SOUTHERN SEIS MADE LUKEWARM 3-1 FAVORITE FOR $159,095 REMINGTON PARK OAKS
Southern Seis had the fastest qualifying time in the Remington Park Oaks trials and consequently was made the lukewarm 3-1 favorite for the $159,095 finals scheduled for Saturday, April 22.
The race is restricted to 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies who qualified at 400 yards during trials on April 8. Southern Seis and her connections are just thrilled that Tres Crystals is a Texas-bred and a gelding. She ran fifth to him in the finals of the Oklahoma Futurity last year. Losing by a length to the eventual Oklahoma and Heritage Place Futurity winner was no shame. Now that she has found her happy place against fillies born in Oklahoma, she has established herself as the one to beat.
Southern Seis, a 3-year-old daughter of Tres Seis, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Southern Miss, set the bar at :20.027 seconds in the trials for a speed index of 85. That time held up as the quickest of the session. She did it for trainer Lucio Espiritu under the guidance of leading jockey Roman Cruz. The filly is owned by Zareth Juarez of Litchfield, Ill.
The second-fastest filly on trials night was Kool N Foxy, :20.052, 84, and was made the 4-1 second morning-line favorite by oddsmaker Jerry Shottenkirk.
Southern Seis has seven career races and had won three while running second one other time for earnings of $83,254. Her first win came in the first start of her career, breaking her maiden at Remington Park on March 5, 2022 in the Oklahoma Futurity trials by 1-3/4 lengths at 27-1 odds. Cruz is her regular rider at Remington Park.
Southern Seis didn’t have much luck in her subsequent starts after her Oklahoma Futurity attempt in 2022, running sixth in the Laico Bird Stakes last year and then eighth in the Heritage Place Futurity trials. She made her way back to the winner’s circle for her second career win, in the Heartland Futurity trials at Horseshoe Indianapolis on July 2 last year. The filly came very close to winning the finals, running second, three-quarters of a length back to Extermynator. After that toughly fought battle, Espiritu gave her some time off until the Remington Park Oaks trials here on April 8 and she showed she is refreshed and ready to roll.
Southern Seis is also the top money earner in an evenly matched field of 10. She has drawn the outside post, the 10-hole, for Saturday’s race.
Kool N Foxy, a daughter of One Famous Eagle, out of the Walk Thru Fire mare Kool Fire, has a similar record to Southern Seis. She is 8-3-2-0 with a bankroll of $59,776. Her first of three wins came in her debut race at Remington, just like the fastest qualifier. Kool N Foxy won April 2, 2022 at Remington by three-quarters of a length against Remington Park Futurity company. She did not race in the finals of that race, but came back in the Heritage Place Futurity trials and got up for second, but didn’t qualify for that final.
Kool N Foxy’s second career win came in stakes company when she won the $51,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Championship on Aug. 21 last year. She then won her Remington Park Oaks trial on April 8 under jockey Daniel Torres for trainer Shawna Manriquez and owner Thomas Scheckel of Bellevue, Iowa. Torres is the only rider this filly has ever known.
The rest of the Remington Park Oaks (runs as the 10th race on a 12-race card Saturday) field with post, jockey, trainer and odds are:
Kiss My Roana, Oscar Andrade, Jr., Trey Wood, 12-1
Sheslosthatluvnfeeln, Gonzalo Gutierrez, Valerie Torres, 5-1
Miss Ellens Angel, Mario Delgado, Luis Villafranco, 15-1
Double Didget, Edwin Escobedo, Jason Olmstead, 6-1
Kool N Foxy, Daniel Torres, Shawna Manriquez, 4-1
JND Wagon, Juan Pulido, Josue Garcia, 15-1
Miss KT Perry, Cristian Esqueda, Stacy Charette-Hill, 15-1
AJ Fast Corona, Ramiro Garcia, Jason Olmstead, 8-1
Jess Roll Me Over, Bryan Candanosa, Josh Taylor, 10-1
Southern Seis, Roman Cruz, Lucio Espiritu, 3-1
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