Charles and Wade Leggett of Muskogee, Oklahoma, had a lot to celebrate about on Saturday, April 26. The father-son duo found themselves in the winner’s circle not once, but twice, at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.
In the $103,400 American Paint Classic Futurity, Texas Silk was nearly perfect as he won the event by a half-length for owner Charles Leggett. Earlier in the night, his son Wade Leggett, had a big score when Situation scored the Grade 1 $35,100 American Paint Derby.
Perfection was not the case for Texas Silk in his qualifying trial for the American Paint Classic Futurity. Although he won the trial, the 2-year-old sorrel solid gelding had to overcome a poor start that put him behind traffic, then he altered course before splitting rivals to win the heat. Jockey Berkley Packer had no such challenge in the final, crossing the 350-yard finish line in :17.910 seconds over a fast track.
“He left there tonight. I figure if he left he was the best horse in the race,” Berkley noted from the winner’s circle. “He ran lights out tonight. He didn’t leave last time (in trial) and came flying to win.”
Texas Silk was 5-1 in the wagering and paid $12.60 to win, $5.60 to place and $4.60 to show. Owner Charles Leggett was pleased that some extra morning training for Texas Silk paid off with a smooth run in the final.
“I think he was ready to go. He’s been schooling in the gates and he did a good job tonight,” he said.
Dee Keener is the trainer of Texas Silk. His athletes were prominent in the futurity as he saddled four of the 10 runners in the race. He also started High On Mary Jane, The Punk and Cocked An Loaded (10th). Texas Silk has won two of four career starts, all this season at Remington Park. Bred in Oklahoma by H.T. and Kay Churchwell, 2-year-old Texas Silk is by Texas Six from the Judys Lineage mare Judys Silk. He earned $39,292 for the American Paint Classic Futurity to boost his overall bankroll to $43,287.
Fabulous Dos—a 2012 sorrel solid gelding by Dos Poruno and out of Fabulous Strawbaby, bred by H.T. and Kay Churchwell and owned by the Fabulous Dos Partnership of Henrietta, Oklahoma—was away well to challenge Texas Silk throughout the futurity but could never get by, settling for second while paying $34 to place and $14.20 to show.
Dashin JJ—a 2010 sorrel solid gelding by Jungle Jet and out of Dashin Di (QH), bred by David Stone and owned by Ray Enlow of Sapulpa, Oklahoma—rallied for third and paid $4.60 to show. High On Mary Jane and The Punk were coupled in the wagering as a same owner entry for the Paint Horse Queens of Coweta, Oklahoma. They went off as the betting favorite at 6-5 odds and finished seventh and ninth respectively.
In the American Paint Derby, Situation completed an American Paint Futurity/Derby Double, winning the derby by a half-length; he won the futurity in 2013 by a neck. Jockey Jesus Salazar was up for both victories.
Situation, a 2011 sorrel solid gelding by Royal Quick Flash and out of Corona Lace, easily ran down early leader and even-money wagering favorite Imflashinthechicks, taking the lead late in the 400-yard race before winning in :20.222 seconds.
The winner’s share of the American Paint Derby was $15,795 and boosted Situation’s total money to $128,877. Trained by Cody McCart, Situation has now won three career races from 10 attempts with all of the wins at Remington Park.
Situation was 5-1 in the wagering and paid $13.40 to win, $4 to place and $3.40 to show. Purty Porunos—a 2011 sorrel solid mare by Dos Poruno and out of Dazzlem Darling, owned and bred by Ray Enlow—rallied for second, paying $10.40 to place and $5 to show. Turbulence—a 2011 sorrel solid mare by Royal Quick Flash and out of Domestic Disturbance, bred by Steven Wright and owned by Alexia Mehrle of Nowata, Oklahoma—returned $3.60 to show. Imflashinthechicks finished fourth as the beaten favorite.
“We won the derby in the third race and dad’s horse won the futurity. It’s an awesome night,” said Situation’s owner and breeder Wade Leggett of the family’s successful Saturday.