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Solid connections at Remington Park.

Solid connections at Remington Park.

Quite a Year for Trainer Trey Wood
By Martha Claussen

It’s not unusual to see Trey Wood in the winner’s circle, The gifted third-generation horseman runs a full stable at Remington Park and conditions some highly precocious 2-year-old training race winners at Ruidoso Downs. It looks as though Wood is poised to have one of his best years since he began training in 2006.

This weekend at Remington Park, Wood will saddle nine juveniles in trials for the Heritage Place Futurity (G2) on Friday and Saturday night. He also has two solid contenders, Torts On Fire for Terry and Irene Stennett and Bobby Simmons’ Sky Bo Dash in Sunday’s $100,000-added Bank of America Remington Challenge Championship (G2).

“Torts On Fire is doing better than ever,” reported Wood. “He had a few minor joint issues, so we didn’t want to press him. I got Sky Bo Dash late last year, and gave him some time off. We took the blinkers off and he responded. To me, he ran his best race since his 2-year-old season.”

Wood trains Bodacious Eagle, the top-ranked older horse in the weekly AQHA Racing National Poll. The son of One Famous Eagle, owned by Johnny Trotter, has won two graded stakes this season at Remington Park.

“He’s just an overall really good horse,” said Wood. “He stayed sound throughout a pretty hard 2-year-old campaign and an even tougher season as a 3-year-old. After last year’s Gold Cup (at Ruidoso Downs), Johnny wanted to retire him, but I said let’s just turn him out and let him be a horse. I just sensed that he had a lot more races to win.”

Obviously, his recommendation on the now 5-year-old was spot on and Wood reported that he got plenty of “props” from Trotter.

"He's a great guy," states Wood. "Johnny is a smart man in business and with his horses. For me, he has shown a lot of faith and trusted me to do what I feel is best when training for him."
There is quite a bit of loyalty in the Wood camp, not only with owners, but an enduring bond has formed between Trey and his first-call rider, Ricky Ramirez.

Ramirez is grateful for the trust that Wood has in him. When he gets a leg up, not too many words are exchanged.

"We have a pretty good understanding of what needs to be done," Ramirez said. "He usually just wishes me good luck. He's done his job and knows that I know how to ride his horses. We both want to win, but after a loss, I never feel like I am going to get fired."

Family plays a significant role in Wood’s success.  He works closely with his dad, Blane, and his mom, Sandy, who keeps the books for the sprawling Wood Racing Stable. Trey and his wife, Sabra, will welcome a new arrival, a son, in mid-August.

With his current racing luck, chances are his son will arrive either before or after trials for the All American Futurity! Wishing each of the Wood ladies a very happy Mother’s Day!

Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2)
By Denis Blake

The Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2) features an interesting mix of established and emerging graded stakes runners all fighting for a berth in the $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows this fall. It should be noted that the three trials for this race were run over a sloppy (sealed) track, while it appears the final will be held over a fast track with sunny skies forecast for Oklahoma City.

Generally, selecting a horse who has finished eighth and tenth in two of his three previous starts is not a great idea. However, in this case there are reasons to like Boogies Special Dash. Those two poor results both came in Grade 1 races in last year’s All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs and this year’s Leo Stakes at Remington against the No. 1 ranked horse in the nation, Bodacious Eagle. Plus, Boogies Special Dash woke up a bit in his trial with a late-closing third-place finish, and he’s a proven Grade 1-caliber horse with a second-place finish in last year’s Rainbow Derby (G1). This race appears to be wide open, and he could offer some value here.

Fastest qualifier EOS Corona N Chicks falls into the category of emerging stakes horse, as this will mark his first appearance in a stakes final. The Separatist gelding has competed admirably against tough trial competition throughout his career but only recently really found his stride with a maiden win late last year at Zia Park and then two straight victories to open this season, including a win over Boogies Special Dash in the trials. This will be his toughest test yet, but he certainly merits consideration.

Colorado-bred Three Olives N Smoke has been one of the top horses at Arapahoe Park near Denver over the past couple of years, and this will be his first major race outside of his home state. The gelding by Jess Louisiana Blue looked good in his easy trial victory, but just like Eos Corona N Chicks, it remains to be seen how he will do against elite competition.

Torts On Fire hasn’t won in more than a year but is another with graded stakes experience, including a win in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) in 2014. He appeared to be gaining on EOS Corona N Chicks in their trial race, so he’s definitely one to use in the exotic wagers.

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