Remington Speedfest Recap
Oklahoma-breds featured on Sunday afternoon card at Remington Park.
May 26, 2013
Remington Park had Oklahoma-breds in the sunlight and limelight on Sunday afternoon with three stakes races comprising the Oklahoma Speedfest program. Llano Cartel, a versatile runner who captured a 110-yard super-sprint in his last start, stretched out to win the 350-yard Jack Brooks Stakes in the main Speedfest event.
A Restricted Grade 3 race, worth $54,750 for 3-year-old Oklahoma-breds, Llano Cartel shot from the starting gate to get an early advantage but was forced to dig in for battle. Novas Gold was just to his inside and the pair of horses closest to the rail engaged for a nose-to-nose affair the rest of the way.
“He (#2 Novas Gold) was making a run and was coming close to me, but I just never got desperate and let him run,” jockey Omar Reyes said of his ride on Llano Cartel. “I tried to go to the whip’ instead I got into the reins and let him run.”
Llano Cartel won the duel, prevailing by a nose at the finish over Novas Gold in :17.485 over a fast track. Louisana Corona was another three-quarters of a length back for third.
Owned by Wade Helton of Pampa, Texas, and trained by Alfredo Gomez, Llano Cartel was 4-1 in the wagering and paid $10.60 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Novas Gold returned $13.20 to place and $6.80 to show. Louisana Corona paid $3.20 to show. Feature Hero was the beaten wagering favorite at 5-2 odds, finishing sixth.
Now a winner of four races this season at Remington Park, Llano Cartel has won at distances of 110 yards, 250 yards and twice at 350 yards. A gelding by Teller Cartel from the Lil Bit Cuervo mare Eyesa Lil Cuervo, Llano Cartel has five career victories from 15 career starts. The winner’s check Sunday was worth $28,884 to boost his overall money to $119,238. He was bred in Oklahoma by Wootan Racing.
The Jack Brooks is named after the legendary trainer from Blanchard, Oklahoma, who won eight All American Futurities in addition to three season titles at Remington Park along with 25 stakes races at the Oklahoma City track. Brooks and his wife, Wynona, were on hand to present the trophy to the connections of Llano Cartel in the winner’s circle.
FL Lady Bug Stakes
BP Southern Dynasty surged late to win the $54,750 FL Lady Bugs Stakes (R) by a nose decision in covering the 330-yard stakes race restricted to Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds in a time of 16.794. The gelded son of FDD Dynasty from the Southern Cartel mare Southern Fling was bred by Bill Price of Thackerville, Oklahoma, and is owned by Steven Gore of Lexington, Tennessee.
Eddie Willis trains the gelding, who rebounded off a fourth-place finish in the Laico Bird Stakes (R) at the same distance in late April. BP Southern Dynasty went off at 6-1 and paid $14.80 to win, $6.40 to place and $3.20 to show under jockey Jimmy Brooks. Regard Watah gamely finished second to pay $4.60 and $3.20. Cartel Chica broke alertly but gave way to run third and pay $3.00 to show. The 2-1 favorite Rdustys Fury never got involved and ran fifth.
The FL Lady Bug Stakes is just the second career win from four attempts for BP Southern Dynasty. The winner’s check of $32,134 moves his career earnings to $49,607.
The race is named in honor of FL Lady Bug, a foundation broodmare in American Quarter Horse racing who was owned by Marvin and Lela Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma.
Easy Date Handicap
The $54,000 Easy Date Stakes (R), named after the 1974 All American Futurity winning filly, bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Walter Merrick, was won by 11-1 longshot Chics Delight under jockey Mike Frederick.
A three-time stakes-placed mare in 2012 at Remington Park, the 7-year-old daughter of Chics Doit from the Easy Jets Image mare Easy Hempen Chic clung to a nose victory in winning her lone stakes start this year, covering the 350 yards in :17.458 for the race restricted to fillies and mares, three and older.
Trainer Dale Kolb has just three starts at the meet and they all are due to Chics Delight. Bred by Pompy Farm West LLC, she is owned by Tina and Dale Kolb of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and has increased her lifetime earnings to $186,668 with a race record of five wins from 28 attempts. The Easy Date was her second career win at Remington Park.
Chics Delight paid $25.40 to win, $11.00 to place and $6.60 to show. Kuhl Wave finished second and paid $4.40 to win and $3.60 to show. Daltsguninforsuccess challenged throughout to finish third and pay $3.80.
Remington Park’s holiday racing weekend continues with the Memorial Day program on Monday beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Remington Park’s season continues thru Sunday, June 2.
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