Jess Kool Lady Tops Oklahoma Derby Qualifiers
The $5,000 yearling purchase won the first of six trials on Sunday.
March 11, 2017
Enrique Ibarra's Jess Kool Lady made her 3-year-old debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the first of six Oklahoma Derby (G3) trials at Remington Park on Sunday.
Ridden by Paul Nieto for trainer Victor Olivo against a reported 8-mph head wind, Jess Kool Lady covered 350 yards in :17.436 to post the fastest qualifying time to the March 25, $251,000 final. The bay daughter of Apollitical Jess was winning for the third time in four outs while making her first ever start and Remington Park.
Jess Kool Lady has earned $24,884, and she ended her juvenile campaign with a two-length victory as the 2-1 favorite in an open-condition 350-yard, $17,000 allowance at Indiana Grand on October 29. The filly was bred in Oklahoma by Stuart and Strebig, and she was a $5,000 buy at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale.
Trainer Trey Wood prepped four of the qualifiers, including second-fastest qualifier Myst Fit, a California-bred son of champion Separatist owned by Newman Cattle Co. and Bobby Simmons.
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