Woop Dee Doo scores fastest time in Heartland Futurity Trials
Woop Dee Doo made his first start at Indiana Grand an impressive outing, winning by two and one-half lengths to turn in the fastest time of two trials for the Heartland Futurity Saturday, June 13. The evening was the first of six nights dedicated to all Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand, with all qualifiers for the Heartland Futurity returning for the seventh running of the $50,000-added final set for Saturday, July 4.
A heavy favorite in the race, Woop Dee Doo was guided perfectly out of the gate by Jockey Cristian Esqueda and got in front of the nine-horse field from the first jump. Esqueda kept the sorrel gelding focused on the wire and was only tasked with a little urging to get under the finish line first in a time of :15.301 seconds. Woop Dee Doo was a full two and one-half lengths ahead of his next closest competitor as WRS Hava Cupcake and Juan Guerrero finished second over The Louisiana Jewel and Rolando Pina, both starters from the outside.
“This colt (Woop Dee Doo) is easy to ride, he’s a fast horse,” said Esqueda, who finished among the top 10 Quarter Horse riders at Indiana Grand in 2014. “He was no problem at all to ride. He comes from a good trainer (Ricardo Martinez). He told me before the race if I got out in front to try to hand ride him and not push him, so that is what I did.”
Woop Dee Doo is owned and trained by Ricardo Martinez. The son of Good Reason Sa had two previous starts before shipping to Indiana, which were two second place finishes, the most recent a nose loss in the $50,000 Oklahoma Futurity Juvenile Consolation at Remington Park. Woop Dee Doo’s time in the 300 yard dash was quicker than the current stakes record for the Heartland Futurity, which is recorded at :15.503 seconds set in 2012 by Teller Sweet Nothins and Troy Crissup for trainer John Wolpert.
In the second trial, BP Valiant Policy and Jockey Rodney Prescott earned the top spot with a hard fought fight to the finish. Jumping out to a quick lead, the Valiant Hero filly had to defend her position to the finish line as Rock This Candy Tree and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez closed in quickly at the end of the 300 yard dash. BP Valiant Policy would not relinquish her control of the top spot, getting the win by a nose to record her second straight victory in a time of :15.813. Rock This Candy Tree was a solid second over Stolis Meltdown and Jockey Shanley Jackson, who rallied up on the far outside for third.
BP Valiant Policy is owned by Bill Price of Oklahoma and is trained by Randy Haffner. She now has two wins in three career starts.
Woop Dee Doo and BP Valiant Policy will return with the other top 10 qualifiers for the seventh running of the $50,000 Heartland Futurity Final on July 4. The stakes is one of five on the program that will present purses in excess of $380,000.
Unofficial qualifiers for the Heartland Futurity Final, with jockeys and times are: Woop Dee Doo (Esqueda, :15.301); WRS Hava Cupcake (Guerrero, :15.720), The Louisiana Jewel (Pina, :15.807); BP Valiant Policy (Prescott, :15.813); Rock This Candy Tree (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :15.821); Stolis Meltdown (Shanley Jackson, :16.089); Jumpn Corona (Jose Beltran, :16.105); Rock Candy Sa (Vazquez-Gomez, :16.141); Jesse Native Bunny (Olivo, :16.177); and Easy Jet Eye (Jose Ruiz, :16.186).
There are five other all Quarter Horse racing programs in 2015 at Indiana Grand. Those dates include July 4, Aug. 1, Aug. 29, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. All are Saturday night programs.