First Sweet Midnite Takes Black Gold Futurity Championship

The 440-yard, $310,000 race was one of three stakes contested on Will Rogers Downs' closing-day program.

Q-Racing Journal

Jimmy Brooks rode First Sweet Midnite to the gelding's first stakes win in Saturday's Black Gold Futurity Championship at Will Rogers Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Bret Carpenter’s First Sweet Midnite was a prompt 3-2 favorite in the 440-yard, $310,000 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3), as Will Rogers Downs ended its 29-day fall Quarter Horse meet with a stakes tripleheader on Saturday.

Trained by Kevin Willis, First Sweet Midnite made his 440-yard trip in :21.656 and earned a 102 speed index under jockey Jimmy Brooks. The victory was the gelding’s third in five outs and first stakes win.

First Sweet Midnite was bred in Oklahoma by Dustin and Rusty Carpenter. His sire, the winning First Down Dash stallion Sweet First Down, ran third in Pretty Boy Perry’s 2001 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

First Sweet Midnite set the fastest qualifying time in his dominating 2 1/2-length win in the fourth of seven trials on October 31. The gelding banked $124,000 to bring his lifetime earnings to $134,870.

Brave Heart Won finished second, a neck behind First Sweet Midnite. Train Story, Boogies Special Dash, Shaken Pappasito, Id Sooner Rush, Fast Ferarri, Highway, Candys Little Wagon, and Country Club Chick completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Cesar Gomez rode Bye Byefreighttrain to a neck victory in the $173,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity (RG3).

Prepped by Kasey Willis for owner L.P. Frank, Bye Byefreighttrain went 350 yards in :17.484. The homebred Freighttrain B gelding returned a $10.60 win mutuel as the 4-1 third choice in the field of nine juveniles.

Bye Byefreighttrain was the fourth-fastest qualifier off of his neck win as the odds-on favorite in his OHA Mystery Futurity trial on November 1. The gelding has won five of eight starts and has banked $120,141, and his resume includes a third-place finish in the August 16 Mile High Futurity at Arapahoe Park near Denver.

BP Tac Marys Policy, the fastest qualifier and 3-2 favorite, ran second, and was followed by Political Scorpion, VF Red Surprise, Fast N Fancy, CM Humbuckin, VF Floosie, Ms Shaken Cartel, and Prospecting Again. Eighth-fastest qualifier Rosas Coronas was scratched.

A sharp break from post 7 helped Stone Chase Stables’ Cartel Rosie score a wire-to-wire victory in the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.

Under jockey Daniel Torres, who rode Cartel Rosie for trainer Kasey Willis, the filly covered 350 yards in :17.510 while defeating 6-5 favorite and fastest qualifier Specials Jess by a head. The $26,900 winner’s share of the $66,000 purse increased the Carters Cartel filly’s bankroll to $163,677.

Cartel Rosie was bred by the List family’s Double Bar S Ranch. The filly has won nine of 20 starts, and her three career stakes wins include last year’s $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Remington Park.

Ting Ting Tac, Tac My Chances, Jo Chrome, Big Kids Birthday, Penthouse Sweet, Snowy Man, Eye Conic, and Specials Jamie completed the order of finish.

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