Shez Bodacious, a daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Bodacious Dash owned by Brad and Patty Marshall, sprinted to a one-length victory in Wednesday's $108,800 Heartland Futurity at Indiana Grand.
Ridden by Natasha Fritz for trainer Tim Eggleston and racing against a reported 8-mph head wind, Shez Bodacious went 300 yards in :15.726. The sorrel filly earned $59,840 from her second win in three outs and first stakes score.
Shez Bodacious was bred in Texas by Johnny Trotter. An $8,500 purchase by the Marshalls at last year's Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City, the filly is out of Gotta Money Pop, a winning daughter of the Dash For Cash stallion Man In The Money.
Shez Bodacious set the second-fastest qualifying time with her victory in one of three trials on the Fourth of July.
“She didn’t break as well as she did in the trials, but she sure made up for it in the race,” said Fritz, a second-generation jockey who followed her mother, Julie Veltman, into Quarter Horse racing. “She kept on digging in.
"She has so much heart; you can feel it in her," the rider added. "It makes it extra special too because I broke her. Nobody else has ever sat on her but me.”
Shez Bodacious gave Eggleston his first-ever stakes victory at Indiana Grand.
"She’s been good from day one,” said Eggleston of Shez Bodacious. "She had some small issues early on, and we just took it easy on her, but she’s been great here.
"She was training well, and we decided to give the Heartland a whirl," he added. "She ran good in her first start and came back and ran really well in the trial. Then, today, she was even better. I’m really happy for the owners too. They got their first stakes win here last night with Stone Lake.”
Shez Bodacious' bankroll totals $69,140, all of which has been earned at Indiana Grand.
Heza Fumar Red finished second and was followed officially by Fancy Creole Queen, WRS Buster Brown, Non Compos, fastest qualifier Julias Dazzle, Lone Cartel, and Bp Fancy Lady.
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