Carter, Willis, Reliance Ranches Top RP Standings
Carter earns 17th title in Oklahoma City, while Willis captures his ninth title.
May 31, 2014
The 2014 American Quarter Horse & mixed-breed season at Remington Park closed Sunday afternoon with familiar names at the top of the jockey and trainer standings and a new name as leading owner.
2014 Champion Jockey – G.R. Carter Jr.
G.R. Carter Jr. wrapped up another Remington Park season where he normally does, atop the rider standings. The Pawhuska, Oklahoma, native and Oklahoma City resident won his 17th Remington Park title and his 11th straight.
Carter won 66 races overall, finishing 11 wins ahead of second-place Berkley Packer, who enjoyed his best local season with 55 triumphs. Jimmy Brooks was third in the standings with 45.
Carter became American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading jockey by career wins on May 23 while riding at Ruidoso Downs, and he’s also the sport’s leading money earner.
Carter also was the top rider by mount earnings at Remington with $1,633,478. His biggest score of the season came in the $298,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) on April 19 aboard This Candys Awesome.
Brooks was second in earnings with $1,032,081, while Packer was third with $1,027,992.
Jack Brooks Award Winner – Eddie Willis
Trainer Eddie Willis enjoyed another successful Remington Park season, winning the Jack Brooks Award that is given to the leading conditioner. Brooks, a resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, and eight-time winner of the All American Futurity (G1), was on hand to present the award named in his honor.
Willis had 51 wins, claiming his ninth Jack Brooks title overall and his fifth consecutive. Clint Crawford posted 31 wins to finish second in the standings while Tana Pace had 23 to finish third.
Willis was the only trainer to earn more than a million dollars with his athletes totaling $1,648,790. This Dude Can Fly provided the biggest win for Willis, scoring the Grade 2, $257,050 Heritage Place Derby on May 31.
Champion Owner – Reliance Ranches, Llano, Texas
Reliance Ranches won their first ever championship as leading Remington Park owner with 15 wins. Rock You was one of their top horses on the season, winning the Grade 2, Bob Moore Memorial Stakes on April 19.
Wade Helton of Pampa, Texas, the Remington Park champion owner in 2013, finished in a tie for second in the standings this year with Valeriano Racing Stables of Odessa, Texas. Each had nine wins for the season.
Reliance Ranches also led all owners in money earned with $455,138.
Remington Park live racing now goes on hiatus until the start of the Thoroughbred season on August 15. Until then simulcast racing and casino gaming are offered every day. Opening daily at 10:30 a.m., Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park.
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