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.
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.
A Tres Of Paint bounced off a trouble race in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG3) to finish second in the Heritage Place Futurity(G1) for owner Sara Morgan and trainer Charles Duke Shults. Ridden by Jesus Salazar, the Tres Seis filly earned $198,800 for her effort. Bred by Mixer Ranch in Oklahoma, from the Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare First Painted Sign, A Tres Of Paint's record stands at (5) 2-1-0 with $233,676 in the bank.
Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG3) winner added $140,400 to his bank to bring the total to more than $488,800. It was the first loss in four starts for the homebred son of Chicks Regard for owner Nancy Powell. Mrs. Powell bred the gray gelding with her husband Darrell in Oklahoma from the Special Definition mare Dynamite Friends. Guillero Valdiva saddled with Larry Payne getting the riding call.