Ima China Rush Wins Rich Oklahoma Futurity

The fastest qualifier was a prompt favorite Saturday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Sherry Gilmore's Ima China Rush, a homebred daughter of the Agouti stallion Rushago, scored a half-length win in Saturday's Oklahoma Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Fastest qualifier Ima China Rush was sent to post as the 17-10 choice in a field of nine juveniles, and the sorrel daughter of Rushago responded with her first stakes win in Saturday's $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park.

Prepped by Guillermo Valdivia for owner Sherry Gilmore of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Ima China Rush covered 300 yards in :15.286 while defeating 5-1 third choice Pyc Fun N Fancy by a half of a length. Larry Payne rode the homebred filly, and the veteran jockey was confident about his mount's chances from the start of the race.

"She left there really hard and was toward the front," Payne said after the race. "There were a couple of horses on the outside that were heads apart with her, but that last hundred yards she put them away pretty good."

Ima China Rush's sire, Rushago, is a 10-year-old winning son of the Corona Cartel stallion Agouti who placed in three graded stakes from 2009-10, including the 2010 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington. The filly's dam, Ima Pyc China Doll, is an 8-year-old winning daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon.

Ima China Rush began her career with a 1 1/4-length victory in the second of 17 Oklahoma Futurity trials on March 11. The $210,020 winner's share of the stakes-record Oklahoma Futurity purse pushed her earnings to $215,750.

Ima China Rush and Pyc Fun N Fancy combined for a $28.20 ($2) exacta. Piloto Strong, a 21-1 longshot, finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $163.70.

Unconquerable ran fourth and was followed by Ima Louisiana Girl, Tres Of Elegants, Chasin My Desire, Im Jess Sweet, and Krash Master. Fifth-fastest qualifier Lions Express was scratched.

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