JOSEFINA GUZMAN TOPS OWNER STANDINGS, TRAINERS RACE TIGHTENS, TOP JOCKEYS MOVE FARTHER AHEAD
Josefina Guzman broke a logjam at the top of the owners standings at Remington Park on Saturday night when her horse, Vencedora Jess, won the 10th race.
Guzman, of Dallas, Texas, got her fifth win of the meet, with her first-time starter hitting the finish line first in a 250-yard race. When she sends a horse to the track, she is all business. Guzman has won those five races in only six starts and ran second in the other try. Vencedora Jess is a 2-year-old filly by Apollitical Jess, from the Corona Cartel mare Belle of the Cartel. This filly was purchased for $38,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico in 2021.
The following is the current top five among owners:
Guzman, five wins; 2) tie – Bryan Hawk, Jeff Adams and Shelley Coldwell Goodnight, four each; 5) tie – Reliance Ranches (Micah McKinney), Gene and Tod Bradley, Heavy Hitters Racing Stables and Elizabeth Logan, three apiece.
In the trainers standings, Dee Keener was shut out Saturday, but still leads by a pair of wins over Santos Carrizales, Jr., who sent out two winners on the evening. Carrizales won with EC Regal Rock in the fourth and Vencedora Jess in the 10th. Jockey James Flores, the leading rider here from 2018-2020 here, was aboard for both wins. He couldn’t gain any ground, however, as top rider Cody Smith and second-place Jorge Torres each had a riding double to keep pace.
Carrizales was one of three trainers to win two on Saturday. Clint Crawford and Ty Blackwell also bagged a pair each. Here’s what the trainers top five looks like after 15 days of live racing:
Keener, 13 wins; 2) Carrizales, 11; 3) Crawford, 10; 4) tie – Eddie Willis and Blackwell, eight each.
Smith and Torres put some distance between themselves and the rest of the riding colony with their two wins each, Smith aboard Livewires Wagon in the second and DTL Secret Weapon in the sixth. Both are Paint horses trained by Blackwell. Torres’ two winners were Hey Soul Sistr in the third and Furrst String in the seventh. Both times he met Crawford in the winner’s circle for their picture with the horses. Hey Soul Sistr was declared the winner in her race after Wasting Light, a maiden for Willis, was disqualified for bumping a horse right out of the gate, causing a stack-up of interference, compromising many.
Here’s a look at the top five jockeys after Saturday’s racing:
Smith, 15 wins; 2) Torres, 12; 3) tie – Flores, Justine Klaiber, Francisco Calderon, Juan Pulido (last year’s top rider), Edwin Escobedo, and Jesus Salazar, eight wins apiece.
AQHA WORLD CHAMPION, DANJER, TAKES TO TRACK FOR WORKOUT
The millionaire American Quarter Horse Association World Champion from 2021, Danjer, stretched his legs for a workout Saturday morning at Remington Park. The 6-year-old gelded son of FDD Dynasty, from the Take Off Jess mare Shez Jess Toxic, was sent to the track for a 220-yard move and recorded a time of :11.34 breezing over the fast surface. That was the fastest time of the day for that distance (a bullet work) of 38 horses that worked 220.
Owner-trainer Dean Frey said prior to the meet that his millionaire charge of a horse would be pointed possibly to the Grade 1 $100,000 Leo Stakes on Saturday, April 30, if he is ready. If not, the ultimate goal would be the Grade 1, $250,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship on Saturday, May 28.
Danjer, ridden by Remington Park leading jockey Cody Smith, has raced 26 times in his career, winning 15 times, running second six other times and third three times for earnings of $1,503,885. He won five of seven races in 2021 and second in the other two races for $651,113 for the year. Among his wins were the following Grade 1 races – the Debbie Schauf Remington Park Invitational, the All American Quarter Horse Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs, the AQHA Challenge Championship Stakes at the Downs at Albuquerque, and the Refrigerator Invitational Championship at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. His only non-Grade 1 win for the year was the Grade 3 Bank of American Canterbury Park Challenge Championship Stakes in Minnesota.
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