Cruzin The Wagon Sets Remington Record
Track celebrates state-breds with inaugural Oklahoma Speedfest.
May 20, 2012
The inaugural Oklahoma Speedfest racing program produced fast times over a sloppy racetrack throughout the 11-race card for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park. The most impressive clocking of the afternoon belonged to Cruzin The Wagon in the $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) when the filly whistled to new 350-yard track record.
Cruzin The Wagon, defeated eight other 3-year-olds in the Jack Brooks Stakes under a strong hand-ride by jockey Stormy Smith over the final half of the race, winning by a length.
“She got away just like she’s supposed to and then I went to the stick one time and she opened up,” said Smith.
Crossing the finish in :17.060, Cruzin The Wagon shaved .106 seconds off the former 350-yard mark that was set in the 2009 Jack Brooks Stakes by Fishin CR. Trained by Brent Clay, the victory was the ninth from 11 career starts for Cruzin The Wagon, who has won six of those races at Remington Park including four this season.
Legendary trainer Jack Brooks was on hand in the winner’s circle to present the trophy for the race in his name to Terry and Mary Pursel of Leavenworth, Kansas, owners of Cruzin The Wagon.
“It was an honor to meet and receive the trophy from Jack Brooks,” said Mary Pursel, who credited a moment decades back for getting involved in racing. “When we went to the farm of Jack Brooks 20 years ago and saw All American Futurity winner Strawberry Silk, I knew then that racing horses was something we would be interested in doing.”
Away as the even-money wagering favorite, Cruzin The Wagon paid $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Katillac Man was the runner-up, paying $6.60 to place and $4.60 to show. BV Valentine Wagon was third and paid $3 to show.
Cruzin The Wagon is an Oklahoma-bred filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Okey Dokey Dale mare Penelope Cruzin. She earned $26,250 for the Jack Brooks triumph to run her career money to $284,832.
Michael Pohl is the breeder of Cruzin The Wagon.
$50,000 Easy Jet Stakes (RG3)
Eyegotitgoinon stunned the Oklahoma Speedfest race fans at Remington Park by storming to the front and pouring it on to win by 1 ¾ lengths in the Easy Jet. The 2-year-old gelded son of Mr Eye Opener romped home to cover the 350 yards over a sloppy track in a rapid final time of :17.256 while defeating seven other 2-year-old rivals.
Owned by Raymundo Villareal Jr. of Mission, Texas, Eyegotitgoinon was ridden by Rickey Ramirez. The jockey was surprised by his charge’s alert beginning.
“The last time I rode him he didn’t get away that well but he was great today, he left perfect,” said the rider. “He just kept going and going. If the race was longer he still would have won.”
Trained by Trey Wood and assisted at Remington Park by Paul Leal, Eyegotitgoinon paid $17.60 to win, $7.20 to place and $3.80 to show. Ground Hero was the race favorite and went off at 2-1 odds, but hopped at the start and finished second, paying $3.60 to place and $3.00 to show. Paint The Candy Lane, the 5-2 second-choice, weakened to third and paid $3.20 to show.
Eyegotitgoinon is a perfect two-for-two in his career with both wins this season at Remington Park. The winner’s share of the Easy Jet, $26,250, boosts his overall earnings to $36,130. By Mr Eye Opener, Eyegotitgoinon is from the Special Effort mare Cant Hide Love and was bred in Oklahoma by Dee and Betty Raper.
The Easy Jet Stakes is named in honor of the 1969 All American Futurity winner and legendary stallion.
$34,250 Bugs Alive In 75 Stakes (R), 2-year-old colts and geldings
Send A Candy Guy was victorious in the 300-yard race, scoring by a half-length after a furious rally under jockey Tony Bennett.
Owned and bred by Carl Pevehouse of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, the leading owner during the Remington Park season, and trained by Clint Crawford, Send A Candy Guy was the 2-1 wagering favorite and crossed the finish in :15.285.
Send A Candy Guy paid $6 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.40 to show. Purr Country was second and paid $18.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Cartel Dynasty finished third and returned $2.40 to show.
Send A Candy Guy is a colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Disco Jerry (TB) mare Send The Guys Candy. He picked up his second win from three starts, all this season at Remington Park, while making $20,100. His earnings now stand at $35,992.
The Bugs Alive In 75 Stakes is named after the 1975 All American Futurity winner who earned over a half-million dollars in his three-year racing career.
$35,000 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R), 2-year-old fillies
Still undefeated after her second start, SS Calendar Girl pulled an upset at 9-1 odds in defeating BP Painted Lady by a head in the FL Lady Bug Stakes.
Owned by Hipolito Pina and trained by Bonifacio Almanza, SS Calendar Girl was ridden by Jesus Salazar. The filly by Finding Nemo from the Mr Jess Perry mare First Prize Robin paid $20.80 to win, $12.80 to place and $5 to show. She was bred in Oklahoma by her former owners Lloyd Scherwinski and William Smith. The filly was claimed from them for $20,000 by her current connections on April 20.
BP Painted Lady paid $8.20 to place and $7.40 to show. Madresita, the beaten 4-5 wagering favorite, was third and paid $3.40 to show.
SS Calendar Girl earned $20,550 in the FL Lady Bug Stakes to run her lifetime total to $30,484. The race is named in honor of FL Lady Bug, a foundation broodmare in American Quarter Horse racing.
Trainer Clint Crawford and Tony Bennett teamed up for four wins on Oklahoma Speedfest Sunday. In addition to their score with Send A Candy Guy in the Bugs Alive In 75 Stakes, they also triumphed with Count On Rhythm ($6 to win) in the third race, Send Candy Power ($17.40) in the sixth race and The Gray Man ($4) in the 11th race.
Crawford now has 36 wins on the season, trailing Eddie Willis, the leader in the trainer standings, by just four wins. Bennett now has 37 wins, placing him third in the jockey standings behind G.R. Carter who has 71.
There are now just four race dates left in the Remington Park season. There will be no live racing on Thursday night, May 24. The racing will resume on Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
The richest race in Oklahoma history is on Saturday, May 26, as the $1,115,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) is conducted. The first race on Saturday is 6 p.m.
The $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) is featured on Sunday, May 27, with a special first race time of 4 p.m.
Memorial Day racing on Monday, May 28 will start at 1:30pm. The season concludes on Memorial Day.
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