Remington Park started its 2015 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-Breed Season Friday night with trials for the $140,000 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity leading the program. Painted Turnpike posted the top qualifying time for the final with astounding flare.
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Nolan Pevehouse of Webbers Falls, Painted Turnpike cruised to a 2-1/4 length victory under jockey Cody Smith. The 2-year-old bay solid Paint-bred gelding crossed the 300-yard finish in :15.464 seconds over a fast track. Smith asked for the colt’s attention just a couple of times as he easily pulled away from his rivals in the fifth trial of seven.
Painted Turnpike is by PYC Paint Your Wagon (QH) from the SF Royal Quick Flash mare High Class Turnpike. Trainer Matt Whitekiller saddled the top qualifier.
The rest of the qualifiers, with their times and trial number, joining Painted Turnpike in the field of 10 for the March 21 final include: Imahotchicken, :15.701 (trial 2); WL Mr Worldwide, :15.725 (trial 3); Royal Snowman, :15.785 (trial 2); PYC Shake It Off, :15.812 (trial 5); Pikee, :15.829 (trial 3); Fashoso, :15.865 (trial 3); Royal Country Snowman, :15.942 (trial 3); MT De Boss, :15.943 (trial 2) and J Woww, :15.975 (trial 1).
Another pair of trials were conducted on opening night to determine the field for the $47,000 Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby. Cant Be Caught, an Appaloosa, will lead the field of 3-year-olds in the March 21 derby final. Owned and bred in Oklahoma by John Diedeker of Parson, Kansas, Cant Be Caught is trained by Dee Keener and was ridden by Randy Wilson. Cant Be Caught handled 350 yards in :19.918 seconds in the second trial.
The other nine qualifiers, with their time and trial, include: Dashin JJ, :17.998 (trial 1); Shezapaintyourwagon, :18.021 (trial 2); Wagon On Turnpike, :18.055 (trial 1); If Ur Buyn Im Flyn, :18.066 (trial 1); Texas Silk, :18.098 (trial 2); Gitter Dun Turnpike, :18.152 (trial 2); Panther Quick Flash, :18.213 (trial 1); BP Baileys Success, :18.230 (trial 2) and PHQ Princess Stefanie, :18.386 (trial 1).
Trainer Dee Keener saddled four winners on opening night with three in the futurity trials (Imahotchicken, WL Mr Worldwide and Divas Awesome Whiz) and then Cant Be Caught in the derby trials.
Jockey Randy Wilson grabbed the early riding lead with three wins. He handled Divas Awesome Whiz, Luv This Money Maker and Cant Be Caught to gain his hat trick.
Remington Park features 15 trials on Saturday with a special first post time of 5 p.m. (central). All of the trials will determine the field for the $410,000 Oklahoma Futurity on March 21. This year’s purse is the highest in the history of the oldest futurity in Quarter Horse racing.
Open daily at 10:30 a.m. for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the historic 74th Oklahoma Futurity on March 21.
Tracked by over 78,000 fans on Facebook and 6,100 Twitter followers, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino and 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
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