TRAINER GONZALEZ’S BURNING FOLLIES POSTS FIRST OFFICIAL WORKOUT OF REMINGTON PARK 2024 PRESEASON
OKLAHOMA CITY – A total of 16 horses earned official workouts Tuesday morning on the first day the Remington Park track surface was open for the upcoming American Quarter Horse, Paints and Appaloosas race meet. Burning Follies had the first official workout and recorded the fastest time of the day at 330 yards.
Sunny skies with temperatures in the low 40s greeted the first athletes to the track this morning as preparations are underway for the upcoming season opener on March 7.
The 5-year-old Quarter Horse trained by Jorge “Raymond” Gonzalez covered the distance in :18.30 handily at about 7:15 a.m. over a fast track. None of the workouts today were from a standing position in the gate. Burning Follies is a son of Dash to Follies, out of the Walk Thru Fire mare Burn the Kash. He is owned by Double A Ranch of Miami, Fla. Jockey L. Salvador Martinez, a multiple graded stakes winner, was in the irons for Gonzalez.
Burning Follies was one of six horses that tried 330 yards. Another 10 worked out at 220 yards with Jess Won’t Miss getting the bullet work of :11.62 handily at that measure.
Jess Wont Miss is trained by Pedro Martinez for owners Carlos H. Nieto and Mario Gutierrez, and has Gonzalo Gutierrez as a regular rider. The 3-year-old gelded son of Jess Lips, out of the First Down Dash mare Wontwannamissthis, has one win in nine career starts and $19,809 earned. His lone victory came in a maiden race at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., on Halloween last year.
Burning Follies could be one of the stars of Gonzalez’s barn, having won three allowance races at Remington Park last year. He has raced 13 times in his career, winning five of those, finishing second once and third four other times. His bankroll for his career stands at $70,805.
The biggest horse Gonzalez has conditioned is Premier Ethics, who won the only two races in which she appeared at Remington Park. The Quarter Horse mare won a Heritage Place Derby trial here in 2015, but didn’t qualify for the finals and then went on to win the Grade 2 Junos Request Stakes that same year.
Gonzalez has had 852 starts in his Quarter Horse career as a trainer, winning 123 times with 114 seconds and 103 thirds for horses’ earnings of $2,446,046.
Martinez has had 5,762 mounts, making 748 trips to the winner’s circle, 731 seconds and 695 thirds with his horses earning $18,107,951. Among his biggest wins were the following Grade 1 races: the New Mexico Fillies and Mares Championship Stakes with Astica at Zia Park and Jess Burner Handicap at Sunland Park with Seeyalateralligator, both in 2016; Texas Classic Futurity with Kates Dynasty at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and the Zia Park Championship with DM Streakn Thru Fire, both in 2013; the AQHA Distance Challenge Championship with All About Larry at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, in 2012; the Texas Classic Futurity with Sure Shot B and the Zia Park Championship with Sir Seth, both in 2011, and the Ruidoso Derby with Double Down Special and the West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park with No Dice Special, both in 2010.
Remington Park has provided more than $344 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 presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. The 2024 racing schedule begins Thursday, March 7, as the American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season starts its 50-date season. Parking and admission are always free. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing or enter the casino gaming floor. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.