TWO-TIME DEFENDING REMINGTON PARK JOCKEY CHAMPION, JAMES FLORES, EXTENDS LEAD WITH SUNDAY HAT TRICK
Jockey James Flores was already five wins ahead of second-place riders going into the Sunday afternoon races at Remington Park. He then extended the advantage to eight-wins with a riding triple.
Flores is off to a great start in his year, while trying to repeat as the American Quarter Horse Association Champion Jockey, a title he was awarded in 2019.
After seven days of racing in the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa meeting, Flores leads with 15 victories to Agustin Silva and Cody Smith’s seven each in second place.
Flores won the first race of the day aboard Jess Different, a 3-year-old colt owned by Cox-Lane LLC of Fort Worth, Texas and trained by John Buchanan. He was bred in Utah by McColee Land & Livestock. Jess Different was the even-money favorite and prevailed by a head, paying $4.20 to win, $3 to place and $2.20 to show.
Flores, closed his Sunday with a flourish, winning the last two races on the card, including the featured ninth aboard Dynasty Cartel. That second-level allowance race included stakes-winning Watah Flash, who won the $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes at Remington Park last May. Dynasty Cartel, trained by Josue Ponce and owned by Martin Gonzalez of Yukon, Okla., finished a head and a nose in front of Jess My Hocks and Watah Flash, who were both disqualified for interfering with the fourth-place finisher Jess Let It B. The stewards decided to place Jess Let It B in second and moved Jess My Hocks and Watah Flash down one spot to third and fourth respectively.
Dynasty Cartel was bred in Oklahoma by Flag Ranch, winning at 4-1 odds to return $10.40 to win, $7.60 to place and $4 to show. The 3-year-old colt by FDD Dynasty, out of the Corona Cartel mare A Snowy Cartel, covered 330 yards in 17.577 seconds over a fast track. That was good for an 88 speed index.
Flores’ final win came in the finale in the saddle of the 6-5 favorite, Lota Hot Hot Fire, in a maiden claiming race for a $7,500 tag. He won for trainer Gerald Reed and owners Reed and Whiting Ranch of Seminole, Okla. Lota Hot Hot Fire paid $4.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show.
Flores, who won the $3 million, Grade 1 All American Futurity last year at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, took the riding title at Remington Park in 2019 with 52 wins.
Racing continues at Remington Park, Thursday through Sunday, March 19-22. The historic Oklahoma Futurity will be renewed for a 79th time on Saturday, March 21 on an evening of seven stakes events. The first race nightly is at 6pm with Sunday racing at 1:30pm. All times are Central.
Tracked by more than 162,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,100 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $242 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park presents the Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity on Saturday, March 21. The 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season continues through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.