Challenge Quartet at Remington
Four horses win a trip to the Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows.
May 11, 2014
Mother's Day afternoon was full of high-level racing at Remington Park with the Grade 2, $121,410 Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge leading the card. All Out Arrogant overcame a bump at the start of the 440-yard event to find his stride and pull the upset at 17-1 odds.
The Sunday card included three other Bank of America Challenge races and a quartet of trials for the Heritage Place Derby (G2).
Owned by Randall Dees of Huntington Beach, California, and trained by Cody Joiner, All Out Arrogant was ridden by Raul Valenzuela, who commented on the rough beginning.
“He got away a little bit slow and had a bump (with SM Chicksastreakin), I just pointed him in the right direction and he got a little bit of room. After he got running, he switched leads and he went on from there. He handled the track nicely today.”
Dees traveled from his West Coast home to witness the All Out Arrogant win and was happy he had a chance to run after the rough start, saying “He’s been kind of a hard-luck horse but today he came out like a champion; we’re very proud of him.”
All Out Arrogant crossed the finish in :22.152 over the fast track into a strong 25mph headwind. Finishing a half-length behind was River Wind, the 8-5 wagering favorite. Separate Cartel was another neck back in third.
Rewarding his backers at long odds, All Out Arrogant paid $37.80 to win, $13 to place and $8.20 to show. River Wind paid $4.60 to place and $3.80 to show. Separate Cartel returned $12.20 to show.
The win was the sixth from 16 lifetime attempts for All Out Arrogant and the first from three tries at Remington Park. A 4-year-old by FDD Dynasty from the Chicks Beduino mare Oh So Arrogant, the gelding was bred in California by Dean and Darrell Frey. Picking up $55,848 for the win, All Out Arrogant has now earned $108,886 overall. His victory also earned him a berth in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) on October 18 at Prairie Meadows.
Wahoo sprung a mild upset when he slipped through at the rail at 2-1 to win the $47,250 Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge at 870 yards.
A homebred owned by Bobby Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, Wahoo was ridden by Russel Hadley and is trained by John Buchanan. Amanda Hadley, the wife of the winning jockey, serves as the assistant trainer for her father, John, at Remington Park.
Mixed Fantasy was the 3-5 wagering favorite after having won five consecutive races including the 550-yard SLM Big Daddy Stakes here on March 15. He was then an emphatic winning favorite of his Red Cell trial on April 26 over Wahoo, who finished third in that qualifying race. Hadley described how Wahoo made amends for the trial defeat in the more important final.
“I was expecting to be a little closer to (Mixed Fantasy) going into the turn but Wahoo missed the break by just enough to give up about a length heading into the stretch. We were both just comfortable, sitting on our horses, me and G.R. (Carter, aboard Mixed Fantasy) and we had a little more at the end today.”
Wahoo covered the 870 yards in :45.299 seconds and paid $6.80 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Mixed Fantasy was just a neck behind and paid $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Call Her Hero chased the top pair throughout to finish third 4 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up to pay $3.60 to show.
Wahoo wins his second stakes race of the Remington Park season, after scoring an easy win in the 870-yard Grade 3, Pauls Valley Handicap at Remington Park in early April. A Texas-bred 5-year-old gelding by Feature Mr Jess from the First Down Dash mare First To Celebrate, Wahoo won his sixth career race from 19 starts and his fourth at Remington Park where he has never finished worse than third in all seven of his Oklahoma City outings. The stakes check of $22,680 moves the total earnings for Wahoo to $117,708. Wahoo’s win earned him a berth in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.
Shanachee picked a perfect time to get her first win of 2014, posting a half-length win in the $45,630 Merial Remington Park Distaff Challenge after running second in her qualifying trial.
Owned by J. Garvin Kelly of Culver City, California, and trained by Juan Aleman, Shanachee was ridden by Omar Reyes, handling 400 yards in :20.193 seconds.
“She responded well today,” said the rider. “She didn’t break that good but as soon as I asked her for something she gave it to me. I just never got desperate and I was going to kind of sit for a while but I saw (Ianna) coming so I had to give her one more touch right before the finish.”
Shanachee rallied well then held off Ianna, with 5-2 wagering favorite Entrap another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Away at 5-1 odds in the betting, Shanachee paid $12 to win, $6.80 to place and $4.80 to show. Ianna returned $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Entrap paid $3.20 to show.
The victory in the Merial Remington Distaff was the seventh from 29 starts for Shanachee, a 5-year-old mare by Country Chicks Man from the Corona Cartel mare Court Etiquette. She was bred in Oklahoma by EIRE Equine Nursery, LLC. The win was worth $20,989 to Shanachee who has now made $124,208 overall. She now has a spot in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.
Winning the $33,750 Zoetis Remington Park Starter Allowance Challenge was Im Beau Brown, a PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding running for owner Desiderio Nava and trainer Gustavo Rios. Cesar Gomez rode the 22-1 longshot to victory in a time of :17.950 for 350 yards. The gelding now has a record of 19-3-4-3 with earnings of $30,685. His win earned him a berth in the $75,000 Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows.
Also on the card, trainer Eddie Willis saddled the winner in all four of the trials for the $257,050 Heritage Place Derby (G2). The 400-yard final will be conducted on May 31.
Willis sent out co-top qualifiers This Dude Can Fly (trial 2) and Shades Of Blues Girl (trial 4) who both handled the measure in :20.019. The Ultimate Eagle (trial 1) and Fire Tested (trial 3) will also represent the barn in the final.
Willis now has 44 wins for the season, easily leading the standings by 20 over Clint Crawford.
This Dude Can Fly is owned by Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores of San Antonio. The 3-year-old gelding is by One Famous Eagle from the Frist Down Dash mare Helens First Choice and was bred in Texas by Robert and Helen Wood.
Shades Of Blues Girl is owned by Reliance Ranches of Llano, Texas. The 3-year-old filly is by Corona Cartel from the Sixarun mare Run The Dash and was bred in Oklahoma by Lucky Seven Ranch.
The field of 10 for the Heritage Place Derby, with their times and trial number, is: This Dude Can Fly, :20.019 (trial 2) and Shades Of Blues Girl :20.019 (trial 4); The Ultimate Eagle, :20.145 (trial 1); I Dont Need Nobody, :20.242 (trial 1); Rocketair, :20.273 (trial 1); High Ace, :20.283 (trial 4); Wolfgang James, :20.284 (trial 1); Fire Tested, :20.296 (trial 3); Oh No U Didnt, :20.337 (trial 1) and Make It Jess, :20.339 (trial 4).
Jockey Jimmy Brooks was up for all of the derby trial wins. The riding quadruple gives him 42 wins for the season. He is 12 behind standings leader G.R. Carter, who was shutout on Sunday.
Carter remains seven wins behind the retired Alvin “Bubba” Brossette for the all-time win record by a Quarter Horse jockey which is 3,631.
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