ALOTALOTA WON ALOTA DOUGH WINNING SUNDAY NIGHT’S FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE
Alotalota is a gelding that likes Remington Park a lot. He won here for the third time in seven tries Sunday night, taking the featured allowance race.
It was the fifth time in those seven races that Alotalota has finished first or second. The 4-year-old by Lota PYC, out of the Corona Cartel mare Crazy About Corona, was driven to victory by jockey Raul Herrera for trainer Delbert McDowell and owner Whiting Ranch (Steve Whiting of Bells, Texas). He won $15,622 from the $27,750 purse and improved his record to 12 starts, three wins, three seconds and one third for a total of $66,745 in earnings. All three of his career wins have come at Remington Park.
The winner hit the wire at 350 yards in a time of :17.590 on a fast track to earn a speed index of 88. He was bred in Oklahoma by Steve Holt.
Alotalota broke fourth from the gate, moved quickly up to second place and finished with intent in the stretch, taking over to get up by a head at 3-1 odds. He paid $8.80, $4, and $3.20 across the board to win, place and show. The co-wagering favorite at 5-2, Bayou a Cartel, finished second, a neck ahead of LR Tempting Beast (12-1). Foxys First Kiss had slightly more dollars bet on her in the win pool and went off as the slight favorite also at 5-2, but she broke slowly, was bumped slightly and finished last.
AQHA CHAMPION 2-YEAR-OLD GELDING FROM 2020, APOLLITICAL GOLD, TOPS ENTRIES FOR THURSDAY’S REMINGTON PARK DERBY TRIALS
Last year’s American Quarter Horse Association Champion 2-year-old Gelding, Apollitical Gold, highlights eight Remington Park Derby trials scheduled for Thursday. Another major contender is Eye Work For You, last year’s $891,900 Remington Park Futurity winner and $200,000 All American Juvenile winner at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
Apollitical Gold will go in race five (the fourth trial) of the card and Eye Work For You is set for race eight (the seventh trial). The derby trials are races two through nine on the card which will also include Grade 2, $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes, around the turn at 870 yards, and the $68,000 Mr Jet Moore Stakes at 350 yards. The Mr Jet Moore is a restricted Grade 2 for Oklahoma-breds.
Apollitical Gold won his AQHA championship on the foundation of winning in the $1.1 million Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos in California. Earlier in the summer he was third in the $3 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso. He followed his Golden State Million win with a third-place run in the Los Alamitos $2 Million Futurity in December.
The now 3-year-old gelded son of All American Futurity winner Apollitical Jess, out of the PYC Paint Your Wagon mare SRC Gold, has earned $972,659 in only nine career races, easily the top earner among 73 horses trying to qualify for the finals.
Jockey Justine Klaiber rode Apollitical Gold to the win in the Golden State Million Futurity, becoming the first female jockey to win a $1 million race in California, but her teammate in trainer Eddie Willis’ barn, veteran Jimmy Brooks gets the call in the Remington Park Derby trial on Thursday. Grant R. Cox Revocable Trust of Tulsa, Okla., is the owner of Apollitical Gold. This gelding’s record is nine starts, four wins, two seconds and three thirds; he’s never missed the board in nine tries.
Only five other horses among the other 72 trials entrants have earned at least $100,000. One of those is Eye Work for You. The others are HR Princess Jess in race four (the third trial), Dalts Fancy Pistol in race six (the fifth trial), Eye Work for You in race eight (the seventh trial), and two horses in race nine (the eighth trial) – Candy Blood and Dangerous Cartel.
Eye Work for You will go to post as a winner in six of eight career starts with $539,612 earned, second highest among the trial runners. He will be ridden by James Flores, three-time defending title holder in the jockeys colony at Remington Park. Flores will get a leg up from trainer Edelmiro Carrizales. Jose Acosta-Alfaro of Elk City, Okla., owns this 3-year-old gelded son of Coronas Leaving You, out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Eye Love It.
The projected post time for the first trial (race two of the night) is 6:26 p.m. CDT, and the eighth and final trial (ninth race) is expected to go off around 9:28 p.m. The 10 fastest horses from the trials will run back in the finals of the $355,800 Remington Park Derby on Saturday, April 17.
Remington Park racing continues next week with a Thursday-Saturday schedule, April 1-3. The first post is 6 p.m. nightly. There will be no live racing on Easter at Remington Park.
Tracked by more than 165,000 fans on Facebook and 10,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $258 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The 2021 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season continues through May 29. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.