Vampire Rose quickest in Heartland Futurity Trials
Four trials were included on the all-Quarter Horse racing night at Indiana Grand for the upcoming $50,000 Heartland Futurity Final set for Saturday, July 30. Of the 31 two-year-olds, Vampire Rose and Jockey Smitty Lee Oxendine had the quickest time to top the list of 10 that will vie for the final title.
Entering the gate for the fourth and final trial, Vampire Rose and Oxendine started their journey from post six. They were among the contenders early on in mid pack of the 300-yard dash as Wrs Whoseyourdaddy and Berkley Packer led the way. Vampire Rose made up some ground late in the race to hit the wire just a head before Wrs Whoseyourdaddy for the win, the first in the young career of the two-year-old daughter of Dashin MVP. Wrs Whoseyourdaddy finished second a neck ahead of Jess An Oak Tree LBH and Rolando Pina. The time on the tote board was :15.535 seconds.
Trained by John McCreary, Vampire Rose was making only her third career start. She is owned by Cooter Daniel and paid $18.00, $6.40, $3.60 across the board.
Other trial winners for the evening included Venita Two, Gran Cup and Wrs Against the Wind. The top 10 advancing to the final of the Heartland Futurity, with jockey and time includes: Vampire Rose (Smitty Oxendine, :15.535); Wrs Whoseyourdaddy (Berkley Packer, :15.553); Wrs Against the Wind (Berkley Packer, :15.556); Jess an Oak Tree LBH (Rolando Pina, :15.592); Switching Stones (Rolando Pina, :15.600); Kiss Me Free (Rodney Prescott, :15.622); VF Wheely Famous (Harold Collins, :15.683); Gran Cup (Rolando Pina, :15.714); RK Lady Corona (Cesar Esqueda, :15.733); and Jess a Dollar (Jose Davila, :15.735). Of the 10 in the final, trainer Joe Davis will saddle three while Leading Trainer Randy Smith will have two.
The Heartland Futurity Final will join the $100,000 Blue River Derby on the Saturday, July 30 card. The program will be part of the national PDJF (Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund) Racing Across America with several special activities involving the jockeys taking place. The jockeys will compete in several events throughout the night to raise funds and awareness for PDJF.