03/01/2012 4:57PM

Remington: Oklahoma Futurity trials begin with 15 heats


Remington Park will have an early post of 5 p.m. Central on Saturday to accommodate 15 trial races for the Grade 2, $325,000 Oklahoma Futurity. The finale is March 17.

Every horse running in Saturday night’s trials is a first-time starter. Each of the $10,000 trials will be run at 300 yards.
The Oklahoma Futurity is the longest-running futurity in Quarter Horse racing, dating back to 1947.

Trainers Guillermo Valdivia, Eddie Willis, Kasey Willis, and Luis Villafrano will be among the most active horsemen on the card. Riders in action will include nine-time national champ G.R. Carter.

The card is the first Saturday night program of the meet that opened Friday. There will be a number of activities for ontrack patrons, including wagering sprees that give fans who win a drawing the chance to make as many $2 wagers as possible in a 30-second period.

Sunday, a horse named Hollywood Extra, who played newborn-foal Joey in the movie War Horse, will be available for photos. He is an Oklahoma-bred from Guthrie, Okla., and in time is expected to race at Remington Park.