Nymeria Upsets Heritage Place Futurity
The Bigtime Favorite filly outruns her 9-1 odds in Oklahoma's richest race.
June 3, 2017
Nymeria, a brown daughter of Bigtime Favorite racing for Alfredo Garza of Anthony, New Mexico, sprinted to a neck victory in Saturday's $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.
Ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer Josue Ponce and sent to post at odds of 9-1 in the seven-horse field, Nymeria covered 350 yards in :17.464. The $489,939 winner's share of the purse -- the richest for any breed in the state of Oklahoma -- pushed the filly's earnings to $494,667.
"I can't believe it; I'm still in shock," said Ponce, who also won last year's Heritage Place Futurity with Duponte. "All we needed was a good break, and she got it, and she demonstrated that she was good. She just needed experience, more races.
"That last race helped her a lot," the trainer added, referring to her second-place finish in her Heritage Place Futurity trial on May 12. "This time, she knew what she was coming for because she felt ready."
Ponce became the first trainer to win the Heritage Place Futurity two consecutive years since Trey Wood accomplished the feat in 2012 with Bp Cartels Alibi and '13 with Big Biz Perry.
The sixth-fastest overall qualifier, Nymeria was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. Garza acquired the filly, who is out of the winning 7-year-old Ivory James mare Havanah Goodtime, for $19,500 at last year's Texas QHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio.
Trace Dynasty finished second and was followed by Pyc Fun N Fancy, Bird Train, Descent, fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite Despain Gl, and Olena Sangria. The following three horses were scratched: second-fastest qualifier All American Stone, third-fastest qualifier Every Chicks Favorit, and eighth-fastest qualifier Hez Our Boy.
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