05/27/2009 11:00PM

Willis has half of Heritage Place at Remington


The road to Saturday night's Grade 1, $1,107,000 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park in Oklahoma City will go through trainer Eddie Willis. He has five of the 10 starters in the 350-yard race, which heads a seven-stakes card worth more than $2 million.

Also on the card, First Moonflash, who has set world records at Sunland Park in New Mexico in each of his last four starts, will attempt to win his eighth consecutive race in the Grade 1, $200,000 Remington Park Invitational.

Willis has the fastest qualifier, Too Tiny to Quit, for the Heritage Place, which is the richest race in Oklahoma. She won her May 8 trial in 17.50 seconds, by 1 1/2 lengths. There were also trials for the race on May 9, and the top qualifier on that date was Endless Delight, who won her trial in 17.55 seconds for trainer Heath Taylor.

Willis's other starters in the Heritage Place are Happy Trick, Streakin Down, Ragazzo, The Hiway.

First Moonflash set the world record for 400 yards back in December, when he won the Grade 1 Championship at Sunland in 18.73 seconds. He proceeded to set the mark for 350 yards, 16.71, on March 15, and 440 yards, 20.68, on March 28, before lowering his own 440-yard mark last out in the Grade 1 New Mexico Challenge Championship. First Moonflash covered the distance in 20.27 seconds on April 12, and will again be traveling 440 yards in the Invitational.

His competition includes Illegal Memories, winner of the Grade 1 Oklahoma Challenge Championship at Remington on May 10.