Q-Racing JournalMay 1, 2014
Champion and All American Derby (G1) winner Feature Hero tries to find the winner’s circle in the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) on Saturday at Remington Park after two defeats in his two Remington Park starts this year.
Reliance Ranches LLC’s Feature Hero (Valiant Hero-Illegal Feature by Feature Mr Jess) acted like he needed his first start at Remington Park on March 9 in the Mighty Deck Three Stakes. The Eddie Willis-trained gelding was sent off as the 4-5 favorite and finished second, beaten by three quarters of a length. However, he did not move forward when he came back in the $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) and finished eighth as the 17-10 favorite.
Feature Hero was honored as the 2013 champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding on the strength of his 24-1 upset win in the $2.8 million All American Derby (G1), the largest purse ever paid in a Quarter Horse race. He then finished third in the $25,000 Town Policy Handicap and fourth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Willis also sends out Coronado Cartel (Corona Cartel-First Carolina by Mr Jess Perry), BP Southern Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Southern Fling by Southern Cartel) and Walking Perry (Walk Thru Fire-Perry Story by Mr Jess Perry).
Steven Gore’s BP Southern Dynasty takes on older Grade 1 veterans after finishing a close second in the $298,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (RG3). He raced to his sole stakes win when he won the $50,000 FL Lady Bug Stakes at Remington Park a year ago.
James Sills’ Walking Perry has two wins from five starts and is after his first stakes victory. He qualified for last year’s $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) and comes off a fourth-place run in the $73,000 Mr Master Bug Handicap (R).
Owned by J. Garvan Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and Vinewood Farms, Bon Accord (Shazoom-Dream Mirage by Royal Quick Dash) gets another shot at Feature Hero after finishing second by a neck in the All American Derby. The gelding then concluded his sophomore season by qualifying for the $953,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).
Bon Accord is making his second start since the Super Derby in November in the Sooner State. He made his seasonal debut against state-breds in the $76,300 Mr Jet Moore Stakes on April 6 and finished a late-running fourth.
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