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Wide Open OHRA Derby

Second Painted Sign fastest qualifier for wide open Derby.

June 29, 2012

Mary Passmore’s Second Painted Sign chases his third win of the year after narrowly setting the fastest qualifying time to the $90,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby to be held on Saturday at Fair Meadows.

Second Painted Sign (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Stylish Sign by Vital Sign) fought with Coronas At Sunset (Corona For Me-Sunset Bouquet by Sunset Six) throughout their trial, with Second Painted Sign prevailing by a nose in the 350-yard trial. The Jackie Kirby-trained Second Painted Sign was timed in :17.685 for his first win since winning his Oklahoma Derby trial on April 1.

JNL Horse Farms’ homebred Coronas At Sunset (Corona For Me-Sunset Bouquet by Sunset Six) lost the finishing nod with a :17.700 time. The Christian Rubalcava-trained Coronas At Sunset only made one start at 2, however came back this year to win his maiden in his seasonal debut and then — two starts later — take a $22,750 allowance race at Remington Park.

Eric Johnson’s Miss Kara (Volcom-Lil Diamond Cartel by Corona Cartel) was second in the Northland Futurity (G3) and fourth in the Valley Junction Futurity (G3) last year. The Connie Barnes-trained filly makes her first stakes appearance this year in the OHA Derby after winning her trial by one length with the third-fastest time of :17.768.