Heritage Place Futurity

Heritage Place Futurity

Fastest overall qualifier San Lencho wins Oklahoma's richest horse race.

San Lencho. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

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Fastest overall qualifier and 7-5 favorite San Lencho kept his perfect record intact with a three-quarter length win in Saturday's Grade 1, $1,207,640 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park.

Prepped by Waylan Melton for owner Rogelio Marquez Jr. of Rosenberg, Texas, San Lencho covered 350 yards in :17.336 while recording a 99 speed index. Juan Pulido rode the homebred Apollitical Jess colt, who banked the $507,209 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score.

San Lencho was bred in Texas, and he was coming off of a clear 1 3/4-length victory in the last of 12 Heritage Place Futurity trials on May 15, the second of two days of trials.

“The horse made a huge run today,” Pulido said of San Lencho. “He was perfect from the gate.”

San Lencho made his run from post 10, and the colt's trainer was pleased with the draw.

“All week long I was excited when I saw we drew outside,” said Melton, who qualified three finalists to Oklahoma's richest horse race, including second-fastest overall qualifier Flyn Electric Cowboy and fifth-fastest overall qualifier Pyc Legacy. “I really felt good. He has been getting better and better every race.

"Someone asked me who I thought would win of my three, and I told them I thought any of the three had a chance," he added.

San Lencho has won all three of his races and has earned $526,826.

MFS Cheerio, the fastest qualifier from the first day of trials on May 12, was fractious in the gate, broke slowly, was squeezed back early and finished last.

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