Heisasgoodasheis wins Mobley Futurity
There was a lot to celebrate for the win with Heisasgoodasheis in the $191,400 Gordon Mobley Futurity Saturday, June 18 at Indiana Grand. The win was the first stakes win for owner-trainer-breeder Joe Davis as well as the first stakes win for Jockey Rolando Pina.
The finish of the race was a lot better for Heisasgoodasheis than the start. Being the last to load in the gate, Heisasgoodasheis was reluctant to enter his post 10 slot and extra assistant starters were summoned to coax the two-year-old sorrel son of Chilled Corona into the gate. But once he was in and the bell rang, it was an opportunity for Heisasgoodasheis to bring home a stakes win.
A trio of contenders along the inside, including HH Kentucky Krome and Harold Collins got the first call from Track Announcer Bill Downes and those three looked to be the ones to watch until the wire. However, the outside horses began to surge late in the race, led by Heisasgoodasheis, who was declared the winner following a long photo. Kid Cartel and Fernando Fonseca-Soto was a nose back in second followed by Jess Jace and Rodney Prescott for third. Only one and one-quarter lengths separated the first six finishers of the 10-horse field at the wire.
“I was shocked,” said Pina, a native of Mexico who now calls Indiana home. “I didn’t think he won it. But once I started sending him, he really took off.”
Heisasgoodasheis is now two for three in his brief career. His earnings increased to more than $110,000 with the win in the Gordon Mobley. He was the second choice of the field, paying $6.00, $4.20, $2.80 across the board. The time of the 300-yard sprint was :15.730 seconds.
“We’ve been second in five or six stakes over last year and this year, including second in the race before (with CB Come Fly With Me) in the Jaguar Rocket,” said Davis. “This is the first stakes win for both of us. It’s sure a great feeling.”
Davis, who is fairly new to the Quarter Horse racing business, owns a heating and cooling business and owns and operates a training center near his home base in Borden, Ind. He was quick to credit others for the successful season that his stable has recorded thus far at Indiana Grand.
“The biggest thing on this win is that if it wasn’t for the grooms and Rolando and everyone else involved, we wouldn’t be having this success,” said Davis. “Everybody pitches in.”
Heisasgoodasheis was part of the long-term plan for Davis, who purchased the mare, Sheisassheis, from Chris Duke. The mare was bred to Duke’s stallion, Chilled Corona, who now stands in Texas. Davis has continued to work with his latest start on his farm, including time in the gate.
“We stood him (Heisasgoodasheis) at the house and he walked right in,” said Davis.
“We had a little bit of trouble getting in the gate in the trial,” added Pina. “He is always a little bit shy about going in. He was fine at home but I think the pressure of being up here gets to him.”
Heisasgoodasheis has been one of several stars from the Davis Stable in 2016. To date, the stable has won nine races, placing Davis in second place behind Randy Smith. The win aboard Heisasgoodasheis was also significant for Pina, placing him atop the leading Quarter Horse standings for 2016 at Indiana Grand with 11 wins, his first time to hold that position in his young career.
“This is the biggest win for me and the first stakes race win,” said Pina. “And, it’s so good because it’s the first for Joe (Davis) too. We literally started our careers at the same time.”