Gyr Jammer Scores Wire-To-Wire Victory in Heritage Place Derby

The Apollitical Jess gelding gets his first stakes win Saturday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

A $32,000 buy at this year's Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale, Gyr Jammer earned his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

A fast break from his rail post helped second-fastest qualifier Gyr Jammer, an Oklahhoma-bred gelding by Apollitical Jess racing for Rosa Aguado of Georgetown, Texas, earn a wire-to-wire win in the Grade 2, $369,550 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park on Saturday.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Daniel Luna, GYR Jammer defeated Woop Dee Doo by a head in :19.483 for 400 yards. The gelding was coming off of a three-quarter length win as the 9-10 favorite win in one of seven trials on May 15.

Aguado won last year's Heritage Place Derby with Rpainted Wagon.

"He broke pretty sharp," said Ramirez. "He went to the lead pretty quick. The outside horses were coming to him, but he kept on going."

Gyr Jammer was bred in AQHA Past President James E. Helzer and his wife, Marilyn. The gelding is out of the unraced Sixes Royal mare Confession Session and is a half brother to stakes winner Watching The Cashflo.

Gyr Jammer's second dam, the Special Effort mare Daring Deception, produced graded stakes winners Dr Proctor and Point Of Deception, both of whom are half brothers to Confession Session.

Raced in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, Gyr Jammer has won four of nine starts, and the $155,211 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score increased his earnings to $190,645, of which $184,105 has been pocketed this season.

Datona Doll, the fastest qualifier and even-money choice, finished third, a neck behind Gyr Jammer. Flare For Ivory, Satcha Wagoneer, Bye Byefreighttrain, Big Profitt, Celtic Emblem, Jess Envisiion, and Jr Spyder King completed the order of finish.

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