Juvenile Showdown in Heritage Place

Top juveniles meet in first million-dollar futurity of the year.

May 23, 2012

West Texas Futurity (G1) winner El Duero, Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Dash For Coronas and Remington Park Juvenile (R) winner PYC Kant Katch Me provide for the first 2-year-old showdown of the year in a deep $1,115,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on Saturday at Remington Park.

The horses with the five-fastest times on each of two days of trials qualified for the 350-yard futurity, the first million-dollar futurity of the year.

R/T Stables’ El Duero (Oak Tree Special-La Jolla Rocket by Streakin La Jolla) shipped to Remington Park for the Heritage Place Futurity after vaulting to the second position in the national 2-year-old poll off the strength of his win in the West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park. He raced to the Grade 1 win by pulling away to the half-length margin with a very fast :14.683 time for 300 yards with a Sunland Park tailwind.

El Duero was in a strong Heritage Place Futurity trial and got the job done when he finished just a head behind Dash For Coronas (Coronas Leaving You-Azure Dash by First Down Dash), who raced to the fastest-qualifying time of :17.457 during the first day.

The Toby Keeton-trained El Duero posted the day’s second-fastest time and the third overall fastest time of :17.498.

Javier Ramirez’s Dash For Coronas is undefeated from three starts and holds down the third position in the national poll. The colt won his maiden at first asking in his Oklahoma Futurity trial and backed up that effort by stepping up with an impressive 1 1/2-length win in the Oklahoma Futurity as a nearly 15-1 longshot. He ran the 300 yards in :15.255.

Dash For Coronas showed his gameness during his meeting with El Duero in their Heritage Place Futurity trial. He fought with El Duero and prevailed by a neck.

Jesus Andrade’s PYC Kant Katch Me (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Wanna Be Me by Disco Jerry (TB)) is also undefeated from three starts and is the sixth-ranked juvenile in the national poll.

The Judd Kearl-trained colt won his maiden in his Remington Park Futurity trial and then came back in his second start to win the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile by three-quarters of a length. He continued his progression when he dominated his Heritage Place Futurity trial by 3 lengths and his time of :17.382 on the second day of trials topped the two days of trials.

Tony Doughtie’s homebred Thequeenhasgonenuts (Hadtobenuts-Queen Of The Castle by Six To Five) also brings stakes credentials into the Heritage Place Futurity. The filly was a close second in the Sam Houston Futurity (G2) and then scored a three-quarter-length win in his Heritage Place Futurity trial while making her Remington Park debut. Her time of :17.694 was the eighth-fastest time from the two days of trials.