04/17/2011 11:48AM

Remington: Mighty B Valiant overcomes rough start to take Remington Futurity

Dustin Orona Photography
Mighty B Valiant, ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., captures Remington Park Futurity for Quarter Horses.

Mighty B Valiant overcame trouble after the start, then closed fast for a three-quarter length win over Folley Del Rey in the $780,000 Remington Park Futurity for Quarter Horses on Saturday night. The race was the richest statebred futurity run, after being restricted this year to horses bred in Oklahoma.

Mighty B Valiant was the fastest qualifier for the Remington Park Futurity during two days of trials. He won his heat by 2 3/4 lengths, making him a solid favorite for the finale. But things did not start off too smoothly for Mighty B Valiant in the 330-yard Remington Park Futurity. 

“He had the squeeze put on him leaving the gate and he came out of that,” said G.R. Carter Jr., who was aboard for trainer Raymond Vargas. “[Folley Del Rey] must have left there getting it, he had the lead on us by probably a length but we just ran by him.

“He might be one of the best horses I’ve ever rode.”

Might B Valiant ($3) covered the distance on a track rated fast in 16.73 seconds. He earned $312,000 for the win, and is owned by You and Me Partners.

The race was one of seven stakes on the card for Quarter Horses.

Cold Granite Stone took the $280,000 Remington Park Derby by a neck over Passion for Corona. He covered 400 yards in 19.83 seconds, and paid $12.40. Bryan Ernst was aboard for trainer Michelle Hurdle.