Paint Horse racing’s all-time winningest trainer, Dee Keener, has qualified four finalists in the Grade 1, $153,700 Paint Stallion Breeders’ Association American Paint Classic Futurity scheduled for Saturday at Remington Park. Part of the quartet of finalists, the fastest qualifier Js Successful Chicken.

Js Successful Chicken, who won his trial in a time of :17.215 for 330 yards, the fastest clocking of the trials on April 14, has been made the 7-2 lukewarm favorite by morning-line maker Jerry Shottenkirk in this event.

This 2-year-old filly by CRM Livewire, easily the most prolific sire among Paints going the past couple of years, appears to be lining up as the next big thing from her daddy. Js Successful Chicken only got beat a half-length two races back in the $40,000 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Juvenile Stakes on March 25 and had some bumping trouble at the beginning of that race. She came back with a clean trip in the trials under three-time AQHA Championship jockey James Flores and made her way to the finish line first for the first time.

Among Keener’s other three qualifiers is Triple L Express, the second favorite at 4-1, qualifying with the sixth-fastest time during trials. This 2-year-old colt by CRM Livewire was the 7-2 favorite in the Grade 1, $203,500 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity at Remington Park on March 25. He was dancing at the break of that race and never got involved, finishing last in the field of 10. That futurity was won by Whiskey and Rain. Jockey Ricky Ramirez gets the mount after three tries with Bryan Candanosa.

Keener also entered Js Quick Chili, the seventh-fastest qualifier and Pevs Wire to Wire, the ninth-fastest. The third favorite in this American Paint Classic Futurity is Pevs Wire to Wire at 9-2 odds with regular rider Jesus Salazar in the saddle.

Despite finishing as the second-fastest Paint in the trials, Tess the Wire, is a generous 6-1 odds in the morning line. This 2-year-old filly by CRM Livewire, hails from the barn of trainer Matt Whitekiller, who is distant second in the all-time Paint wins standings. Her trial time was :17.243 with a 77-speed index. Of the 10 Paints qualifying for this final, eight of them were sired by CRM Livewire.
Wired BB, trained by Durk Peery, was the third-fastest qualifier in the trials with :17.281 and a 76-speed index and is listed at 8-1 for the finals.

Here’s a look at the American Paint Classic final with post position, horse, odds, jockey, trainer:
Js Successful Chicken, 7-2, James Flores, Dee Keener
Nota Pocahontas, 20-1, Rolando Raudales, Stacey Capps
Js Quick Chili, 12-1, Raul Valenzuela, Dee Keener
Wired BB, 8-1, Gonzalo Gutierrez, Durk Peery
Turnpikers Silos, 15-1, Roman Cruz, Jesus Ruiz
Tess the Wire, 6-1, Francisco Calderon, Matt Whitekiller
Pevs Wire to Wire, 9-2, Jesus Salazar, Dee Keener
Triple L Xpress, 4-1, Ricky Ramirez, Dee Keener
Storms Livewire, 5-1, Javier Hernandez-Gallardo, Michelle Hurdle
Drank Like Hank, 12-1, Cody Wainscott, Ray Enlow
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