OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 14, 2019—When a field of horses is equally matched top to bottom, it’s often in those spots that the bottom comes to the top. Home Boy James proved that on Thursday night by winning the stakes-caliber feature race at Remington Park at 49-1 odds.
Home Boy James paid $100.60 to win, $23.20 to place and $13.80 to show on a $2 across-the-board wager.
Jockey Cody Wainscott had the riding assignment on Home Boy James, who proved to be a worthy $15,000 claim for owner Jose Martinez from this 7-year-old horse’s last race at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. on September 16, 2018.
Trainer Erik Rodriguez-Garcia sent out Home Boy James in this $36,400 allowance race that featured a qualifier from the 2017 $1,155,000 Heritage Place Futurity; a stakes-placed horse from Fair Meadows in Tulsa; a stakes winner from Prairie Meadows in Iowa, a stakes winner from Will Rogers Downs; a stakes winner from Indiana Grand; a near stakes winner from Albuquerque Downs; another stakes-placed horse from Prairie Meadows, and on the outside, a horse that went off at 2-1 odds at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, in a $384,000 stakes race there.
When it was all over, it was the horse bought for $15,000 in a claiming race at WRD that prevailed. It’s no wonder he went off at such high odds.
Home Boy James was the only horse that came out of a claiming race for this start. In his defense, Home Boy James had won 4-of-11 starts at the distance of 300 yards and three-of-nine at Remington Park, coming into this race. On those stats alone, he stood a chance.
Wainscott made the best of the opportunity, popping this son of IVORY JAMES, out of the Dashin Chico mare Sacchi MMG, first from the gate and drove him to the lead, stopping the timer in 15.296 seconds over a fast track for a speed index of 94. Home Boy James won the event by a head.
Home Boy James added $20,072 to his bankroll for the win and now has a lifetime record of 32 starts, nine wins, six seconds and two thirds for earnings of $104,632. In comparison, the top money earner in this field tonight was High Plains Perry, who had $768,614. He finished fifth.
Ferrari James, also by IVORY JAMES, ran second at 9-1 and Despain GL was third at 6-1.