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It will be a sensational sendoff at Remington Park.
By Martha Claussen and Denis Blake | May 31, 2017
High Standards Guide the 2017 Remington Park Invitational
By Martha Claussen
The $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) is the richest race of the season for older horses at the Oklahoma City’s racetrack. This year just seven horses will enter the starting gate for the 440-yard feature, which offers at berth to the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on December 16.
The field includes reigning world champion Jessies First Down, AJs High, Big Lew, Rockin Disco, VF Red Surprise, Stevie B First Cash and Zoomin Effortlessly.
Each of the invited horses for this year’s Remington Park Championship was required to be on the grounds by Monday, May 15. Hair samples were collected on Tuesday, May 16, and any horse testing positive for a prohibited substance did not receive an invitation to the race.
“We are implementing these new measures at the request of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and in keeping with the highest and latest standards for assuring a level playing field,” said Remington Park president and general manager Scott Wells. “The Remington Park Invitational Championship is one of the nation’s most prestigious races. The winner is assured a place in the starting gate of the Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in December, where these same basic regulations will be in place.”
Zoomin Effortlessly, who has amassed a career record of 15 wins from 26 starts, set a track record in last year’s edition of the stakes, but was disqualified due to a bad test.
Bred in Texas by Tommy R. Charbula, the 6-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux is out of the Royal Quick Dash mare Royal Quick Affair. Veteran jockey Santos Carrizales is the regular rider of Zoomin Effortlessly, who is owned by his brother-in-law, Telesforo Perrett.
Santos' older brother, Edelmiro, is also part of the family team who guides the successful campaign of Zoomin Effortlessly, who has certainly exceeded any and all expectations since being claimed for $10,000 on November 14, 2014, at Lone Star Park.
Zoomin Effortlessly is a once-in-a-lifetime horse for the Carrizales family. They believe in him and respect the policy put into place by both Remington Park and Los Alamitos.
"He has never eaten well when he is stabled at a racetrack," explained Santos. "We think that he gets too excited thinking he is going to run and can’t settle down. Normally, we stable him at a nearby training center, but we wanted to prove that our horse is clean."
The bay gelding has a solid record at 440 yards and his connections hope he can add another Grade 1 on Saturday night.
"What makes him special is not so much his speed, but his stride," adds Santos. "I've ridden plenty of fast horses, but none of them get the jump the way he does."
Ted Abrams and Judd Kearl have equal faith in Jessies First Down, who brings a five-race win streak into the Remington Park Invitational. Both owner/breeder Michael Teel and trainer Charley Hunt fought back tears last October when AJs High won the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.
The story lines are certainly compelling for these seven horses. It will be a fascinating race to watch!
Handicapping the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity
By Denis Blake
The Remington Park meet comes to a close Saturday with a spectacular card of stakes action. The richest of the seven American Quarter Horse stakes is the $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), and as always the race appears to be loaded with talented 2-year-olds. With seven of the 10 finalists being a winner last time out in the trials and the other three running second, it can be difficult to sort out the contenders.
Of course one factor to consider in the search for a winner is the human connections of each horse, and that’s why I give the edge to #1 Trace Dynasty, who will be ridden by all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey G.R. Carter Jr. and is trained by Clint Crawford, who currently ranks second in North America by earnings in 2017. Trace Dynasty is a bit light on experience, but the FDD Dynasty filly showed tremendous improvement last time out in the trials when she defeated the highly-regarded PYC Fun N Fancy. That was just the second start of her career, and with even modest improvement in her third start, she could be a winner.
#4 Despain GL posted the fastest overall time from the two days of trials and looked very impressive in his victory. One thing to note is that the gelding’s two career victories came from the rail and his one defeat was when he was drawn between horses in the number four post, which is what he drew for this race.
#9 PYC Fun N Fancy is easily the top money-earner in the field with a bankroll of $132,597 with a victory in the Laico Bird Stakes (R) and a runner-up finish in the Oklahoma Futurity (G3). He should be a major factor here.
#7 Descent is the only finalist who made his racing debut in the trials, and it was an eye-catching debut as he won by 1 ¼ lengths for the always dangerous combination of jockey Jimmy D. Brooks and trainer Eddie D. Willis.
Denis Blake’s Top Four selections: 1-4-9-7
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