PSYCHEDELIC SCOTT Wins American Paint Classic Futurity
For Immediate Release
Saturday, April 25, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – Paints were in the spotlight Saturday night at Remington Park with the Grade 1, $96,200 American Paint Classic Futurity the main event. Psychedelic Scott used his late kick to rally and win the 2-year-old stakes race, scoring his first career win in the process.
Owned by Steven Wright of Coweta, Okla. and trained by Jeff Dean, Psychedelic Scott qualified for the Paint Classic with a second-place trial run on April 12. Jockey G.R. Carter rode the gray gelding then and believed in his ability, keeping the mount for the final.
“This horse is really professional. He broke a little slow in the trials, made a big run and barely got beat. We knew that if he broke pretty clean tonight he would really look good down the racetrack and he did just like we expected,” Carter noted after the winner’s circle presentation. “The horse to his outside (DTL Head Honcho) bumped him leaving the gate. He seemed to survive that really good and kept going forward. When I got into him he just made a really big run and finished really strong.”
Psychedelic Scott made the lead with about 150 yards left in the 350-yard race, pulling away from Imahotchicken to win by three-quarters of a length in :17.735 seconds over a fast track. DTL Head Honcho came on with a late rally to gain third, 1-1/2 behind the winner.
Coupled in the wagering as an entry with Sturgis, also owned by Wright, Psychedelic Scott was the 2-1 betting favorite and paid $6.60 to win, $4 to place and $3.20 to show. Imahotchicken returned $5 to place and $3.40 to show. DTL Head Honcho returned $4.80 to show.
The first career win was worth $36,556 to Psychedelic Scott, a gray 2-year-old by Judys Lineage from the Holland East (qh) mare The Hippie Chick (qh). He has one win from three overall starts and now has earnings of $37,875. Psychedelic Scott was bred in Oklahoma by Wendy Ingersoll.
The American Paint Classic victory on Psychedelic Scott was the eighth career win in the race for Carter.
$39,700 American Paint Derby
The 3-year-old Paints had the other stakes race on the Paint Classic undercard with the American Paint Derby going to 2014 Champion Paint Texas Silk.
The sophomore season had not been kind to Texas Silk who raced for earnings of more than $210,000 as a 2-year-old. In three starts at Remington Park this season, he had been unable to get a solid start while also failing to present any sort of rally. Those issues were gone in the American Paint Derby as G.R. Carter picked up the mount, knowing Texas Silk still had the talent for stakes wins.
“This horse won all the big futurities last year with me chasing him,” Carter said. “I was very fortunate to get to ride him tonight. He really ran a nice race. He was kind of leaning in the gate and lifted just ever so little bit and (Dashin JJ) had me beat about a shoulder. I got into him left-handed and he just really responded nice and was really stretching out the last half of the race.”
Texas Silk was in contention throughout the 400 yards and easily passed Dashin JJ just past the halfway point in the race, crossing the finish in :19.712 seconds. Dashin JJ was his usual game self, running second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Fabulous Dos and Scuba Steve finished in a dead-heat for third.
Texas Silk was 3-1 in the betting and paid $8 to win, $6.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Dashin JJ returned $5.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Fabulous Dos paid $5.40 to show while Scuba Steve paid $4.20 to show. Cat Scratch Dash was the beaten 5-2 wagering favorite, finishing fifth, 2-3/4 lengths behind Texas Silk.
The derby win is the seventh from 14 career attempts for Texas Silk, owned by Charles Leggett of Muskogee, Okla. and trained by Jeff Dean. The gelding made $17,865 to run his career earnings to $232,169.
Texas Silk is by Texas Six from the Judys Silk mare Judys Lineage and was bred in Oklahoma by H.T. and Kay Churchwell.
The American Paint Derby win on Texas Silk gave Carter his seventh career win in the race.
Both the American Paint Classic and the American Paint Derby are presented at Remington Park by the Paint Stallion Breeders Association.
