March 24, 2012
Jimmy Brooks * Dustin Orono Photo
The final race at Remington Park on Friday provided a career milestone for jockey Jimmy Brooks of Blanchard, Oklahoma, as he won his 1,000th American Quarter Horse race aboard GRC Paint Me Quick.
The final race of the night was for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds in a maiden-claiming event at the $20,000 level. The wagering favorite at 8-5 odds, GRC Paint Me Quick cruised to a one-length win under Brooks, covering the 300 yards in :15.708 on the fast track. Owned by the Ada, Oklahoma, partnership of Alona James and Charles Hainline, GRC Paint Me Quick is trained by Eddie Willis. The filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon broke her maiden status in her second career attempt.
Brooks, the leading rider during the current season with 13 victories, began his career as a jockey in 1984. He was the co-champion jockey in the 2010 Remington Park season for his only riding title at the Oklahoma City track.
Saturday night racing at Remington is headlined by the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes. The field is loaded with great talent including the 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123, who is the morning-line favorite in the race at 5-2 odds. Millionaire Llano Teller, winner of the Remington Park Futurity (G1) in 2010, is second on the Leo morning-line at 3-1 odds.
The 10 Leo entrants boast a combined earnings total of $4,581,570. They have 69 career victories between them.
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