TRAINER GUILLERMO VALDIVIA TAKES TRAINING RACES TO HEART WITH THREE WINNERS – CANDY BLOOD, CHARMED HEART, BIG JOHN JACOB
Trainer Guillermo Valdivia won three training races at Remington Park on Wednesday and two of the winners sounded like leads in a horror movie and a love story – Candy Blood and Charmed Heart.
The third winner came in the final race of the day – the 12th with Big John Jacob.
Candy Blood, a 2-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Blood, out of the Wave Carver mare Randy Candy, had the fastest time of the day for the 12 schooling races, covering 250 yards in 13.298 seconds. Under jockey Armando Ramirez II, Candy Blood broke inward from the 7-hole and took out a few horses to his inside and then straightened out to win by three-quarters of a length. The time was good enough for an 88 speed index, the fastest training race time of 2020. The runners Wednesday were obviously running on a track surface that was susceptible to faster times with eight of 12 races won by horses with speed indexes in the 80s.
That has not happened in any previous training-race days this year. The fastest training race in all of 2020 has been Tres Coronas, who put up a speed index of 83 on Feb. 14.
All races on Wednesday were run with a tailwind of 6-10 mph.
Candy Blood is owned by Rick Sumner of Checotah, Okla. His win came in the third race of the day and Charmed Heart’s came in the eighth. Charmed Heart is owned by Double G Ranch and earned an 87 speed index. He is a gelded son of Corona Cartel, out of the First Down Dash mare Charm Dance.
The second-place horse in his training race scored an 87 speed index and the next horse back in third was two lengths behind him with a 70.
Big John Jacob covered his 250 yards in 13.589 seconds for a 77. He is owned by Cynthia L. or Charles Warren, Sr.
In other training races Wednesday, the winners, American Quarter Horses unless otherwise noted, were Candys Power Wagon, (first race, 13.467 seconds, 82 speed index, trainer Clint Crawford, owner Shane or Avery Bradney), Kasens Shadow (second race, 13.480, 81, Tyler Crawford, Earl Leon Richardson), Luminositi, (fourth race, 13.666, 74, Jason Olmstead, Brenda Reiswig), Acting Clever, (fifth race, 13.493, 81, Blane Wood, Raider 5 Racing LLC), Everlong (sixth race, 13.306, 88, Eddie Willis, Zynda Racing), Class E Cartel, (seventh race, 13.465, 82, Jason Olmstead, Jo Rice), Pl Pearl Harbor, (ninth race, 13.403, 84, Stacy Charette-Hill, Tom D. Lepic), Teller Ill (I’ll) Return, (10th race, 13.587, 77, Eddie Willis, Ivonne Sanchez), Smoken Blue Moon, (11th race, 13.674, 73, Shawna Manriquez, Tom Scheckel).
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