OKLAHOMA CITY – The $65,500 Mighty Deck Three Stakes for Oklahoma-breds was the initial stakes race of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park. The richest race on the Opening Night card was won by Rarin who used a sharp start and strong run to hold off AJs High in the 250-yard event.

Owned by Jesus Estrada of Albuquerque, N.M. and trained by Fernando Carrete, Rarin was ridden to victory by Roberto Meraz who was impressed with the first race of the season by the 6-year-old.

“He was a real professional today and was focused. He gave us a good effort and was on his game for sure. He was fighting on through and saw the six (AJs High) and found another gear.”

AJs High was coming on with a rally but ran out of real estate as Rarin crossed the finish in :12.912 over a fast track. Knockemout Capi was a neck behind Rarin, finishing third.

Away at 7-2 odds, Rarin paid $9.80 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. AJs High was the 4-5 wagering favorite, paying $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Knockemout Capi paid $3.60 to show.

The win in the Mighty Deck Three Stakes was the eighth career win for Rarin from 21 lifetime attempts. He picked up $36,900 for the run and pushed his career earnings to $134,260.h

Bred in Oklahoma by Kathleen Matey, Rarin is a gelding by Inseperable from the Rare Form mare Rare Kayoh.

Rarin was part of a trio of victories on Opening Night for the team of Carrete and Meraz. They started their hat trick of victories in race four with Heza Bojangles Man ($20.40 to win) and continued after Rarin with Bruce Allmty ($4) in the Eastex Stakes. 

The Mighty Deck Three Stakes is named after the ultra-fast Mighty Deck Three who dominated 2-year-old competition in 1980. The Oklahoma-bred was undefeated thru 10 races, including the Rainbow Futurity, and posted the top qualifying time for that year’s All American Futurity. He was upset in the All American, beaten a nose by Higheasterjet. Despite the loss, Mighty Deck Three was still voted the Champion 2-year-old for 1980.

The 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park continues Saturday, March 10 with 12-race program of trials for the Oklahoma Futurity. The first race Saturday is at 4pm. Sunday action on March 11 is underway at 1:30pm. All times are Central.


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