Heritage Place Futurity Profiles
An in-depth look at the 10 finalists to Saturday's 350-yard, $1.1-million stakes at Remington Park.
May 31, 2016
The 2016 Remington Park American Quarter Horse Season comes to a close with a $2,319,670 mega-stakes card on Saturday. Post time for the first race will be 5 p.m. (CDT).
Saturday's 12-race program, the richest in Oklahoma racing, includes seven Quarter Horse stakes. Total purses for the night come in second to the all-time richest race card ever presented at Remington Park; the track's 2015 mega-stakes card was worth $2,335,670.
The Grade 1, $1,083,420 Heritage Place Futurity is the richest of Saturday's eight stakes and is the sport's first seven-figure 2-year-old race of 2016. The field of 10 qualified over two nights of 350-yard trials activity on May 13-14. Here is a closer look at every finalist and their connections, listed by post position and progran-number order. Morning-line odds are included.
1 - Widows Devil: 30-1
Owner: Francisco Vega, Justice, Ill.
Trainer: Manuel Almanza|
Jockey: Ivan Carnero
The gelding is one of just two in the field of 10 yet to win their first career race… he failed to qualify for the Oklahoma Futurity in March after finishing third in his trial then… finished second in his Heritage Place trial on the second night of heats, behind Mia Kane, on May 14… Jockey Ivan Carnero has enjoyed his best season ever at Remington Park and is on the verge of capturing his first riding title in Oklahoma City. He has enjoyed a spectacular past year, having ridden Jess Good Candy to victory in the $3M All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. on Labor Day 2015… Trainer Manuel Almanza saddled Volcoms Dash in the Heritage Place Futurity in 2015, finishing eighth.
2 - Sweet Annie GL: 3-1
Owner: Garza Laurel Partnership, Laredo, Texas
Trainer: Rick Robinson
Jockey: Agustin Silva
The gray gelding won his first career race in his trial for the Heritage Place Futurity on May 13, in runaway fashion by 2-1/4 lengths. He had finished second in his two prior races, including a runner-up finish in the $440,000 Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park in March… Jockey Agustin Silva has been aboard for all his attempts this season and is on pace to finish second in the jockey standings… The connections competed in the Heritage Place Futurity last year with Tee Chic, finishing fourth… Sweet Annie GL will continue his rivalry with Coronas First Diva in the Heritage Place Futurity, lining up next to the talented filly in the starting gate. Sweet Annie GL was second to Coronas First Diva in the Oklahoma Futurity in March, beaten three-quarters of a length.
3 - Coronas First Diva: 2-1
Owner: Sara Morgan, Edmond, Okla.
Trainer: Duke Shults
Jockey: James Flores
The filly will try to become the first runner to win the Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park and then go on to win the Heritage Place Futurity later in the season… The connections just missed in the Heritage Place Futurity in 2015, running second to BV Midnite Express with A Tres Of Paint. Back again for a second straight year is the sister-brother partnership of Sara Morgan (owner) and Duke Shults (trainer)… Coronas First Diva, like rival Sweet Annie GL, each won their trial for the Heritage Place Futurity on May 13, the first night of qualifying heats… Coronas First Diva is one of three finalists who boast career earnings in the six-digit range ($178,784).
4 - First Rate Return: 20-1
Owner: Terry McLean, Claremore, Okla.
Trainer: Gerry McLean
Jockey: Larry Payne
A third-place finisher in a trial that benefitted from a brief rain storm that provided a tailwind believed to reach the 30mph mark. The top three finishers in that ninth trial on May 13 all qualified for the Heritage Place Futurity… A winner at first-asking in his maiden debut on April 3, First Rate Return is sired by High Rate Of Return who won the Heritage Place Futurity in 2011. Jockey Larry Payne won his second Heritage Place Futurity on High Rate Of Return in 2011 and will ride First Rate Return in this year’s race. Payne also scored the HP Futurity in 2007 aboard Southern Takes All… High percentage trainer Gerry McLean seeks his first triumph in Oklahoma’s richest horse race.
5 - V Power: 6-1
Owner: David Moore, Duncan, Okla.
