Pyc Fun N Fancy Rallies to Win Heritage Place Derby

The bay colt scores his second stakes victory on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Second-fastest qualifier Pyc Fun N Fancy was first at the wire in Saturday's Heritage Place Derby final. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

Ricky Ramirez rode second-fastest qualifier Pyc Fun N Fancy to the colt's first graded stakes win in Saturday's $363,790 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park.

Saddled by Amanda Tongay for owner Jose Ernesto Guzman, Pyc Fun N Fancy went 400 yards in :19.429 while defeating fastest qualifier DF AJ Green Leaves by a neck. In addition to earning his second stakes victory, the bay colt banked the $152,792 winner's share of the purse.

"He broke very strong; he kind of missed the ground, but that was because he tried to leave there so hard," said Ramirez. "I watched the replay after the trial, and James Flores rode him very aggressively and he made a big run for him (in the trials). So that was my plan today, to ride him like he did, just as aggressively.

"The horse performed awesome and just finished very strong," the rider added.

Pyc Fun N Fancy was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma, and the filly was a $32,000 purchase by Guzman at the 2016 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. She has won four of her 10 races, including two of five during the Remington meet, and she has banked $442,894. The filly's race record includes a head victory in last year's Laico Bird Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds, and a second-place finish in the 300-yard, $525,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G3).

Eos A Political Win, the eighth-fastest qualifier and 5-2 favorite in the full field of 10 3-year-olds, ran third, a nose behind DF AJ Green Leaves. The Most High Rules, Doing What I Like, PV Queen Bee Candy, Fast Prize Rumor, Goldline, Eagle Deluxe, and Wagon Chick V completed the order of finish.

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