OKLAHOMA CITY - April 7, 2019 -- When last seen, the 2018 Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity winner Apocalyptical Jess was breaking dead last in the Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park on Nov. 10, 2018, running a disappointing sixth.

Trainer Trey Wood felt good about his barn superstar bouncing back in his debut as a 3-year-old in the Remington Park Derby trials on Sunday for owner Bill Robbins of San Jose, Calif. Apocalyptical Jess, a son of Apollitical Jess, out of the Holland Ease mare Cassandra Crest, might have brought on some frowns on that cold November night in Grand Prairie, Texas, but his connections were all smiles Sunday. The obviously talented gelding posted the fastest time of 10 qualifiers, stopping the timer for 400 yards over a fast track in 19.64 seconds while earning a Speed Index of 92.

“We just really wanted to get this race in him, first of the year, and hope he didn’t make any mistakes, because he’s been known to do it,” said Wood. “He’s grown up a lot and he’s a really sound horse. We’re happy with him.”

Jockey Ricky Ramirez was sixth from the gate aboard the champ, but soon took over the lead and held on by a neck against a pesty Watah Flash, just to his inside. Watah Flash finished second and his was the second-fastest time of all the trials on Sunday.

“You never really know if he’s going to get away good,” Wood said of the winner. “But when he gets away he’s a tough horse to beat. Really hard to beat.”

Apocalyptical Jess was sent off at 1-5 odds and paid $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 show.

Apocalyptical Jess was bred in Oklahoma by Danny Joe Miller. He won his fourth career race from seven attempts, scoring his first start at Remington Park.

Even though Apocalyptical Jess was qualified for the All American Futurity final by jockey Ricky Ramirez, winning his trial by 3-1/4 lengths, Ramirez chose another horse in the big race. He likely regretted that decision, seeing this horse win the richest Quarter Horse race of the year. However, Ricky Ramirez got back on him and won his trial for the Texas Classic Futurity final but still didn’t pick him for the final. In any other world not choosing the All American winner after not taking him in that final would make some shake their heads, but this is Quarter Horse racing. Ramirez did it again, this time taking Flying Cowboy 123 over Apocalyptical Jess. As jaws dropped, Flying Cowboy 123 was the winner in Texas as the All American star ran sixth.

“Cowboy is a really nice horse,” said Wood. “Ricky picked right. But he picked wrong a couple of times last summer. And I was happy for him (in the Texas Classic).”

The following were the 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday, moving on to the finals for the Remington Park Derby on Saturday, April 20, restricted to Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds:

• 1) Apocalyptical Jess, 19.640 seconds, 92 Speed Index, trial 2, trainer Trey Wood, jockey Ricky Ramirez.

• 2) Watah Flash, 19.677, 91, trial 2, John Stinebaugh, Alfredo Triana, Jr.

• 3) Charlies Fury, 19.680, 91, trial 4, Michelle Hurdle, Agustin Silva.

• 4) Separate Jets, 19.793, 88, trial 3, Santiago Riojas, Manuel Gutierrez.

• 5) Temptingsecretfly, 19.820, 87, trial 6, Rick Robinson, James Flores.

• 6) Miss Eysa Senator, 19.846, 87, trial 3, Michael Joiner, Tanner Thedford.

• 7) Wilder Ways, 19.861, 86, trial 6, Mike Robbins, Stormy Smith.

• 8) Lynnder 16, 19.866, 86, trial 1, Jason Olmstead, Cristian Esqueda.

• 9) Sr Shegone, 19.913, 85, trial 3, Manuel Almanza, Jr., Edwuin Lujan.

• 10) Miss Perrys Tres, 19.925, 85, trial 5, Eddie Willis, Jimmy Brooks

Racing resumes Thursday with 11 races, the opener set for 6pm. 

Friday night, April 12, Painted Turnpike, the all-time leading Paint racer by earnings, will return for the first time this year in the $20,000 Paul Harber Memorial at 350 yards for Paint and Appaloosas. Painted Turnpike has won 13 races at Remington Park, holding the record for the most wins in the Quarter Horse, Paint, Appaloosa season in Oklahoma City. The first race Friday is at 6pm with the Paul Harber Memorial set for race 10 at 10:01pm. All times are Central.

Remington Park is always open for casino gaming. Simulcast horse racing is offered daily. Admission, parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park. Guests must be 18 or older in order to wager on horse racing or to enter the casino.


Tracked by more than 153,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,900 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $216 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is home to the restricted Grade 1, $850,000 Remington Park Futurity on April 20. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.