OKLAHOMA CITY -- April 21, 2018 – A tremendous start allowed DF AJ Green Leaves to control the lead and roll to victory in the $317,400 Remington Park Derby on Saturday night as a longshot at 45-1 odds.

Owned by Darling Farms of Lamont, Okla. and trained by James Padgett, DF AJ Green Leaves was ridden by Omar Reyes who noted the victory was due to the 3-year-old filly’s start.

“She broke really, really good. As soon as the gates opened she was out there and I just stayed after her and she finished well,” Reyes said. “She got the good start, finished well, and we got the win.”

DF AJ Green Leaves opened up on her nine Oklahoma-bred rivals early in the 400-yard derby and pulled away to win by 1-1/4 lengths. “This is a super-nice filly and the key to her is the start,” Padgett said. “If she leaves like that, she’s tough to beat. When she left in front, I was saying ‘come on wire, please get there.’”

First Of 15, another longshot at 57-1 odds, chased the winner home in second, a head better than third-place finisher Hot Dam Bam A Lam.

DF AJ Green Leaves returned $92 to win, $52.20 to place and $10.20 to show. First Of 15 paid $80.20 to place and $24.80 to show. Hot Dam Bam A Lam paid $7 to show. Political Attraction was the even-money betting favorite, finishing seventh in the field of 10.

The complete order for the Remington Park Derby, for 3-year-old Oklahoma-breds: DF AJ Green Leaves, First Of 15, Hot Dam Bam A Lam, EOS A Political Win, She Eat Fire, Cloud Ridge, Political Attraction, Express Train No 9, Olivias Jett and VF Zeus. 

A daughter of Apollitical Jess from the Tres Seis mare Three Green Leaves, DF AJ Green Leaves was bred in Oklahoma by Kelly/Yearsley Equine. She won her second career race from 10 attempts and made $126,960 in the derby. Overall, DF AJ Green Leaves has now made $156,336.

Reyes won his second straight Remington Park Derby, having ridden the 2017 winner, Apollitical Scout. DF AJ Green Leaves gave the rest of his connections their first triumph in the Remington Park Derby.

Sunday, April 22 is Extreme Racing Day 2018 at Remington Park as the exotic animals compete throughout the afternoon, in between the regular American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa races. The exhibition races will begin the day at 1pm with the Express Ranch Clydesdales’ Match Race. The regular horse racing program starts at 1:30pm.  
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