Jess a Dollar earns first career win in Heartland Futurity
It was anyone’s race halfway through the eighth running of the $98,280 Heartland Futurity, but Jess a Dollar and Jose Davila proved to be the toughest in the end, winning the event by just a neck over Vampire Rose and Smitty Oxendine.
Starting from post six in the 10-horse field, Jess a Dollar was in the thick of things from the very start. The chestnut son of One Sweet Jess went to battle with nearly the entire field of the 300 yard dash from the first few jumps out of the gate. A blanket could have been spread on eight horses through the first half of the race before Jess A Dollar emerged with a slight lead. Vampire Rose and Wrs Against the Wind and Berkley Packer were not giving in easily and stayed right with Jess a Dollar all the way to the wire. Vampire Rose was just a head in front of Wrs Against the Wind at the finish line for second.
“We’ve been working as a team,” said trainer Victor Gonzalez. “We got the job done, it was not easy, but we worked hard. I’d like to thank everyone who helped get him (Jess a Dollar) ready for this race tonight.”
Jess a Dollar paid $17.00, $6.80 and $4.80 across the board as the upset winner of the race. He finished second in his trial and his win in the final was his first ever trip to the winner’s circle for owner and breeder Porfirio Carrasco, a multiple stakes winning owner. With only $1,300 on his card coming into the race, Jess a Dollar added many dollars to his credentials and now has in excess of $58,000 in career earnings with just three lifetime starts.
The time of the 300-yard dash was :15.668 seconds. The stakes record stays with last year’s winner, Woop Dee Doo and Cristian Esqueda in a time of :15.348 seconds.