Remington Park, Oklahoma City -The historic Oklahoma Futurity enjoyed its richest running ever on Saturday night with a purse of $525,050. Top qualifier Ima China Rush took down the bulk of the purse money as she lived up to her status as the 8-5 betting favorite, winning by a half-length.
Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Sherry Gilmore of Sallisaw, Okla., Ima China Rush is trained by Guillermo Valdivia. Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame jockey Larry Payne had the mount and knew his filly meant business when the starting gates opened.
“She left there really hard, towards the front of the race,” Payne noted of his start on the winner. “There were a couple of horses on the outside that was heads apart with her. That last hundred-yards she put them away pretty good.”
Ima China Rush had plenty of energy left for the Oklahoma Futurity, even after she reared up on her hind legs in the post parade, forcing Payne to dismount until she calmed down. The 2-year-old filly crossed the 300-yard finish line in 15.286 seconds over a fast track. PYC Fun N Fancy was a game second while Piloto Strong was 1-1/2 lengths behind the winner in third place.
Ima China Rush paid $5.40 to win, $4 to place and $3.40 to show. PYC Fun N Fancy returned $5.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Piloto Strong paid $6.60 to show.
The remaining order of finish in the Oklahoma Futurity was: Unconquerable (4th), Ima Louisiana Girl (5th), Tres Of Elegants (6th), Chasin My Desire (7th), Im Jess Sweet (8th) and Krash Master (9th). Lions Express scratched from the race earlier in the day.
Perfect in two career starts, Ima China Rush made $210,020 in the Oklahoma Futurity. The filly by Rushago from the PYC Paint Your Wagon mare Ima PYC China Doll, now has a total bankroll of $215,750.
The Oklahoma Futurity is the longest-running race of its kind in American Quarter Horse racing. The 76th running was the first win for Gilmore and Valdivia since the race has been held regularly at Remington Park, starting in 2006. Payne has now won the race four times since it moved to Oklahoma City.
The 2017 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park continues Sunday, March 26 with the first race at 1:30pm.
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