03/15/2012 4:32PM

Remington: Fillies look tough vs. males in Oklahoma Futurity


Midnight Sunlight and Madresita are not only the lone fillies in the Grade 2, $358,500 Oklahoma Futurity for Quarter Horses on Saturday night at Remington Park, but also the race’s top two contenders after winning their trials by a combined margin of 2 1/4 lengths. In all, 15 trials were run for the Oklahoma Futurity, a 300-yard race which will share a card with the $135,000 Oklahoma Derby.

Midnight Sunlight emerged as the fastest qualifier for the Oklahoma Futurity when she won her 300-yard trial in 15.31 seconds. She led from start to finish for a one-length win, delivering as the favorite under jockey Stormy Smith. Vic Hanson trains Midnight Sunlight, a Texas-bred who races for Brenda Reiswig. The filly will break from post 10.

Madresita was the third-fastest qualifier for the Oklahoma Futurity, winning her trial in 15.47. She won by a length and a quarter, as the odds-on favorite. Eddie Willis trains Madreista, an Oklahoma-bred who races for Rodney Verret. She is to again be ridden by Jimmy Brooks, from post 2.

The field is completed by colts, including second-fastest qualifier Cocoa Crème. He won his trial 15.44 and is also trained by Willis.

In the Oklahoma Derby at 350 yards, Sumokin, a Grade 3 winner, will seek to turn the tables on Easydoesitcindy, who edged her by a head in the trials March 4. Sumokin was the favorite in the race, which was her first start since Nov. 12. Larry Payne rides for Luis Villafranco