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Superstar Field to Battle in Remington Park Championship, May 28
By Tourism Industry Partner
OKLAHOMA CITY – The final list of invitees for the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship on May 28 is set. The field for the race is in all likelihood the most accomplished group to compete in any one event in the history of American Quarter Horse racing.
The Remington Park Championship will field 12 runners, the final list contains 14 with a pair of alternates ready to enter if any of the dozen committed to the race back out at entry time on Wednesday, May 25.
The Remington Park Championship is part of the richest program for racing this season on a night of “Superstars & Future Stars.” Other races include: the $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity, the $250,000 Heritage Place Derby, the $350,000 Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity, the $75,000 Remington Park Distance Handicap, the $75,000 Heritage Place Juvenile and the $50,000 Junos Request Stakes among others. Overall purses on May 28 at Remington Park will exceed $2 million.
The Remington Park Championship field is expected to consist of the all-time leading money earner in Quarter Horse racing history, a pair of past World Champions, two millionaires and another who will join that club with a win.
The 12 horses considered to be definite for the Remington Park Championship boast a combined record of 102 wins, 49 seconds and 31 thirds with overall career earnings of $7,133,780.
Stolis Winner and Freaky, the AQHA World Champions in 2008 and 2009 respectively, come into the 440-yard Remington Park Championship hoping to use the race to continue toward a possible second World Championship honor..
Stolis Winner won the Grade 2, Bank of America Oklahoma Championship here on May 8. He appears to have regained the form that led him to his World title in 2008 when he won the $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity, launching his tremendous 2-year-old year that included the big score in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
The all-time leading money earner in Quarter Horse racing, Stolis Winner pushed his total to $2,211,911 overall thanks to his third win in four career Remington Park starts. He is owned by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas and is trained by Heath Taylor.
Freaky won five consecutive races late in 2009 when he was crowned World Champion, including the prestigious Champion of Champions. He will be venturing away from his Los Alamitos Racecourse base for the first time in his career when he arrives in Oklahoma City for the Remington Park Championship. He has made all 30 lifetime starts in southern California.
Owned by Armando Aguirre, Freaky has earned $878,722 with 13 wins, one placing and six third-place runs. He would become a millionaire with a win in the Remington Park Championship. A 6-year-old gelding, Freaky has not competed since running sixth of 10 in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship on Feb. 19.
Joining Stolis Winner as a millionaire in the Remington Park Championship, Noconi will make his first start of 2011 on May 28. He will attempt to continue a four-race winning streak from 2010 in the process.
Owned by the partnership of R.D. Hubbard and John T.L. Jones, Jr. Interests, Ltd., Noconi moved over the million-dollar mark during the course of his current streak. He capped 2010 with a triumph in the Championship at Sunland Park the day after Christmas. Overall the 6-year-old has earned $1,230,563. Noconi is trained by AQHA Champion trainer Paul Jones.
Of the most current AQHA Top 10 poll for 3-year-olds and older, four of the top seven are committed to the Remington Park Championship.
Louisiana Senator, the number-one ranked horse in the older poll has been dominant through two Remington Park starts this season. He posted his first win in the Grade 2 Eastex Handicap in early March before wheeling right back to win the Grade 1 Leo Stakes in late March.
Others in the top seven of this week’s AQHA poll are: The Louisiana Cartel (3rd), a recent winner of three straight races at Sam Houston Race Park including the Bank of America Challenge there and the Sam Houston Classic; Rylees Boy (4th), most recently the winner of the Sunland Challenge Championship; and Stolis Winner, 7th in this week’s poll.
The rest of the dozen committed to the Remington Park Championship are:
- Diamond For Jess, winner of the Grade 2 Bob Moore Stakes here in April, a winner of eight career races with lifetime earnings of $266,113
- Favorite Cartel, winner of an allowance race in April at Remington Park and the 2010 Bank of America Challenge Championship winner, he has seven lifetime wins and earnings totaling $378,981
- Streakin Down, second to Stolis Winner in the Oklahoma Championship, he was also second in the Eastex Handicap and the Leo Stakes behind Louisiana Senator. He owns the Remington Park 440-yard track record, set in his April trial for the Oklahoma Championship. He has 10 career wins and $713,826 in earnings
- Feature Jess Rockin, second to Favorite Cartel in an April allowance here, the mare won the AQHA Challenge Championship last fall and has posted six lifetime wins with earnings of $293,742.
- Fishin CR, second in last month’s Sooner State Stakes here, the 4-year-old colt is extremely consistent with four lifetime wins and $162,287 in earnings.
- Mr Truly Uno, who led in the Oklahoma Championship on May 8 before finishing third, a half-length behind Stolis Winner. He was seventh in last year’s All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs and has three career wins with $71,135 in earnings.
Should any of the 12 considered definite for the Remington Park Championship not enter the race, Remington Park director of racing Dan Fick has two qualified alternates committed to take part in Dylans Dandy, third in the Remington Park Championship last year, and Separate Bet, winner of the race in 2009 en route to Horse of the Meeting honors here.
Open daily at 10am for casino gaming, Remington Park also features Henry Hudson’s on the first floor, which opens for lunch at 11am. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park.
Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.
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