2011 Heritage Place Futurity Results
Dr Charles Graham, the Robert W. Moore Family, Robert Gentry and the Bruce Gentry Family are the co-owners of Heritage Place. It was established by these horsemen in 1978 and is today a leading horse sales facility, built on forty acres of land. It boasts an indoor auditorium that is air-conditioned, a restaurant, a stunning arena and a staggering six hundred and forty stalls. It is also in close proximity of the Remington Park Racetrack, where the 2011 Heritage Place Futurity took place on Saturday night, 28 May 2011. It is a $1 million, Grade 1 event for quarter horses, and High Rate of Return showed off his extraordinary skill during the race.
The top two-year-old quarter horses were all lining up for the evening's events, with the Heritage Place Futurity being one of the main races. The favorite for the race was Mighty B Valiant, and both these contenders were up against horses such as PYC Cash, Paint Me Quickid, DM Strait Up, Country Chick Moons, Ranch Candy, Fast Prize Jordan and Rmiss Jessy. High Rate of Return did not really give anyone much of a chance on Saturday night, breaking from post 10 he was quick off the mark and to the lead from the beginning of the race. Trained by Ed Hardy, and sired by Mr Jess Perry, this talented horse held onto the leading position and set a very fast pace. Breaking from post 9, Mighty B Valiant put up a tremendous fight, and kept the pressure on High Rate of Return, but High Rate of Return was able to continue widening the gap, and won the Heritage Place Futurity by half a length. Larry Payne was teamed up with High Rate of Return, and was extremely happy with his mount’s performance, saying that there is nothing wrong with having good competition, but being where they were, made the win even better as they were exactly where they wanted to be. Payne also commented that after riding the horse a few times, he told Ed Hardy that he can feel they have a real winner, and it seems he was right.
It is Hardy's second consecutive victory at the Heritage Place Futurity. When he went to the horse auction where he saw High Rate of Return, he had a budget of $46 000. He used it wisely and spent it all on buying High Rate of Return, which he co-owns, as he forms part of the LMR 2011 group that owns the quarter horse. So far it has been money well spent, as High Rate of Return has won all three of his first career starts and they will now be looking at the All American Futurity.