Remington Park Ends Spring Meet with 12-Race "Mega Card"

The track will present seven Quarter Horse stakes on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Reigning world champion Jessies First Down is the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

A 12-race "mega card" featuring seven American Quarter Horse stakes will help Remington Park end its 50-day spring meet on Saturday.

Eight aged sprinters, headed by two-time reigning world champion Jessies First Down, have been entered in Saturday's 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1). Trained by Jimmy Padgett for owner Ted G. Abrams of Houston, Texas, the homebred Fdd Dynasty gelding made his 7-year-old debut with a dominating two-length victory in the 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington on April 28.

Jessies First Down drew post 5 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo. Other contenders include Hold Air Hostage, a 4-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding trained by Padgett for owner Darling Farms. Last year's champion 3-year-old, Hold Air Hostage ended his sophomore campaign with a six-race win streak that included the 400-yard, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park, and the 440-yard, $1.15-million Rainbow Derby (G1) and 440-yard, $1.366-million All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Hold Air Hostage drew the rail post and will be ridden by Jose A. Alvarez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Hold Air Hostage (Jose A. Alvarez), 7-5
Koolnfamous (Agustin Silva), 20-1
Myst Fit (Edwuin Lujan), 20-1
Bodacious Eagle (G.R. Carter Jr.), 10-1
Jessies First Down (Rodrigo Vallejo), 6-5
Firing Tools (Stormy Smith), 15-1
Rock About It (Benito Baca), 15-1
Tough To Bee (Ricky Ramirez), 8-1

Also on Saturday, a full field of 10 2-year-olds has been entered in the 350-yard, $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), Oklahoma's richest horse race.

Thomas J. Scheckel's Aqua Flash, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Tanner Thedfford for trainer Shawna Manriquez. A gray daughter of 2009 champion aged stallion First Moonflash and an $8,700 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Aqua Flash has won both of her starts, including the fifth of 11 Heritage Place Futurity trials on May 11.

VF Jedi Returns, the fastest overall qualifier, drew the rail post and will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. Trained by Samuel Valdivia for owner Jose Contreras, the gelded son of High Rate Of Return has earned $47,562 from four races, and his resume includes a second-place finish, one length behind winner Eagles Fly Higher, in the 330-yard, $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds on April 21.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
VF Jedi Returns (G.R. Carter Jr.), 3-1
Unlymited (Manuel Gutierrez), 15-1
Aqua Flash (Tanner Thedford), 5-2
Symbol Of Faith (Rodrigo Vallejo), 15-1
Little Kool Belle (Jorge Torres), 15-1
Jakes Baby Wagon (Ricky Ramirez), 15-1
Wokatee On Fire (James Flores), 8-1
Slayer (Mario Delgado), 8-1
Special Candy High (Omar Reyes), 5-1
Sunnyside (Jorge Linares), 8-1

DF AJ Green Leaves, a two-time winner during the meet, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds in Saturday's 400-yard, $363,790 Heritage Place Derby (G2).

Trained by Jimmy Padgett for owner Darling Farms, DF AJ Green Leaves has earned $134,445 from four starts this season, and her two wins include a 1 1/4-length victory at odds of 45-1, in the 400-yard, $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds on April 21. The sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess drew post 7 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
The Most High Rules (Juan Pulido), 20-1
Eagle Deluxe (Cristian Esqueda), 12-1
Doing What I Like (Rolando Raudales), 20-1
PV Queen Bee Candy (Omar Reyes), 12-1
Eos A Political Win (Jesse Levario), 5-1
Fast Prize Rumor (James Flores), 4-1
DF AJ Green Leaves (Jose Alvarez), 2-1
Wagon Chick V (G.R. Carter Jr.), 8-1
Goldline (Agustin Silva), 15-1
Pyc Fun N Fancy (Ricky Ramirez), 6-1

Rockin J Running Horses' Jess A Hilbily Bone, a homebred 7-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Tammy Kay Johnson, is one of eight distance specialists entered in Saturday's 870-yard, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2). Jess A Hilbily Bone is coming off of a half-length victory in the 870-yard, $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes (G3) on April 5. The brown gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Benito Baca.

A full field of 10 distaffers, topped by 5-2 morning-line favorite As And Js, has been entered in Saturday's 400-yard, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes (G2). A 4-year-old Apollitical Jess mare owned and trained by Leonardo Alcala, As And Js has won two of her three races during the meet, including the 350-yard, $80,000 Easy Date Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds on April 28. As And Js drew post 5 and will be ridden by Agustin Silva.

Eagles Fly Higher will risk his undefeated record in Saturday's 350-yard, $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred juveniles. Trained by Trey Ellis for owners Vernon Harman and Robert T. Moudy III, the sorrel One Famous Eagle colt has won all three of his starts, including the April 21, 330-yard Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R), and he has earned $61,778. Eagles Fly Higher drew post 2 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez.

Bret Pevehouse's Fast Bobby, a homebred son of champion Fdd Dynasty trained by Clint Crawford, heads a full field of 2-year-olds in Saturday's 350-yard, $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile Stakes. Fast Bobby has won both of his starts and has earned $21,724, and his record includes a two-length victory as the 3-10 favorite in a Heritage Place Futurity trial on May 12. The chestnut gelding drew the rail post and will be ridden by Omar Reyes.

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