There were three sets of trials early in the Saturday program at Remington Park, qualifying fields for the stakes American Quarter Horse Association Challenge Stakes events, to be held on May 10.
AQHA Challenge Trials
The grade 2, Bank of America Oklahoma Championship, worth $100,000 is the top event of the day. Rockin Disco had the top trial time with a 440-yard clocking of :21.449 seconds in the second of two trials. Owned by Rockin J Running Horses and Jack Manning of Gateville, Texas and trained by Tammy Johnson, Rockin Disco was ridden by Ricardo Aguirre.
The trial win was the second straight victory of the season for Rockin Disco, a 5-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding by Rock Solid Jess from the Check Him Out mare Check This Disco. The trial win is his ninth career victory.
The Bank of America Oklahoma Championship qualifiers, with trial number and time, are: Rockin Disco, :21.440 (trial 2); Charvet, :21.487 (trial 2); Rock You, :21.560 (trial 2); River Wind, :21.632 (trial 2); I V Gone, :21.802 (trial 1); One Valiant Hero, :21.804 (trial 1); I Bleed Red :21.827 (trial 1); Testing The Ice, :21.864 (trial 1); Down Side Magician, :22.038 (trial 2) and Tempting Secret Dash :22.048 (trial 2).
There were two trials held for the Grade 3, $40,000 Merial Remington Park Distaff Challenge with Dash Through Fire posting the fastest 400-yard time in :19.683. Owned and bred in California by Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, Dash Through Fire is trained by Trey Wood and was ridden by Cody Jensen.
Dash Through Fire is a 4-year-old mare by Walk Thru Fire from the Mr Jess Perry mare Dash Back Perry. The win is her third from just six career starts.
The 10 qualifiers for the Merial Remington Park Distaff are: Dash Through Fire, :19.683 (trial 1); Echoes Of Love, :19.698 (trial 2); Sooner Country Babe, :19.726 (trial 2); Thrill Me Baby, :19.768 (trial 2); Zoomin Daphne, :19.794 (trial 2); Toodles Flies Free, :19.795 (trial 1); Sucha Heroine, :19.841 (trial 1); Rock Princess, :19.898 (trial 1); Kateillac, :19.987 (trial 2) and Ivory Key, :20.053 (trial 1).
The opening set of trials on the Saturday card were around the turn at 870 yards. The Grade 3, $50,000 Zoetis Remington Park Distance Challenge had CJs Rocksolid as the top trial runner, posting :44.99 seconds around the turn.
Rockin J Running Horses and Jack Manning of Gateville, Texas had their second top qualifier of the night with CJs Rocksolid, trained by Tammy Johnson and ridden by Ricardo Aguirre. The 5-year-old gelding won his fifth career race from 32 attempts while also winning for the first time at Remington Park. He is bred in Texas by Rockin J Running Horses and is by Rock Solid Jess from The Signature mare Sultry Miss.
The Zoetis Remington Park Distance Challenge field of eight is: CJs Rocksolid, :44.99 (trial 2); Wahoo, the reigning AQHA Distance Champion Runner, :45,404 (trial 1); Painted Josy :45.584 (trial 1); Jess Twice Cash, :45.695 (trial 1); Jess A Hilbily Bone, :45.966 (trial 1) SRF Bobwirebob, :46.162 (trial 2); Pepperchew, :46.415 (trial 1) and BF Farm Boy, :46.445 (trial 1).
Sunday afternoon features the annual Extreme Racing Day for Charity, with Camels, Ostriches, Zebras, Dinky Donkeys, Pigs and The Express Ranch Clydesdales featured throughout the afternoon of horse racing. The first Extreme Race exhibition has a pair of Clydesdales in a match race at 1pm. The pari-mutuel horse racing starts at the normal Sunday time of 1:30pm. All times are Central.
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 $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity on Saturday, May 30.
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