JOCKEY LUIS QUINONEZ WINS FOR 1,400TH AND 1,401ST TIMES AT REMINGTON PARK, IN THIRD PLACE ALL-TIME IN RIDER STANDINGS
Veteran rider Luis Quinonez won for the 1,400th time at Remington Park in his racing career in race six Thursday night and then immediately turned that into 1,401 by taking the seventh race.
Quinonez, of Jones, Okla., sits in third-place all-time on the Remington Park riders list, behind only Cliff Berry and Don Pettinger, both retired. Berry finished his career with 2,125 wins at Remington Park and Pettinger is second at 1,419. A total of 19 more wins by Quinonez puts him into second place all-time.
Rounding out the top five Remington Park jockeys all-time are Tim Doocy in fourth with 796 trips to the winners circle and the late, great Pat Steinberg, who had 727 victories. The rest of the top 10 are Benny Landeros (689), Glen Murphy (650), Ramon Vazquez (606), R.D. Williams (591) and Dale Cordova (543). The top five riders on this list are in the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Quinonez began the current season with 1,378 wins at this Oklahoma City track and has won 23 times this meet, good for seventh in the standings. Leading rider David Cabrera, who has 65 wins this meet, sits in 16th place on the all-time local list with 366 wins.
Quinonez, riding for longtime owner-trainer and friend of the jockey, C.R. Trout, of Edmond, Okla., came from dead last in a field of 12 in race six to pass them all with Cash in the Ticket at 5-1 odds. With Euramaster setting a swift pace in the 6-1/2 furlongs race, Quinonez, with the patience of a veteran, sat last for the first half mile before making his move. At the top of the stretch, the 4-year-old gelding had moved up to fifth and in the end got up for first by one length over Please the Court (6-1). The fractions for the race were :22.84 seconds for the first quarter-mile; :45.96 for the half-mile; 1:11.04 for three-quarters of a mile and final time of 1:17.42 over the fast track.
Cash in the Ticket is a gelded son of Flat Out, out of the Sunday Break (JPN) mare Sundayville Break, and was also bred by Trout in Oklahoma. Cash in the Ticket paid $12.40 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show across the board. Please the Court was another length ahead of third-place finisher Euromantic (9-1). The 2-1 favorite in the race, Now Tiz Time, finished eighth, well back.
Cash in the Ticket earned $21,768 from the $35,775 purse and now has won three times in 15 starts, finished second three times and third twice. His overall bankroll now stands at $123,135.
Before the 1,400th win could sink in, Quinonez was back up in the seventh race aboard another winner – Staythirstymyamigo (5-1). This 4-year-old filly owned by David J. Huffman of Spicewood, Texas, and trained by John L. Hall, also raced from well off the pace in seventh race early, ahead of only one horse. When Quinonez punched the go button, she responded passing four horses down the stretch to get up by a head over Maria Chuchena (MEX) at 17-1 odds, and another half-length ahead of post-time favorite Pretty Britches (6-5) in third.
Quinonez won the six-furlong race in a time of 1:11.88, chasing fractions of :22.39, :46.06, and :58.66. The daughter of Stay Thirsty, out of the Rahy mare Michael’s Rose, was bred in Kentucky by Stephen Wigmore and Spruce Lane Farm. Staythirstymyamigo earned $7,503 from the win and improved to 24 starts, eight wins, four seconds and two thirds for $128,241 in earnings lifetime.
Remington Park racing continues Friday night, Nov. 13, with three stakes races for Oklahoma-breds, including two-time Oklahoma Horse of the Year Welder who will start in the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes. Racing also continues Saturday, Nov. 14. The first race both nights is at 7:07pm.
Monday and Tuesday racing will begin Nov. 16 & 17. The first race on Mondays and Tuesdays happens at Noon. All times are Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $252 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 $200,000 Springboard Mile, the top stakes event for 2-year-olds at Remington Park, is featured on Friday, Dec. 18. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season continues through Sunday, Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.