WASCALLYWITTLEWABBIT ALL CLASS IN WINNING REMINGTON PARK DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES
It’s Wascallywittlewabbit’s 870-yard world and every other hook horse is just living in it.
The 2021 American Quarter Horse Association Distance Champion continued his dominance on the turn Saturday with a repeat win in the Grade 1, $54,470 Remington Park Distance Championship in easy fashion, drawing off by two lengths at 870 yards. It was the 7-year-old gelding’s seventh win in his last eight efforts around the hook, six of those in stakes company. It also was his 11th win in his last 14 tries at the measure.
Trained by Michael Joiner, this gelded son of Heza Motor Scooter, out of the Rabbits Rainbow mare Rabbits N Diamonds, has quickly become the premier turn horse in the country. His successful run actually began in 2020 after a miserable 2019 finish, running fifth and seventh to finish the year. When he made his spring debut at Remington Park on May 17, 2020 in allowance company for horses that had never won three races, he was a completely different animal. He won that day with Benito Baca in the irons for the first time and by a convincing 6-1/4 lengths. He then won another 870 under allowance conditions by a half-length.
Baca continued on this money train winning at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. and Remington Park predominantly in these streaks, but also taking the Challenge Distance Championship at the Downs at Albuquerque in New Mexico on Oct. 23 last year before taking some time off and then showing up at Remington Park again this spring.
One thing was different in Oklahoma City this time. With Baca retired as a jockey after winning on him nine times, Joiner would have to find another rider. Josh Romero has always been one of the best jocks at 870 yards at Remington Park and he took over the duties. Romero won on him by 3-1/2 lengths in the $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes on March 31 and then came back Saturday for the Championship and cruised to the two-length win in :44.998 over the fast surface. The time earned a 98 speed index.
“It was an amazing ride on him like always,” said Romero. “I just tried to stay with the horse on the lead (Jessa Bit of Candy, who faded to sixth) as long as I could because I didn’t want him to go out too fast too soon. When I asked him to run in the lane it was incredible.”
Wascallywittlewabbit went off as the heavy wagering favorite at 1-2 odds and paid $3 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Shockinglyfamous was the runner-up behind Wascallywittlewabbit for the second stakes race in a row, also seeing the winner from behind in the Pauls Valley. Holy Storm as third, 2-1/4 lengths from the front.
The remaining order of finish was Bubba Bad (4th), Cold Brewster (5th), Jessa Bit of Candy (6th) and Bojangles Comin (7th).
Wascallywittlewabbit earned $32,142 from the purse and improved his lifetime mark to 24 starts, 13 wins and two seconds for a bankroll of $344,188. He is owned by Rogers Farms (Jarett Rogers) of Clint, Texas and was bred by Mike Weatherly in New Mexico.
In his career, Wascallywittlewabbit has now won 12-of-18 starts at 870 yards and is five of six at Remington Park.
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