Rich Remington Park Futurity Headlines Saturday Stakes Bonanza

Fastest qualifier Teller Baja, pictured her winning her trial, headlines Saturday's $958,000 Remington Park Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

A full field of 10 Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds, topped by fastest qualifier Teller Baja, has been entered back in Saturday’s 330-yard, $958,000 Remington Park Futurity (RG2) at Remington Park.

A homebred Teller Cartel filly trained by R.L. “Rick” Robinson for owner Juan A. Medina, Teller Baja has won both of her starts, including the first of 12 trials on April 8 -- the first of two nights of trials -- and she has earned $20,578. The filly drew post 4 and will be ridden by Agustin Silva in Saturday’s final.

Major Freight, a homebred Freighttrain B colt campaigned by Edward Leslie of Frankfort, Kentucky, drew post 8 and will be ridden by James Flores for trainer Charles “Duke” Shults. Major Freight topped the second night of trials, April 9, with his neck victory in the fifth of 12 heats.

The most impressive trial winner, Leonardo Alcala’s As and Js, made his debut with a clear 2 1/2-length victory in the ninth trial on April 8. An $11,000 buy at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the daughter of Apollitical Jess will be ridden by Edwuin Lujan for trainer Manuel Mata from post 9.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
B Double U (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Spicey Hero (Ricky Ramirez)
B A Mighty Dream (Stormy Smith)
Teller Baja (Agustin Silva)
V Power (Paul Nieto)
One Corona Episode (Benito Baca)
Eye De Man (Jose Vega)
Major Freight (James Flores)
As and Js (Edwuin Lujan)
Political Bliss (Larry Payne)

Remington Park Derby
Sara Leann Morgan’s A Tres Of Paint will try to keep her perfect 3-year-old season record intact from post 5 in Saturday’s 400-yard, $307,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-bred sophomores.

A Tres Of Paint has won both of her outs this season off of a 2-year-old campaign during which she qualified to four graded futurities, including the Grade 1 Heritage Place, Rainbow, and Texas Classic futurities. The well-traveled daughter of champion Tres Seis brings earnings of $386,384 from 12 outs into Saturday’s Remington Park Derby final.

A Tres Of Paint drew post 5 and will be ridden by Ivan Carnero for trainer Charles “Duke” Shults. The filly’s nine opponents include Nancy Powell’s Regard With Respect, a homebred grey son of Chicks Regard trained by Guillermo Valdivia. The gelding banked $488,822 from just four starts during his 2-year-old campaign, and his three wins included a neck score at odds of 17-1 in the $827,000 Remington Park Futurity (RG3).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Bye Byefreighttrain (Roberto Valero)
Ferrari James (David E. Brown)
Rosas Coronas (Jimmy Dean Brooks)
Jess Envision (James Flores)
A Tres Of Paint (Ivan Carnero)
Brimmies Wagon (Joe Badilla Jr.)
Shaky Hero (Benito Baca)
Regard With Respect (Jesus Salazar)
Dianas Tres Seis (Jorge Torres)
Streakin Pr (Cesar Gomez)

Bob Moore Memorial Stakes
Houdini, a 5-year-old homebred Valiant Hero gelding trained by Adrian Huitron for Ellen Kennedy Racing LLC, will make his season debut in Saturday’s 300-yard, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2).

Houdini is coming off of a 2015 season in which he earned $54,320 from four races, and his record included third-place finishes in a pair of 440-yard stakes, the September 5, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, and the May 30, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) at Remington Park.

Houdini drew post 4 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen.

Other contenders include defending champion Rock You. A 5-year-old son of champion Foose trained by Eddie D. Willis for owner Reliance Ranches LLC, Rock You scored a head victory in last year’s Bob Moore Memorial.

Jimmy Dean Brooks will ride Rock You from post 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
TF Cajun Cartel (Ricky Ramirez)
Win Rabbits Fly (Daniel Torres)
Jesse Jr First Down (Valentin Gutierrez)
Houdini (Cody Jensen)
First Sweet Midnite (Jose Vega)
Rock You (Jimmy Dean Brooks)
Mavara Vegas (Alejandro Luna)
Mr Jo Eagle (Agustin Silva)
Roaster (Raul Gutierrez)
This Wagons Okay (Jorge Torres)

Laico Bird Stakes (R)
KG Johnny B Good, a homebred Jonathan Perry gelding owned by Ken and Reba George, will face state-breds for the first time in Saturday’s 330-yard, $70,000 Laico Bird Stakes (R).

Trained by Loyd Moreland, KG Johnny B Good is coming off of a seventh-place finish, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner Coronas First Diva, in the 300-yard, $440,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) on March 26. The gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden by Cody Smith.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Im Tellin Ya (Jimmy Dean Brooks)
Dash Down Dancer (Ivan Carnero)
Js Challenger (Oscar Delgado)
Dicecapades (James Flores)
Perfect Burn (Zacharie Kelsey)
Depoe Bay (Jose Vega)
Tempting Blonde (Daniel Torres)
JC Wild Rose (Mario Delgado)
KG Johnny B Good (Cody Smith)
Bout Tree Fiddy (Jorge Torres)

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