Lota PYC Rolls at Remington

A Toss Up Takes Remington Derby on stakes-filled card.

April 15, 2012

Still undefeated, Lota PYC makes it look easier every time he steps on the racetrack. On Saturday night he rolled to a 2 ¼-length win in the $720,000 Remington Park Futurity (R), establishing the colt as one of the top 2-year-olds in racing.

It is a given that Lota PYC is the top Oklahoma-bred 2-year-old in the game since the Remington Park Futurity is restricted to Oklahoma-bred runners, making it the richest futurity in American Quarter Horse racing for state-bred runners. Owned and bred by Steve Holt of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and trained by Rodney Reed, Lota PYC flew from the starting gate without compromise under G.R. Carter, going immediately to an advantage he would only improve.

“He left really super tonight but I didn’t take any chances and got after him a little at the beginning,” Carter noted. “He is just a phenomenal animal and he’s got it all, big beautiful and talented.”

The top qualifier from the second night of trials on March 31 for the Remington Park Futurity, Lota PYC came through for Holt, who believed his colt may have saved something more for the final.

“We thought we had a better horse than what we had in the trials and he showed it tonight,” said Holt.

Lota PYC glided powerfully over the final half of the 330 yards, crossing the finish in :16.614 over the fast track with a 25 mph headwind. A Will And Away won the race for second behind the winner, edging Ground Hero by a head for the honor.
Lota PYC, the even-money wagering favorite, paid $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. A Will And Away returned $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Ground Hero paid $3 to show.

The third win in as many starts for Lota PYC was worth $288,000 to the colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Shazoom mare Lotawatah. Through three scores Lota PYC has now earned $308,878.

The victory was one of three stakes wins on the card for progeny of PYC Paint Your Wagon, a three-time Grade 1-winning son of Corona Cartel.

The Remington Park Futurity win was the first for Holt and the third for Reed, who also won the race in 1999 and 2001. Carter rode his fifth Remington Park Futurity winner, having also won the race in 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2009.

The $246,000 Remington Park Derby (R) was handled by A Toss Up, who flew to victory from his outside post position under David Pinon. The win was the second for A Toss Up in stakes company this season, having won the Eastex Handicap (G2) on opening weekend.

Owned by the partnership of James Sills and Abel Flores of Cedar Hills, Texas, A Toss Up is trained by Eddie Willis. The 3-year-old handled the 400-yard derby, also for Oklahoma-breds, in :19.789 and beat Cruzin The Wagon by three-quarters of a length. BPs Jumpin Frisco was another half-length behind the runner-up.

A Toss Up left the starting gate at 6-1 in the wagering and rewarded his backers with $14 to win, $5.80 to place and $4 to show. Cruzin The Wagon paid $5.40 to place and $3.40 to show. BPs Jumpin Frisco paid $8.60 to show. BV Valentine Wagon was the defeated 2-1 wagering favorite, running sixth.

The win was the fifth from nine career outs for A Toss Up, a gelding by Sweet First Down from the Corona Cartel make Shake Cartel, bred by Sills. He earned $98,400 for his derby score and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $220,288.
The Remington Park Derby was the second for Willis, who also won the race in 2002 and 2003.

The $51,350 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) came down to the nose of Streakin Down, who was just up in the 300-yard race over John The Banker.

Owned by Ed Melzer of Edmond, Oklahoma, and trained by Eddie Willis, Streakin Down made amends in the Moore after a poor performance in the Leo Stakes (G1) in late March. In that event, he broke through the doors on his starting gate stall prior to the race and had to be reloaded. The episode may have sapped him of his run that night as he finished fifth, well behind 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123.

There were no such incidents for Streakin Down on Saturday night as jockey Jimmy Brooks rode him with urgency as he caught John The Banker in the final strides to win the relatively short event. Normally found in stakes events of 350 to 440 yards, Streakin Down crossed the finish in :15.376.

John The Banker was disqualified from second and placed third, behind Chics Delight, for interference during the course of the race.

Streakin Down, the even-money wagering favorite, paid $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Chics Delight returned $6.80 to place and $3.40 to show. John The Banker paid $4.60 to show.

