TRAINER EDDIE WILLIS SETS BAR HIGH IN FIRST TRAINING RACE, HES GRANDIOSE HAS TOP TIME AMONG 2-YEAR-OLD COMPETITORS
It is no surprise when 12-time Remington Park training title champion Eddie Willis has the fastest training race winner. On Wednesday, a 2-year-old American Quarter Horse from his barn at Remington Park was the swiftest of all the juvenile non-starters.
Willis sent out Hes Grandiose for the first of eight schooling races on the day and the 2-year-old Quarter Horse son of Hes Relentless, out of the Corona Cartel mare Aqua Girl, put up a time that no other juvenile Quarter Horse would challenge the rest of the day. Hes Grandiose broke from the 7-post position under jockey Justine Klaiber and stopped the timer for 250 yards in :13.879 over a fast track. That was good for a speed index of 68.
Klaiber jumped out of the gate in a hurry aboard Hes Grandiose, owned by the Wishbone Partnership, and she nosed out Tyger King in a photo finish. Tyger King hit the wire in :13.887 seconds, only eight-thousands of a second slower than the winner.
Hes Relentless, who stands at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Okla., for a $7,000 stud fee, according to stallionesearch.com, finished 17th in the country last year as a sire of 2-year-olds. A couple of his top runners have been Hes Innocent, winner of the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity and the Grade 3 Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs in 2020 and 2021; and Relentlessly, who won the Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby here at Remington Park in 2021. Hes Relentless’ 2-year-old progeny last year earned $832,296.
The actual fastest time of the day came from a 3-year-old Quarter Horse filly named SS Fancy Wagon from trainer Sammy Valdivia’s barn. She was ridden to victory by jockey Cody Wainscott. SS Fancy Wagon’s time was :13.841 and she received a 70 speed index for that time in the eighth and final training race on Wednesday.
The speeds were held in check Wednesday by a headwind that prevailed, gusting around 25 mph for all the races on a day that was overcast with temperatures in the mid-to-high 60s. In comparison to the fastest times on Wednesday, a Paint named Rammer Jammer, won one race with a speed index of 44.
The other winners on the day (Quarter Horses unless otherwise designated), with their times, speed indexes and trainers were:
Race 2, Livewires Turnpike (Paint), :14.343, 50, Ty Blackwell
Race 3, Flash of Gold, :14.181, 56, Eddie Willis
Race 4, Rammer Jammer (Paint), :14.498, 44, Dee Keener
Race 5, Murphy Goode, :14.043, 62, Trey Wood
Race 6, Marfil (App), :14.262, 53, Jose Ruiz
Race 7, MH Relentless Bird, 13.997, 64, Eddie Lee Willis
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