Bad Neighbor Moves Into Top Qualifying Spot For Speedhorse Futurity

TULSA, OK—JULY 15, 2017—The lightly raced Bad Neighbor got his first career win while setting the fastest qualifying time Saturday night for the Grade 3 Speedhorse Futurity at Fair Meadows. 

The 10 fastest qualifiers, from eight trial races contested, will return to Fair Meadows on Saturday, July 29th to vie for the winners' share of a $214,000 purse going 350 yards. 

Ridden by jockey Daniel Torres, Bad Neighbor rolled to a 1-½ length victory in the sixth trial while stopping the clock in :17.616 seconds to record the top qualifying mark. 

Trainer Ramon Mendoza was saddling the Country Chicks Man gelding, to just his third career start, for owner Mauro Mendoza. Dallas Pryor bred the brown gelding in Oklahoma from the First N Kool mare The Kooch. 

The $7,000 Heritage Place Yearling Sale graduate entered the trials off a second place effort at Remington Park in a maiden start on May 6th. He was fourth in his first out on March 25 at Remington. 

Rogelio Marquez, Jr.'s Political Attraction broke his maiden in the second trial to get the second fastest clocking of :17.640 seconds. John Weghorst trains the son of leading sire Apollitical Jess from the Separatist mare Gunsight Peak. Ron Lyles is the breeder. 

Third in the Easy Jet Stakes(RG3) in his last start, Political Attraction was also fifth in the $1,012,500 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity(RG2) in April. The $10,000 Heritage Place Sale graduate has earned $75,838 this season. 

It was a big night for maiden winners with Express Train No 9 getting her first win in three starts to post the third fastest time of 17.646. Josh Romero had the riding call for trainer Carlos Ruiz aboard the Freighttrain B filly out of Wildfire Express by Whirling Fastball. Jessica Perez owns the 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred making only her third career start. Kenneth Norman is the breeder. 

Tempting Diamonds scored her second career win for owner-trainer Jose Rajoas in the first trial while getting the fourth fastest time of :17.669 seconds. Jesus Salazar rode the Kelly Bode Tempting Dash Texas-bred. Out of the Vital Sign mare Diamonds For Toni, the sorrel filly has earned $8,694 in four starts. Rojas paid $7,000 for the filly at the Heritage Place September Yearling Sale.