TOP QUALIFIER PIANO MAN SAM IS MORNING-LINE FAVORITE IN OKLAHOMA FUTURITY
The 82nd renewal of the Oklahoma Futurity is set for Saturday, March 25 at Remington Park. The Grade 2 event headlines a racing program with a total of eight stakes races and total purses of $1,255,630 for the 12 races overall.
The $533,270 purse for the Oklahoma Futurity is the richest in the history of the race, conducted at Remington Park every spring since 2006. The race is the longest-running futurity in American Quarter Horse racing, first held in 1947.
Piano Man Sam, the top qualifier throughout 17 trials for the Oklahoma Futurity on March 11, has been made the 3-1 morning-line favorite at 3-1 odds.
Owned by Shelley Goodnight of Park Hill, Okla., Piano Man Sam is a 2-year-old gelded son of Tres Seis, out of the PYC Paint Your Wagon mare Paint Your Pie. Shelley also bred her speedster in Oklahoma. He is trained by Kevin Goodnight and will be ridden by Alonso Rivera who handled him in his top trial run, the 17th and final on trials night.
The second morning-line favorite for the 300-yard Oklahoma Futurity is PYC Legacy at 7-2 odds. Owned by Rito Sosa of Blanchard, Okla., PYC Legacy is trained by Waylan Melton who also qualified Fun N Fire (6-1) and Fly On Sister (15-1) to the Oklahoma Futurity.
Here is the field for the Oklahoma Futurity by program and post-position order, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
Kams Relentless: Clint Crawford, Jorge Torres, 10-1
Colleys Cartel: Juan Diaz, Jr., Javier Hernandez-Gallardo, 5-1
Fun N Fire: Waylan Melton, Agustin Silva, 6-1
JT True Grit: Jeffrey Tyer, Roman Cruz, 12-1
Dodge City: Robi Meche, Bryan Candanosa, 15-1
Dashin Hocks: Juan Diaz, Jr., Francisco Calderon, 8-1
Fly On Sister: Waylan Melton, Rolando Raudales, 15-1
Pearl Hart: Robi Meche, Ricky Ramirez, 15-1
Piano Man Sam: Kevin Goodnight, Alonso Rivera, 3-1
PYC Legacy: Waylan Melton, Juan Pulido, 7-2
The Oklahoma Futurity is the ninth of 12 races on Saturday evening, scheduled at 9:36pm. The other stakes events include:
Race 3, Grade 1, $35,000 Speedhorse Graham Paint/Appaloosa Stakes
Race 4, Grade 2, $50,000 Eastex Stakes
Race 6, $40,000 Oklahoma Paint/Appaloosa Juvenile
Race 7, Grade 1, $203,500 Oklahoma Paint/Appaloosa Futurity
Race 8, $50,000 Oklahoma Juvenile
Race 10, Grade 3, $234,860 Oklahoma Derby
Race 11, Grade 2, $50,000 Decketta Stakes
The Oklahoma Futurity card also represents the initial contest night for the Easy Money Chase in 2023. The free online game, worth $6,600 in prize money with a top award of $3,000, can be accessed for registration and log-in at remingtonpark.com. Simply click on the gold button at the top of the site depicting the Easy Money Chase to sign in and make selections.
Remington Park racing takes place Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26, with the first race nightly at 6pm. Sunday racing begins at 4pm. All times are Central.
Tracked by more than 172,000 fans on Facebook and 10,700 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $316 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 features the 2023 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa season through June 3. Remington Park presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.