CHARLIES FURY WINS FOURTH RACE AT REMINGTON PARK, TAKING FEATURE ALLOWANCE AGAINST STAKES CALIBER HORSES
Charlies Fury won his fourth race in eight tries at Remington Park in Friday night’s featured allowance race that had plenty of stakes-caliber rivals competing with him.
Charlies Fury was the fastest qualifier in last year’s $368,000 Heritage Place Derby trials here last year and ran less than a length back in the finals against Apollitical Pence, who was a monster at Remington Park in 2019. The 4-year-old gelded sorrel son of Furyofthewind, out of the Take Off Jess mare Jess Charlena, jumped out of the gate with a fury, under jockey Agustin Silva, and showed his huge heart, holding off the late charge of last year’s Jack Brooks Stakes winner here, Watah Flash.
Trainer Michelle Hurdle had the winner on his toes and ready to fly after a dull showing in the Grade 2, $71,528 Bank of America Challenge Stakes on March 29, his first start of the year. He finished sixth in that spot, but returned to his old form, flying to the wire first Friday. He is owned and was bred by Tom and Kathleen McNally of Guthrie, Okla.
The win pushed Charlies Fury over the $200,000 mark in earnings for his career. He has now raced 13 times with five wins, four seconds and three thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $211,329. He won $12,500 of the $23,200 purse in this win.
Charlies Fury stopped the timer for 350 yards in a swift :17.264 over a fast track for a speed index of 97. He finished a half-length ahead of Watah Flash, who was another three-quarters of a length ahead of third-place finisher Heza Blues Man.
Charlies Fury went off the prohibitive even-money favorite and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.20 across the board.
Racing is scheduled to continue, with no public spectators, with Saturday’s 10-race card on tap. First race post time is 6 p.m. (Central) and included in the night’s racing is the Grade 1, $103,200 American Paint Classic Futurity with WF Turnpike Candy looking for his third win in four career attempts, after being the fastest qualifier in the trials. That is the seventh race scheduled to go off at around 8:42 p.m.
Also Saturday, the Grade 1, $31,201 American Paint Derby, the fourth race scheduled to go off around 7:21 p.m., with Southern Electric looking for his sixth win in eight tries at Remington Park.
Tracked by more than 163,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,200 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $242 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 presents the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season through May 30. Visit remingtonpark.com for free racing selections for every program.