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March 18, 2012
Javier Ramirez’s Interesting Man, the 10th-fastest qualifier, prevailed by a nose to capture the $221,650 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) on Sunday afternoon at Louisiana Downs. The Javier Contreras trainee, ridden by J.R. Ramirez, sprinted 300 yards in :15.596 to earn a 95 speed index against a 20 mph head wind. The victory capped a big weekend for Contreras and owner Ramirez, as they also teamed to win the $358,500 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) with Dash For Coronas on Saturday at Remington Park.
Bred in Texas by Bobby Cox, Interesting Man is now undefeated in two starts after winning his debut in the trials on March 3. The gelding is the first starter out of the This Snow Is Royal mare Fit To Celebrate, and he became the 25th stakes winner sired by Heza Fast Dash. The Grade 2-winning Heza Fast Man stallion recently surpassed $10 million in lifetime progeny earnings. This victory was worth $99,738 to Interesting Man, who paid $8.80 to win as the third choice in the wagering.
Mercy Hinklins Horse Farm LLC’s Jetblack Gold Moment, a filly by freshman sire Jet Black Patriot, finished a game second. Wave Cover, a Wave Carver gelding who was the fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite, finished third for owner JNI Breeding Farm.
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