MAJOR TOM VOTED HORSE OF THE MEETING AT REMINGTON PARK, TALENTED APPALOOSA MAKES HISTORY
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 12, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – The talented Major Tom, a lightning-quick Appaloosa, has been voted Horse of the Meeting by media and track officials for the 2014 Remington Park American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season. He is the first Appaloosa to gain the season crown.
The 3-year-old Appaloosa owned by Mary Hainline of Noble, Okla. and trained by Eddie Willis, was also a unanimous vote for Champion Appaloosa. Major Tom won all three of his races at Remington Park. He scored in the Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Derby in March. Major Tom then stepped up to face older horses in winning April’s Mister Lewie Memorial Stakes and then again in National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Stakes in May. All three races are Grade 1 events.
Ridden by Jimmy Brooks in his first two wins and then by Cody Smith in the finale, Major Tom won the Speedhorse/Graham Derby by one length, the Mister Lewie by two lengths and the National Cowboy by one length. He was never asked for more run in any of his races by his riders, always under his own impressive power.
Major Tom, an Oklahoma-bred by Red Storm Cat (qh) from the Mr Eye Opener (qh) mare Eyesa Knockout, was bred in by Gary Vaughn. He has now won eight of his nine lifetime starts with six wins at Remington Park.
The balloting also awarded titles in eight other divisions for the recently completed 2014 season at Remington Park.
Champion 2-year-old – Lovethewayyoulie
Winning the Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity on May 31 was enough to win the title for Lovethewayyoulie. Owned by the Elgin, Texas partnership of Conda Maze and Tyler Graham and trained by Toby Keeton, Lovethewayyoulie won her trial and then the futurity final to finish two-for-two this season. Ridden in both outs by Cody Jensen, Lovethewayyoulie is a Texas-bred by Tempting Dash from the Streakin Sixes mare Witchs Streak, bred by Tyler Graham and Franklin Collins.
Champion 3-year-old – This Dude Can Fly
After finishing third in the Oklahoma Derby in March, This Dude Can Fly came back to win his trial and then the final for the Grade 2, $257,050 Heritage Place Derby on May 31. Owned by Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores of San Antonio and trained by Eddie Willis, This Dude Can Fly was ridden in all three of his victories this season by Jimmy Brooks. The Texas-bred gelding is by One Famous Eagle from the First Down Dash mare Helens First Choice and was bred by Robert and Helen Wood.
Champion Older Male – Llano Cartel
Versatility means more opportunities when you can win from 110 yards in allowance-company to 400 yards in the Grade 1 Leo Stakes. Llano Cartel displayed his abilities in those wins and in a pair of very close second-place runs in the Eastex Stakes in March and the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship on May 31. Owned by Wade Helton of Pampa, Texas, Llano Cartel was trained by Rolando Almanza at the end of season with Alfredo Gomez training at the beginning. Jockey Omar Reyes was the regular rider for Llano Cartel. The 4-year-old gelding is by Teller Cartel from the Lil Bit Cuervo mare Eyesa Lil Cuervo and was bred in Oklahoma by Wootan Racing.
Champion Older Female – First Prize Shaunda
Owned by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Okla. and trained by Stacey Capps, First Prize Shaunda won the Grade 3 Decketta Stakes and an allowance race in March. Ridden to victory by Ricky Ramirez and Cody Jenson, the 4-year-old mare was bred in Oklahoma by Stanley and W.E. Smith.
Champion Distance Runner – Wahoo
A winner of the Pauls Valley Handicap in April and the Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge in May, both Grade 3 events, won the title for Wahoo. Owned by Bobby Cox of Fort Worth, Texas and trained by John Buchanan, Wahoo is regularly ridden by Russel Hadley. A 5-year-old gelding by Feature Mr Jess from the First Down Dash mare First To Celebrate, Wahoo was bred in Texas by his owner.
Champion Paint – Texas Silk
A winner of four straight races to wrap his Remington Park season, 2-year-old Texas Silk won both the American Paint Classic Futurity in April and the Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Futurity in May, both Grade 1 races with the latter worth $253,425. Owned by Charles Leggett of Muskogee, Okla. and trained by Dee Keener, Texas Silk was ridden in all of his victories by Berkley Packer. He was bred in Oklahoma by H.T. & Kay Churchwell.
Champion Oklahoma-bred – Slew Of Success
A four-time starter and four-time winner, Slew Of Success won three Oklahoma-bred stakes races in the Mr Jet Moore, the Sooner State and the Boyd Morris Memorial. Owned by Mary Kirby of Pryor, Okla. and trained by Jackie Kirby, Slew Of Success was ridden in his three stakes scores by Ricky Ramirez. Jockey G.R. Carter rode him to an allowance win in March. The 4-year-old gelding was bred by Toni and Lloyd Yother.
Champion Claimer – Redneck Kitty
A winner of three straight races at the end of the season, Redneck Kitty moved up the claiming ranks to gain his title. The 4-year-old mare won a $7,500-claiming race in March, followed by a pair of wins at the $20,000-level in May. Owned by Bradley Thomas of Norman, Okla. and trained by Jeffery Tyer, jockey William Thomason rode her in all three wins. A daughter of Country Chicks Man from the Takin On The Cash mare Kitty D Ville, Redneck Kitty was bred in Oklahoma by Richard Joneson.
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