Time For Wine Opens Up For Easy Merial Distaff Win At Remington Park
Time For Wine, under jockey James Flores, winning the $53,190 Remington Park Merial Distaff Challenge (G3) on Sunday.

© Dustin Orona Photography
Time For Wine Opens Up For Easy Merial Distaff Win At Remington Park

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 14, 2017—The Grade 3, $53,190 Remington Park Merial Distaff Challenge went to Time For Wine who opened her advantage over the second-half of the 400-yard race to win by one length.

Owned by Pete Scarmardo of Caldwell, Texas and trained by John Weghorst, Time For Wine was ridden by James Flores. The 5-year-old mare handled her nine distaff foes in 19.849 seconds over a fast track. Jess Envision broke well but could not keep her advantage, giving way well from the finish while holding second. Honeymoon Candy was another head back in third.

AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber presents the winning connections of Time For Win the Merial Distaff Challenge stakes trophy. © Dustin Orona Photography
The heavy wagering favorite at 3-5 odds, Time For Wine paid $3.20 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Jess Envision paid $5 to place and $3.20 to show. Honeymoon Candy paid $4.80 to show.

Bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm, Time For Wine is a 5-year-old mare by Mr Jess Perry from the First Down Dash mare Fine Wines. She won her sixth career race from 19 attempts while picking up another $24,467. Time For Wine now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $125,223.

Time For Win also earned a starting spot in the Grade 1 $105,000 Guaranteed Merial Distaff Challenge Champions at Prairie Meadows October 14th.

Runner-up Jess Envision is a daughter of leading sire Apollitical Jess from the Tres Seis mare Answer The Dream. Juan Alleman saddled the 4-year-old filly for owner/breeders J. Garvan Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and J. Lloyd Yother. The $10,638 second-place Merial check brings Jess Envision's earnings total to $230,004. Jesus Salazar had the riding call.

Stacy Charette-Hill saddled Michael and Donalda Pohl's homebred filly Honeymoon Candy. The daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon picked up $5,319 for third. Ricky Ramirez rode the stakes winner of nearly $91,000. She is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Send Candy.

Kokko Wagon, Yourtheoneinmyheart, Rock Wit Cha Baby, Sassy Irish Lassie, Diamonds For Codee, Shiner Blond and Blacks Cartel completed the field.

Only 12 race dates and three more weekends of activity remain in the 2017 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park. Racing resumes Thursday thru Sunday, May 18-21. The first race on Thursday and Friday, May 18 & 19 is at 6pm. The action on Saturday, May 20 starts earlier than normal at 4pm with the special simulcast of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico in Baltimore featured at 5:45pm. Sunday, May 21 is Fiesta at Remington Park with the first race at 1:30pm.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Tracked by over 124,000 fans on Facebook and 8,800 Twitter followers, Remington Park is the home of the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity on June 3. Remington Park has provided over $167 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Open daily at 10:30am with free parking and admission, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino is 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