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Five Stakes at Will Rogers

Oklahoma track offers nearly $700,000 in purse money.

November 10, 2012

Will Rogers Downs on Saturday presented five stakes races for nearly $700,000 in purse money, highlighted by the $418,993 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3). In that rich 400-yard event, Andrew Smith’s Wicked Courage jumped out to an early lead and cruised home by 1 ½ lengths in :19.603 with Cody Jensen up for trainer Luis Villafranco. This marked the fourth consecutive win for the Texas-bred Captain Courage gelding and his second stakes win after taking the Black Gold 350 Futurity (R) in October.

This victory was worth $167,597 and boosted Wicked Courage’s earnings to $215,946. Bred by Burnett Ranches LLC, Wicked Courage is one of three stakes winners produced by the stakes-placed Dash For Cash mare Wicked Pamela. Wicked Courage is the leading earner for first-crop sire Captain Courage, a son of Mr Jess Perry who finished third in the 2007 All American Futurity (G1).

Geraldine and Warren Buck Elk Sr.’s Specialscountrychick, a filly by Country Chicks Man, got up to be second. The Mr Eye Opener filly Eyem Unstopable took third for owners Stephen Mongonye and Tyler Graham.

In the $166,200 OHA Mystery Futurity (R), Wade Helton’s Joker On Jack romped to a 2 ¼-length victory and established a new track record of :17.289 at 350 yards. Raul Gutierrez rode for conditioner Alfredo Gomez.

Joker On Jack, a gelding by PYC Paint Your Wagon bred in Oklahoma by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC, won his trial race by 1 ¼ lengths and posted the ninth-fastest qualifying time. He came into this race with earnings of $3,224 and added another $66,980 to that total.

Arthur Loftis’ Little Prairie Wagon, also by PYC Paint Your Wagon, came on late to take second. Last First Kiss, a filly by Shazoom running in the colors of Alexia Mehrle, crossed the wire third.

The $62,500 Black Gold Derby (R) went to Francis L. Glowacki 97 Trust’s homebred Black Rosalita, who drew clear to a two-length victory in :19.693 for 400 yards. Jockey James Flores earned the victory for trainer Luz Chavira.

The win gave Black Rosalita two stakes wins at the Will Rogers meet after the Sweet First Down filly captured the Charlie Claborn Memorial Stakes in September. Her record now stands at 20-7-1-2 with earnings of $91,639.

Dream Walkin Farms Inc.’s Just Wave, a colt by Wave Carver, earned second-place in his stakes debut. Tom Maher’s Painted Lies, a stakes winner in Minnesota and Iowa, took third.

In other stakes action, Jesse In Town took the $20,000 OQHRA Fall Classic Stakes for older horses going 440 yards. Running for owner Mary Passmore Kirby, the Arkansas-bred Feature Mr Jess gelding prevailed by a head in :21.699 with Cody Jensen up for trainer Jackie Kirby. Jesse In Town is now a four-time stakes winner with earnings of more than $125,000.

In the $22,400 Bill Hedge Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds, Noel Prieto’s Brace For Bernal, an Oklahoma-bred colt by Furyofthewind, got his second stakes win at Will Rogers after taking the John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge. He went on to finish second in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows. He was bred by Joaquin Lopez.