Sunnysyde Breaks Maiden in $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity

The homebred colt gets his first win in Oklahoma's richest race.

Q-Racing Journal

Sunnysyde was all alone at the wire in Saturday's Heritage Place Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

A sharp break from post 10 helped Cox-Lane LLC's Sunnysyde score a clear two-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park.

Ridden by Jorge Linares for trainer Josue Ponce, Sunnysyde covered 350 yards in :17.141 while earning his first win in two starts. The $430,433 winner's share of the $1,024,840 purse, the richest for a horse race for any breed in Oklahoma, bumped the Heza Fast Dash colt's bankroll to $433,361.

Sunnysyde made his career debut with a second-place finish, a half of a length behind fastest overall qualifier VF Jedi Returns, in a Heritage Place Futurity trial May 12, the second of two nights of trials. The colt was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, and he is out of Havanah Goodtime, a winning homebred 8-year-old daughter of Ivory James.

Havanah Goodtime has produced the last three winners of the Heritage Place Futurity, including 2016 winner Duponte and 2017 winner Nymeria, both of whom were also trained by Ponce.

Wokatee On Fire finished second and was followed by Unlymited, Little Kool Belle, Symbol Of Faith, 2-1 favorite Aqua Flash, Slayer, VF Jedi Returns, Jakes Baby Wagon, and Special Candy High.

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