Duponte Wins $1.08-Million Heritage Place Futurity

The American Runaway colt earned his second graded stakes victory Saturday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

A victorious Duponte, with jockey Francisco Ramirez Jr., return to the winner's circle after Saturday's Grade 1, 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Kristen Paredes' Duponte, a sorrel son of American Runaway and the overall ninth-fastest qualifier, parlayed a sharp break from post 10 into a one-length victory in Saturday's $1,083,480 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.

Ridden by Francisco Ramirez Jr. for 21-year-old trainer Josue Ponce, Duponte went 350 yards in :17.306 and nailed down his second lifetime stakes win. The $455,036 winner's share of the purse -- the richest for any breed in the state of Oklahoma -- pushed the colt's bankroll to $578,519.

"This horse does the job -- I just try to stay out of his way," said Ramirez. "I thought he broke great. About 50 yards away (from the gate), he kept going and I just rode him."

Duponte was bred in Texas by longtime breeder Bobby D. Cox. Paredes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas, purchased the colt for $6,700 buy at last year's Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale.

Duponte has won two of his four starts. At Louisiana Downs last winter, he broke his maiden with a three-quarter length victory at odds of 16-1 in the 300-yard, $267,700 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs.

"Hes a good horse," said Ponce. "We've never had any problems with him. I guess in the trials he doesn't come out good, but in the finals he's probably one of the best right now."

Sweet Annie GL finished second and was followed by Widows Devil, and fastest qualifier Kiss My Heineken, V Power and 3-2 favorite Coronas First Diva finished in a dead heat for fifth. B Double U, First Rate Return, Accountably, and Mia Kine completed the orderr of finish.

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