ALL OUT ARROGANT WINS BANK OF AMERICA OKLAHOMA CHAMPIONSHIP, WILLIS BARN DOMINATES DERBY TRIALS
For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 11, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mothers’ Day afternoon was full of high-level racing at Remington Park with the Grade 2, $121,410 Bank of America Oklahoma Championship leading the card. All Out Arrogant overcame a bump at the start of the 440-yard event, to find his stride and pull the upset at 17-1 odds.
The Sunday card included two other American Quarter Horse Association Challenge stakes races and a quartet of trials for the Heritage Place Derby.
Owned by Randall Dees of Huntington Beach, Calif. and trained by Cody Joiner, All Out Arrogant was ridden by Raul Valenzuela who commented on the rough beginning.
“He got away a little bit slow and had a bump (with SM Chicksastreakin), I just pointed him in the right direction and he got a little bit of room. After he got running, he switched leads and he went on from there. He handled the track nicely today.”
Dees traveled from his west coast home to witness the All Out Arrogant win and was happy he had a chance to run after the rough start. “He’s been kind of a hard-luck horse but today he came out like a champion, we’re very proud of him.”
All Out Arrogant crossed the finish in :22.152 seconds over the fast track into a strong 25mph headwind. Finishing a half-length behind was River Wind, the 8-5 wagering favorite. Separate Cartel was another neck back in third.
Rewarding his backers at long odds, All Out Arrogant paid $37.80 to win, $13 to place and $8.20 to show. River Wind paid $4.60 to place and $3.80 to show. Separate Cartel returned $12.20 to show.
The win was the sixth from 16 lifetime attempts for All Out Arrogant and the first from three tries at Remington Park. A 4-year-old by FDD Dynasty from the Chicks Beduino mare Oh So Arrogant, the gelding was bred in California by Dean and Darrell Frey. Picking up $55,848 for the win, All Out Arrogant has now earned $108,886 overall.
Grade 2, $47,250 Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge
Wahoo sprung a mild upset when he slipped through at the rail at 2-1 to win the $47,250 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge at 870 yards.
A homebred owned by Bobby Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, Wahoo was ridden by Russel Hadley and is trained by John Buchanan. Amanda Hadley (wife of the winning jockey) serves as the assistant trainer for her father (Buchanan) at Remington Park.
Mixed Fantasy was the 3-5 wagering favorite after having won five consecutive races including the 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes here on March 15. He was then an emphatic winning favorite of his Red Cell Distance trial on April 26 over Wahoo, who finished third in that qualifying race. Hadley described how Wahoo made amends for the trial defeat in the more important final.
“I was expecting to be a little closer to (Mixed Fantasy) going into the turn but Wahoo missed the break by just enough to give up about a length heading into the stretch. We were both just comfortable, sitting on our horses, me and G.R. (Carter, aboard Mixed Fantasy) and we had a little more at the end today.”
Wahoo covered the 870 yards in :45.299 seconds and paid $6.80 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Mixed Fantasy was just a neck behind and paid $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Call Her Hero chased the top pair throughout to finish third 4-1/4 lengths behind the runner-up to pay $3.60 to show.
Wahoo wins his second stakes race of the Remington Park season, after scoring an easy win in the 870-yard Grade 3, Pauls Valley Handicap at Remington Park in early April. A Texas-bred 5-year-old gelding by Feature Mr Jess from the First Down Dash mare First To Celebrate, Wahoo won his sixth career race from 19 starts and his fourth at Remington Park where he has never finished worse than third in all seven of his Oklahoma City outings. The stakes check of $22,680 moves the total earnings for Wahoo to $117,708.
$45,630 Merial Remington Distaff Challenge
Shanachee picked a perfect time to get her first win of 2014, posting a half-length win in the Merial Remington Park Distaff Challenge after running second in her qualifying trial.
Owned by J. Garvin Kelly of Culver City, Calif. and trained by Juan Aleman, Shanachee was ridden by Omar Reyes, handling 400 yards in :20.193 seconds.
“She responded well today. She didn’t break that good but as soon as I asked her for something she gave it to me. I just never got desperate and I was going to kind of sit for a while but I saw (Ianna) coming so I had to give her one more touch right before the finish.”
Shanachee rallied well then held off Ianna, with 5-2 wagering favorite Entrap another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Away at 5-1 odds in the betting, Shanachee paid $12 to win, $6.80 to place and $4.80 to show. Ianna returned $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Entrap paid $3.20 to show.
The victory in the Merial Remington Park Distaff was the seventh from 29 starts for Shanachee, a 5-year-old mare by Country Chicks Man from the Corona Cartel mare Court Etiquette. She is bred in Oklahoma by EIRE Equine Nursery, LLC. The win was worth $20,989 to Shanachee who has now made $124,208 overall.
Winning the Zoetis Remington Park Starter Allowance Challenge was Im Beau Brown. All winners of the Remington Park Challenge races are now qualified for the Challenge Championships in mid-October at Prairie Meadows in Iowa.
Heritage Place Derby Trials
Trainer Eddie Willis saddled the winner in all four of the trials for the $257,050 Heritage Place Derby. The 400-yard final will be conducted on May 31.
Willis sent out co-top qualifiers This Dude Can Fly (trial 2) and Shades Of Blues Girl (trial 4) who both handled the measure in :20.019 seconds. The Ultimate Eagle (trial 1) and Fire Tested (trial 3) will also represent the barn in the final.
Willis now has 44 wins for the season, easily leading the standings by 20 over Clint Crawford.
This Dude Can Fly is owned by Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores of San Antonio. The 3-year-old gelding is by One Famous Eagle from the Frist Down Dash mare Helens First Choice and was bred in Texas by Robert and Helen Wood.
Shades Of Blues Girl is owned by Reliance Ranches of Llano, Texas. The 3-year-old filly is by Corona Cartel from the Sixarun mare Run The Dash and was bred in Oklahoma by Lucky Seven Ranch.
The field of 10 for the Heritage Place Derby, with their times and trial number: This Dude Can Fly, :20.019 (trial 2) and Shades Of Blues Girl :20.019 (trial 4); The Ultimate Eagle, :20.145 (trial 1); I Dont Need Nobody, :20.242 (trial 1); Rocketair, :20.273 (trial 1); High Ace, :20.283 (trial 4); Wolfgang James, :20.284 (trial 1); Fire Tested, :20.296 (trial 3); Oh No U Didnt, :20.337 (trial 1) and Make It Jess, :20.339 (trial 4).
Jockey Jimmy Brooks was up for all of the derby trial wins. The riding quadruple gives him 42 wins for the season. He is 12 behind standings leader G.R. Carter who was shutout on Sunday.
Carter remains seven wins behind the retired Alvin “Bubba” Brossette for the all-time win record by a Quarter Horse jockey which is 3,631.
Remington Park’s 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season continues Thursday thru Sunday, May 15-18. Racing is underway at 6pm on Thursday and Friday.
A special start time of 4pm is in effect for Saturday as Remington Park presents the simulcast of the 139th Preakness Stakes, featuring California Chrome as he continues his quest for the Triple Crown.
Sunday racing begins 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 $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity and $250,000 Remington Park Championship on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
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