Black Gold Champ Tops Tripleheader

Will Rogers hosts Black Gold races.

Q-Racing Journal

Looking For Gold Racing’s First Prize Dive has found his winning form this fall at Will Rogers Downs and tries for his third-straight victory when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $318,217 Black Gold Futurity (RG3) on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Gold Futurity is for offspring of participating stallions.

Supporting the 440-yard Black Gold Futurity are the $141,000 OHA Mystery Futurity (RG2) and the $52,500 OHA Mystery Derby (RG3). Each of these races is for Oklahoma-breds.

First Prize Dive (Ivory James-First Prize Pearl by Mr Jess Perry) scored a narrow head win from his first seven starts, however has stepped up for trainer Brandon Reed since he arrived at Will Rogers Downs this fall. In his first local start, he won his Black Gold 400 Futurity trial on a sloppy track and did not qualify.

The gelding raced to his third win from nine outs when he pulled out to a three-quarter-length victory in his Black Gold Championship trial over a track rated as good. His :21.337 time was not only good enough to qualify, it was the quickest mark from three trials.

Trainer Reed also saddled second-fastest qualifier PYC Prize Time (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Fancy by Mr Jess Perry). The colt raced to his second win in his last three starts with the one-length victory in :21.356. The Steven Wilson-owned colt won his maiden three starts ago with a crushing 3 1/4-length victory in his fourth start.

In the 350-yard OHA Mystery Futurity, Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Candy Cartels Cat (Red Storm Cat-Candy Cartel by Corona Cartel) is showing promise with two wins from three starts.

The Clinton Crawford-trained filly won her maiden at first asking back in August at Prairie Meadows before going to Lone Star Park and disappointing in her Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) trial.

Candy Cartels Cat showed her stakes potential in her Mystery Futurity trial when she battled to a nose win over second-fastest qualifier Gold Digging Ashley (Inseperable-Ashleys Gold Digger by Heza Fast Man). Candy Cartels Cat was clocked in :17.408 while Gold Digging Ashley stopped the timer in :17.411.

Edward Leslie’s Gold Digging Ashley won three straight races before racing as the 9-5 favorite in their trial. She won her maiden in her third start and then won a Speedhorse Futurity trial at Fair Meadows. She gained her third-straight win in a $16,300 allowance race at Will Rogers.

Trainer Reed also had the top-two qualifiers to the 350-yard Mystery Derby – Delightful Cat (Red Storm Cat-Tour Delight by Tour de Kas) and Mikes Frito Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Sister Strawfly by Strawfly Special).

Joyce McClennen and Troy McClennen’s Delightful Cat raced to her second win from seven starts this year. She won the first of two trials by three quarters of a length in :17.360. She also won her Speedhorse Derby trial and returned to finish third in the derby finals.

James Fobber’s Mikes Frito Wagon was second to Delightful Cat after stepping up from the claiming ranks. The gelding won by a scant nose in his previous start in a conditioned $15,000 claiming race.

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