JOCKEY RICKY RAMIREZ QUALIFIES TWO OF TOP THREE HORSES IN FIRST NIGHT OF TRIALS FOR GRADE 1, $963,100 HERITAGE PLACE FUTURITY

OKLAHOMA CITY -  May 10, 2019 – Jockey Ricky Ramirez will have a decision to make come closing day, Saturday, June 1, in the Grade 1, $963,100 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park.

Ramirez qualified two impressive 2-year-old American Quarter Horses, the fastest and the third-fastest, on Friday for the finals on the first of two nights of trials,Jesses Dashair and Uncle D, respectively.

Trainer Pedro Hernandez-Pulido also had two of the top five that moved into the finals, Uptowne Babe, the second-fastest, and Hey Lookee Here, the fifth-fastest.

Uncle D, a $170,000 purchase at the Heritage Place September Yearling Sale last year looked like he had the fastest qualifying time locked up after the sixth trial, posting a much better time than anyone thus far on the night at 17.448 seconds, good for a 92 speed index. No other horse had come near that until the next-to-last trial when Jesses Dashair and Uptowne Babe hit the line together in 17.392 and 17.430 seconds, respectively. Those two times held up as best with the final race not having any impact. The first half of the trials were run on a fast track and then the rains came in the latter half with the surface switching to wet fast.

Jesses Dashair won for the second time in four lifetime starts for owners Celia Kinsey and Sandy K. Wood of Lubbock, Texas. This daughter of Dashair, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jesses Peach, was a mere $8,000 purchase at the same sale out of which Uncle D was bought. Trainer Trey Wood had the filly ready and rearing to go and gave a leg up to Ramirez. She finished a neck ahead of Uptowne Babe, who was another 2-1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Southern Sunshine.

Jesses Dashair has now won two trials and finished fourth in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes on April 20. She has earned $30,744. Tonight’s win for this horse was even more remarkable when considering that Uptowne Babe lost by a neck in the $895,210 Remington Park Futurity on April 20. Uptowne Babe also was the fastest qualifier for that futurity. Jesses Dashair was bred in Oklahoma by Terry & Irene Stennett.

Ramirez will have his choice of Jesses Dashair and Uncle D, who was incredible in his career debut in the sixth trial.

Uncle D raised some eyebrows in a March training race at Remington Park when he hit the wire in 13.52 seconds for 250 yards. A total of 59 other horses raced in training races here that day and the second-fastest time of the day was 13.73 seconds. Three of the races were won in 14-plus seconds.

Uncle D, who won his trial by 1-1/2 lengths Friday night, is a 2-year-old colt by Corona Cartel, out of the First Down Dash mare Little Surfer. He is owned by Cavenaugh Quarter Horses, LLC, of Walnut Ridge, AR, and trained by Clinton Crawford. He was bred in Utah by McColee Land & Livestock, LLC.

The following were the five fastest qualifiers from Friday:

·         1) Jesses Dashair, 17.392, 93 speed index, trial 10, trainer Trey Wood, jockey Ricky Ramirez.

·         2) Uptowne Babe, 17.430, 92, trial 10, Pedro Hernandez-Pulido, Rolando Raudales.

·         3) Uncle D, 17.448, 92, trial six, Clinton Crawford, Ricky Ramirez.

·         4) Pepper Ryan, 17.579, 88, trial seven, Heath Taylor, James Flores.

·         5) Hey Lookee Here, 17.605, 87, trial seven, Pedro Hernandez-Pulido, Armando Ramirez II.

Racing resumes Saturday with race one set for 6 p.m. on a 12-race card that includes 11 more Heritage Place Futurity trials, qualifying five more 2-year-olds for the richest race of the Remington Park season.

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Tracked by more than 154,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,900 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $218 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is home to the Grade 1, $963,000 Heritage Place Futurity on Saturday, June 1. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.