Fields Set for Three Oklahoma Challenge Races

Three sets of trials were contested at Remington Park on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Pete Scarmardo's Time For Wine had no trouble handling a sloppy track, as the 5-year-old Mr Jess Perry mare scored a clear victory in the second of two Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge trials. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Fields for three Oklahoma regional Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes were set in trials held at Remington Park on Saturday.

Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship
EOS Corona N Chicks is the fastest qualifier to the May 14, $100,000-added Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship (G2), as the 4-year-old Separatist gelding won the second of three 440-yard trials.

Racing for Elite Oilfield Services from the barn of trainer Joel Valeriano, EOS Corona N Chicks defeated second-fastest qualifier Torts On Fire by a neck in :21.322. Omar Reyes rode the gelding, who extended his current win streak to three races.

EOS Corona N Chicks was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The gelding has won three of 10 starts and has earned $40,718.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge
Pete Scarmardo's Time For Wine was successful in her first-ever start at Remington Park, as the 5-year-old Mr Jess Perry mare won the last of two 400-yard Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge (G3) trials and set the fastest qualifying time to the $40,000-added final on May 14.

 
Darling Farms' Thespeedprofessor
parlayed a sharp break from his rail post
into a wire-to-wire victory in the first of
two AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challenge
Championship trials. PHOTO: Dustin Orona
Photography

Prepped by John Weghorst, Time For Wine defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Kokko Wagon by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.450 under jockey James Flores. The mare was making her first start since January 8, when she ran sixth, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Jess Good Reason, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) for fillies and mares at Los Alamitos.

Time For Wine was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC. An earner of $101,756 from 18 outs, she has won five races, including last year's $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challenge Championship
Thespeedprofessor, a 5-year-old son of Furyofthewind trained by Michelle Hurdle for owner Darling Farms, made his return to the 870-yard distance a winning one, as the gray gelding won the first of two AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challnege Championship (G3) trials.

Ridden by Mario Delgado, Thespeedprofessor defeated second-fastest qualifier Give It To Shaq by 2 1/2 lengths in :45.135. The gelding was coming off of a sixth-place finish in a 550-yard allowance-optional claiming ($20,000) race at Remington on March 24.

Thespeedprofessor was bred in Oklahoma by Kirk M. Goodfellow. The gelding has won five of 15 races, including three of four at the 870 trip, and he has earned $48,586.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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