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.
Charles Graham, 81, is a veterinarian and horse-breeder. He recalled a day in the 1970s when he met Melvin Hatley, a fellow horseman who is in the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. Both had just been to a sale at the renowned Fasig-Tipton auction in Lexington, Ky.
“I asked Mr. Hatley, ‘Why don’t you rich folks build us a place like this in Oklahoma?’ He said, ‘Doc, it sure is a nice place,’ and I said, ‘Yes, sir’. I came home on Wednesday, and he called me the following Sunday evening and he told me to be at Penn Square National Bank in Oklahoma City at 10 o’clock Monday morning and that’s how we got started.”
Four partners, including Dr. Graham, own Heritage Place, a 40-acre facility with 41/2 acres under one roof and 640 stalls. More than 100,000 horses — a billion dollars worth — have sold in the 36 years since the facility opened. Stallion Tempting Dash was purchased at Heritage Place last year for an American Quarter Horse racing- record $1.7 million.
That stallion is the sire of the filly named Lovethewayyoulie, out of Witches Streak by Streakin Sixes. Lovethewayyoulie barreled out of the No. 8 hole Saturday night to win her connections a check for more than $400,000.