WHIZKEY GLASSES GIVES JOCKEY JAMES FLORES HIS SECOND CAREER VICTORY IN EASY JET STAKES
Word from trainer Monty Arrossa’s barn was that Whizkey Glasses would have given the runners in the $1,314,980 Heritage Place Futurity a run for their money, had he qualified for the finals, which he did not.
When Whizkey Glasses was bumped in the Heritage Place trials, and still almost won, the original dream was lost, but the 2-year-old gelding showed his class by stepping into the $57,000 Easy Jet Stakes, winning with ease. The 2-1 second favorite in the race hit the wire at 350 yards in a time of :17.574 on the fast track, a half-length in front of Pevs Jukebox (14-1), for a speed index of 89. VF Kiss Me Quick ran third as the 9-5 betting favorite, one length back of the runner-up.
It was the second win in three tries for Whizkey Glasses, who paid $6.80 to win, $4.60 to place and $3 to show. His only loss was in those Heritage Place trials where he ran a fast, closing second by less than a length. The winner made $31,200 and boosted his career wallet to $47,118.
Three-time defending Remington Park champion rider and two-time AQHA Champion jockey James Flores took care of business, breaking fourth from the gate and then pushing this bay gelding to the lead. Trainer Monty Arrossa sent Whizkey Glasses to post for owner Dunn Ranch of Wynnewood, Okla., and it was the first win in this race for both. Flores won for the second time, also taking the Easy Jet in 2016 with Barue.
Whizkey Glasses, a son of FDD Dynasty from the Shazoom mare Marys Southernpolicy, is a homebred from Dunn Ranch.
The Easy Jet Stakes is named in honor of the great Oklahoma-bred and 1969 American Quarter Horse Association World Champion. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Famer Walter Merrick of Sayre, Okla., Easy Jet was also the winner of the 1969 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. After a stellar racing career, he became one of the sports prominent sires, until his passing in 1992.
Live racing continues Sunday for the final day of racing. Post time for the card that replaces the canceled Thursday night weather postponement is 1:30 p.m.
Tracked by more than 167,000 fans on Facebook and 10,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $261 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 is home to the $1.2 million Heritage Place Futurity on the Night of Champions, Saturday, May 29, the final evening of the American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season. The casino is always open. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.