$1,170,000 2015 Heritage Place Futurity [G1] Winner BV MIDNITE EXPRESS

Heritage Place Futurity Winner BV MIDNITE EXPRESS

Oklahoma City, Ok – May 30, 2015 – The richest race in the state, on the richest night of racing ever at Remington Park, was won fairly easily by BV Midnight Express. The 2-year-old gelding flew from the starting gate to take early control, going on to win the Grade 1, $1,170,000 Heritage Place Futurity by a half-length.

Owned and bred in Oklahoma by Bella Vista Farms, BV Midnight Express is trained by Eddie Lee Willis and was ridden confidently by Russel Hadley. The horse qualified in April for the Remington Park Futurity but finished sixth after a disappointing start. There was no such sorrow in this final as he was sharp from the outset.

“I’ve been waiting for that start ever since we came to Remington with that horse,” Hadley said from the winner’s circle. “He’s something special. That’s when good horses come to the top when the money’s on the line. I knew there were some good horses that could come to run me down but about 100 yards before the wire I knew I had it.”

Willis echoed the sentiment of Hadley once the field was dispatched in the 350-yard event. “When he left there, I knew they weren’t going to catch him, plain and simple.”

BV Midnight Express finished a half-length in front of A Tres Of Paint. Remington Park Futurity winner Regard With Respect was another half-length behind in third as the beaten 4-5 betting favorite. No winner of the Remington Park Futurity has ever gone on to win the Heritage Place Futurity.

Away at 7-1 odds, BV Midnight Express paid $16.20 to win, $8 to place and $4 to show. A Tres Of Paint returned $10.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Regard With Respect paid $2.80 to show.

The Heritage Place Futurity is the third career win from four attempts for BV Midnight Express, a son of Freighttrain B from the Tres Seis mare Ms Tres Seis. He pulled in the biggest paycheck of $491,400 for the triumph, pushing his overall earnings to $550,372.

Bella Vista Farms won their first Heritage Place Futurity after running second in the race a year ago with BV Travelin Soldier. The win with BV Midnight Express was also the first for Willis in the race. Hadley scored his second career Heritage Place Futurity, adding to his 2006 win aboard First Carolina.

ALL photos by Dustin Orona

2015 $1,100,000 Heritage Place Futurity [G1] Qualifiers

Post PositionHorseSexSire-Dam, Dam SireTimeOwnerBreederTrainerJockey
1Shaken Pappasito
f.Pappasito - Shaken Easy Dash by, Dashin Is Easy17.579
James Sills and Abel FloresJames Sills & Abel Flores (OK)Eddie D WillisJose Vega
2Bv Midnite Express
g. Freighttrain B - Ms Tres Seis, by Tres Seis17.466Bella Vista Farms LLCBella Vista Farms LLC (OK)Eddie Lee WillisRussel Hadley
3Southern Lulu
f.Apollitical Jess - Southern Price, by Corona Cartel17.555El Cabresto Racing Stables LLCSam W Green (OK)Valentin ArellanesPaul H Nieto
4A Tres Of Paint
f.Tres Seis - First Painted Sign, by Pyc Paint Your Wagon17.525Sara Leann MorganThe Mixer Ranch (OK)Charles Duke ShultsJesus Salazar
5Volcoms Dash
*Heritage Place Graduate 2014 Yearling Sale
g. Volcom - Lethal Cash by Takin On The Cash17.856Adan Arredondo and Mayra SanchezP K Thomas (TX)Manuel AlmanzaRicky Ramirez
6King Brett
g.Hadtobenuts - Queen Of The Castle by Six To Five17.833Tony DoughtieTony Doughtie (TX)Luis VillafrancoMario Delgado
7Tee Chic
g.Jumpn Chic - First Down Tee by Burrs First Down17.614Francisco J. GarzaFrancisco Javier Garza (TX)RL Rick RobinsonFrancisco Calderon
8Regard With Respect
g.Chicks Regard - Dynamite Friends, by Special Definition17.323Nancy PowellDarrell G &/Or Nancy A Powell (OK)Guillermo ValdiviaLarry D Payne
9Prized Wagon
c. Pyc Paint Your Wagon - First Prize Honey by Mr Jess Perry17.862Gene CoxRobert or Karen Nunnally (TX)Donnie Lee StricklandJoe Badilla, Jr
10Corona Surfer
*Heritage Place Graduate 2014 Yearling Sale
c.Corona Cartel - Little Surfer by First Down Dash17.785Bobby SimmonsMcColee Land & Livestock (UT)C Dwayne GilbreathG R Carter, Jr

Trial Notes: (Day 1) Remington Park Futurity(RG2) winner Regard With Respect won the fourth of 12 trials by 2-1/4 lengths to post the fastest qualifying time on the first night. The second five fastest will come from Tuesday's trials.

Trial Notes: (Day 2) Oklahoma Futurity(G2) winner Tee Chic won the eighth of 12 trials by 1-3/4 lengths to post the fastest qualifying time on the second night.

$100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational

HorseSexSire-Dam, Dam SireTimeOwnerBreederTrainerJockey
D1) My Corona Sweetheart
g. Sweet First Down - Corona Lacey, by Corona Cartel17.599Donald W. JacksonCharles R Leggett (OK)Doug Carr Cody R Smith
D1) Corona Cabanac.Corona Cartel - Fast Red Rose, by Mr Jess Perry17.648Reliance Ranches LLCReliance Ranches LLC (OK)Eddie Lee WillisJimmy D Brooks
D1) Hearts Ona Hero
*Heritage Place Graduate 2014 Yearling Sale
g. Valiant Hero - Dashing Uno, by Dashin Is Easy17.673 J.J. RacingHomer A Hill (OK)RL Rick RobinsonFrancisco Calderon
D1) Kokko Wagon
*Heritage Place Graduate 2014 Winter Mixed Sale
f. Pyc Paint Your Wagon - Baby Azoom, by Azoom17.677 Leann J. BurnsMichael A Pohl (OK)Stacy Charette-HillJorge Torres
D1) Bp Tres Seis Policyf.Tres Seis - Cc Policy, by Corona Cartel17.713 Bill PriceBill Price (OK)Rodney ReedG R Carter, Jr
D2) Eos Tres Bendicionesg.Tres Seis - Oh Whatta Knockout by Holland Ease17.909Elite Oilfield ServicesBlessed River LTD (TX)Wendy GarciaModesto Pina
D2) Shaky Herog.Valiant Hero - Shaky Girl by Embrujo Fg17.922J K Running Horses LLCJ K Running Horses LLC (OK)Kenny LaymonCesar Gomez
D2) Hyo Inseperableg.Inseperable - Hy Oak Special by Oak Tree Special17.928Michelle Crockett and Terry IrbyGlynda J Crockett (TX)Xavier AlonzoLarry D Payne
D2) Bv Wagon Wheelg.Pyc Paint Your Wagon - Eyesa First by Eyesa Special17.941Bella Vista Farms LLCBella Vista Farms LLC (OK)Eddie Lee WillisRussel Hadley
D2) Venetian Paradisef.Pappasito - Endless Delight by Royal Quick Dash17.956Ed MelzerMacKie Racing LLC (CA)Eddie Lee WillisJose Vega

Trial Notes: Two-year-olds who participated in the the Heritage Place Futurity trials and did not make the final gate are preferred invites to the Heritage Place Juvenile in order of time run on each of the two days of trials. These 10 horses had the 6 thru 10 times from each day.

To View all the Heritage Place Futurity [G1] Winners click here.