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Press ReleaseMay 25, 2014
Slew Of Success won his fourth straight race of the 2014 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park, scoring the $74,750 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds and older. The win was his third straight stakes victory against Oklahoma-breds, this time by a head over 400 yards. The stakes was one of four comprising the Oklahoma Speedfest for state-breds.
The Boyd Morris Memorial is named in honor of the late trainer and jockey from Blanchard, Oklahoma, who rode 1964 All American Futurity winner Decketta.
Owned by Mary Kirby of Pryor, Oklahoma, and trained by her husband, Jackie Kirby, Slew Of Success was ridden by Ricky Ramirez, who has been up for all three stakes wins. The 4-year-old gelding hooked up with Finche from the start and the pair battled the entire distance.
“He broke good but didn’t get away like he had the other two times I rode him,” Ramirez said. “Finche had us maybe a neck at the start. I just worked him and worked him until I caught up and got the win. I didn’t just blow by him; we kind of inched on him and inched on him. I knew with another hundred yards to go I was going to get there.”
Slew Of Success crossed the finish line in :19.543 seconds over a fast track, a head better than Finche. Joker On Jack was a nose behind the runner-up for third.
Away as the 6-5 wagering favorite, Slew Of Success paid $4.40 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Finche returned $7.40 to place and $4.20 to show. Joker On Jack paid $4.80 to show.
A son of Cartel Success from the Dash Ta Fame mare Winnie Ta Poo, Slew Of Success was bred in Oklahoma by Toni and Lloyd Yother. He has now won seven of 17 career attempts, with five of the victories at Remington Park, including the four straight this season. The Boyd Morris Memorial winner’s check of $44,634 moves the total earnings for Slew Of Success to $246,040.
$74,500 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R)
The 2-year-old stakes event for Oklahoma-breds went to Specials Jamie, as she handled 330 yards in :16.635 under jockey Agustin Silva.
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by A.C. Taylor of Seminole, Oklahoma, and trained by Kasey Willis, Specials Jamie held off a late charge by Nash Wagon Special to win by a head. BP Down South was third, a half-length behind the runner-up.
Away at 6-1 odds in the wagering, Specials Jamie paid $14.40 to win, $5.80 to place and $4.40 to show. Nash Wagon Special paid $12 to place and $10.20 to show. BP Down South returned $2.80 to show. PYB Place Your Bet was the beaten 4-5 betting favorite, running fifth after a slow start.
Specials Jamie won her second career race. She won her trial and qualified for the Remington Park Futurity (RG3) in April, only to run last after being fractious prior to the start. A filly by Ivory James from the Make It Anywhere mare Special Anywhere, Specials Jamie made $44,538 to run her career total to $75,176.
The FL Lady Bug Stakes is named in owner of the foundation broodmare who was responsible for the victorious runners of noted owners/breeder Marvin and Lela Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma.
$74,250 Easy Date Stakes (R)
Daltsguninforsuccess scored her first Remington Park win of the season at the perfect time with her victory in the Easy Date Stakes, for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older. The 4-year-old filly by Cartel Success from the Mr Eye Opener mare Dalts Pistol covered the 350 yards in a time of :17.211 and earned $44,388 for her breeders and owners, Larry Thompson and Don Anthony of Oklahoma City.
Larry Payne rode the 10-1 longshot winner for trainer Jackie Kirby. Daltsguninforsuccess paid $22.60 to win, $7.40 to place and $3.80 to show. The 9-5 favorite, This Candys Awesome, ran stride for stride with the winner and was beaten just a head to pay $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. First Prize Shaunda finished third and paid $2.60 to show.
Daltsguninforsuccess has now won five of 13 career starts, three of them at Remington Park. She now boasts a career bankroll of $123,301.
The Easy Date Stakes is named in honor of the 1974 All American Futurity winner and 1975 world champion who was owned and bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Walter Merrick of Sayre, Oklahoma.
$50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R)
Regard Watah won the $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes, for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds, gaining late to win by a neck.
After a fourth-, third- and second-place finish in his three previous starts, the gelded son of Chicks Regard from the Shazoom mare Lotawatah won his first race of the season, earning $29,784 for his breeder Steve Holt and owner Lota Luck Racing of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Trained by Rodney Reed and ridden by Berkley Packer, Regard Watah covered the 350 yards in :17.439 and paid $12.00 to win, $5.80 to place and $3.80 to show. Houdini became the 6-5 wagering favorite after BP Southern Dynasty flipped in the gate and was scratched. Houdini raced gamely in his first start of 2014 to gain second and pay $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Marcar was just a nose behind Houdini for third and paid $2.80 to show.
Regard Watah has now won five of 12 career starts, with two wins at Remington Park. His overall earnings now stand at $91,688.
Legendary Hall of Fame trainer Jack Brooks was on hand to present the trophy to Regard Watah’s connections in the winner’s circle for the race named in his honor. Brooks won a record eight All American Futurities and was a three-time leading trainer at Remington Park before retiring in 2007.
Remington Park will conduct a special nine-race program on Memorial Day Monday, May 26. The first race is at 1:30 p.m.
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