AJS HIGH RALLIES TO GAIN SECOND STAKES WIN OF SEASON
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – AJs High added to his successful Remington Park season resume, winning the $70,000 Mr Jet Moore Stakes on Thursday night. The energetic 4-year-old rallied over the 350 yards to catch Sam Crow on the finish line by a nose.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Michael Teel of Columbia, Mo., AJs High is trained by Charley Hunt and was ridden by Stormy Smith. AJs High has been very successful in his career, despite some bad acting when he was younger. Hunt is starting to believe those days, and habits, are now behind the gelding. “He’s two-for-two (this season) and he was really good tonight.”
Breaking from the outside post-position in the field of eight Oklahoma-breds, AJs High came away with a decent start but had work to do as Win Rabbits Fly launched from the starting gate. Once Win Rabbits Fly began to fade, Sam Crow took over the lead with 50 yards to go but AJs High continued to gain, barely hitting the finish first in :17.387 seconds over a fast track. Bringin The Gray was another nose behind for a third-place finish.
Away at 2-1 odds in the wagering, AJs High paid $6 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Sam Crow was the beaten 9-5 betting favorite, paying $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Bringin The Gray returned $4.80 to show.
A son of Apollitical Jess from the Rare Form mare Regally Rare, AJs High won his 10th race from 15 career starts and his fourth race at Remington Park. The winner’s share of $40,200 moves his total earnings to $403,369.
The Mr Jet Moore is named in honor of the Oklahoma-bred who was the 1972 American Quarter Horse Association World Champion, and first winner of the prestigious Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos.
Grade 3 Pauls Valley Stakes
The $51,870 Pauls Valley Stakes, around the turn at 870 yards, had a short but talented field of six in the starting gate. Mixed Fantasy had the rail post position and took advantage of it, gunning for the lead and never turning back.
Owned by JK Running Horse of Neosho Falls, Kan. and trained by Kenny Laymon, Mixed Fantasy was ridden by Daniel Torres who had a plan. He wanted to make sure his mount quickly had the upper hand on CR Tuckernuck, a winner of three consecutive 870-yard stakes races at the end of 2015 including the $150,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship.
“I just wanted to get in front, especially with (CR Tuckernuck) right next to us,” Torres said. “I thought if we could get out front that we would be in a good spot.”
The strategy worked as Mixed Fantasy quickly opened up a two-length lead in the middle of the turn. In the stretch, Mixed Fantasy put away the light challenge of CR Tuckernuck and then had to outlast the rally of Youvebeenhenried, making it to the finish three-quarters of a length to the good in :44.835 seconds over a fast track. CR Tuckernuck was two more lengths behind in third.
Mixed Fantasy was at 4-1 odds in the wagering and paid $10.20 to win, $5.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Youvebeenhenried paid $6.60 to place and $2.80 to show. CR Tuckernuck returned $2.20 to show. He was the heavy wagering favorite at 1-2 odds.
The 12th career win from 35 starts for Mixed Fantasy was worth $29,946. The Pauls Valley Stakes check increases his lifetime earnings to $214,544. The win is the fourth overall at Remington Park for Mixed Fantasy, a 6-year-old gelding bred in Alabama by Carl & Luanne Humphries. He is by Okey Dokey Fantasy from the Streakin Six mare Mixin Sixin.
The Pauls Valley Stakes is named in honor of the town in south-central Oklahoma.
Remington Park’s American Quarter Horse Season continues Friday thru Sunday, April 7-10. The first race nightly is at 6pm with Sunday afternoon racing at 1:30pm. All times are Central. Trials for the lucrative $958,000 Remington Park Futurity will be held on Friday and Saturday nights. The fastest five over the 330-yard trial heats from each night will move on to the April 23 final.
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