The Bob Moore win was the 11th from 24 career starts for Streakin Down, a 5-year-old Texas-bred gelding by Streakin Sixes from the Heza Fast Man mare First Lady Amber, bred in the Lone Star State by Marcus Smith. The victory was his sixth at Remington Park and he picked up another $29,784 for the effort, giving him career earnings of $774,137.
The Bob Moore Memorial is conducted in honor of the late owner and breeder, who enjoyed national success in racing for decades, based out of his Norman, Oklahoma, farm. He was also instrumental in bringing pari-mutuel racing to Oklahoma in the early 1980s.

A winner in a Remington Park Futurity trial on March 30, PYC Kant Katch Me did not establish a 330-yard time worthy of qualification to the big-money event. He did get an opportunity in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile (R) and made the most of it, winning by a length while leading every step.

Owned by Jesus Andrade Jr. of La Grulla, Texas, and trained by Judd Kearl, PYC Kant Katch Me was ridden by Cody Jensen. The colt was best from the start and opened his advantage throughout the Juvenile to finish in :16.877.

The wagering favorite at 5-2 odds, PYC Kant Katch Me paid $7.40 to win, $4.80 to place and $3 to show. Llano Cartel was second and paid $7.80 to place and $5.80 to show. Feature Hero finished third, paying $3.40 to show.

A pair of victories in as many attempts, PYC Kant Katch Me is an Oklahoma-bred colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Disco Jerry (TB) mare Wanna Be Me. He was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma.

The juvenile earnings of $40,000 give PYC Kant Katch Me $48,838 overall.

Madresita made amends for her recent defeat with a comfortable win in the $34,250 Laico Bird Stakes (R) for 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies. After an unfortunate start and a ninth-place finish in the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) in mid-March, Madresita broke alertly to rush to the lead and win by one-length. The 2-year-old filly covered the 300 yards in :15.867 under Jimmy Brooks.

Trained by Eddie Willis of Caney, Oklahoma, and owned by Rodney Verret of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Madresita became the first stakes winner for Oklahoma-based stallion Pappasito, who stands at stud duty at Lazy E Ranch near Guthrie. She is out of the ultra-fast mare Mongoose Jet Eye, who was raced by auto drag racing legend Tom “Mongoose” McEwen. Mongoose Jet Eye set a world record for 400 yards at Sunland Park (:19.018) in the 2004 running of The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

Madresita, the 4-5 wagering favorite, paid $3.60 to win, $2.60 to place and up to $3.40 to show. Scouts Wagon closed with a rush to pay $10 to place and $8.40 to show. Mia Sash ran third and paid $5.40.

Madresita won her second race from three attempts this season and scored a first-place check worth $19,992, running her overall earnings to $32,892.

The Laico Bird Stakes is named after the 1967 All American Futurity winner who won five futurities that season on her way to being voted world champion.

Paint The Candy Lane posted his second win in as many starts and earned his first stakes money with an authoritative win in the $34,000 Lady Bugs Moon Stakes (R) for 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred colts and geldings.

Trained by Clint Crawford and ridden by Tony Bennett, the 2-year-old gelded son of PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Devon Lane (TB) mare Eden Lane, trounced his competition to win by 1 1/2 lengths as the even-money winning favorite. He won his career debut by the same margin in a trial for the Oklahoma Futurity in early March.

Owned and bred by Carl Pevehouse of Ratcliff City, Oklahoma, Paint The Candy Lane ran the 330 yards in :17.346 and paid $4.00 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Longshot First Down Shazoom paid $13.80 to place and $7.20 to show. Cy Captain Tom was disqualified from third and placed fourth for bothering Shazoom Dude near the sixteenth-pole. Shazoom Dude was awarded third and paid $3.20 to show.

A perfect two-for-two, Paint the Candy Lane earned $19,788 for his stakes triumph. He has now made $25,562 overall.
The Lady Bug’s Moon is named after the colt that won the 1969 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs for Marvin & Lela Barnes of Ada, Oklahoma, Lady Bug’s Moon would later become a top stallion.