Big Biz Perry Tops Remington Mega-Card
Big longshot takes Heritage Place Futurity, Priceless Feature wins Remington Park Championship.
June 2, 2013
Remington Park’s “Mega-Card” of racing Saturday night, the richest overall program ever presented in track history, featured a big-money upset in the richest race of the season.
Big Biz Perry broke well from post position number one, then battled to hold off the even-money wagering favorite Hes Relentless to win the Grade 1, $1,075,260 Heritage Place Futurity. Owned by Jose Espinosa of Edinburg, Texas, Big Biz Perry is trained by Trey Wood, who saddled the winner of the biggest Remington Park race for the second consecutive year. In 2012, he sent BP Cartels Alibi to victory. The repeat win in the big race came along on short notice as he just took over the conditioning of the 2-year-old filly recently.
“We really didn’t know her until she got here,” Wood noted. “Jose sent her to us from Sam Houston, and we didn’t have her in Houston. She looked good but didn’t get away in the consolation there (in April). She got away good in the trials here and she got away super-good tonight and that’s what won the race for her.”
Ridden by Cipriano Vidana, Big Biz Perry was away at 29-1 odds and paid $60.80 for the win, $14.80 to place and $7.60 to show. Even-money favorite Hes Relentless was coming on strongly but could not reach the winner, settling for second a head behind the victor, paying $4.20 to win and $3.20. Wagon Tales was along for third and paid $3.80 to show.
Big Biz Perry set a new stakes record in the Heritage Place Futurity by covering the 350 yards in :17.310 seconds over a fast track. A Texas-bred by Burnett Ranches, Big Biz Perry is by Mr Jess Perry from the Shazoom mare Big Bizooms.
The winner’s share of $383,309 ups the career earnings for Big Biz Perry to $393,947. She has now won three races from four starts and is a perfect two-for-two after winning her trial and the Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park.
Aside from Wood, the Heritage Place win is the first for both Espinosa and Vidana.
Remington Park Championship
Priceless Feature continues to love Remington Park as he posted his second straight stakes win of the season and the biggest win of his career in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship.
Owned by Ed Melzer of Edmond, Oklahoma, and trained by Eddie Willis, Priceless Feature was ridden by Jimmy Brooks, who was impressed with the gelding’s run.
“He really left there and I knew after about the third jump they were going to have to come and get him,” said Brooks. “I think he’s getting a lot better, he’s been leaving well and finishing.”
The 4-year-old took over with about 150 yards remaining in the classic 440-yard race. Ochoa, American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading money earner, was also coming on with a rally but could not match the winner’s effort as he settled for second, a half-length behind. The Long Knife, who shared the early lead along with A Toss Up, relinquished the advantage but held for the show.
Priceless Feature was at his best as he rolled over the 440 yards in :20.981, setting a new track record at the measure. The mark bettered the standard set in 2011 by Streakin Down, who held a time of :21.005 for over two years.
At 5-1 in the wagering, Priceless Feature paid $13.40 to win, $4.60 to place and $4 to show. Ochoa, the 7-5 betting favorite, paid $4 to place and $3.20 to show. The Long Knife paid $5.40 to show.
Bred in Oklahoma by Sam Green, Priceless Feature is by Feature Mr Jess from the Corona Cartel mare Southern Price. He won his eighth Remington Park race in his career and his 10th overall from 20 lifetime starts.
Priceless Feature provided the first Remington Park Championship win to all of his connections. The gelding earns a berth in the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos in Southern California by taking the Remington Park Championship.
Heritage Place Derby
In his fifth consecutive win in as many Remington Park starts this season, Brace For Bernal frolicked with a romp in the Grade 2, $285,780 Heritage Place Derby.
Winning jockey Paul Nieto simply sat still and let his mount do all the work.
“The horse is breaking more sharply than he used to, and that’s good for him because he’s a closer,” said Nieto. “He’s got a big heart”
Winning trainer Luis Villafranco continues to add to his Remington Park record for most wins in the Quarter Horse season as Brace For Bernal gave him a remarkable ninth stakes triumph in 2013. Owned by Noel Prieto, Brace For Bernal is a 3-year-old colt by Furyofthewind from the Shazoom mare Zoom Bracer.
Brace For Bernal was a convincing favorite, winning by 1 ½ lengths and covering the 400 yards in :19.275. He paid $3.60 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Entering the race, Dashin Brown Streak had a perfect 4-for-4 lifetime record at Remington Park, but he settled for second and paid $5.00 to place and $3.40 to show. Big Boi, the Oklahoma Derby winner in March, ran third and paid $2.80 to show.
Brace For Bernal has now won six consecutive races dating to November 2012. He now has eight wins from 14 career starts and earned another $120,032 for the Heritage Place Derby to run his overall mark to $318,726. Bred in Oklahoma by Joaquin Lopez, Brace For Bernal gave his connections their first Heritage Place Derby triumph with the exception of Villafranco, who has now won the race twice.
Junos Request Stakes
The “Mega-Card” nightcap was the Grade 2, $50,000 Junos Request Stakes for older fillies and mares. Black Rosalita needed every bit of her talent to outkick her rivals to win by a head in the 400-yard race.
Owned and bred in Maryland by the Dr. Francis L. Glowacki 97 Trust and trained by Luz Chavira, Black Rosalita won her second stakes race of the season. She added the Junos Request to her win in the Decketta Stakes (G3) in March.
Under jockey Ivan Carnero, Black Rosalita handled 400 yards in :19.543 and paid $6 to win, $4 to place and $2.80 to show as the 2-1 wagering favorite. Corona Mit Go held second after dueling with the winner to pay $16.60 to place and $6 to show. Cruzin The Wagon was third and paid $4.20 to show.
A 4-year-old mare by Sweet First Down from the Tolltac mare Poneta, Black Rosalita has now won nine races from 26 career starts and three races at Remington Park. She gave all of her connections their first win in the Junos Request Stakes. The race is named after the multiple champion mare from the early 1990s who counted a Remington Park Championship win among her stakes resume.
Sunday is the final racing program for the 2013 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-Breed Season. The 12-race card begins at 1:30pm and is headlined by the Grade 3, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Handicap.
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