07/18/2012 3:32PM

Remington Park: Arnett out to establish himself


Jon Arnett, who has won multiple training titles in New Mexico and Colorado, is expanding the reach of his stable. He plans to have a 35-horse division at Remington Park in Oklahoma City for the first time this fall, and if the stable performs well he would like to test the waters at Oaklawn Park.

Arnett, a 51-year-old native of Tucson, Ariz., is currently racing at Prairie Meadows, where he ranks fifth in the standings. In addition to a stable at Remington, which runs Aug. 10-Dec. 9, he will continue to keep a division of horses in New Mexico to race at both Zia Park and Sunland Park.

“We’re going to tread some new water and see how it works out for us,” Arnett said of the expansion to Remington. “If it works good, from there we’d like send a sizable stable to Oaklawn, if we get stalls.

“We’ve got some really nice clients right now. Some people are sending some horses out of California.”

Arnett has been at Remington once before, to run a horse in a stakes race in the late 1980s. He said he has fewer New Mexico-breds than usual right now, which contributed to the decision to set up a division in Oklahoma City. Among the horses headed to Remington are Warning Song, who was third in the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 29; Vervata, an undefeated 2-year-old who won the Capital City Futurity at Lincoln on July 8; and Winter Camp, a stakes winner last year in New Mexico.

Arnett is a career winner of more than 1,500 races since he began training in 1979. Along the way, he has won 60 stakes races. Arnett’s other notable achievements include winning 13 races over Arapahoe Park’s three-day opening weekend in 2007. He equaled the Colorado track’s record for trainer wins on a program twice during that span, winning five races on the opening Saturday card and another five on the opening Monday.

Arnett said he has seven horses pointing for races over opening weekend at Remington.

Goldikova sibling to Canterbury

Ocean Seven, a half-brother to retired international superstar Goldikova, on Wednesday was entered in Saturday’s $35,000 John Bullit at Canterbury Park. The horse is one of five Lone Star Park runners who have shipped to the Minnesota track for Texas-based owner David Chudnow. They arrived Tuesday.

“We’re going to test stakes company for the first time with Ocean Seven,” said Steve Borunda, the horse’s regular exercise rider who also traveled to Minnesota.

Borunda said Dallas Barton is training Ocean Seven at Canterbury. When in Texas, the horse, who won a $15,000 starter allowance June 15, was trained by Karla Smith. Ocean Seven was joined on the Canterbury trip by the Chudnow-owned Ready Love, a candidate for the $75,000 Lady Canterbury on Aug. 4, said Borunda. Later this year, the horses could race at Remington.

Hughes returns to Nebraska

Jeanette Hughes, a longtime racing official at Lone Star who resigned in December, has found her niche as an assistant to trainer Allen Milligan. Hughes had been the assistant racing secretary for Lone Star’s Thoroughbred meets since 1997, and also was the racing secretary for the track’s meet for Quarter Horses.

“I am impressed with her,” said Milligan. “She’s been around horses all her life, with her dad. She worked with her dad. But she realized young in life she didn’t want to get up this early.”

So Hughes, a daughter of the late trainer Jimmy Hughes, began working in racing administration at 17. Her father had competed in Arkansas and New Mexico and also was a leading trainer in Nebraska, where Hughes will be Sunday to saddle Milligan trainee Shraded Edge in the $30,000 Omaha at Horsemen’s Park.

◗ Alternation, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap and Pimlico Special, is now settled in at Remington. He breezed at the track last Sunday as he continues preparations for the $200,000 Governor’s Cup on Aug. 11.