05/28/2008 11:00PM

Carter hopes he picked right horse


G.R. Carter is on the verge of becoming the all-time leading money earner among Quarter Horse jockeys and could accomplish that feat in Sunday's Grade 1, $1,140,000 Heritage Place Futurity, the first $1 million race at Remington Park.

Through Wednesday, Jacky Martin leads all jockeys with $41,405,207 and Carter's mounts have earned $41,217,436, leaving Carter $187,771 behind. Excluding his other mounts before the futurity, Carter needs to finish first or second in the Heritage Place Futurity to surpass Martin.

Carter had to make what he calls "one of the toughest decisions" of his career in deciding which of Heath Taylor's horses he will ride in the Heritage Place.

The futurity field is determined by taking the five-fastest qualifiers from each of two nights of trials. Miss Sin Tacha was the fastest qualifier on the first night of trials and Jess Zoomin was the fastest qualifier on the second night of trials. Carter rode both winners.

Ultimately, he chose to ride Jess Zoomin, a colt Carter compares to two-time champion FDD Dynasty, who attracted a stellar full book of 110 mares in his first season at stud this spring.

"I've been wrong before picking horses and I could be wrong this time. I hope I'm not," Carter said. "It was really a tough decision. Each of these horses are the ones you look to ride."

Miss Sin Tacha, a half-sister to 2002 co-world champion Streakin Sin Tacha, made her career debut in the trials and defeated Grade 2 Oklahoma Futurity winner Corona Fireball with a 17.636-second time for the 350 yards. She is the only Heritage Place qualifier who made her first start in the trials, and figures to improve.

Jess Zoomin, aided by a tailwind, lowered the Remington track record with his trial win in 17.320 seconds to remain undefeated from two starts.

"What was more impressive than the time was the gap in [qualifying] time," said Taylor.

Brimmstone's second-fastest time on the second night of trials was 17.576 seconds, which equates to nearly two lengths slower than Jess Zoomin's time.

Carter, an Oklahoma City native, wants to break the record in front of the Oklahoma and Remington Park fans.

"It means the world to me to do this in my home state and at Remington Park. My family and friends here in Oklahoma and all the people in Oklahoma who helped me along the way can see it happen. You can't do it alone; a lot of people helped," he said.

Carter readily admits that he expects someone will break his record.

He said: "On the eve of breaking the record I realize that I'm a product of the success of Quarter Horse racing with the increased purses, especially the day purses. When I think that Jacky won the All American Futurity seven times, it's amazing. I'm standing on the shoulders of a lot of people."

Frankie Shoots in Maturity trials

Frankie Shoots, coming off a win in the Kaweah Bar Handicap, returns in the second of two 400-yard trials to the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos on Saturday night.

Frankie Shoots came back from a 60-day freshening to win the Kaweah Bar on April 19 as the 6-5 favorite. He raced the 350 yards in a swift 17.21 seconds while prevailing by a nose. Before his rest, he was fourth in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship.

Fly Bar Special, coming off a troubled second in the Grade 3 Miss Princess Handicap against fillies and mares, is in the same trial as Frankie Shoots.

The horses with the 10 fastest times qualify for the Vessels Maturity on June 20.