Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Regard Watah, a half-brother to last year’s Remington Park Futurity winner Lota PYC, won his first career race with a nice rally on Thursday night.
Owned by Lota Luck Racing of Guthrie, and trained by Rodney Reed, Regard Watah was ridden to his career debut score by Berkley Packer.
A 2-year-old gelding, Regard Watah came from behind to win his 250-yard maiden race against fellow Oklahoma-breds by a neck, crossing the finish in :13.39 seconds over a fast track.
The Shazoom broodmare Lotawatah has added another winner to her resume as Regard Watah will now try and match the stakes-winning accomplishments of Lota PYC who won the Remington Park Futurity last year. Reed is taking a similar path with Regard Watah this season as he did with Lota PYC who won a maiden race prior to qualifying and winning the futurity a year ago.
Regard Watah was 6-1 in the wagering and paid $15 to win, $8.80 to place and $5.40 to show. Reckless Red Hen was second and returned $11.80 to place and $6.40 to show. Whooz Ice was third and paid $3.20 to show. Ms First Prize Paris was the beaten 2-1 wagering favorite, finishing sixth.
Sired by Chicks Regard, Regard Watah earned $12,644 to begin his lifetime bankroll.
Saturday is Oklahoma Futurity night with the Grade 2, $325,000 event headlining a program that includes the Grade 1, $62,215 Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Derby; Grade 1, $102,600 Oklahoma Paint Futurity and the $136,000 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Derby. The first race Saturday night is at 6pm.
The racing weekend concludes Sunday with an afternoon start time of 1:30 p.m.
Open daily at 10:30 a.m. for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park admission, general parking and valet parking are always free.
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