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Remington Park Futurity Trials Draw 169 Oklahoma-Bred Juveniles
Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds will contest trials Friday and Saturday for the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG1).

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Remington Park Futurity Trials Draw 169 Oklahoma-Bred Juveniles

BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 29, 2021—A total of 169 Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds -- eight of whom are recent maiden winners -- are entered in this weekend’s Remington Park Futurity (RG1) trials at Remington Park.

Twenty 330-yard heats will be contested, 10 on Friday and 10 on Saturday. The five fastest qualifiers from each night of trials will meet in the $1.1 million-est. Remington Park Futurity final on April 17.

San Lorenzo Tay and Special Apollitical head the recent maiden winners entered in Friday’s trials. A gelded son of Ivory James purchased by owner Rogelio Marquez Jr. for $67,000 at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale, San Lorenzo Tay made his career debut on March 19, scoring a neck victory in a 250-yard maiden-special-weight dash in :13.345.

Juan Pulido will ride San Lorenzo Tay for trainer Kelly Heltzel in Friday’s eighth heat.

Special Apollitical is a homebred son of world champion Apollitical Jess trained by Carlos Ruiz for owner Adam B. Smith. The colt made his debut with a three-quarter length win in a 250-yard maiden-special-weight sprint on March 20, covering the distance in :13.474.

Special Apollitical drew post 7 and will be ridden by Daniel Torres in Friday’s first trial.

Saturday’s 10 trials are headed by Mr Apollo Jess, an Apollitical Jess colt trained by Kelly Heltzel for Pedro Ortiz-Castillo’s Zitro Racing Corp. Making his first career start in a 250-yard maiden-special weight dash for Oklahoma-breds on March 18, Mr Apollo Jess scored a neck victory in :13.355.

Mr Apollo Jess is out of the late A Delightful Legacy, a daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash and the winner of the 2003 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs, and he is a half brother to champion Inseperable. The colt drew post 2 and will be ridden by Juan Pulido in Saturday’s fourth trial.

Troy McClennan’s Valerity, an $18,000 buy at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale, was a daylight winner in her debut, as the Volcom filly won a 250-yard maiden-special-weight dash by 2 1/4 lengths on March 9. Valerity drew post 4 and will be ridden by Daniel Torres for trainer Carlos Ruiz in Saturday’s first heat.

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