Courtesy Remington Park
Photos: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park
Fifty Paints and Appaloosas went to post in six trials on Opening Night of the 2020 racing season at Remington Park, trying to qualify for the finals in the Grade 1 $180,100 Oklahoma Paint and Appaloosa Horse Futurity on March 21.
Two horses—WF Turnpike Candy (right) and Captain Capi (above)—tied for the fastest time of the night, covering 300 yards in :15.702 over a fast track. The leading rider the past two years in Oklahoma City, James Flores, rode both of those horses in the trials for trainer Dee Keener.
Jockeys Flores, Cody Smith and Jimmy Brooks all qualified two horses each for the finals. Among the trainers with multiple horses in the top 10 included Keener with three, Matt Whitekiller with two and Eddie Willis with two. Willis was the top trainer at Remington Park last year and has won the training title 10 times here.
WF Turnpike Candy is a 2-year-old sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by multiple World Champion Painted Turnpike and out of SW Eye Candy. Painted Turnpike became the all-time winningest Paint in 2017, surpassing Got Country Grip. He is owned by Painted Faith Racing of Inola, Oklahoma, and was bred by Steve Wright & Dee Keener of Coweta, Oklahoma.
Captain Capi is a 2-year-old sorrel solid Paint-bred by Capo De Capi (QH) and out of Rosy Dial. He is owned and was bred by Lloyd Garrison of Collinsville, Oklahoma.
The fastest 10 qualifiers, with jockey, trainer, owner, finishing time and speed index:
1- Tie) WF Turnpike Candy; Flores; Keener; owner Painted Faith Racing, Inola, Okla.; :15.702, and 80 speed index.
1 – Tie) Captain Capi; Flores; Keener; Lloyd Garrison, Skiatook, Okla.; :15.702, and 80.
3) Tales U Lose; Cody Smith; Matt Whitekiller; Dan and Kaye Jones, Kemp, Texas; :15.766, and 78.
4) MH Famous Moonshine; Jimmy Brooks; Eddie Willis; Mary L. Hainline; Noble, Okla.; :15.820; 77.
5) Wired Two Twenty; Jimmy Brooks; Eddie Willis; James Sills, Cedar Hill, Texas; :15.826, and 76.
6) This Wire Is Hot; Cody Smith; Matt Whitekiller; Dan and Kaye Jones, Kemp, Texas; :15.852, and 75.
7) JS Shezaquickchick; Raul Valenzuela; Dee Keener; Shirley Wheeler, Boynton, Okla.; :15.861, and 75.
8) Baileys N Corona; Mario Delgado; Monty Arrossa; Dunn Ranch, Wynnewood, Okla.; :15.869, and 75.
9) Loaded On Crown; Cristian Esqueda; Clinton Crawford; H.T. Churchwell and Michael D. Hester, Okmulgee, Okla.; :15.909, and 74.
10) Captain Blood (ApHC); Agustin Silva; Luis Villafranco; Gary Vaughan, Coalgate, Okla.; :15.955, and 72.