Trainer: Jerry Ingels
Jockey: Paul Nieto
V Power has only lost once in four career starts, a solid second-place run to Teller Baja in the $888,000 Remington Park Futurity for Oklahoma-breds on April 23… Jockey Paul Nieto has been up for all four of V Power’s attempts and seeks his first career victory in the Heritage Place Futurity, as do all of the connections… V Power’s three career wins this season have come at increasing distances of 250 yards, 330 yards and the 350-yard measure of the Heritage Place Futurity… V Power is the richest earner in the Heritage Place Futurity with a bankroll of $180,484, despite not having a futurity win to his credit. He is also the only three-time winner in the race.
6 - B Double U: 8-1
Owner: Gregory Cullum, Fort Gibson, Okla.
Trainer: Brian Muse
Jockey: Cody Smith
The top qualifier for the second night of Heritage Place Futurity trials on May 14, B Double U finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Duponte who also qualified… B Double U is also an alum of the $888,000 Remington Park Futurity of April 23, where he finished eighth behind Teller Baja… His trial victory on May 14 was also his maiden-breaking performance, besting his previous top effort of running second behind Teller Baja in their qualifying trial for the Remington Park Futurity.
7 - Kiss My Heineken: 12-1
Owner: Jeff Carter and Justin Massey, Calero, Okla.
Trainer: Eddie Willis
Jockey: Jimmy Brooks
The gelding broke his maiden in the heavy-wind aided trial of May 13, earning top-qualifier status for the first night of Heritage Place Futurity trials. He crossed the finish a nose better than Accountably who also made the final… Kiss My Heineken had previously run second in a maiden attempt at Remington Park on April 30… Trainer Eddie Willis seeks his third Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park, winning with Southern Takes All (2007) and Ragazzo (2009)… Jockey Jimmy Brooks seeks his initial Heritage Place Futurity triumph… Kiss My Heineken is the only runner in the Heritage Place Futurity not bred in Oklahoma or Texas, he is a rare Kentucky-bred American Quarter Horse.
8 - Accountably: 20-1
Owner: Ygnacio Romo-Flores, Calumet Park, Ill.
Trainer: Kelli Martin
Jockey: Yordanis Amaro
His only career start was his trial for the Heritage Place Futurity, finishing a nose behind Kiss My Heineken with an extremely strong tailwind push on May 13… Accountably is one of just two maidens competing in the 2016 Heritage Place Futurity (Widows Devil is the other)… All of the connections are bidding for their first victory in the lucrative Heritage Place Futurity.
9 - Mia Kane: 10-1
Owner: Denis Winn, Tecumseh, Okla.
Trainer: Rolando Almanza
Jockey: Esgar Ramirez
Undefeated through two career attempts, Mia Kane won her initial career race in a trial for the Sam Houston Futurity on April 2 but did not qualify for the final. She edged Widows Devil in the second trial of 12 on May 14 to make it to her first major futurity run… She is one of only two females in the race with Coronas First Diva the other.
10 - Duponte: 6-1
Owner: Kristen Paredes, San Antonio, Texas
Trainer: Josue Ponce
Jockey: Francisco Ramirez
The only colt in the Heritage Place Futurity, Duponte seeks his second futurity triumph in as many attempts. He won the $268,000 Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Futurity in March... His win in the Harrah’s is his only trip to the winner’s circle in three career starts… He has the third-highest earnings total of any of the Heritage Place Futurity finalists with $123,483.
Here is Saturday's lineup of Quarter Horse stakes at Remington Park:
Race 5, 6:52pm: Grade 3, $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes, 2-year-old Oklahoma-breds, 350yds
Race 6, 7:20pm: $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile, 2-year-olds, 350yds
Race 8, 8:16pm: Grade 2, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes, fillies & mares, 3-year-olds and older, 400yds
Race 9, 8:54pm: Grade 1, $1,083,420 Heritage Place Futurity, 2-year-olds, 350yds
Race 10, 9:30pm : Grade 2, $369,550, Heritage Place Derby, 3-year-olds, 400yds
Race 11, 10:06pm: Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship, 3-year-olds and older, 440yds
Race 12, 10:39pm: Grade 2, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship, 3-year-olds and older, 870yds
The Junos Request Stakes was increased to a $100,000 purse this year, up from $50,000 previously.
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