REMINGTON PARK CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURES VERSATILE, AND MILLIONAIRE, STARS SATURDAY NIGHT
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – The biggest and richest racing program of the 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season includes the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship as part of the 12-race “Mega-Card” on Saturday night.
The Remington Park Championship joins two other Grade 1 events on the “Mega-Card” including the Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity and the Grade 1, $253,425 Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Futurity.
Overall, the 12-race “Mega-Card” on Saturday night boasts horsemen’s purses of $2,038,855. The richest racing program ever conducted at Remington Park took place last year as the 2013 “Mega-Card” carried total purses of $2,093,215.
The Remington Park Championship, an invitational event, is an early calendar player for many laying the groundwork for year-end national honors, including the biggest title afforded in American Quarter Horse racing, that of World Champion.
Versatility and success this season has Llano Cartel as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Remington Park Championship. The 4-year-old gelding has won at distances of 110 yards, 250 yards, 350 yards and 400 yards in 2014. The longest score was in the $100,000 Leo Stakes on March 29 when he won by three-quarters of a length over Eastex Stakes winner Somethin Like This, who will also start in the Championship.
Owned by Wade Helton of Pampa, Texas and trained by Rolando Almanza, regular rider Omar Reyes is on Llano Cartel, a winner in four of his last five attempts and 11 races in his career. Llano Cartel has post number five in a field of 12 slated to compete over the classic 440-yard distance.
Feature Hero was the winner of the sport’s all-time richest race, the 2013 $2.8 million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. Owned by Reliance Ranches of Llano, Texas and trained by Eddie Willis, Feature Hero has accumulated $1,380,663 with the bulk of that from his All American Derby triumph. The 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding is still searching for his first success of 2014, having just a second-place effort to his credit from three Remington Park starts this season.
Jimmy Brooks will be on his regular mount and will leave the starting gate from post position 11 at morning-line odds of 8-1.
Wicked Courage will be making his second start of 2014 after a disappointing debut in the $100,000 Leo Stakes where he was sixth. Owned by Andrew Smith of Ardmore, Okla. and trained by Luis Villafranco, Wicked Courage had won the Ruidioso Downs and Rainbow derbies at the New Mexico strip last summer before finishing seventh behind Feature Hero in the All American Derby. Denied a sweep of the Ruidoso Downs derby series, Wicked Courage now has earnings of $1,132,758.
Jockey Cody Jensen will ride Wicked Courage from post number two in the Remington Park Championship at 15-1 odds in the morning-line.
The field for the Remington Park Championship, in program order with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
1. Bon Accord – Juan Aleman, Raul Valenzuela, 20-1
2. Wicked Courage – Luis Villafranco, Cody Jensen, 15-1
3. TF Featured Effort – Jaime Dominguez, Raul Gutierrez, 6-1
4. Jody Pops Zoomer – Toby Keeton, Ricky Ramirez, 20-1
5. Llano Cartel – Rolando Almanza, Omar Reyes, 3-1
6. BF Farm Boy – Bill Harris, Stormy Smith, 20-1
7. The Magic Dash – Dwayne Gilbreath, Ramon Sanchez, 20-1
8. DM Streakn Thru Fire – Cody Joiner, Esgar Ramirez, 12-1
9. Skuze Pleeze – Tana Pace, G.R. Carter, 4-1
10. Dash Master Jess – Rolando Almanza, Manuel Gutierrez, 5-1
11. Feature Hero – Eddie Willis, Jimmy Brooks, 8-1
12. Somethin Like This – Eddie Willis, Larry Payne, 12-1
The Remington Park Championship is the 10th race of 12 on “Mega-Card” Saturday. The first race of the night is at 5pm with the Remington Park Championship set for 9:28pm.
The “Mega-Card” stakes races, by program order, with individual post times:
Race 6 – Grade 2, $50,000 Junos Request Stakes, 7:20pm
Race 7 – Grade 1, $253,425 Speedhorse/Graham Paint & App. Futurity, 7:48pm
Race 8 – Quarter Horse Allowance, 8:16pm
Race 9 – Grade 2, $257,050 Heritage Place Derby, 8:52pm
Race 10 – Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship, 9:28pm
Race 11 – Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity, 10:04pm
Race 12 - $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile, 10:37pm
The 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season is down to its final three race dates. All three racing programs for the final weekend will begin at different times:
- Friday, May 30 racing starts at 6pm.
- The “Mega-Card” of racing on Saturday, May 31 will begin at 5pm
- Sunday afternoon racing on June 1 is underway at 1:30pm.
All times are Central.
Opening daily at 10:30am, 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.
Tracked by over 51,000 fans on Facebook and 5,000 Twitter followers, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino and is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.