Q-Racing Blog: Yeah, It’s Real Hard

Q-Racing Blog: Yeah, It’s Real Hard

Winning this rich stakes is hard – but adding more to it is almost impossible.

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By Ty Wyant
 

It’s hard enough to win one Grade 1 race. It’s extremely difficult to win more than one Grade 1 race.

The Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park is an elite Grade 1 futurity by any measure. The fillies who win the prestigious stakes are in demand as future broodmares. They are even bred the spring after their Heritage Place Futurity win and have any embryos transferred while mom continues her racing career. Colts who become a Heritage Place winner immediately attract representatives of leading breeding farms to stand the colt when he retires.

But being able to win this stakes and win another Grade 1 race is an even more impressive feat.

So, how many Heritage Place Futurity winners also win another Grade 1 race? Only five of the 40 Heritage Place Futurity winners have become multiple Grade 1 winners. It’s that hard. These horses are akin to ballplayers who have the talent to sign the super long-term contracts.

Many of the Heritage Place winners also have Grade 2 and Grade 3 stakes wins on their resumes and deserve respect.

And don’t forget these horses came out of two programs of trials to even make the finals.

Let’s meet the Heritage Place Futurity winners who also have another Grade 1 victory.

Turbine Jet, 1995 Heritage Place Futurity winner
Turbine Jet won the Heritage Place Futurity when it was contested in the summer at Remington Park and responded with a game head win over favored Winalota Cash. Turbine Jet returned the following year to win the Oklahoma Derby (G1) at Blue Ribbon Downs.

Dashin Is Easy, 1997 Heritage Place Futurity winner
The aptly named Dashin Is Easy went to the front in the Heritage Place Futurity to post a neck win. The following year, he won the Remington Park Derby (G1), Heritage Place Derby (G1) and the Rainbow Derby (G1). His four Grade 1 wins show his elite class.

Gol, 1998 Heritage Place Futurity winner
If fans didn’t know Gol before the Heritage Place Futurity, they certainly did after his 1 1/4 -length win at nearly 10-1 odds. He then came back less than a month later — this time as the 7-10 favorite — to easily win the Retama Park Futurity (G1) by three quarters of a length.

Classified As Dash, 1999 Heritage Place Futurity winner
Classified As Dash was the 3-1 favorite in the Heritage Place Futurity and kept his supporters happy. He overcame trouble at the start and dominated the last half of the 350-yard contest to win by one-half length. He returned a year later to win the Heritage Place Derby (G1). He also won two other graded stakes.

Stolis Winner, 2008 Heritage Place Futurity winner
Stolis Winner raced to his first stakes win when he won the Heritage Place Futurity at nearly 25-1 odds (Yes, you read that correctly). He pulled away from the classy Jess Zoomin to win by one-half length. 

He wouldn’t sneak under the radar again in his career. The world champion gelding went on to win the Rainbow Futurity (G1), All American Futurity (G1), Texas Classic Derby (G1), Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1) and the Remington Park Championship Challenge (G1) on his way to being the sport’s all-time leading money earner at the time of his retirement.

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