Press ReleaseJune 1, 2014
A quick start and a gutty performance was worth nearly a half-million dollars to the connections of Lovethewayyoulie as the 2-year-old filly prevailed to win the Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity on Saturday at Remington Park. She just held on at the line, winning a photo-finish over BV Travelin Soldier by a nose.
Owned by the Elgin, Texas, partnership of Conda Maze and Tyler Graham and trained by Toby Keeton, Lovethewayyoulie excelled at the start under jockey Cody Jensen.
“She showed us a little something about how she wants to get away from the gates and we just keyed on it here in the finals,” Jensen noted. “She’s just super-quick away from the gates and I don’t have to do a whole lot after that. I thought I held (BV Travelin Soldier) off by one jump. I’m glad we didn’t go one jump further.”
While Lovethewayyoulie used a quick start to gain early advantage in the richest race of the year at Remington Park, BV Travelin Solider had to make up ground after not getting away nearly as fast. Advancing steadily throughout the 350 yards, BV Travelin Soldier just missed at the line. Count De Monet was another neck behind the runner-up in third. Lovethewayyoulie handled the distance in :17.37 seconds over a fast track.
Lovethewayyoulie gave Keeton his third career victory in the Heritage Place Futurity. He believes she has more success ahead of her after recent development.
“She’s bloomed,” he said. “You always look for a horse that blooms between the trials and finals and she just gets better, doing everything right. I thought she’d run a good race.”
Graham, who also bred Lovethewayyoulie in Texas with Franklin Collins, is thrilled with the way the diminutive filly has come along.
“Awesome filly,” he said. “She’s got the most intensity, she’s dead-serious about what she does and tries her heart out. She’s not very big but she doesn’t know that.”
Away at 7-1 odds in the wagering, Lovethewayyoulie paid $17.20 to win, $6.60 to place and $5.40 to show. BV Travelin Soldier paid $4.80 to place and $4.20 to show. Count De Monet paid $8.80 to show.
Paint Me Perry, winner of the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) in March, was the even-money wagering favorite. He was caught up in a squeeze with other rivals when Apolitical Pac broke inward at the start creating interference with many. Paint Me Perry finished eighth but was elevated to seventh when Apolitical Pac was disqualified and placed ninth and last.
Rounding out the finish after the top three: Painted Summer, Notavailableinstores, Im A Fancy PYC (Remington Park Futurity winner), Paint Me Perry, Jaxtens First Wagon and Apolitical Pac.
Lovethewayyoulie is by Tempting Dash from the Streakin Sixes mare Witchs Streak. She won her second career race, all at Remington Park, in the Heritage Place Futurity from four starts and earned $428,811 to boost her total bankroll to $450,479.
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