PAINT ME PERRY IS TOO STRONG IN WINNING OKLAHOMA FUTURITY
For Immediate Release
Saturday, March 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – The historic Oklahoma Futurity, the oldest such race in American Quarter Horse Racing, went to Paint Me Perry in the 73rd renewal Saturday night at Remington Park. The talented 2-year-old colt flew to a one-length win in the Grade 2, $370,800 event, covering the 300 yards in :15.077 seconds over a fast track
Perfect through two career attempts, Paint Me Perry rolled with a sharp start to put him immediately on the lead that he would never relinquish. Made the 3-2 wagering favorite, Paint Me Perry did not disappoint his backers as he held off an outside rally from PYB Place Your Bet with Im A Lucky Corona third.
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by J and B Rental, Inc. of Grand Prairie, Texas, Paint Me Perry is trained by Francisco Gonzalez. Jockey Paul Nieto ecstatically waved his whip in the air as his mount crossed the finish line, holding off the late-running rivals.
“Actually, I was watching the 8-horse (PYB Place Your Bet) as he was coming and grabbing some ground,” Nieto noted. “I asked and had all the horse.”
Paint Me Perry paid $5 to win, $11.60 to place and $6.40 to show. PYB Place Your Bet returned $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Im A Lucky Corona paid $4 to show.
A colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Mr Jess Perry mare Baby Perry, Paint Me Perry is two-for-two in his young career and earned $148,320 for the Oklahoma Futurity score to run his overall total to $154,158.
One Valiant Hero ran fifth as a 2-year-old in the Oklahoma Futurity a year ago at Remington Park. Saturday night, the now-3-year-old was best away from the starting gate while going on to win the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby by three-quarters of a length.
Owned by Valeriano Racing Stables of Odessa, Texas and trained by Eddie Willis, One Valiant Hero was ridden by Jimmy Brooks who enjoyed a perfect trip.
“He stood perfectly and when they kicked the gates, he left there running,” Brooks said. “I had them probably by a shoulder when I reached and started getting after him and he just kind of started pulling away. Whenever you ask him, he’ll give it to you.”
One Valiant Hero hit the finish in :17.190 seconds for his fifth career victory and third at Remington Park. Separatist Firstdown rallied for second while This Dude Can Fly was a head behind the runner-up for third.
Away at 5-2 in the wagering, One Valiant Hero paid $7.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Separatist Firstdown, was also 5-2 in the wagering but was favored with slightly more money played on him, paying $3 to place and $3 to show. This Dude Can Fly paid $3.80 to show.
A colt by Valiant Hero from the Feature Mr Jess mare Smiles All Around, One Valiant Hero was bred in Texas by T I Cattle Company. He made $80,000 for the Oklahoma Derby win, running his career total to $199,093.
Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity
The Grade 1, Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity was won by 17-1 longshot Miss Movin On, who won the $138,100 race by a neck in a tight, blanket finish.
The 2-year-old filly sired by Ivory James (qh) from the Texas Hero mare Texas Fourwinds was bred in Oklahoma by Charles Leggett and owned by his son Wade Leggett of Muskogee, Okla. Miss Movin On was one of three runners in the race trained by Dee Keener but was not among the top qualifiers for the futurity, finishing fourth in her own trial as a beaten-favorite. She made quick amends for her first career effort by covering the 300 yards in the final in :15.488 seconds under winning jockey G.R. Carter.
“This filly ran a pretty good race in her trial but not as good as we thought she was,” Carter said. “Tonight, she ran the kind of race we thought she could. She left the gate really good and went to the other and held on. We’re really proud of her.”
Miss Movin On earned $53,648 for her connections and paid $36 to win, $15.40 to place and $8 to show. Ugly Kid Joe finished second and paid $4.80 to place and $5 to show. Texas Spook finished third as a 27-1 longshot, paying $13.40 to show.
Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Derby
Major Tom picked up where he left off last season by winning an important stakes race for the Paint and Appaloosa racing breeds with a dominating two-length score in the Grade 1, $46,200 Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Derby.
Owned by Mary Hainline of Noble, Okla., the 3-year-old Appaloosa gelding sired by Red Storm Cat (qh) from Mr Eye Opener (qh) mare Eyesa Knockout did not disappoint his connections or his backers. The heavy 4-5 wagering favorite rolled home to a comfortable two-length triumph. Trained by Eddie Willis and ridden by Jimmy Brooks, Major Tom covered the 350 yards in :17.289 seconds.
“When he left like he did, I knew it was over,” Brooks said. “I never even had to uncock the whip on him.”
The victory was the sixth win of seven lifetime races for Major Tom with his derby earnings of $17,556 pushed his career earnings to $166,831. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Gary Vaughan.
Major Tom paid $3.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Imflashinthechicks was second and paid $3.40 to place and $3 to show. Turbulence was third and paid $4.20 to show.
Remington Park racing continues with a 10-race program on Sunday afternoon, underway at 1:30pm.
Open daily at 10:30am 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 $700,000 Remington Park Futurity on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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