TRAINER CARLOS RUIZ QUALIFIES FASTEST HORSE FOR $157,577 OKLAHOMA PAINT AND APPALOOSA FUTURITY

OKLAHOMA CITY - March 10, 2019 -- Trainers Dee Keener, Matt Whitekiller and Eddie Willis all had multiple qualifiers for the Grade 1, $157,577 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity, but it is Carlos Ruiz who will send the fastest qualifier to the finals on March 23 at Remington Park.

The top horse, Js Kool Hand Luke, stopped the timer for 300 yards in a swift 15.656 seconds in race five as jockey Roberto Meraz, Jr., held on by a neck for a speed index of 82. This juvenile Paint is owned by Shirley Wheeler of Boynton, Okla.

Keener will have three of the top five fastest qualifiers in the final, Matt Whitekiller also qualified three and Willis put two in the top 10.

The following were the 10 fastest qualifiers, with time, speed index, trial race, trainer and jockey:

1) Js Kool Hand Luke, 15.656 seconds, 82 Speed Index, from trial 4, trainer Carlos Ruiz, jockey Roberto Meraz, Jr.

2) Charlie Rising, 15.707, 80, trial 4, Dee Keener, James Flores

3) PHQ Apollitical Jess, 15.713, 80, trial 2, Dee Keener, Jose Vega

4) DTL Chasin Tale, 15.756, 78, trial 2, Matt Whitekiller, Cody Smith

5) Bodacious Ben, 15.759, 78, trial 5, Dee Keener, James Flores

6) Twisted Fashion, 15.772, 78, trial 5, Eddie Willis, Justine Klaiber

7) Heza Fancy PYC, 15.775, 78, trial 6, Eddie Willis, Jimmy Brooks

8) Southern Electric, 15.776, 78, trial 3, Matt Whitekiller, Cody Smith

9) CL Victorias Secret, 15.794, 77, trial 3, Jeff Dean, Rolando Raudales

10) Babe Wired, 15.799, 77, trial 6, Matt Whitekiller, Cody Smith

Js Kool Hand Luke broke out of the gate second, but soon was on top and dug in for the win by a neck over runner-up Charlie Rising, who was the second-fastest qualifier on the day. Js Kool Hand Luke is a 2-year-old Paint, sired by Kool Wagon (qh), out of the Streakin La Jolla (qh) mare Linda Lajolla.

Js Kool Hand Luke’s sire, Kool Wagon, is a stakes-winning son of champion PYC Paint Your Wagon. Kool Wagon raced 19 times, winning six of those, including two stakes – the Skip Zimmerman Memorial Stakes and the Dash in a Flash Stakes, both at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. The bloodlines of PYC Paint Your Wagon, the grandsire, have proven to be most lucrative. As a sire, he has thrown more than 100 stakes winners, and his runners have earned more than $32 million.

The Remington Park American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season now moves into a regular Thursday thru Sunday schedule with first post of 6pm nightly, and Sunday afternoon racing at 1:30pm. Racing resumes Thursday thru Sunday, March 14-17. The $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes is the featured event next week for older Quarter Horses at 550 yards.

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Tracked by more than 150,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,800 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $215 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Home to the historic Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity, to be run for the 78th time on March 23, 2019, Remington Park 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 remingtonpark.com.