Lovethewayyoulie held on to win the Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity by a photo finish late Saturday night at Remington Park. The 2-year-old filly trimmed BV Travelin Soldier by photo finish to take in Remington’s richest race of the year.
Away at 7-1 odds, Lovethewayyoulie paid $17.20 to win, $6.60 to place and $5.40 to show. BV Travelin Soldier paid $4.80 to place and $4.20 to show. Count De Monet paid $8.80 to show.
Lovethewayyoulie is owned by the Elgin, Texas, partnership of Conda Maze and Tyler Graham and trained by Toby Keeton. Cody Jensen was aboard Lovethewayyoulie, which used a quick start to gain an early lead. BV Travelin Soldier made up ground after a slow start, advancing throughout the 350-yard race. Lovethewayyoulie finished in 17.37 seconds. BV Travelin Soldier finished a neck ahead of third-place Count De Monet.
Graham credited Jensen for noting the unorthodox starting position of Lovethewayyoulie when he worked her in the gates last week.
“He said she doesn’t stand up in the gates. She crouches back,” Graham said. “He told the header (Remington start crew member) to leave her alone, that she’s fine. It’s what she does. I give a lot of credit to Cody.”
Jensen said: “She showed us a little something about how she wants to get away from the gates, and we just keyed on it here in the finals. She’s just super-quick away from the gates, and I don’t have to do a whole lot after that.”
Graham is the grandson of Charles Graham, one of the founders of the Heritage Place equine sales facility in Oklahoma City; Heritage Place is the namesake of Saturday’s futurity.