TRAINER DEE KEENER TAKES $183,950 OKLAHOMA PAINT & APPALOOSA FUTURITY FOR FOURTH TIME, THIS WIN WITH CAPTAIN CAPI
Every five years or so, trainer Dee Keener wins the Grade 1 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity at Remington Park. He won it in 2004, 2009, 2014 and again Saturday night with Captain Capi.
Keener won this race for the first time in 2004 with Linda Lajolla, a second time with Fast Attitude in 2009, and then the third time with Miss Movin On in 2014. With his fourth win in the race, he moved into second place for the most wins in the history of the stakes, only behind the late, great Lewis Wartchow, who won it five times.
Captain Capi, a 2-year-old gelded Paint by Capo de Capi (QH), out of the Judys Lineage mare Rosy Dial, popped out of the gate first and was never headed in the 300-yard Grade 1, $183,950 futurity. He stopped the timer in :15.334 on the fast track with a speed index of 93. It was the second-fastest time in stakes history, only behind RP Live Wire Dash’s time of :15.285 two years ago.
“I had three really nice horses in there,” said Keener. “I am happy for (owner) Lloyd (Garrison of Skiatook, Okla.)”
Captain Capi finished 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Baileys N Corona and another neck in front of third-place WF Turnpike Candy, the beaten wagering favorite at 4-5 odds. Captain Capi went off at 5-2 odds and returned $7.40 to win, $4.40 to place and $2.60 to show. He was bred in Oklahoma by the owner. The young gelding won for the second time in a row to start his career and now has won $74,876. He won $71,438 in this race.
“I have had horses quite a while for Lloyd,” said Keener. “He is a good owner and has a really nice horse. I’m just thankful to be a part of it.”
Keener’s other two finalist qualifiers were WF Turnpike Candy in third, and JS Shezaquickchick in fourth. Not a bad haul for this trainer. His horses took first place money along with $20,361 for third and $14,708 for fourth.
Leading rider James Flores rode the first- and third-place finishers in the trials and left the winner, Captain Capi, to jockey Juan Pulido. This was the first Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity for both Pulido and Lloyd Garrison who bred Captain Capi in Oklahoma.
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