Rocketair Takes Black Gold Futurity

Jumpn gelding wins richest race on closing day card at Will Rogers Downs.

November 9, 2013

Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma, on Saturday wrapped up its American Quarter Horse meet with three stakes highlighted by the $384,750 Black Gold Futurity Championship (RG3) won by Rocketair. The card also featured the $146,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity (RG2) and $65,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Derby (R).

In the Black Gold, Karen and Preston Cloud’s Rocketair prevailed by a half-length with Ivan Carnero aboard for trainer Clint Crawford. The gelded son of Jumpn, who was bred in Oklahoma by Bob Moore Farms LLC, dashed 400 yards in :19.490 at odds of 9-1.

After winning only once in his first five starts, Rocketair now has three consecutive wins. He won a trial to the Black Gold 350 Futurity (R), but was scratched from the final, and took his Black Gold Championship trial with the sixth-fastest time. His earnings now stand at $175,303.

Steve Kirks’ homebred Comal Blue, a son of Ivory James and the winner of the Black Gold 350 Futurity, finished a game second. Rafter SM Ranch’s homebred SM Chicks N Garters, a colt by Country Chicks Man, crossed the wire third.

In the Mystery Futurity, Marty and Shalia Powers’ Heza Fast Invictus won for the fifth time in as many starts and picked up his second career stakes win. The Oklahoma-bred gelding by Mighty Invictus prevailed by a neck as the 7-10 favorite with Agustin Silva up for trainer Kasey Willis. John Paul and Lois Gee bred Heza Fast Invictus, who ran 350 yards in :17.445.

Prior to winning his trial and the final for the Mystery Futurity, Heza Fast Invictus broke his maiden at Canterbury Park and took a trial and the final of the Iowa Double Gold Futurity (RG3) at Prairie Meadows. The undefeated runner now has earnings of $111,968.

Terry Freeman’s Pappasito gelding Champion Huddle, who was bred and ridden by Debbie Freeman, took second at odds of 29-1. Wootan Racing’s JZ Zoomin Cuervo, a gelding by Jess Zoomin, hit the board for the sixth time in six starts by finishing third.

The Mystery Derby went to even-money favorite Llano Cartel, who picked up his second stakes win and sixth victory of the year. Ridden by Omar Reyes for trainer Alfredo Gomez and owner Wade Helton, the Teller Cartel gelding got up to win by a nose in :17.510 for 350 yards.

Llano Cartel, who was bred by Wootan Racing, also won this year’s Jack Brooks Stakes (RG3) at Remington Park. He is now an earner of $150,942.

J. Lloyd Yother’s Slew Of Success, a gelding by Cartel Success, closed for second with Julie Pilgrim’s Freakin Fast, a gelding by Tinys First Corona, in third.