Bird Train Qualifies on First Night of $1.154 Million Heritage Place Futurity Trials
Bird Train, under jockey Alfredo Triana Jr., winning the fourth Heritage Place Futurity trial on Friday night at Remington Park.
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 12, 2017—Two-time winner Bird Train prevailed over fellow qualifier Nymeria on the first night of trials for the Grade 1 $1,154,700 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park. Winning the fourth trial of 12 on Friday night, the 2-year-old gelding covered 350 yards over a fast track in 17.686 seconds to record the third fastest qualifying time.

Matthew Eck owns-and trains the 2-year-old son of multiple stakes sire FREIGHTTRAIN B from the Call Me Together mare Laico Bird Chic. Alfredo Triana, Jr. had the riding assignment.

Bred in Oklahoma by Jimmy Jones, Bird Train bounced off a 10th place troubled effort in the Oklahoma Futurity trials to break his maiden by two-lengths on April 14th at Remington Park.

Eck paid $17,500 for Bird Train at the 2016 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. He has banked $19,122 this season.

The Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity, the richest horse race in Oklahoma, will be held on June 3. For the group of five finalists from Friday night trials, including their times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

Another dozen trials for the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity will take place Saturday night at Remington Park, May 13 to qualify the second group of five for the richest race in Oklahoma. The first race Saturday is at 6pm.