03/28/2013 4:42PM

Remington Park: Priceless Feature ready to hit Grade 1 level in Leo


Priceless Feature has had some close calls in Grade 1 races for Quarter Horses, and on Saturday night he will be a leading contender to nail down his first win at that level in the $100,000 Leo at Remington Park. He is part of a 10-horse field in the 400-yard for 3-year-olds and up that figures to produce starters for the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship on June 1.

Priceless Feature has been beaten a total of three-quarters of a length in his two Grade 1 starts. Ochoa, who now ranks as the all-time richest Quarter Horse, edged him by a head in the Grade 1 Rainbow last July at Ruidoso Downs. Priceless Feature's other Grade 1 appearance came in the Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park on Oct. 6. He was beaten a half-length, in what was his final start at 3, and his most recent out.

For his return, Priceless Feature shows a bullet 220-yard work in 11.25 seconds at Remington on March 13. He is returning to his favorite track Saturday, as he boasts a 6-for-9 record in Oklahoma City.

Priceless Feature will break from post 10. Andrew Samaniego has the mount for trainer Eddie Willis.

Willis will also send out Jess Lips, who was third by a neck in the Rainbow. The horse will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star Park on Sept. 29.

First Klas Fred leads the field in earnings as a Grade 1 winner of $557,623.