UNDEFEATED FILLY FERNWEH POSTS FASTER TIME THAN 2019 ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY WINNER MR JESS JENKINS IN REMINGTON PARK DERBY TRIALS
An undefeated filly, Fernweh, and the 2019 All American Futurity winner, Mr Jess Jenkins, were the two fastest qualifiers in the trials Sunday for the restricted Grade 2, $268,700 Remington Park Derby.
Fernweh, trained by Blane Wood, posted the quickest time at 400 yards, stopping the timer in :19.624 over a fast surface, earning a 92 speed index. Mr Jess Jenkins was the second-fastest at :19.780 and 88. The finals are scheduled for these 3-year-old American Quarter Horses on Saturday, April 18. The Remington Park Derby is restricted to eligible Oklahoma-breds.
Fernweh won her third in a row to start her career for owner Rusty Allred of Graham, Texas. This 3-year-old daughter of Favorite Cartel, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Lil Bit More, began her career at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico where she won the $1 million Ruidoso Downs Futurity last year on June 9 after winning her trial by open daylight, 2-3/4 lengths. She is now three-for-three lifetime with earnings of $433,638. She won $8,838 of the trial purse of $15,000 on Sunday.
Jockey Ricky Ramirez has been in the saddle for all three of Fernweh’s wins. She was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby Cox.
Here are the10 qualifiers from the five Sunday trials that will load the Remington Park Derby starting gate with jockey, trainer, owner, finishing time, speed index and number of trial:
1) Fernweh, Ricky Ramirez, Blane Wood, Rusty Allred of Graham, Texas, :19.624, 92, trial two.
2) Mr Jess Jenkins, James Flores, Marcos Carrizales, Jose E. Guzman and Rito Sosa of Blanchard, Okla., :19.780, 88, trial one.
3) Jesse D, Jimmy Brooks, Eddie Willis, Larry L. Rice of Scottsbluff, Neb., :19.862, 86, trial four.
4) Dynasty Cartel, Mario Delgado, Josue Ponce, Martin Gonzalez of Yukon, Okla., :19.921, 84, trial two.
5) Relentless Gun, Rolando Raudales, Guillermo Valdivia, Running C Ranch of Centerview, Mo., :19.941, 84, trial one.
6) Jess My Hocks, Agustin Silva, Michelle Hurdle, Tom and Kathleen McNally of Guthrie, Okla., :19.952, 83, trial three.
7) Chilitos, James Flores, Adrian Huitron, Anna and Omar Paredes of Buda, Texas, :20.000, 82, trial three.
8) Really First Down, Ricky Ramirez, Blane Wood, Dunn Ranch of Wynnewood, Okla., :20.084, 80, trial one.
9) Relentless Jessie, Juan Pulido, owner-trainer Manuel Mata of Derby, Ks., :20.140, 79, trial four.
10) A Painted Dynasty, Mario Delgado, Josue Ponce, David Gutierrez of Austin, Texas, :20.154, 78, trial four.
Sunday’s five trials were conducted under mostly sunny skies, into a southerly headwind ranging from 10-13mph.
Remington Park racing is scheduled to resume, with no public spectators, Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11 with a nightly first post time of 6 p.m.-Central. Next week is a three-day race week with no racing on Easter Sunday.
The Paul Harber Memorial, for older Paints and Appaloosas is featured on Friday night with a field of nine. DTL Samureye, winner of the race in 2019, is back to defend his title. Also returning, for the first time since the Paul Harber a year ago, is all-time leading Paint earner Painted Turnpike who has made $463,836 in his career.
Tracked by more than 163,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,200 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 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.