HEAVILY FAVORED PHQ GOODBYE EARL IS VICTORIOUS IN AMERICAN PAINT DERBY
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – PHQ Goodbye Earl lived up to expectations by winning the Grade 1, $34,100 American Paint Derby by a half-length at odds of 1-5 in the wagering.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Owned by the Paint Horse Queens of Coweta, Okla. and trained by Dee Keener, jockey Jesus Salazar had the mount on PHQ Goodbye Earl who rallied from a slight early deficit to gain victory. He covered the 400 yards over a sloppy (sealed) track in a time of 19.897 seconds.
DTL Fast Flyin Tex was second while DTL Batter Up was third, three-quarters of a length behind PHQ Goodbye Earl. All three of the top finishers are trained by Keener, who saddled five of the seven runners in the derby.
Judys Legend was one of the two in the race not saddled by Keener. After a last place finish, her trainer Jose Gomez filed an objection, claiming interference against PHQ Goodbye Earl at the start on his filly. After review by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission stewards, the objection was disallowed.
PHQ Goodbye Earl paid $2.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. DTL Fast Flyin Tex paid $5 to place and $2.80 to show. DTL Batter Up ran third and paid $2.40 to show. The remaining order of finish: SM Mr Royal Snowman (4th); Lajollas Big Thunder (5th), Slim Chickens (6th) and Judys Legend (7th).
PHQ Goodbye Earl is a 3-year-old gelded son of Awesome Chrome, out of the Judys Lineage mare Sayonara. He was bred by his trainer Dee Keener. The win in the American Paint Derby is a follow-up to his victory in the 2016 American Paint Classic Futurity as a two-year-old at Remington Park, where he has five of his six lifetime wins. The American Paint Derby winnings of $14,479 pushed his lifetime earnings to $162,681.
Keener has won the American Paint Derby four times in his career. The PHQ Goodbye Earl win is added to previous triumphs in 2007 (Bust N Moves), 2010 (Docacious) and 2016 (Sturgis). The Paint Horse Queens also owned Sturgis. Jockey Jesus Salazar won the American Paint Derby for the second time as he also rode Situation to victory in 2014.
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