Racy High Roller Comes Up Big in PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity

The gelding gets his first stakes win Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Racy High Roller poses with his connections in the Los Alamitos winner's circle. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Abigail K. Kawananakoa's Racy High Roller, an 8-1 longshot and the eighth-fastest qualifier, earned his first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $420,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Chris O'Dell, Racy High Roller defeated Thirty Six Curls by a neck in :17.635. A $125,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the One Famous Eagle gelding earned $176,400 to push his bankroll to $259,250 from six outs.

"When I went to Oklahoma, I found this horse within an hour of walking around,” O’Dell recalled. “I called Ms. Abigail and I said ‘I’ve got to have this horse, please let me buy this horse.’ He was in the second day of the sale so I had to wait a whole day to get him. I bought him and then everybody came to tell me what a nice horse I had bought. Now we’ve proved that he can run a little bit, that’s for sure.”

“I was probably more happy with that one than anything I’ve ever had,” he added. “I wanted to do well for Ms. Abigail. This is the first one she let me pick out, so I’m happy. I love this horse.

"He’s in the Two Million and I think we’ll point him towards it. As long as he’s healthy, which he always has been, we’ll point to as many big races as we can find. We bought him in Oklahoma, so he wasn’t paid to things out here and we’ve made some late payments and paid him up to some things.”

Racy High Roller was bred in Missouri by the Sunflower Supply Co. The gelding is out of First Down Racy, an unraced 8-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash. His second dam, the Racin Vike mare Miss Racy Vike, won four graded stakes from 1989-91, including the '91 Remington Park Championship (G1).

“This is the first time I rode him (in a race),” Jensen said of Racy High Roller. “I took him to the gates the other morning, but I didn’t realize that he was such a heavy headed horse. If I had known him a little bit better I think he would have run better without so much stick tonight. He mostly just likes you to help hold him up, and I felt lucky that I was able to adapt to him as quick as I did.

“He was bopping his head a little bit in there, and I have to give big credit to my headman," added the rider. "He really got him standing and looking at the track at the right time. He got away great. (Thirty Six Curls) was always having the pressure on my right from the start, but I got a little bit of the jump on that inside horse and I was able to always keep him right there by a neck or so off me, but I could see him the whole time.”

Raced exclusively in California, Racy High Roller has won two of six outs, and his resume includes a fourth-place finish in the June 19, 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).

Six Zeroes finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Racy High Roller, and was followed by 5-2 favorite Kidddy Up Cowgirl, Doctor Fantastic, Ld Is Back, fastest qualifier Start Somethin Bad, Hawktomatic, Sweet Aguila, and Better Check Him Out.

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