Will Rogers Meet Opens With Black Gold 350 Futurity Trials

The Claremore, Oklahoma, track begins its fall Quarter Horse meet on Saturday.


Will Rogers Downs at Claremore, Oklahoma, opens its fall Quarter Horse meet with a 12-race program on Saturday.

Rogelio Marquez Jr.’s Political Attraction, a graded stakes winning son of Apollitical Jess trained by John Weghorst, is one of 86 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Black Gold 350 Futurity (RG3) trials at Will Rogers Downs.

Political Attraction has won his last two starts, including the 350-yard, $214,000 Speedhorse Futurity (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa on July 29. The sorrel gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by James Flores in the eighth of 11 trials.

Eos A Political Win, a bay Apollitical Jess colt trained by Manuel Almanza Jr. for owner Elite Oilfield Services, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Omar Reyes in the third heat. Eos A Political Win has earned $61,578 from three outs, and he is coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind Political Attraction, in the Speedhorse Futurity.

Other prominent 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s trials include The Only Knockout, a bay filly by Apollitical Jess trained by Manuel Mata for owner Five Puig Racing LLC. The Only Knockout has won one of five starts and has banked $101,010, and his resume includes a fourth-place finish, one length behind winner La Vencedora, in the 330-yard, $1.002-million Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds on April 22.

The Only Knockout drew post 8 in the fifth trial and will be ridden by Jesus Salazar.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Saturday’s trials will meet in the September 24, $133,500-added Black Gold 350 Futurity final.

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