POPS TEMPTING WAGON IS THE TOP QUALIFIER FOR OKLAHOMA FUTURITY AT REMINGTON PARK

OKLAHOMA CITY -- March 10, 2018 – A dozen trials were conducted on Saturday at Remington Park to determine the final field for the Grade 3, $371,200 Oklahoma FuturityPops Tempting Wagon had the best time for the group of 2-year-olds heading to the historic March 24 final.

Owned by Gabriel Gutierrez of Tulsa, Okla. and trained by Guillermo Valdivia, Pops Tempting Wagon was ridden to victory by Larry Payne. The 2-year-old colt had a great start to immediately go to the lead. He was never seriously threatened while gliding sharply to victory. Pops Tempting Wagon beat Demi More by three-quarters of a length in the sixth trial, crossing the 300-yard finish in :15.414 over a fast track.

Bred in Oklahoma by Pat Kurz, Pops Tempting Wagon is by Tempting Dash from the PYC Paint Your Wagon mare Pops Zooming Wagon.

The 77th running of the Oklahoma Futurity is comprised of the following 10 juveniles, with their qualifying times and trial race:

  1. Pops Tempting Wagon, :15.414, trial 6
  2. Reggies Bailbond, :15.506, trial 7
  3. Igotta Go Gotta Go, :15.523, trial 1
  4. CR Smoke, :15.527, trial 12
  5. SC Money Maker, :15.537, trial 2
  6. Demi More, :15.538, trial 6
  7. Tempting Illusion, :15.542, trial 7
  8. Long Wagon Ho, :15.547, trial 9
  9. Shez A Cartel Chick, :15.548, trial 11
  10. First Prize Shawn, :15.590, trial 11

Trainers Clint Crawford and Mike Robbins will both send a pair of runners from their barns to the Oklahoma Futurity. Crawford qualified Reggies Bailbond and CR Smoke. Robbins qualified SC Money Maker and Demi More. 

The Oklahoma Futurity, the longest-running futurity in the sport of American Quarter Horse racing, will headline a stakes-laden program on Saturday, March 24.

The Opening Weekend of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park will conclude on Sunday, March 11 with a 14-race program. The card will consist of qualifying trials for three stakes races that will be on the undercard of the Oklahoma Futurity night: the Oklahoma Derby; the Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity and the Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby. The first race Sunday is at 1:30pm.

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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.