BP Cartels Alibi Takes Heritage Place Futurity
Big scratch changes million-dollar futurity, 70-year-old jockey wins derby.
May 27, 2012
BP Cartels Alibi. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography
PYC Kant Katch Me never had the chance to see his name challenged on Saturday night at Remington Park. The star from the Heritage Place Futurity trials in early May, when he won his trial by an astounding three lengths, became fractious in the starting gate seconds before the field was released and was scratched. His poor fortune opened the door for the remaining 2-year-olds, and BP Cartels Alibi seized the opportunity.
Owned by Raymundo Villarreal Jr. of Mission, Texas, and trained by Trey Wood, BP Cartels Alibi managed to out-duel El Duero over the final 100 yards to score by a head in the Grade1, $1,048,560 Heritage Place Futurity. Ricky Ramirez managed to put his colt through a small opening between rivals at the start to move on to victory.
“We got away well but we were in tight but I managed to get him through,” Ramirez said afterwards in the winner’s circle of getting away between Thequeenhasgonenuts to his inside and Sum Better Stuff to his outside. “It was a small opening but in a million-dollar race we had to go for it. He’s not the best in getting away from the gate but he got away well enough.”
Wood gave plenty of credit to his staff at Remington Park, including his assistant Paul Leal, for having the winner on top of his game for the richest race in his young career.
“Paul Leal, he did a heckuva job with him,” said Wood. “If it wasn’t for him, BP Cartels Alibi would not have done it tonight.”
BP Cartels Alibi hit the finish in :17.580 for 350 yards over the fast track at odds of 11-1. R.T. Stables’ El Duero, a gelding by Oak Tree Special, had the much cleaner start and run but could not hold off the rally of the winner. Sum Better Stuff, a Tres Seis gelding running for breeder James Cordell, was a neck behind the runner-up in third. Dash For Coronas, winner of the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) in March, was the beaten 6-5 wagering favorite and finished fourth.
PYC Kant Katch Me was the heavy wagering choice as the field went to the starting gate initially but lost that stature once he acted up and sat down in the gate. The actions resulted in being scratched on advice of the Remington Park attending veterinarian.
BP Cartels Alibi paid $24.80 to win, $10.80 to place and $6.20 to show. El Duero returned $4.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Sum Better Stuff paid $7.40 to show.
Bred in Oklahoma by Bill Price of Thackerville, Oklahoma, BP Cartels Alibi is a 2-year-old colt by Corona Cartel from the Chicks Beduino mare My Ladys Alibi. The Heritage Place Futurity score was his second career victory to go along with his trial win to qualify for the race on May 4. The winner’s check of $440,398 gives BP Cartels Alibi a total of $450,900 in his very young career.
BP Cartels Alibi’s win in the Heritage Place Futurity gave all his connections their first career score in the rich race.
JOCKEY ROY BROOKS, 70, RIDES PRICELESS FEATURE TO DERBY WIN
The ageless wonder-boy of jockeys, 70-year-old Roy Brooks, was tabbed by trainer Eddie Willis to take one of his qualifiers in the Grade 2, $247,800 Heritage Place Derby. The move to put him aboard Priceless Feature paid off as Brooks rode the gelding to a come-from-behind win, beating Texasindependencegal by a head.
A resident of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Brooks has ridden sparingly in 2012 with just five mounts overall. His stingy approach worked well Saturday night as he scored his first win of the season and posted another graded triumph in the process. It was a second consecutive win in the Heritage Place Derby for Brooks, who won in 2011 aboard Capo De Capi, also trained by Willis.
“He left much better today than he did in his trial,” Brooks noted. “I knew we won when we hit the finish. I’ve said that I might retire once I won a big race at 70 but I may have to come back to win this again next year.”
Willis never doubted his jockey, regardless of age.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “Roy is a money rider; he always has been and always will be. That’s why I like to use him.”
Priceless Feature crossed the finish line in :19.620 for 400 yards at 9-1 odds, paying $21 to win, $10.40 to place and $6 to show. Texasindependencegal, a Mr Ottyes filly running for breeder/owner Leonard Lyne, paid $6.60 to place and $4.60 to show. Bill Price’s homebred BPs Jumpin Frisco paid $3.40 to show as the beaten 8-5 wagering favorite.
Owned by Ed Melzer of Edmond, Oklahoma, Priceless Feature was bred in Oklahoma by Sam Green. The 3-year-old is a gelding by Feature Mr Jess from the Corona Cartel mare Southern Price. The Heritage Place Derby win is the sixth from 13 career starts for Priceless Feature with all six wins taking place at Remington Park. The winner’s share of the derby, $104,076, moved his lifetime earnings to $200,896.
Priceless Feature gave Willis his fourth career Heritage Place Derby win. It was the second win in the race for both Melzer and Brooks.
Grade 2, $50,900 Junos Request Stakes
Older fillies and mares were featured on the undercard Saturday in the 400-yard Junos Request Stakes, won by Thisfeatureisspecial, who pulled clear to win by a half-length in :19.733.
Owned by Mauro Zaborowsky of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and trained by Paul Jones, Thisfeatureisspecial was ridden by Cody Jensen. Pulling away over the final 200 yards, the winner pulled a slight upset over the 6-5 wagering favorite Fredaville in second. The Dashing Attitude was another half-length back in third.
Thisfeatureisspecial paid $12.60 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.80 to show. Fredaville paid $2.80 to place and $3 to show. The Dashing Attitude paid $5.80 to show.
Bred in Louisiana by J.E., D.C. and C.T. Jumonville. Thisfeatureisspecial is a 5-year-old mare by Feature Mr Jess from the Special Effort mare This Girl Is Special. This marked her fifth race from 19 career starts. She is a perfect two-for-two at Remington Park with both victories this season. The first-place Junos Request check of $30,000 boosted the career earnings of Thisfeatureisspecial to $78,582.
The Junos Request is named after the 1992 champion aged mare who also won many races at Remington Park in the early years, including the Remington Park Championship (G1) the same year.
$75,000 Heritage Place Juvenile (R)
Talented 2-year-olds who did not qualify for the Heritage Place Futurity had their stakes opportunity in the Heritage Place Juvenile, won by Generating Cash with a solid run from the starting gate to the finish in :17.643.
Owned by EJ Partnership of Austin, Texas, and trained by Ed Hardy, Generating Cash was ridden by Stormy Smith. The win was the first career score for the gray who was second, three lengths behind the sharp PYC Kant Katch Me, in his qualifying trial for the Heritage Place Futurity.
Away at 8-1 odds, Generating Cash paid $18.60 to win, $10 to place and $4.40 to show. Wild And Game was second, paying $9.60 to place and $6.40 to show. Nellie Delaney was third and paid $11.20 to show.
JB James was the beaten 6-5 wagering favorite, finishing fifth.
A son of Wave Carver from the Streakin Six mare Wasting No Time, Generating Cash was bred in Texas by Bob and Jerry Gaston. The victory was worth $21,803 for the gray to push his total to $28,161.
Sunday racing, featuring the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1), begins at 4 p.m. The 2012 American Quarter Horse & Mixed-breed Season concludes on Memorial Day Monday, May 28, with the first race at 1:30 p.m. All times are Central.
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