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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 21, 2020—Monty Arrossa is training for the first time at Remington Park this season and already has made quite an impression, winning Saturday night's largest purse in a stakes-laden card.
Arrossa is the conditioner of Aint She Tempting, who stormed home a winner at huge odds of 18-1 in the Grade 2, $383,725 Oklahoma Futurity for 2-year-old American Quarter Horses going 300 yards. It's not often one gets that kind of odds on a horse ridden by two-time leading Remington Park jockey James Flores aboard. The rider leads the standings again this year, his first season after being voted the 2019 AQHA Champion Jockey.
Arrossa trains this young filly for Levings Racing of Edmond, Okla. He has risen from small-town obscurity to the top ranks among American Quarter Horse conditioners in the country since 1991. Arrossa, 47, from Jerome, Idaho, started only three horses in schooling races on Feb. 12 here but won with all three. One of those was this winner, Aint She Tempting, and another was Cartels Dynasty, who made these finals as well.
"(Jockey) James (Flores) had a tough decision to make between those two," said Arrossa. "But he said he thought this filly was the best. I had a couple of my friends from California call me before the race and ask which one to bet. I'm not a gambler, so I said, 'I don't know.' I think they ended up picking the right one because they were happy. It was amazing."
Arrossa ranked third in the country in number of wins in 2018 and was ninth last year. In 2019, Arrossa started 334 horses, won 63 times, finished second 66 times and third 53 more times. His horses earned $1,109,943.
On Saturday night, Aint She Tempting earned $153,490 for first after winning only $1,946 in her first start in the trials on March 7. Her total bankroll after two starts is $155,436. She was purchased at the Heritage Place Sale 2019 yearling sale in Oklahoma City for $21,500.
"She just does everything right," said Arrossa. "She beat the gate open tonight; shot out of there like a rocket. James gets a lot of credit for that. He did a great job. She is paid up to the Heritage Place Futurity and that's what we are aiming at. I also want to thank Remington Park for showing so much support to the horsemen. I'm new here and it's nice to see this kind of backing from a track to keep this running."
A 2-year-old daughter of champion sire Tempting Dash, out of the Corona Cartel mare Preslee The First, Aint She Tempting was bred in Utah by McColee Land & Livestock. She stopped the timer in :15.191 over a fast surface for a speed index of 97.
Aint She Tempting beat Relentlessly by one length, who was another 1-¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Coronados Lady. Aint She Tempting returned $39.40 to win, $14.80 to place and $8.60 to show. Seven Tales, the top qualifier for the futurity and the beaten wagering favorite at 3-5 odds, ran fourth.
Flores won this race for the third time. He also won aboard EC Revenge last year and Coronas First Diva in 2016. His three victories puts him one behind Larry Payne who won this race four times, the most by a jockey since the Oklahoma Futurity has been held at Remington Park.
Levings Racing and Arrossa won the Oklahoma Futurity for the first time.
Runner-up Relentlessly picked up $65,233 for owners Aguila Negra Racing Inc. Jose Huerta saddled the $9,700 Heritage Place Yearling Sale graduate ridden by jockey Francisco Giles. Randy and Sandy Coleman bred the brown colt in Texas from the Carters Cartel mare Runaway Renata.
Coronados Lady, a $9,000 Heritage Place Yearling Sale repurchase, put in a solid effort under jockey Daniel Torres to earn $42,210 for third. Jonathan Chavira trains the daughter of third-crop sire Coronado Cartel for owner Gil Angelica. E.D. Calvert bred the bay filly in Oklahoma from the Separatist mare Rose Colored Lady.
Seven Tales, Royal Tales LBH, Ferarri B, Cartels Dynasty, Jess Kiss Me and My Bleu Heart completed the field. High Rate Dee Dee was scratched.
Tracked by more than 162,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,100 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $242 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 will host the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season from March 6 through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.