TRAINER SANTOS CARRIZALES, JOCKEY JUAN PULIDO COMBINE SATURDAY TRIPLES, TAKING STRANGLEHOLD AT TOP OF THEIR STANDINGS
Santos Carrizales, Jr. found another gear in the race for the training title, sending out four horses Saturday night at Remington Park and winning with three of them.
Carrizales teamed up with jockey Juan Pulido to win the first, eighth and 11th races as they each surged to a comfortable advantage in the trainers’ and jockeys’ standings here.
Carrizales won with Unome Valentine ($6.60 to win), Turcotte ($5), and Sumokegetsinyoureyes ($4.80), respectively. That gave the trainer 21 wins in 47 starts this meet, that’s an incredible rate of 45 percent winners. Successful trainers usually are happy to have their barn run in the money (win, place and show) 45 percent of the time, let alone wear a path to the winner’s circle. His 21 wins puts him four ahead of Dee Keener, who has been neck-and-neck with Carrizales this entire meet, if not ahead of the red-hot conditioner. Keener had one win Saturday and sits in second with 17 victories.
Rounding out the top five in the trainers’ standings are Eddie Willis third, 13 wins; Clinton Crawford fourth, 12, and Ty Blackwell fifth, 11.
Pulido’s three trips to the winner’s circle gave him 21 wins for the meet, three more than Cody Smith in second at 18 victories. Pulido was last year’s top rider at Remington Park, breaking a three-year streak by James Flores. Smith won once Saturday. The rest of the top five are Francisco Calderon (won twice Saturday) at 16, followed by Jorge Torres in fourth with 15 and Justine Klaiber in fifth, winning 13 times.
The first win of the night for the smoking hot duo was with Unome Valentine in the first race, winning by a neck as the 2-1 second favorite in the race. This 2-year-old gelding by A Dashing Valentine, out of the Unome (TB) mare Unome Love (TB), was making his career debut in a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. Unome was bred in Oklahoma by his owner, Josefina Guzman of Dallas, Texas.
Guzman also owned the winner in the eighth, Turcotte. She has been nothing less than brilliant with her horses, sitting at the top of the owners’ standings at Remington Park. Amazingly winning nine times with 11 starters, Guzman’s stable has an even more incredible 82 percent win rate.
Turcotte, as the 3-2 favorite, also was a winner at first asking in his maiden race. Guzman bought this horse for $75,000 at the Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale in 2021. Turcotte is a 2-year-old colt by Ivory James, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Significant. He was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox.
The banner night concluded in the 11th as Sumokegetsinyoureyes extended her winning streak to three races in a row, winning in her Remington Park debut after concluding her fall meet at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, with two victories. This 3-year-old daughter of FDD Dynasty, out of the Country Chicks Man mare Sumokin, broke her maiden at Lone Star on Nov. 19 last year by 1-1/4 lengths and then won an allowance race for non-winners of two lifetime there by three-quarters of a length on Dec. 16. She won Saturday night in a race designated for allowance non-winners of three career races by a head as the 7-5 wagering favorite. This filly is owned by Rivera Quarter Horse Racing (Jonathon Rivera) of Lakewood, Colo.
Remington Park racing continues Sunday with first post time at 4 p.m.
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