Fetching Beauty Upsets Oklahoma Futurity

No Secrets Here filly scores at 10-1, Big Boi rallies to win Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

March 24, 2013

The historic Oklahoma Futurity (G2) had its 2013 renewal Saturday night at Remington Park with Fetching Beauty pulling an upset victory at 10-1 odds.

Owned by Alma Chavez of Chicago and trained by Sacramento Chavez, Fetching Beauty made the lead in the final yards and pulled away to win by a half-length under Victor Olivo. The filly improved from her non-winning trial performance two weeks ago, according to Olivo.

“She broke pretty good. I thought it was going to be hard, but she gave it all she’s got,” Olivo noted. “She ran a little scared in the trials but was much better tonight.”

Fetching Beauty finished a fast-closing second in her trial to Sassy Spit Curl but managed a timing worthy of qualification to the $325,000 final, which is the oldest futurity in American Quarter Horse racing having begun in 1947.

Fetching Beauty was in contention throughout the 300-yard race before running down front-runners Sassy Spit Curl and JJ Hitman in the final 100 yards. She crossed the finish in :15.279 over a fast track.

The backers of Fetching Beauty were paid handsomely with $22.60 to win, $12.60 to place and $5.80 to show. Ed and Sammye Carter's homebred JJ Hitman, a colt from the first crop of the TR Dasher stallion Hard Hitting, paid $9.40 to place and $5.20 to show. Royal Rythm, a gelding by Royal Blue Chew Chew running for breeder Gaylin Childers, was up for third and paid $4.20 to show. Sassy Spit Curl finished fourth. Swingin Debut, the top qualifier for the Oklahoma Futurity, was the beaten 5-2 wagering favorite, running sixth.

Bred in California by John Andreini and Vince Genco, Fetching Beauty is a daughter of No Secrets Here from the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Racy Eyes. Her initial career victory in graded stakes company earned her $130,000, increasing her total earnings over just two races to $131,910.

Fetching Beauty earned all of her connections their first victory in the Oklahoma Futurity, which has now been contested nine times at Remington Park.

Also on the card, the large sorrel gelding Big Boi continued to grow into his body and his potential as he roared to victory in the $136,000 Oklahoma Derby, winning by three-quarters of a length.

Owned by Irene Velasquez of Ulysses, Kansas, and trained by Verle Bohner, Big Boi used a late rally to score under David Brown. Away from the starting gate, Big Boi normally takes a number of strides to get his momentum going and his Oklahoma Derby run was no different. Once into stride the gelding moved to the front with 100 yards left and then drew away to the winning margin, crossing the line in :17.320 for 350 yards.

The 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Big Boi paid $7 to win, $3.60 to place and $3.80 to show. Last First Kiss rallied in to second and returned $9.60 to place and $6 to show. Charvet was third and paid $11 to show.

The coupled entry of Llano Cartel and Colby Cartel was the 8-5 wagering favorite. Llano Cartel led until passed by Big Boi, then fading to sixth. Colby Cartel came on late to gain fourth.

Bred in Oklahoma by Velasquez, Big Boi is by 2003 World Champion Oak Tree Special out of the Corona Cartel mare Bosanova Baby. The Oklahoma Derby win was the third from seven career attempts for Big Boi, and he picked up a first-place check of $54,400 to bump his lifetime money to $346,311.

Big Boi provided Velasquez and Bohner with their first Oklahoma Derby wins at Remington Park, where the race has been contested consecutively since 2006. Brown now enjoys a rare double in the race in Oklahoma City. He was the trainer of 2009 winner Spit Curl Diva and now has ridden Big Boi to victory, becoming the first person to have wins has both a trainer and jockey since the event has been held at Remington Park.