LOVETHEWAYYOULIE WINS HERITAGE PLACE FUTURITY IN PHOTO
For Immediate Release
Saturday, May 31, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – A quick start and gutty performance was worth nearly a half-million dollars to the connections of Lovethewayyoulie as the 2-year-old filly prevailed to win the Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity on Saturday at Remington Park. She just held on at the line, winning a photo-finish over BV Travelin Soldier by a nose.
Owned by the Elgin, Texas partnership of Conda Maze and Tyler Graham and trained by Toby Keeton, jockey Cody Jensen was aboard Lovethewayyoulie who excelled at the start.
“She showed us a little something about how she wants to get away from the gates and we just keyed on it here in the finals,” Jensen noted. “She’s just super-quick away from the gates and I don’t have to do a whole lot after that. I thought I held (BV Travelin Soldier) off by one jump. I’m glad we didn’t go one jump further.”
While Lovethewayyoulie used a quick start to gain early advantage in the richest race of the year at Remington Park, BV Travelin Solider had to make up ground after not getting away nearly as fast. Advancing steadily throughout the 350 yards, BV Travelin Soldier just missed at the line. Count De Monet was another neck behind the runner-up in third. Lovethewayyoulie handled the distance in :17.37 seconds over a fast track.
Lovethewayyoulie gave Keeton his third career victory in the Heritage Place Futurity. He believes she has more success ahead of her after recent development. “She’s bloomed. You always look for a horse that blooms between the trials and finals and she just gets better, doing everything right. I thought she’d run a good race.”
Keeton also won the Heritage Place Futurity in 2000 with Coastal Memories and in 1998 with Gol.
Graham, who also bred Lovethewayyoulie in Texas with Franklin Collins, is thrilled with the way the diminutive filly has come along. “Awesome filly. She’s got the most intensity, she’s dead-serious about what she does and tries her heart out. She’s not very big but she doesn’t know that.”
Away at 7-1 odds in the wagering, Lovethewayyoulie paid $17.20 to win, $6.60 to place and $5.40 to show. BV Travelin Soldier paid $4.80 to place and $4.20 to show. Count De Monet paid $8.80 to show.
Paint Me Perry, winner of the Oklahoma Futurity in March was the even-money wagering favorite. He was caught up in a squeeze with other rivals when Apolitical Pac broke inward at the start creating interference with many. Paint Me Perry finished eighth but was elevated to seventh when Apolitical Pac was disqualified and placed ninth and last.
Rounding out the finish after the top three: Painted Summer, Notavailableinstores, Im A Fancy PYC (Remington Park Futurity winner), Paint Me Perry, Jaxtens First Wagon and Apolitical Pac.
Lovethewayyoulie is by Tempting Dash from the Streakin Sixes mare Witchs Streak. She won her second career race, all at Remington Park, in the Heritage Place Futurity from four starts and earned $428,811 to boost her total bankroll to $450,479.
Grade 1, $257,740 Remington Park Championship
The top race of the season for older horses went to Bon Accord who has fared very well while racing elsewhere but not so much in his home state where he was bred by owners Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. An equipment adjustment seemed to help Bon Accord in the Championship, allowing him a better start than he experienced in two prior stakes races this season.
“He’s maturing, tonight we went back to a nose-rig and he broke super,” Kelly noted. “We now have him going to the Champion of Champions and I think that makes it all worthwhile.”
The winner of the Remington Park Championship receives an automatic berth to the most prestigious race for older horses in American Quarter Horse racing, the Champion of Champions in December at Los Alamitos in southern California. That prize is the reason the connections and trainer Juan Aleman had this race on their calendar.
“We were pointing for this race the whole year. This is the one we wanted and we got it done,” Aleman said. “We did a little change with his equipment and it worked out for the best tonight.”
Bon Accord started well but still had work to do in the 440-yard Championship as the ultra-versatile Llano Cartel was away best and flying early. Llano Cartel had previously won the 400-yard Leo Stakes in March, followed by a specialty win in a 110-yard allowance race in April.
Llano Cartel and Bon Accord barreled toward the finish in close proximity throughout with the latter getting up to win by a nose when it counted in :21.100 seconds under jockey Raul Valenzuela.
BF Farm Boy finished third but was disqualified to last for massive interference to many rivals when he left the gate and immediately bore to the outside. The decision by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Stewards moved Jody Pops Zoomer up to third.
Bon Accord was overlooked at 15-1 odds in the betting and paid $33.40 to win, $12.20 to place and $7.80 to show. Llano Cartel was the 5-2 wagering favorite, paying $4.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Jody Pops Zoomer returned $6 to show.
A 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding by Shazoom from the Royal Quick Dash mare Dream Mirage, Bon Accord is owned by the Culver City, Calif. partnership of Kelly, Yearsley and Vinewood Farms. He won for the fifth time in a dozen starts and for the second time at Remington Park. The winner’s share of the Championship, $155,076, moves his career earnings to $741,870.
Grade 2, $257,050 Heritage Place Derby
Trainer Eddie Willis saddled his fifth winner of the Heritage Place Derby, seeing This Dude Can Fly post a victory, a head better than Rocketair.
Owned by the San Antonio partnership of Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores, This Dude Can Fly was ridden by Larry Payne who won the race for the third time in his career. The 3-year-old gelding was away from the start in good order, moving on the front of the 10-horse field for the better part of the 400 yards and crossing the finish in :19.386 seconds. Rocketair finished a half-length in front of third-place runner I Dont Need Nobody.
