Edited Press Release Courtesy Remington Park
Photography: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park
Grade 1 Speedhorse Graham Paint/Appaloosa Derby
Southern Electric (right) and DTL Chasin Tale have taken turns beating each other the past two years; on Saturday night in the Grade 1 $56,000 Speedhorse Graham Paint/Appaloosa Derby, the aforementioned Paint got the best of his rival at Remington Park.
Last year, DTL Chasin Tale won three stakes races at Remington Park, beating Southern Electric in the $157,578 Speedhorse Graham Paint/Appaloosa Futurity and in the $259,400 Oklahoma Paint/Appaloosa Futurity. Apparently Southern Electric has improved, getting the best of his stablemate on March 21. Both are trained by Matt Whitekiller. DTL Chasin Tale finished second in the race.
Southern Electric, a 3-year-old sorrel solid gelding by CRM Livewire and out of the Southern Cartel (QH) mare Ze Southern Girl (QH), covered the 350 yards in a swift :17.53 over a fast track and was the wagering favorite at 3-5 odds. The speedy Paint is owned and bred in Texas by Dan and Kaye Jones of Kemp, Texas.
Jockey Andrew Samaniego was aboard for the victory and took this stakes trophy for the first time in his career, as did the Joneses. It was Whitekiller’s second win in the stakes history, also winning with the legendary Painted Turnpike in 2016.
Southern Electric earned a 90 speed index in the win and finished three-quarters of a length in front of DTL Chasin Tale and another neck ahead of third-place Twisted Fashion. Southern Electric bankrolled $23,778 of the purse to improve his lifetime record to 13 starts, 10 wins, one second and one third for $209,176 in earnings.
Grade 1 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity
Every five years or so, trainer Dee Keener wins the Grade 1 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity at Remington Park. He won it in 2004, 2009, 2014 and again Saturday night with Captain Capi (top photo).
Keener won this race for the first time in 2004 with Linda Lajolla, a second time with Fast Attitude in 2009, and then the third time with Miss Movin On in 2014. With his fourth win in the race, he moved into second place for the most wins in the history of the stakes, only behind the late, great Lewis Wartchow, who won it five times.
Captain Capi, a 2-year-old sorrel solid gelding by Capo De Capi (QH), out of the Judys Lineage mare Rosy Dial, popped out of the gate first and was never headed in the 300-yard Grade 1, $183,950 futurity. He stopped the timer in :15.334 on the fast track with a speed index of 93. It was the second-fastest time in stakes history, only behind RP Live Wire Dash’s time of :15.285 two years ago.
“I had three really nice horses in there,” said Keener. “I am happy for (owner) Lloyd (Garrison of Skiatook, Oklahoma)”
Captain Capi finished 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Baileys N Corona and another neck in front of third-place WF Turnpike Candy, the beaten wagering favorite at 4-5 odds. Captain Capi went off at 5-2 odds and returned $7.40 to win, $4.40 to place and $2.60 to show. He was bred in Oklahoma by the owner. The young gelding won for the second time in a row to start his career and now has won $74,876. He won $71,438 in this race.
“I have had horses quite a while for Lloyd,” said Keener. “He is a good owner and has a really nice horse. I’m just thankful to be a part of it.”
Keener’s other two finalist qualifiers were WF Turnpike Candy in third, and JS Shezaquickchick in fourth. Not a bad haul for this trainer. His horses took first place money along with $20,361 for third and $14,708 for fourth.
Leading rider James Flores rode the first- and third-place finishers in the trials and left the winner, Captain Capi, to jockey Juan Pulido. This was the first Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity for both Pulido and Lloyd Garrison who bred Captain Capi in Oklahoma.