Jaguar Rocket Futurity
Jaguar Rocket Futurity
Nicole Florida's The Transmission, a black son of Freighttrain B and the second-fastest qualifier, earned his first stakes victory in Monday's $138,400 Jaguar Rocket Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Indiana Grand.
Saddled by Ricardo Martinez, The Transmission went 300 yards in :15.760, and his winning margin was a neck from fastest qualifier One Coldhearted Diva. Sergio Ramirez rode the colt, who pocketed $76,120 from his second win in as many starts.
“He (The Transmission) was better today,” said Ramirez. “I was surprised the day of the trial because it was his first career start, but today, I knew he would be even better.
"He hasn’t been difficult to work with at all," the rider added. "He’s very nice and quiet. He’s going to be a quick one.”
The Transmission made his debut with a victory in one of four Jaguar Rocket Futurity trials on the Fourth of July. The colt was bred by Basil McClain, and he is out of Shez At Home, a winning daughter of Rare Form and a finalist in the 2002 Heritage Place Derby (G1) at Remington Park. His second dam, the winning Pine's Easter Jet mare Jettin Home, ran second in the '90 Northlands Futurity (G2) at Canterbury Park.
“You can always see the seriousness in his eyes,” said McClain, who got his start in Quarter Horse racing in Oklahoma before relocating to the Chicago area. “He’s a very quiet horse and he’s still a stud colt. He’s naturally talented. You just point him in the right direction, and he’ll go.”
McClain also boards horses at his farm in the Chicagoland area, and to celebrate the start in the Jaguar Rocket Futurity, he had black shirts with The Transmission placed on them for the entire team. He’s had a lot of hope for The Transmission, even at an early age.
“My fiancé (Nicole Florida) actually chose to breed our mare to Freighttrain B, so she’s the owner,” said McClain. “He was originally named Heza Freighttrain B, but one day I was in the kitchen and was watching him out the window. He could switch gears so quickly. I actually called in and told them we need a name change. That’s when he became The Transmission.”
McClain added that The Transmission would be pointed to the Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) trials for Indiana-breds.
The Transmission has earned $84,370.
Unbound Patriot finished third, a half of a length behind The Transmission. Streakin James, Fire The Cartel, BV Fancy Free, Rock The Candy Wagon, Rock Candy Almighty, and Heza Fast Kisser completed the order of finish. Sixth-fastest qualifier Cranky Louise was scratched.
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