Jessies First Down is Horse of Meet at Remington

The two-time world champion won two graded stakes during the track's 50-date spring season.

Edited press release

Jessies First Down (green cap), pictured here winning the 440-yard Remington Park Championship in track-record time, was voted horse of the meet during the track's 50-date spring season. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

Jessies First Down, the winner of two Grade 1 stakes during the season, was voted horse of the meet during the 50-date spring meet at Remington Park.

Owned by Ted G. Abrams of Houston, Jessies First Down is a homebred 7-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty trained by Jimmy Padgett. The Texas-bred gelding won the 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) in April, and the 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) in a track-record :20.772 on closing night, June 2.

Rodrigo Vallejo rode Jessies First Down in both of his Remington Park wins.

Following are the other Remington Park meet champions, as voted by racing media and track racing personnel: 

Champion 3-year-old: DF AJ Green Leaves
Winner of the $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) in April, DF AJ Green Leaves also won his trial for the Grade 2, $363,790 Heritage Place Derby before finishing second in the final.

Owned by Darling Farms of Lamont, Oklahoma, the season’s leading owner with 11 wins, and trained by Jimmy Padgett, DF AJ Green Leaves was ridden in his Remington Park Derby win by Omar Reyes and in his Heritage Place Derby trial and final by Jose Alvarez.

Champion Older Female: Apollitical Scout
Owned by Paragon Farms of Conroe, Texas, Apollitical Scout won the richest race for females of the season, the 400-yard, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes (G2), on closing night.|

Apollitical Scout was trained by Jimmy Padgett and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo in the Junos Request. She was bred in Oklahoma by Dan and Louise Jones and is a 4-year-old mare by Apollitical Jess from the Corona Cartel mare Swingin Cartel. 

Champion Distance Runner: Blazen Panther
A score in the last of two major 870-yard stakes helped secure the distance title for Blazen Panther.

Owned and trained by Luz Chavira of Purcell, Oklahoma, Blazen Panther won the 870-yard, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2) on closing night. Daniel Torres rode the 7-year-old gelded son of champion Panther Mountain. 

Blazen Panther was bred in Oklahoma by Cockrell and Vanhoozer. 

Champion Oklahoma-bred: Hold Air Hostage
Hold Air Hostage secured the title of champion Oklahoma-bred with his victory in the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) on May 5.

Trained by Jimmy Padgett for owner Darling Farms of Lamont, Oklahoma, Hold Air Hostage also ran second to Jessies First Down in the Remington Park Championship. Hold Air Hostage was the sport's champion 3-year-old in 2017. Rodrigo Vallejo rode Hold Air Hostage in the Sooner State.

Hold Air Hostage was bred by Luis Gleason, and he is a 4-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Jess. 

Champion Claimer: Jzoomin Scoot
Roberto Gomez's Jzoomin Scoot won all three of his outs at Remington, all against claiming company.

Trained by Manuel Almanza and ridden by Eugenio Navarrete in all of his wins, Jzoomin Scott won a $5,000 claimer on March 15, a $12,500 claimer on April 14, and a $15,000 claimer on May 17.

Jzoomin Scott was bred by Wootan Racing of Llano, Texas, and he is a 6-year-old gelded son of Jess Zoomin.

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