This Dude Can Fly was 3-2 in the wagering and paid $5 to win, $3.80 to place and $3 to show. Rocketair paid $11.20 to place and $6 to show. I Dont Need Nobody paid $11.40 to show. Shades Of Blues Girl was the beaten 6-5 wagering favorite, finishing fourth.
Willis also won the Heritage Place Derby with Priceless Feature (2012), Capo De Capi (2011), Streakin Down (2010) and A Real Man (2002). Payne rode A Real Man the year after winning his first Heritage Place Derby with Some Dashing Dude (2001).
Bred in Texas by Robert and Helen Wood, This Dude Can Fly is by One Famous Eagle from the First Down Dash mare Helens First Choice. He won his fifth race from eight career attempts while posting his fourth win at Remington Park. Earning $107,961, This Dude Can Fly has now pulled in $152,443.
Grade 1, $253,425 Speedhorse/Graham Farms Paint & Appaloosa Futurity
Texas Silk had to work for it more than in his previous three victories but at the end of 350 yards, he had won his fourth consecutive race. The richest score to date for Texas Silk, had him fighting to a neck advantage at the finish over Bestbudde.
Owned by Charles Leggett of Muskogee, Okla. and trained by Dee Keener, Berkley Packer was aboard Texas Silk as he has been for all the wins in his current streak.
“I kind of got bumped leaving there and it stopped his momentum a little bit so I had to play catch-up,” Packer said. “I got after him left-handed and he took off and did what he’s supposed to do.”
Texas Silk had already won the American Paint Classic in April and had cruised in his qualifying trial for the Speedhorse/Graham by 1-3/4 lengths. Stopping the clock in :17.426 seconds, Texas Silk edged Bestbudde who was a neck better than Fabulous Dos in third.
Texas Silk rewarded his fans as the 4-5 heavy wagering favorite with $3.60 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Bestbudde paid $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Fabulous Dos paid $2.80 to show.
Bred in Oklahoma by H.T. and Kay Churchwell, Texas Silk is a 2-year-old gelding by Texas Six from the Judys Lineage mare Judys Silk. The earnings for his second futurity triumph of the season, $96,301, move his overall money to $142,972. He has won four of his six races, all at Remington Park.
$57,470 Grade 2, Junos Request Stakes
Louisiana Corona scored with a Hollywood finish – again, by winning the Junos Request Stakes. The race for three-year-old fillies and mares went down to the wire with the Louisiana Corona at 7-1 odds edging out the 25-1 longshot Glory Rider.
Trained by Luis Villafranco, she covered the 350-yard race in :19.434 seconds and earned $35,184 for her owners Jason Richards and Michael Leblanc of Tyler, Texas.
The four-year-old daughter of Jess Louisiana Blue from the First Down Dash mare Corona Cash was ridden by jockey Tami Purcell who had retired from race-riding after a serious spill in 2007. Purcell had returned to the saddle to ride Louisiana Corona to a win in the Mothers’ Day Stakes at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. on May 10. That race, as was the Junos Request, was part of a day and race that recognized cancer awareness at the track.
Purcell has committed herself to a new and successful career in barrel racing but has chosen to selectively ride in Quarter Horse races. She also finished third in The Lady Legends For The Cure, a Thoroughbred race at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day the day before the Preakness Stakes on May 16.
All jockeys who ride in the Junos Request Stakes wear pink silks, however the pink and white silks worn by Purcell were a special variation. “The names on the silks are all people from all over who are survivors or are fighting cancer. This ride is for them and with all those wings helping me it’s a blessing,” Purcell said while beaming a huge smile in the winner’s circle. “She broke straight and even and had a place to go. She kind of hung just a little bit but accelerated right at the end and showed lots of guts.”
Louisiana Corona paid $17.60 to win, $11.80 to place and $5.80 to show. Glory Rider was a nose back in second and paid $20.60 to place and $10.40 to show. Black Rosalita, winner of the Junos Request as a 2-1 favorite in 2013, finished third at 36-1 odds and paid $10.40 to show. Send Me A Candy Tree broke sharply but faded as a 3-2 beaten-favorite.
Bred in Oklahoma by Henry Brown, Louisiana Corona has now won six races from 12 career attempts with three of them at Remington Park. Her overall earnings have now reached $186,206.
$100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile
Those that competed in trials for the Heritage Place Futurity but did not qualify for the final were eligible for the Juvenile. Cartel Rosie took advantage of the opportunity, winning by a head over Stolin Wagon in :17.371 seconds.
Owned by Gary Hess of Northeast, Pa. and trained by Brian Muse, jockey Josh Romero was aboard.
Dispatched at 18-1 odds, Cartel Rosie paid $38 to win, $14.20 to place and $6.20 to show. Stolin Wagon paid $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Tzunami Is Okay was three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up and paid $4.80 to show. Jody Pops Lil Wagon was the beaten 2-1 wagering favorite, finishing fourth.
Bred in Oklahoma by the Double Bar S Ranch, Cartel Rosie is a 2-year-old filly by Carters Cartel from the First Down Dash mare Long Stemmed Roses. She won her second race from four attempts, all at Remington Park, earning $25,000 to push her total bankroll to $45,832.
The 2014 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season comes to a close at Remington Park on Sunday. The 10-race program begins at 1:30pm and offers the $50,000 Remington Distance Championship and the $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes as the headliners.
Opening daily at 10:30am, Remington Park features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park.
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