Bon Accord Pulls Upset in RP Championship

Oklahoma-bred earns a berth in the Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos.

Press Release
June 1, 2014

Remington Park had its biggest night of the season on Satuday, as Lovethewayyoulie won the $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and Bon Accord upset the $257,740 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1). The card featured three other American Quarter Horse stakes.

The top race of the season for older horses went to Bon Accord, who has fared very well while racing elsewhere but not so much in his home state where he was bred by owners Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. An equipment adjustment seemed to help Bon Accord in the Championship, allowing him a better start than he experienced in two prior stakes races this season.

“He’s maturing, tonight we went back to a nose-rig and he broke super,” Kelly noted. “We now have him going to the Champion of Champions and I think that makes it all worthwhile.”

The winner of the Remington Park Championship receives an automatic berth to the most prestigious race for older horses in American Quarter Horse racing, the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December at Los Alamitos in Southern California. That prize is the reason the connections and trainer Juan Aleman had this race on their calendar.

“We were pointing for this race the whole year. This is the one we wanted and we got it done,” Aleman said. “We did a little change with his equipment and it worked out for the best tonight.”

Bon Accord started well but still had work to do in the 440-yard Championship as the ultra-versatile Llano Cartel was away best and flying early. Llano Cartel had previously won the 400-yard Leo Stakes (G1) in March, followed by a specialty win in a 110-yard allowance race in April.

Llano Cartel and Bon Accord barreled toward the finish in close proximity throughout with the latter getting up to win by a nose when it counted in :21.100 under jockey Raul Valenzuela.

BF Farm Boy finished third but was disqualified to last for massive interference to many rivals when he left the gate and immediately bore to the outside. The decision by the stewards moved Jody Pops Zoomer up to third.

Bon Accord was overlooked at 15-1 odds in the betting and paid $33.40 to win, $12.20 to place and $7.80 to show. Llano Cartel was the 5-2 wagering favorite, paying $4.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Jody Pops Zoomer returned $6 to show.

A 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding by Shazoom from the Royal Quick Dash mare Dream Mirage, Bon Accord is owned by the Culver City, California, partnership of Kelly, Yearsley and Vinewood Farms. He won for the fifth time in a dozen starts and for the second time at Remington Park. The winner’s share of the Championship, $155,076, moves his career earnings to $741,870.

Grade 2, $257,050 Heritage Place Derby
Trainer Eddie Willis saddled his fifth winner of the Heritage Place Derby, seeing This Dude Can Fly post a victory, a head better than Rocketair.

Owned by the San Antonio partnership of Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores, This Dude Can Fly was ridden by Larry Payne, who won the race for the third time in his career. The 3-year-old gelding was away from the start in good order, moving on the front of the 10-horse field for the better part of the 400 yards and crossing the finish in :19.386. Rocketair finished a half-length in front of third-place runner I Dont Need Nobody.

This Dude Can Fly was 3-2 in the wagering and paid $5 to win, $3.80 to place and $3 to show. Rocketair paid $11.20 to place and $6 to show. I Dont Need Nobody paid $11.40 to show. Shades Of Blues Girl was the beaten 6-5 wagering favorite, finishing fourth.

Willis also won the Heritage Place Derby with Priceless Feature (2012), Capo De Capi (2011), Streakin Down (2010) and A Real Man (2002). Payne rode A Real Man the year after winning his first Heritage Place Derby with Some Dashing Dude (2001).

Bred in Texas by Robert and Helen Wood, This Dude Can Fly is by One Famous Eagle from the First Down Dash mare Helens First Choice. He won his fifth race from eight career attempts while posting his fourth win at Remington Park. Earning $107,961, This Dude Can Fly has now pulled in $152,443.

$57,470 Grade 2, Junos Request Stakes
Louisana Corona scored with a Hollywood finish -- again -- by winning the Junos Request Stakes. The race for fillies and mares went down to the wire with the Louisana Corona at 7-1 odds edging out the 25-1 longshot Glory Rider.

Trained by Luis Villafranco, she covered the 350-yard race in :19.434 and earned $35,184 for her owners Jason Richards and Michael Leblanc of Tyler, Texas.

The 4-year-old daughter of Jess Louisiana Blue from the First Down Dash mare Corona Cash was ridden by jockey Tami Purcell-Burkland, who had retired from race-riding after a serious spill in 2007. Purcell had returned to the saddle to ride Louisana Corona to a win in the Mother’s Day Stakes at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, on May 10. That race, as was the Junos Request, was part of a day and race that recognized cancer awareness at the track.

Purcell has committed herself to a new and successful career in barrel racing but has chosen to selectively ride in Quarter Horse races. She also finished third in The Lady Legends For The Cure, a Thoroughbred race at Pimlico Race Course on Black-Eyed Susan Day the day before the Preakness Stakes on May 16.

All jockeys who rode in the Junos Request Stakes wore pink silks, however the pink and white silks worn by Purcell were a special variation.

“The names on the silks are all people from all over who are survivors or are fighting cancer. This ride is for them and with all those wings helping me it’s a blessing,” Purcell said while beaming a huge smile in the winner’s circle. “She broke straight and even and had a place to go. She kind of hung just a little bit but accelerated right at the end and showed lots of guts.”

Louisana Corona paid $17.60 to win, $11.80 to place and $5.80 to show. Glory Rider was a nose back in second and paid $20.60 to place and $10.40 to show. Black Rosalita, winner of the Junos Request as a 2-1 favorite in 2013, finished third at 36-1 odds and paid $10.40 to show. Send Me A Candy Tree broke sharply but faded as a 3-2 beaten-favorite.

Bred in Oklahoma by Henry Brown, Louisana Corona has now won six races from 12 career attempts with three of them at Remington Park. Her overall earnings have now reached $186,206.

$100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile (R)
Those that competed in trials for the Heritage Place Futurity but did not qualify for the final were eligible for the Juvenile. Cartel Rosie took advantage of the opportunity, winning by a head over Stolin Wagon in :17.371.

Owned by Gary Hess of Northeast, Pennsylvania, and trained by Brian Muse, jockey Josh Romero was aboard.

Dispatched at 18-1 odds, Cartel Rosie paid $38 to win, $14.20 to place and $6.20 to show. Stolin Wagon paid $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Tzunami Is Okay was three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up and paid $4.80 to show. Jody Pops Lil Wagon was the beaten 2-1 wagering favorite, finishing fourth.

Bred in Oklahoma by the Double Bar S Ranch, Cartel Rosie is a 2-year-old filly by Carters Cartel from the First Down Dash mare Long Stemmed Roses. She won her second race from four attempts, all at Remington Park, earning $25,000 to push her total bankroll to $45,832.

The 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season comes to a close at Remington Park on Sunday. The 10-race program begins at 1:30 p.m. and offers the $50,000 Remington Distance Championship (G3) and the $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) as the headliners.

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