May 5, 2012
Remington Park held the first 10 trials of qualifying for the $1,115,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on Friday night. Dash For Coronas posted the top time of the evening at the 350-yard distance to put himself in position for a rare futurity double.
Already the winner of the Grade 2, $358,000 Oklahoma Futurity at Remington in March, Dash For Coronas remained undefeated in three career races by impressing in his trial. After a lunging start, the colt righted himself and flew to a clear lead of almost two lengths midway through his heat. Ridden by Adalberto Candanosa, Dash For Coronas held off a late rally by El Duero to win by a head, crossing the finish in :17.457 seconds over the fast track.
El Duero, the winner of the West Texas Futurity (G1) last month at Sunland Park, posted a time behind Dash For Coronas worthy of making the Heritage Place Futurity as well.
Owned by Javier Ramirez of Bedford, Texas, and trained by Javier Contreras, Dash For Coronas is a Louisiana-bred colt by Coronas Leaving You from the First Down Dash mare Azure Dash. Natalie Montgomery, D.V.M., is the breeder. The winner’s share of the trial purse, $8,892, moves the career money for Dash For Coronas to $158,076.
The five qualifiers from Friday’s trials to the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity, with trial times: Dash For Coronas, :17.457; El Duero, :17.498; Sum Better Stuff, :17.610; BP Cartels Alibi, :17.632 and CC Seis, :17.680.
The Friday qualifying group will join five more from the 10 trials on Saturday night in the richest racing event in Oklahoma, the Heritage Place Futurity, on Saturday, May 26.
Remington Park racing Saturday will begin an hour earlier than normal at 5 p.m., in order to accommodate the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, at 5:24 p.m. Remington Park opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning to receive the expected large crowd as simulcasting begins at 9:30 a.m.
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