LONG WAGON HO PULLS UPSET IN OKLAHOMA FUTURITY AT REMINGTON PARK

OKLAHOMA CITY -- March 24, 2018 – The historic Oklahoma Futurity came down to a photo-finish with Long Wagon Ho edging Reggies Bailbond by a nose at the line. The 11-1 longshot battled to gain the lead and then hold on to win the Grade 3, $371,200 event.

Owned and trained by Julio Corral of LaSalle, Colo. and ridden by Alfredo Triana, Jr., Long Wagon Ho was in contention throughout the 300-yard Oklahoma Futurity, despite not having a perfect start according to his jockey.

“We didn’t get away that good. I thought he could have got away a little bit better,” Triana said. “When I asked him to run, he started running and just kept on going. I thought he (Reggies Bailbond) actually got me but I couldn’t really tell by looking over.”

Crossing the finish in :15.459 over the fast track, Long Wagon Ho prevailed by a nose. Corral purchased the 2-year-old colt at the 2017 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City for $13,000. His investment has already turned a sharp profit with plenty of racing ahead for the first-year runner.

Corral had confidence in Long Wagon Ho after he qualified in trials on March 10. “We knew we had a chance. He came back good (from the trial win) and everything. He’s all class. He is just like an older horse. He knew what he was doing and everything has been good.”

Long Wagon Ho was at 11-1 odds in the betting and paid $24 to win, $9.20 to place and $5.80 to show. Reggies Bailbond paid $4.80 to place and $3.80 to show. SC Money Maker was a neck behind the winner in third and paid $3.80 to show. Pops Tempting Wagon was the top qualifier for the Oklahoma Futurity and the wagering favorite at 8-5 odds. He settled for fourth, a half-length from the winner.

After winning both his trial and the Oklahoma Futurity, Long Wagon Ho is undefeated in two starts and has now made $154,264 total with the first-place check in the futurity worth $148,480. Bred in Louisiana by Grant Farms, Long Wagon Ho is a colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon from the Strawfly Special mare The Long Straw.

The Oklahoma Futurity is the longest-running futurity in the sport of American Quarter Horse racing, with the first edition in 1947. Long Wagon Ho’s win came in the 77th running of the event, held since 2006 at Remington Park. 

The American Quarter Horse Season continues Sunday, March 25 with the first race at 1:30pm-Central.

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