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OKLAHOMA CITY – Live horse racing returned to Remington Park on Friday night with the start of the 2017 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season. The opening night featured trials to determine the fields for two major Paint and Appaloosa stakes races.
A series of five trials were held for the Grade 1, $112,000 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity with Hotwiredotcom posting the top time at 300 yards. Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Shirley Wheeler of Boynton, Okla., Hotwiredotcom flew to a trial victory in :15.632 seconds over a fast track, winning by a head over Dukes Lil Diva.
Trained by Guillermo Valdivia and ridden by Larry Payne, Hotwiredotcom is a 2-year-old Paint gelding by CRM Livewire from the Willie Wanta Dash (qh) mare Iwilliewantarunner (qh). Hotwiredotcom led a group of three that graduated to the final on Saturday, March 25.
The field of 10 for the Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity, with individual horse time and trial: Hotwiredotcom, :15.632 (4th trial); Dukes Lil Diva, :15.657, (4th trial); MKP On The Wagon, :15.694 (4th trial); El Diablo Chicken, :15.697 (5th trial); D Railed, :15.726 (5th trial); Alwinasumbigstuff, :15.768 (5th trial); Im The Captain Now, :15.801 (3rd trial); JS Chickenpox, :15.843 (2nd trial); Expressions N Snow, :15.862 (2nd trial); and Paleface Kitty, :15.881 (3rd trial).
The only Appaloosa to qualify for the futurity is D Railed.
Hotwiredotcom is one of three winners on the night for Wheeler. The prominent owner and breeder of racing Paints also visited the winner’s circle with JS Chickenpox and El Diablo Chicken, full siblings by SF Royal Quick Flash from the Game Patriot (qh) mare Game Chicken.
The 3-year-old Paints and Appaloosas competed in a pair of trials for the Grade 1, $46,900 Speedhorse Graham Derby with 2016 World Champion Paint Ivoriona edging her rival PHQ Goodbye Earl for the top time at 350 yards.
Owned by Randy Hill and Mickey Johnson of Lexington, Okla. and trained by Stacy Charette-Hill, Ivoriona extended her winning streak started in October 2016 to three with a head victory over PHQ Goodbye Earl. The diminutive filly covered the ground in :17.532 seconds on the fast track while ridden by Jorge Torres.
Bred in Oklahoma by Johnson, Ivoriona is a daughter of Ivory James (qh) from the Texas Hero mare Friona.
The field of 10 for the Speedhorse Graham Paint/Appaloosa Derby, with individual horse time and trial: Ivoriona, :17.532 (1st trial); PHQ Goodbye Earl, :17.542 (1st trial); Jess Icy, :17.742 (1st trial); Tellerimaprettygal, :17.788 (2nd trial); Cherry Cobbler, :17.849 (1st trial); CRM Radio Flyer, :17.856 (2nd trial); Fanci Flyin, :17.879 (2nd trial); DTL Batter Up, :17.918 (2nd trial); BG Fire Em Up, :17.934 (2nd trial); and Macario Gold, :18.040 (1st trial).
Tellerimaprettygal and BG Fire Em Up are the Appaloosas who made the final.
The Opening Weekend continues Saturday with an expanded program of 17 Oklahoma Futurity trials that begin at 4pm. Sunday racing begins at 1:30pm, featuring trials for the Oklahoma Derby and the first stakes races of the season with the Eastex Stakes and Mighty Deck Three Stakes. All times are central.
The 2017 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park will continue thru Saturday, June 3.
Tracked by over 119,000 fans on Facebook and 8,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park is the home of the Grade 3, $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity on Saturday, March 25. Remington Park has provided over $166 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Open daily at 10:30am with free parking and admission, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.
Photo Credit: Dustin Orona Photography