Aqua Flash Leads First Night Of Heritage Place Futurity Trials At Remington Park
Aqua Flash, under jockey Tanner Thedford, setting the fastest qualifying time on Friday, night 1 of the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity trials, at Remington Park.

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Aqua Flash Leads First Night Of Heritage Place Futurity Trials At Remington Park

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 11, 2018—Aqua Flash broke quickly but inward during her Friday night trial for the Heritage Place Futurity. However, the gray filly was too much for a less than perfect start to hold her back as she flew over 350 yards to post the top qualifying time of the evening at Remington Park.

The Grade 1, $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity final will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Remington Park. The event is the richest horse race in Oklahoma.

Owned by Thomas Scheckel of Bellevue, Iowa and trained by Shawna Manriquez, Aqua Flash won the fifth of 11 trials on Friday, by an eye-opening 1-¾ lengths. She crossed the finish in :17.582, into a 25 mph headwind, over a fast track with Tanner Thedford in the saddle. The top qualifying time of the evening was over a quarter of a second faster than the next best time.

Unlymited, under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, debuts with the second fastest time in the second trial.
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Aqua Flash remains undefeated with her trial score. She broke her maiden in her career debut here on April 19, winning that race by one length. An $8,700 Heritage Place Yearling Sale graduate, Aqua Flash is by champion sire First Moonflash from the First Down Dash mare Aquafina. She was bred in Utah by McColee Land & Livestock.

Under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, Unlymited broke his maiden at the first asking with an impressive three-quarter length win in the second trial for trainer Josue Ponce. The son of leading living sire Corona Cartel put up the second fastest clocking of :17.766 seconds into a 25 mph headwind.

Little Kool Belle, under jockey Jorge Torres cruises to the third-fastest time in the sixth trial.
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The Bobby D. Cox Texas homebred owned Cox and Kristen Paredes. Withdrawn from the 2017 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Unlmited is out of Ruidoso Futurity(G1) winner All About Ease by First Down Dash.

After getting caught at the wire in a close second in her maiden start March 25, Little Kool Belle cruised to a three-quarter length win under jockey Jorge Torres to ge the third fastest time of :17.847 seconds.

Trainer Stacy Charette-Hill conditions the Pyc Paint Your Wagon filly for herself and co-breeder Leann Burns. The bay filly is out of the Grade 3 winning Mr Jess Perry mare Little Kool Barbie. The second dam is world champion mare Kool Kue Baby.

Jakes Baby Wagon, under champion jockey G.R. Carter, Jr., bounced off a ninth-place effort in her April 20th maiden start, to cruise to a one-length win the 10th trial for owner/breeder Gary Kurz.

AQHA Racing Champion jockey G.R. Carter pilots Jakes Baby Wagon to the fourth fastest time in the 10th trial.
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Trainer Charles Duke Shults saddled the Oklahoma-bred daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon to the fourth fastest clocking of :17.857 seconds. Out of the Jody O Toole mare Charming Jody, Jakes Baby Wagon returned $17.20 for the win.

Symbols Of Faith finished second to fastest qualifier Aqua Flash to get the final spot on Friday night. Trainer Dee Keener saddled the Tac It Like A Man filly to the fifth fastest time of :17.866 seconds for owners-breeders' J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and J. Lloyd Yother.

Out of the Grade 3 winning Tres Seis mare Answer The Dream, Symbols Of Faith finished fourth in her maiden start at Remington Park March 31.

For the list of five qualifiers from Friday trials for the Heritage Place Futurity, with their individual times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

Another 11 trials will be conducted to determine the final five qualifiers for the Heritage Place Futurity on Saturday evening.

The second five fastest qualifiers from each night are preferred invites to the $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile which will also be contested at Remington Park Saturday, June 2. For a list of tonight's second five CLICK HERE.

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The 2018 Remington Park American Quarter Horse Season continues Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13. The first race Saturday is at 6pm and features the second night of trials for the Heritage Place Futurity. Sunday racing starts at 1:30pm, featuring trials for the Heritage Place Derby.

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Tracked by over 140,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided over $192 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Remington Park, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, is home to the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity for Oklahoma-breds, on Saturday, June 2. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, Remington Park is in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit