DESPAIN GL LEADS OPENING NIGHT OF HERITAGE PLACE FUTURITY TRIALS AT REMINGTON PARK

OKLAHOMA CITY –  May 12, 2017 - Despain GL set the standard right away on the first night of trials for the $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park. Winning the first trial of 12 on Friday night, the 2-year-old gelding covered 350 yards over a fast track in 17.516 seconds.

Winning easily by 1-3/4 lengths, Despain GL is owned by Garza Laurel Partnership of Laredo, Texas and is trained by Rick Robinson. Agustin Silva was up for the second win for Despain GL who also won a trial for the Oklahoma Futurity in March before finishing fourth in the $50,000 Oklahoma Juvenile later that month.

A Texas-bred son of Desirio from the Mighty Invictus mare Pain And Pleasure, Despain GL was bred by Somos Diez.

The Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity, the richest horse race in Oklahoma, will be held on June 3. The group of five finalists from Friday night trials, with their individual time and trial number, moving to the main event: Despain GL, 17.516 seconds (trial 1); Every Chicks Favorit, 17.683 seconds (trial 6); Bird Train, 17.686 seconds (trial 4); Olena Sangria, 17.687 seconds (trial 6) and Nymeria, 17.713 seconds (trial 4).

The Friday trials were aided somewhat by a northerly tailwind that was at 14mph when the racing started and lowered to 8mph by the sixth trial. However, the tailwind continued to diminish throughout the remainder of the program and was nearly non-existent by the end of the card.   

Another dozen trials for the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity will take place Saturday night at Remington Park, May 13 to qualify the second group of five for the richest race in Oklahoma. The first race Saturday is at 6pm.

The Mothers’ Day program on Sunday afternoon May 14 will begin at 1:30pm and feature three American Quarter Horse Association Challenge Stakes and trials for the $297,100 Heritage Place Derby.

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Tracked by over 124,000 fans on Facebook and 8,800 Twitter followers, Remington Park is the home of the Grade 1, $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity on June 3. Remington Park has provided over $167 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Open daily at 10:30am with free parking and admission, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, 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 remingtonpark.com.