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Curls Happy Wagon Leads Oklahoma Derby Qualifiers At Remington Park
Curls Happy Wagon (#5) cruises to the fastest qualifying time for the Grade 3, $218,000 Oklahoma Derby Sunday at Remington Park.

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Curls Happy Wagon Leads Oklahoma Derby Qualifiers At Remington Park

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--MARCH 11, 2018--The final five races of 14 total on Sunday afternoon at Remington Park were trials for the Grade 3, $218,000 Oklahoma Derby.

Curls Happy Wagon posted the best time for the 350-yard heats, crossing the finish the second trial in :17.107 over a fast track.

The trials were aided by a northerly tailwind that moved between 16-19mph. Curls Happy Wagon flew to a one-length win in her victory over Pyc Fun N Fancy, who also qualified, as the second-fastest in the trials.

Owned by the Irving, Texas partnership of Michael Pohl and Martin Stacy, Curls Happy Wagon is trained by Stacy Hill and was ridden by Jorge Torres.

A 3-year-old filly by Pyc Paint Your Wagon from the Spit Curl Jess mare Spit Curl Girl, Curls Happy Wagon won her third career race from as many attempts. Pohl and Stacy bred the filly in Oklahoma.

Sugars First Love (#5) battle fellow qualifier Apollitical Cyclone (#1) in the second trial on Sunday.
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The Oklahoma Derby will be part of the undercard on Oklahoma Futurity Night, Saturday, March 24.

Hill qualified two from her barn for the Oklahoma Derby, also sending Little Kool Corona. Trainer Amanda Tongay also qualified two for the derby in Pyc Fun N Fancy and La Vencedora.

Racing for owner Jose Guzman, Pyc Fun N Fancy won the Laico Bird Stakes and was second in the Oklahoma Futurity(G3) and third in the Heritage Place Futurity(G1) as Remington Park last year.

Htr Miamor Tequilla, under jockey Berkley Packer, qualifying from the fourth trial on Sunday. Dustin Orona Photography
A brother to Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity winner Im A Fancy Pyc, Pyc Fun N Fancy was banked nearly $275,000. Weetona Stanley bred the Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt from the multiple stakes producing Mr Jess Perry mare First Prize Fancy.

Trainer Trey Wood saddled third fastest qualifier Sugars First Love for owners Randy and Sandy Coleman. Bred by Sue Fikes, the lightly raced daughter of champion/champion sire Tempting Dash was making only fourth career start.

Ridden by champion jockey Ricky Ramirez, Sugars First Love won the third trial (Race 12) by one-length in :17.279 seconds, a 97-speed index. A finalist in the TQHA Sale Futurity(RG2) last summer, she is out of the Prime Talent mare Loves Brown Sugar.

Htr Miamor Tequilla was a head winner over last year's Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG2) winner La Vencedora in the fourth trial to get the fourth fastest time of :17.289 seconds, also a 97-speed index.

Ed Ross Hardy conditions the colt by second-crop sire Heart Of The Cartel from the Tinys First Corona mare Sheila Tequilla. Berkley Packer had the riding call aboard the HTR Stables LLC Oklahoma-bred.

For the complete list of qualifiers for the Oklahoma Derby, with their qualifying times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

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The 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park continues Thursday thru Sunday, March 15-18. The first race is at 6pm nightly, except for Sunday afternoon, when the action starts at 1:30pm. All times are Central.

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Tracked by over 136,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided over $187 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Home to the 77th running of the Grade 3, $450,000 Oklahoma Futurity on Saturday, March 24, Remington Park is Oklahoma City's only Racetrack & Casino. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, Remington Park is 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.