TRAINER MATT WHITEKILLER, JOCKEY CODY SMITH DOUBLE UP ON STAKES WINS BY TAKING GRADE 1 AMERICAN PAINT CLASSIC FUTURITY

OKLAHOMA CITY - April 27, 2019 – After winning the Victoria Ennis Memorial Stakes earlier on the Saturday card, trainer Matt Whitekiller and jockey Cody Smith doubled up with a big win in the Grade 1, $129,500 American Paint Classic Futurity in the 10th race at Remington Park with Southern Electric.

The futurity included 10 Paints, 2-year-olds, covering 350 yards of ground. Southern Electric, a 2-year-old gelded son of CRM Livewire, out of the Southern Cartel (QH) mare Ze Southern Girl (QH), won by three-quarters of a length over runner-up Bell N Wire, and was another nose ahead of third-place finisher Wired Special. Southern Electric went off at even-money odds and looked every bit like the favorite the way he ran for owners Dan and Kaye Jones of Kemp, Texas. He was bred in Texas by his owners.

Southern Electric paid $4.20 to win, $3 to place, and $2.20 to show. He stopped the timer for 350 yards in 17.659 seconds over a fast track, earning an 86 speed index.

It was the third year in a row that Whitekiller, Smith, and the Joneses, have teamed up for the win in this futurity. The owner-trainer-jockey combo also won in 2018 with Live Moonshine and in 2017 with Bully Pulpit. 

Southern Electric earned $49,210 for first place and added that to his bankroll for a $63,123 total. He now has a record of three wins from four starts, all this season at Remington Park. The only time the gelding has lost was when Smith decided to ride another finalist in the $157,578 Oklahoma Paint and Appaloosa Futurity on March 23.

“I was second-guessing my decision, but luckily I picked the horse that won that futurity,” said Smith, who won the event aboard DTL Chasin Tale, who managed to win the Victoria Ennis Memorial earlier on the Saturday night card at Remington Park.

Back in the saddle for Southern Electric on Saturday night, Smith got just what he wanted, another win with him.

“It was a perfect trip,” said Smith. “Got out of the gate well and moved straight down the track. That’s exactly what you want in a futurity.”

Whitekiller said he had an inkling this horse might be able to run some from what he saw last year.

“He’s a full brother to a filly we had last year that made a lot of money,” Whitekiller said. “We’re very happy for the owners. They’ve been having some health issues. I wish they could have been here.”

Racing continues Sunday at Remington Park with a nine-race card that starts at 1:30 p.m. The day includes Extreme Racing with Clydesdales, ostriches, camels and zebras between actual horse races.

This Remington Park is always open for casino gaming. Simulcast horse racing is offered daily. Admission, parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park. Guests must be 18 or older in order to wager on horse racing or to enter the casino.

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