Remington Opens Spring Meet with Stakes Doubleheader

The 12-race opening-night program gets underway at 6 p.m. (CST).

Q-Racing Journal

Remington Park's 50-date spring American Quarter Horse meet gets underway with a stakes doubleheader on Friday.

A 12-race program, topped by a pair of stakes, will help Remington Park kickoff its 50-date spring meet on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 6 p.m. (CST).

A field of nine stakes veterans has been entered in Friday's 350-yard, $50,000 Eastex Stakes (G2), the first graded stakes of the Remington season. Adrian J. Cano's Bruce Allmty, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, ships in from New Mexico, where he scored a 1 1/4-length victory in the 350-yard, $50,000 KOFX Radio Handicap (G3) at Sunland Park on January 28. A gray 4-year-old son of Ivory James trained by Fernando Carrete, the gelding brings a three-race win streak into the Eastex.

Bruce Allmty drew post 5 and will be ridden by Roberto Meraz. His eight opponents include Paragon Farms' Tough To Bee a son of Apollitical Jess who will be making his first start against aged runners. Trained by Trey Wood, the sorrel gelding won three stakes last season, including the 400-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Tough To Bee drew post 4 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez.

The complete lineup for the Eastex, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jimmy Eagle (Agustin Silva), 10-1
Dauns First Desirio (Cesar Gomez), 6-1
Double Down (G.R. Carter Jr.), 10-1
Tough To Bee (Ricky Ramirez), 5-2
Bruce Allmty (Roberto Meraz Jr.), 2-1
Bye Byefreighttrain (Benito Baca), 15-1
Born To Be Bad (Josh M. Romero), 5-1
Flyin Eagle (Gilbert Ortiz), 15-1
Capshaw Capo (Daniel Torres), 20-1

Also on Friday, a full field of 10 Oklahoma-bred sprinters will go postward in the 250-yard, $65,500 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (R).

Michael C. Teel's AJs High is the 6-5 morning-line choice off of a 2017 campaign during which the homebred 6-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding earned $107,578 from just five outs and scored a convincing 1 1/2-length victory in the 440-yard, $74,000 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) in September. All told, AJs High has won 15 of 26 starts, including five of 10 at Remington, and he has banked $824,692.

AJs High drew post 6 and will be ridden by Stormy Smith for trainer Charley Hunt.

Alfredo Botello's Ferrari James, a 5-year-old gelded son of Ivory James trained by Kirt Clark, will be making his first start since October 13, when he led at every call en route to a one-length win in the 440-yard, $45,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows. Ferrari James drew the rail post and will be ridden by Oscar Delgado.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Ferrari James (Oscar Delgado), 8-1
Cartelscandymachine (G.R. Carter Jr.), 6-1
Rarin (Roberto Meraz Jr.), 12-1
Bout Tree Fiddy (Larry Payne), 15-1
Knockemout Capi (Jose Amador Alvarez), 5-1
AJs High (Stormy Smith), 6-5
Mighty Tamale (Mario Delgado), 20-1
The Only Knockout (Gonzalo G. Gutierrez), 15-1
Heza High Return (Juan Pulido), 20-1
PV Eye Desire Candy (Omar Reyes), 10-1

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