Four Stakes on Remington’s Holiday Docket

Grade 3-winner Ima China Rush returns in Monday's FL Lady Bug Stakes.

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Grade 3-winner Ima China Rush, pictured here winning her Oklahoma Futurity trial, is one of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Monday's FL Lady Bug Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Sherry Gilmore’s Ima China Rush, a graded stakes winner during the meet, is one of 10 Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds entered in Monday’s 330-yard, $61,800 FL Lady Bug Stakes (R) at Remington Park.

A homebred daughter of the Agouti stallion Rushago trained by Guillermo Valdivia, Ima China Rush has earned $227,310 from three outs this season, and her two wins include a half-length victory as the fastest qualifier and 17-10 favorite in the 300-yard, $525,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) on March 25. The filly drew post 7 and will be ridden by Larry Payne.

Ima China Rush’s nine opponents include The Only Knockout, a bay filly by Apollitical Jess trained by Jose Ibarra for owner Five Puig Racing LLC. The only Knockout is coming off of a fourth-place finish, one-length behind winner La Vencedora, in the April 22, 330-yard Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-bred juveniles.

The Only Knockout drew post 4 and will be ridden by Agustin Silva.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Dee Favorite Girl (Mario Delgado)
Chasin My Desire (no rider named)
Pv Queen Bee Candy (Daniel Torres)
The Only Knockout (Agustin Silva)
Black Gold Okie (G.R. Carter Jr.)
First Of 15 (Brayan Velazquez)
Ima China Rush (Larry Payne)
Nota Lota Ear (Rolando Raudales)
First Dutch (Josh Romero)
Streaks Of Ivory (James Flores)

Easy Date Stakes
Gary W. Harstack’s First Prize Diamonds will risk her three-race win streak in Monday’s 350-yard, $61,800 Easy Date Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred distaffers.

A 4-year-old daughter of champion Carters Cartel trained by John Weghorst, First Prize Diamonds is coming off of a half-length victory in her season debut, the 350-yard, $50,000 Decketta Stakes (G3) on April 1. The mare drew post 4 and will be ridden by James Flores.

Sudden Separation, the runner-up in the Decketta, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Berkley Packer for owner Duane Murphy and trainer Larry Sharp. A homebred 6-year-old Inseperable mare, Sudden Separation has earned $253,816 from 24 starts.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Phoebes Dynasty (Mario Delgado)
Send Me Good Candy (G.R. Carter Jr.)
Shaken Pappasito (Jose Vega)
First Prize Diamonds (James Flores)
Jess A Diva Chick (no rider named)
Sudden Separation (Berkley Packer)
Southern Lulu (Gonzalo G. Gutierrez)
Another Desire (Daniel Torres)
Mia Kine (Omar Reyes)

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Valiant Rogue, a 4-year-old son of Valiant Hero trained by Judd Kearl for owner Wyok Ranch LLC, drew post 5 for Monday’s 400-yard, $61,800 Boyd Morris Memorial Stakes (R). An earner of $650,602 from 16 starts and winner of last year's Grade 1 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs, the gelding is coming off of a fourth-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Vf Red Surprise, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) on May 6. Rodrigo Vallejo will ride Valiant Rogue from post 5.

Also on Monday, a full field of 10 state-bred sophomores, topped by Leonardo Alcala’s As And Js, has been entered in the 350-yard, $50,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R). A bay filly by Apollitical Jess trained by Jose Ibarra, As And Js will be shortening in distance off of her third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Apollitical Scout, in the 400-yard, $305,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) on April 22. As And Js drew post 3 and will be ridden by Gerardo Garrido.

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