DREAMSVILLE REMAINS UNDEFEATED AT REMINGTON PARK THIS SEASON, FASTEST QUALIFIER FOR HERITAGE PLACE DERBY
Dreamsville improved on perfection Saturday, winning his fourth consecutive race at Remington Park this meet as the fastest qualifier for the Grade 2, $270,100 Heritage Place Derby set for closing day.
The 3-year-old gelding put up a time of :19.784 over a fast track for 400 yards in the last of five heats and will go into the finals on Saturday, May 28, as the quickest of all the 3-year-olds that went in the trials. The winner, a gelded son of Hes Relentless, out of the Tres Seis mare Answer the Dream, is living up to his mother’s name. No one has been able to get their nose in front of him at the wire four times this season as he has won three Derby trials and the $271,000 Remington Park Derby in the process.
Dreamsville is owned by 95-year-old horse enthusiast Elizabeth Logan of Haskell, Okla., trained by Dee Keener and ridden by jockey Jesus Salazar. He has been nothing but perfect and seems to be as steady as a monthly utility bill in running big every time out. He has put up speed indexes of 92, 85 and 98 in his first three starts and then blazed to a 90 Saturday, leading from gate-to-wire in his trial.
Dreamsville improved to 12 starts, five wins, two seconds and three thirds for career earnings of $241,565. He earned $8,784 for his win in the trial for Logan. The winner won his heat by 1-1/4 lengths as Salazar just cruised aboard him without having to ask him for much run. His victory came into a 20-mph headwind. Dreamsville was bred in Oklahoma by Jg Kelly, J.L. Yother and N. Yearsley.
The finals for the Heritage Place Derby should prove to be a heated battle as the top three finalists were within a couple of speed index points apart. The second-fastest was Delight Us All in the first trial of the day, covering the distance in :19.812 and an 89 speed index. Mike Robbins trains this 3-year-old gelding by Corona Cartel, out of the Dash Ta Fame mare Our Genuine Delight, for owner Reliance Ranches (Micah McKinney) of Guthrie, Okla. Eugenio Navarrete rode the horse to victory. He can prove tough to beat also, winning four of seven lifetime with a second and third for earnings of $38,876. Delight Us All won his heat by 1-1/4 lengths as well. He was bred in Utah by McColee Land & Livestock.
Qualifying in the third spot was multiple-stakes winner Whizkey Glasses from trainer Monty Arrossa’s barn. He was equally impressive as the first two, gassing his field by 1-1/2 lengths. He had a time of :19.880 for an 88 speed index. Arrossa trains for Dunn Ranch of Wynnewood, Okla. Francisco Calderon rode this strapping gelding to victory for the first time. Whizkey Glasses, a gelded son of FDD Dynasty, out of the Shazoom mare Marys Southernpolicy, has now won eight of 12 career starts, with two seconds and one third for $814,371, the top earner in the field for the final. His previous stakes wins came in the Easy Jet Stakes at Remington Park on May 29, 2021 and the $1,112,000 Golden State Million at Los Alamitos in California. He was bred in Oklahoma by his owners.
The following were the 10 fastest qualifiers Saturday with times, speed index, race number, jockey and trainer:
1) Dreamsville, :19.784, 90, trial five, Jesus Salazar, Dee Keener
2) Delight Us All, :19.812, 89, trial one, Eugenio Navarrete, Mike Robbins
3) Whizkey Glasses, :19.880, 88, trial four, Francisco Calderon, Monty Arrossa
4) Jess the Leader, :19.964, 86, trial five, Francisco Calderon, John Stinebaugh
5) B Leaving, :20.016, 84, trail one, Justine Klaiber, Eddie Willis
6) Akurit, :20.018, 84, trial two, Rodrigo Vallejo, Heath Taylor
7) Lethal Viper, :20.042, 84, trial five, Juan Pulido, Santos Carrizales, Jr.
8) Iza Good Guy, :20.118, 82, trial five, Stormy Smith, John Hammes
9) Apollitical J Streak, :20.128, 82, trial four, Jimmy Brooks, Eddie Willis
10) Cell Bounce, :20.132, 81, trial three, Rodrigo Vallejo, Heath Taylor
Remington Park racing continues Sunday with a 4 p.m. first post time. Trials for the first-ever Heritage Place Oaks will be featured.
Tracked by more than 170,000 fans on Facebook and 10,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $290 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 will feature the $1,102,440 Heritage Place Futurity and the $250,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship on May 28. Simulcast horse racing is featured daily at Remington Park where the casino is always open! Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.