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Heritage Place Futurity

Uptowne Babe upsets Oklahoma's richest horse race.

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Sent to post at odds of nearly 10-1, Sam W. Green's Uptowne Babe scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park.

Uptowne Babe broke sharply from post 10 and led at every call, as the bay daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry reached the wire in :17.632. Rolando Raudales rode the homebred filly for trainer Pedro Hernandez-Pulido.

"She broke on top and got out there running, and they weren't going to catch her," said Raudales.

Uptowne Babe was winning for the second time in five races, and the $404,502 winner's share of the $963,100 Heritage Place Futurity purse -- the richest purse for any race in Oklahoma -- increased her bankroll to $512,657. The filly is out of Ms Southern Dynasty, a homebred 9-year-old daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty who won the 2012 Hialeah Lassie Futurity at Hialeah Park near Miami, Florida.

Uptowne Babe traces back to her third dam, Southern Policy, a winning Reb's Policy (TB) mare  who ran third in the 1987 Oil Capital Derby at Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan.

Green, a resident of Monett, Missouri, entered Uptowne Babe in last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

"But when she didn't bring the price I thought a Mr Jess Perry filly should bring, I bid on her myself and brought her back home," said Green. "She was a beautiful baby. I brought her home to Bill (Guillermo) Valdivia, and he did a fantastic job training her, and Pedro did a wonderful job finishing her off."

Raced exclusively at Remington Park this spring, Uptowne Babe has won two of five races. Her record includes a third-place run, a neck behind winner Johnny De Capo, in the 330-yard, $895,210 Remington Park Futurity (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds on April 20.

Uncle D, the 9-5 favorite in the full field of 10 juveniles, ran second and was followed by Jesse D, Jess B One, Jay Number 7, Apollitical J Twin 1, Favorit Shake, Hey Lookee Here, Pepper Ryan, and Jesses Dashair.

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