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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 21, 2020— Our Secret Weapon ran fourth in his career debut in the Oklahoma Futurity trials, failing to qualify for the final. However, he showed his worth at 35-1 odds in the $50,000 Oklahoma Juvenile on Saturday night at Remington Park.
The 2-year-old gelding had to survive an inquiry by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission stewards, due to minor contact with even-money wagering favorite Captain American B at the start.
The incident was not enough to alter the results. Our Secret Weapon left the gate, right next to Captain America B, and the two brushed. Captain American B then started throwing his head wildly and eventually pulled up.
Our Secret Weapon went on to win by a neck over Buford T and paid a whopping $72.20 to win, $19.80 to show and $9.20 to show. Reigning Kisses finished third, another three-quarters of length back.
Jockey Ricky Ramirez rode him to the win for owners Sandy and Randy Coleman of Levelland, Texas and trainer Blane Wood. It was the first win in this race for all connections. The 2-year-old gelded son of Hez Our Secret, out of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare Folly Del Rey, earned $20,408 for the win and improved to one win from two starts with total earnings of $20,986. He was bred in Texas by his owners.
Our Secret Weapon ran the 300 yards in :15.513 over a fast surface, good for an 87 speed index. It was the second-fastest time in stakes history. Senator Teller won the 2016 edition in 15.309.
The $2 exacta with 35-1 over 7-1 odds horses was worth $548.40 and the 50-cent trifecta paid $786.85 with the third-place horse going off at 7-1 also.
Runner-up Buford T battled all the way under jockey Agustin Silva to earn $8,674 for owner Palomino Trucking Inc. Trainer Luis Villafranco saddled the Capo de Capi gelding out of Rememmber Me by Valiant Hero. Dee and Betty Raper bred Buford T in Oklahoma.
Monica Estrada's Reigning Kisses earned $5,612 for third. Roberto Meraz, Jr. rode the filly by second-crop sire Kiss My Hocks for trainer Maria Elisa Barraza-Rodriguez. Conda Maze and Bob McClure bred Reigning Kisses in Texas from the One Famous Eagle mare Lil Famous Dash.
Ur El Modelo, Summon, Df Fabulous Coco la, Apollitical B Diva, Run Me First and Captain America B completed the field. Df Fabulous Jet completed the field.
Tracked by more than 162,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,100 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $242 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park will host the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season from March 6 through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.