finishing second in the $370,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2). She was beaten by a length in the 300-yard Oklahoma Futurity after winning her trial by 3 3/4 lengths for trainer Luz Chavira.
Vanguard Equine Partners LLC’s Coronas Miss Perry (Corona Cartel-Miss Jessica Perry by Mr Jess Perry) has found the winner’s circle for trainer Kasey Willis after each of her two starts. She won her maiden by a head and then took her Remington Park Futurity trial by a neck as the 7-10 choice.
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