11/09/2014 9:24AM

Touchdown Arkansas holds off late charge to win maiden in Razorback Futurity


Touchdown Arkansas won his maiden Saturday night in the $50,000 Razorback Futurity at Remington Park, where the 29-1 longshot held off the 1-5 favorite Indygo Bo by 1 1/4 lengths. It was another five lengths back in third to All Aboard.

The Razorback was one of two Arkansas-bred stakes hosted by Remington on Friday night. In the $50,000 Lady Razorback, Patchofbadweather won by 1 3/4 lengths over Auntcris’sshoes. Both races were restricted to 2-year-olds bred in Arkansas.

Touchdown Arkansas ($61.60) was prominent from the start of the six-furlong Razorback. He dueled through an opening quarter in 22.66 seconds, shook his pace rival through a half-mile in 46.25, and held off a rail bid from Indygo Bo. Touchdown Arkansas covered the distance on a track rated “fast” in 1:11.19.

Bryan McNeil rode the winner for trainer Tom Howard.

Touchdown Arkansas was making the second start of his career following a 10th-place finish in his debut against open-company maidens Oct. 1 at Remington Park. He earned $30,000 for owners Lewis E. Matthews Jr. and Frank Fletcher Racing Operations.

Touchdown Arkansas is a son of Artie Schiller, and he was bred by Matthews.

In the Lady Razorback, Patchofbadweather won her maiden in what was her second career start. In her debut, she ran second in a maiden special weight Oct. 2 at Remington.

Patchofbadweather ($4.20) on Saturday night dueled through fractions of 21.90 for the opening quarter and 45.60 for the half-mile and held off a stretch charge from Auntcris’sshoes. Patchofbadweather covered six furlongs in 1:12.61.

Glen Murphy rode the winner for Flurry Racing Stables and trainer Karl Broberg.

Patchofbadweather is a daughter of Storm and a Half, and she was bred by John F. Anthony.