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Press ReleaseMarch 23, 2014
The historic Oklahoma Futurity, the oldest such race in American Quarter Horse racing, went to Paint Me Perry in the 73rd renewal Saturday night at Remington Park. The talented 2-year-old colt flew to a one-length win in the Grade 2, $370,800 event, covering the 300 yards in :15.077 over a fast track
Perfect through two career attempts after a victory in the trials, Paint Me Perry rolled with a sharp start to put him immediately on the lead that he would never relinquish. Made the 3-2 wagering favorite, Paint Me Perry did not disappoint his backers as he held off an outside rally from PYB Place Your Bet with Im A Lucky Corona third.
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by J and B Rental Inc. of Grand Prairie, Texas, Paint Me Perry is trained by Francisco Gonzalez. Jockey Paul Nieto ecstatically waved his whip in the air as his mount crossed the finish line, holding off the late-running rivals.
“Actually, I was watching the 8 horse (PYB Place Your Bet) as he was coming and grabbing some ground,” Nieto noted. “I asked and had all the horse.”
Paint Me Perry paid $5 to win, $11.60 to place and $6.40 to show. PYB Place Your Bet returned $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Im A Lucky Corona paid $4 to show.
A colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Mr Jess Perry mare Baby Perry, Paint Me Perry is two-for-two in his young career and earned $148,320 for the Oklahoma Futurity score to run his overall total to $154,158.
One Valiant Hero ran fifth as a 2-year-old in the Oklahoma Futurity a year ago at Remington Park. Saturday night, the now-3-year-old was best away from the starting gate while going on to win the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby by three-quarters of a length.
Owned by Valeriano Racing Stables of Odessa, Texas, and trained by Eddie Willis, One Valiant Hero was ridden by Jimmy Brooks, who enjoyed a perfect trip.
“He stood perfectly and when they kicked the gates, he left there running,” Brooks said. “I had them probably by a shoulder when I reached and started getting after him and he just kind of started pulling away. Whenever you ask him, he’ll give it to you.”
One Valiant Hero hit the finish in :17.190 for 350 yards for his fifth career victory and third at Remington Park. He also won last year's All American Futurity Invitational (R). Separatist Firstdown rallied for second while This Dude Can Fly was a head behind the runner-up for third.
Away at 5-2 in the wagering, One Valiant Hero paid $7.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Separatist Firstdown, was also 5-2 in the wagering but was favored with slightly more money played on him, paying $3 to place and $3 to show. This Dude Can Fly paid $3.80 to show.
A colt by Valiant Hero from the Feature Mr Jess mare Smiles All Around, One Valiant Hero was bred in Texas by T I Cattle Company. He made $80,000 for the Oklahoma Derby win, running his career total to $199,093.
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