TRAINER MATT WHITEKILLER QUALIFIES THREE FOR SPEEDHORSE GRAHAM FUTURITY
Trainer Matt Whitekiller qualified three of the top 10 horses for the finals of the Grade 1, $136,700 Speedhorse Graham Futurity on Saturday night at Remington Park, including the two fastest. The Speedhorse Graham is for 2-year-old Paints and Appaloosas.
Jockey Cody Smith was aboard for the two quickest qualifiers, Tales U Lose and This Wire Is Hot. Tales U Lose raced in the final trial of four on the night for 36 horses trying to qualify. He had to beat This Wire Is Hot’s time of 17.692 seconds for 350 yards to displace him at the top. Tales U Lose, a 2-year-old Paint colt by Wagon Tales (QH), out of the Texas Hero mare Elaina Go Go, stopped the timer eight-hundredths of a second faster in :17.612. His time was good for an 87 speed index, two points higher than This Wire Is Hot.
Whitekiller’s third qualifier was the bubble boy in 10th place, Real Easy Sign, who crossed the finish in :17.908 and recorded a 79 speed index under jockey Cristian Esqueda.
The trials might well be remembered more for the horses that did not qualify as for the ones that did. A pair of the fastest juvenile Paints on the grounds, WF Candy Turnpike and Captain Capi, were pinched back severely in their breaks from the gate and did not make the finals. It was not trainer Dee Keener’s night when it came to these two favorites.
WF Candy Turnpike went off at 1-5 odds, but could do no better than the 16th fastest time of 36 that went to the gate Saturday night. He had no shot after getting knocked back out of the gate, but he never gave up, finishing fourth in his trial, the first of the evening. He was on the bubble to make the finals in 10th place when the final trial went off, but four from that heat qualified, and a fifth had a faster time than him, knocking him out. WF Candy Turnpike won the American Paint Classic Futurity here in April.
Captain Capi, in the second trial, was sent off at 3-5 odds, and ran sixth, finishing 25th of the 36 that tried to qualify. He had previously won his Oklahoma Futurity trial on March 6, and then followed that with an easy win in the $180,100 Oklahoma Futurity final.
Tales U Lose broke on top out of the gate under Smith, and sped to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over the seventh-fastest qualifier, RP Live Wire Kent, the runner-up in the fourth trial. This colt was at 2-1 odds and paid $6, $3.20 and $3 across the board. He is owned by Dan and Kaye Jones of Kemp, Texas, who also bred him in Oklahoma. Tales U Lose earned $3,330 for the victory in these $6,000 trials and will go into the final on closing day, May 30, with two wins in three races. He won his Oklahoma Futurity trial on March 6, but then lost, running fifth to Captain Capi in the finals by 2-1/4 lengths. As aforementioned, he will not have to face that horse in these finals.
The following are the 10 fastest qualifiers, moving on to the May 30 Speedhorse Graham Futurity (horse, jockey, trainer, time, speed index, trial number):
· 1) Tales U Lose, Cody Smith, Matt Whitekiller, :17.612, 87, trial four.
· 2) This Wire Is Hot, Cody Smith, Matt Whitekiller, :17.692, 85, trial two.
· 3) Break Away James, Jorge Torres, Stacy Charette-Hill, :17.741, 84, trial one.
· 4) Baileys N Corona, Mario Delgado, Monty Arrossa, :17.763, 83, trial two.
· 5) Queen For Cash, Daniel Torres, Carlos Ruiz, :17.770, 83, trial three.
· 6) Lota Cowboy Try, James Flores, Dee Keener, :17.789, 82, trial two.
· 7) RP Live Wire Kent, Josh Romero, Ray Enlow, :17.811, 82, trial four.
· 8) Power Fade, Juan Pulido, Dee Keener, :17.865, 80, trial four.
· 9) WB Stevie Nix, Daniel Torres, Gary Jacobs, :17.897, 79, trial four.
· 10) Real Easy Sign, Cristian Esqueda, Matt Whitekiller, :17.908, 79, trial one.
Queen For Cash is the sole Appaloosa who qualified for the Speedhorse Graham. All four trials were conducted on a fast track with light northerly tailwinds between 5-6mph.
Remington Park racing continues with an 11-race program on Sunday, with no public spectators, at 6pm-Central.
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