OKLAHOMA CITY – The richest race in Oklahoma racing, the Grade 1, $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, is set for Saturday night, June 2 at Remington Park. The field of 10 eligible qualifiers entered the 350-yard event this morning with Aqua Flash tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

The Heritage Place Futurity is the headline event on a 12-race program featuring eight stakes races on Saturday, the final night of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park. The “Mega-Card” night of racing carries total purses of $2,271,230. The record for the “Mega-Card” night of racing is $2,335,670 set in 2015.

The first race on “Mega-Card” night this Saturday is at 5pm-Central.

Owned by Thomas Scheckel of Bellevue, Iowa and trained by Shawna Manriquez, Aqua Flash was the top qualifier on the first night of Heritage Place Futurity trials, Friday, May 11. The 2-year-old filly is undefeated thru her two starts this season at Remington Park. Regular jockey Tanner Thedford will have the mount on the Utah-bred daughter of First Moonflash.

Aqua Flash won her trial by a widening 1-3/4 lengths, defeating Symbol Of Faith who also qualified for the Heritage Place Futurity. Symbol Of Faith’s trial time was the fifth-fastest on the first evening of trials, just getting her into the final.

VF Jedi Returns, a three-time winner this season and runner-up in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile in April, is the second-choice in the morning-line. Odds-maker Jerry Shottenkirk assigned the gelding at 3-1 odds. Owned by Julio Contreras of Laredo, Texas and trained by Sammy Valdivia, VF Jedi Returns was the fastest qualifier on the second night of Heritage Place Futurity trials on Saturday, May 12. Jockey G.R. Carter will have the mount on the Oklahoma-bred by High Rate of Return, who won the 2011 Heritage Place Futurity as the highlight of his racing career. 

The complete field for the Heritage Place Futurity, race 10 at 9:49pm, by post-position and program number order with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:

  1. VF Jedi Returns: Sammy Valdivia, G.R. Carter, 3-1
  2. Unlymited: Josue Ponce, Manuel Gutierrez, 15-1
  3. Aqua Flash: Shawna Manriquez, Tanner Thedford, 5-2
  4. Symbol Of Faith: Dee Keener, Rodrigo Vallejo, 15-1
  5. Little Kool Belle: Stacy Hill, Jorge Torres, 15-1
  6. Jakes Baby Wagon: Duke Shults, Ricky Ramirez, 15-1
  7. Wokatee On Fire: Bobby Martinez, James Flores, 8-1
  8. Slayer: Manuel Almanza, Mario Delgado, 8-1
  9. Special Candy High: Clint Crawford, Omar Reyes, 5-1
  10. Sunnysyde: Josue Ponce, Jorge Linares, 8-1

The other seven stakes races on “Mega-Card” Saturday include:
Race 5 - $50,000, Grade 2, Remington Park Distance Championship, 870yds

Race 6 - $254,300, Grade 1, Speedhorse Graham Paint/Appaloosa Futurity, 350yds

Race 7 - $100,000, Grade 1, Junos Request Stakes, 400yds

Race 8 - $50,000, Grade 3 (restricted) Easy Jet Stakes, 350yds

Race 9 - $363,790, Grade 2, Heritage Place Derby, 400yds

Race 11 - $250,000, Grade 1, Remington Park Championship, 440yds

Race 12 - $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile

The final three race dates of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park take place Thursday thru Saturday, May 31-June 2. The first race on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 will begin at 6pm. The opening race on the final night, Saturday, June 2, starts at 5pm.


Tracked by over 140,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,600 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided over $192 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Remington Park, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, is home to the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity for Oklahoma-breds, on Saturday, June 2. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, Remington Park is 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.