Remington Opens Friday
Remington Park opens its meet on Friday, March 7.
March 5, 2014
The 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season begins this Friday night at Remington Park. The opening night racing program is set with 12 races, including a solid allowance race featuring a top horse from last year.
Black Rosalita, Remington Park's 2013 top older female, is in Friday’s 11th race, a $31,000 allowance for older females at 300 yards. The race serves as a prep event for the Decketta Stakes (G3) later this month. Owned by Dr. Francis L. Glowacki 97 Trust of Queenstown, Maryland, and trained by Luz Chavira, Black Rosalita won the Decketta last year. She also triumphed at the end of the season in the Junos Request Stakes (G2) to gain her local divisional title.
A 5-year-old mare bred in Maryland by the owner, Black Rosalita has won nine of 30 career starts with three victories at Remington Park. Overall the daughter of Sweet First Down from the Tolltac mare Poneta has earned $171,817. Black Rosalita drew post nine in a field of 10 and will be ridden by James Flores on Friday night.
The opening night card will also feature seven trials for the Grade 1, $134,000 Oklahoma Paint/Appaloosa Futurity, all for 2-year-olds at 300 yards. The fastest 10 from the trials will move on to the final event on March 22.
Remington Park will begin racing this Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m. due to horsemen loading up to compete in trials for the Oklahoma Futurity. The oldest futurity in American Quarter Horse racing is being contested for the 73rd time.
The fastest 10 from the 15 trials at 300 yards will compete in the Grade 2, $370,800 final on March 22. The full card of trials is comprised of 12 heats with nine-horse fields and three more trials with eight runners. All 132 of the 2-year-olds competing Saturday night will be making their career debuts in a pari-mutuel race.
There were two horses supplemented into the trials for the price of $7,500. In trial number seven, Sheachewchew was paid into the trial for owner Joselito Smith and trainer Bonifacio Almanza. In race and trial 13, Inseperable Queen has been supplemented for owner Andrew Smith of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and trainer Luis Villafranco.
The 15 trials for the Oklahoma Futurity this season is a three-trial increase from a year ago when an even dozen heats were run. The purse for the final of $370,800 is an increase of $45,800 over the Oklahoma Futurity a year ago.
The races on Sunday begin at 1:30 p.m.
The American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season runs from March 7 and continues through June 1 and features a stakes schedule worth nearly $5 million in purse money. The richest event of the season is the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on May 31.
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