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Hot Brace For Bernal Leads Heritage Place Derby

Half brother to Cold Cash 123 has second-fastest time.

May 30, 2013

Noel S. Lopez Prieto’s Brace For Bernal shoots for his sixth-straight win and his most important victory when he heads the $285,780 Heritage Place Derby (G2) as the fastest qualifier during an important night of racing on Saturday at Remington Park.

Also on the program is the $1,075,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the long-awaited meeting between world champion Cold Cash 123 and champion Ochoa, both trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, in the $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1).

Brace For Bernal (Furyofthewind-Zoom Bracer by Shazoom) closed out his juvenile season with a win in the Bill Hedge Memorial Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. After a fourth-month rest, Brace For Bernal came back this year to have a spotless 4-for-4 record at Remington Park while facing the top sophomores at the track. After winning his April 7 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby trial by 2 1/2 lengths, he was the prompt choice in the April 20 Derby when he won by a length as the 2-5 favorite.

Trained by Luis Villafranco, Brace For Bernal continued his dominating wins in the May 12 Heritage Place Derby trials with a 1 1/2-length win. His time of :19.577 topped the six trials.

Carolyn Bay’s Buster 123 (Corona For Me-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash) is stepping up in class and looking for his third-straight win and has the pedigree to excel at this level. The half-brother to Cold Cash 123 broke his maiden two starts ago on April 12 at Remington Park by 3 3/4 lengths and trainer Gilbreath brought him back in the Heritage Place Derby trials. The colt came through with a convincing 1 1/2-length win. His time of :19.654 was the second-fastest qualifying time.

The Estate of C. Wade Navarre and Melvin Hatley’s Dashin Brown Streak (Hotdoggin-Annas Streakin Dash by Streakin La Jolla) has won both of his starts this year after finishing a close second in the Evangeline Downs Futurity in December. Trainer John Brasseaux brought him back in a 300-yard allowance race on March 16, where he drew off to a length win. He kept rolling in his Heritage Place Derby trial to win by a length. His time of :19.657 was the third-fastest time.