HIGH VALUE OF RETURN, SON OF 2011 HERITAGE PLACE FUTURITY WINNER, PULLS OFF UPSET IN ALLOWANCE FEATURE RACE
High Value of Return, a son of 2011 Heritage Place Futurity winner High Rate of Return, shocked a field of stakes-placed runners in the feature race at 13-1 odds Sunday night at Remington Park.
High Rate of Return won the $1 million-plus ($1,029,950) Heritage Place Futurity and has served as a solid stallion for much of the last decade. This 2-year-old colt, out of the Kelly Kip (TB) mare Kips Little Clique, showed some of that ability Sunday in winning against stakes-placed horses this meet at Remington.
Jockey Daniel Torres got this colt to the wire first in the $13,600 allowance race at 330 yards. High Value of Return was facing Seven Tales, Ur El Modelo, Buford T and Ferarri B, all of whom had run second, third or fourth in stakes races this year. The best High Value of Return had done in stakes-company this season was run eighth, soundly beaten in the $100,000 Remington Juvenile on April 18.
High Value of Return, trained by Jonathan Chavira, entered the race with his maiden win, which came in a Remington Park Futurity trial on April third. He didn’t qualify for the final and then ran poorly in the Juvenile. He showed his best side Sunday with the high-paying score. The winning colt broke second from the gate and would not be denied at the wire, winning by a neck over Ferarri B (5-1). Ferarri B had just barely missed winning the $48,500 Laico Bird Stakes on April 18, losing by a head to Best of You.
Seven Tales, the fourth-place finisher in the $383,725 Oklahoma Futurity on March 21, was sent off as the 5-2 betting favorite in Sunday’s feature, but could only manage a seventh-place finish.
High Value of Return is owned and was bred in Oklahoma by Mark McPhail of Snyder, Okla.
Coronado’s Lady (7-1) got up for third, just a nose back of the runner-up, Ferarri B.
High Value of Return returned $28 to win, $12.80 to place and $7.40 to show to his backers. He completed a Primetime Pick 4 that also included PYC Wagon Princess (23-1) in the eighth race, Aside the Fire (7-2) in the ninth, and Miss Fly On Tac (6-1) in the 10th. The winners that had all four correct in the Pick 4 were rewarded with $9,341.30 for a payout.
High Value of Return stopped the timer at 330 yards in 16.834 seconds for a speed index of 89. The colt earned $11,944 and improved his record to two wins in four starts for a total bankroll of $25,044.
Remington Park racing resumes with a special five-night week of action from May 21-25, wrapping up the night of Memorial Day. A trio of stakes races headline the week, all on the Memorial Day card with the $50,000 FL Lady Bug Stakes, the $50,000 Boyd Morris Memorial and the $45,000 Jack Brooks Stakes. The first race every night during the holiday weekend is at 6pm-Central.
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