Instygator Establishes Himself As One To Beat In $333,010 Heritage Place Derby
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Instygator (white blinkers) puts his head to the finish line first over Vocalize (#4) to post the fastest qualifying time for the Grade 2, $333,010 Heritage Place Derby.


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 9, 2021—Instygator, as a 2-year-old, came within a neck of winning the All American Futurity last year. Therefore, it was no surprise when he put up the fastest qualifying time for the Grade 2, $333,010 Heritage Place Derby in trials Sunday night at Remington Park.

The gelded son of multiple stakes sire IVORY JAMES, out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Eye Popping, lost to the 2020 AQHA World Champion Whistle Stop Cafe by a neck in the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity on Sept. 7 last year. He looked every bit as fast Sunday night.

Runners in the first four trials on Sunday were putting up some sharp times, but the fifth trial was the one everyone wanted to see. Instygator didn’t disappoint, although one horse gave him all he wanted in the trial.

The winner broke on top and was soon in top gear, but runner-up Vocalize would not give up, pushing him to the wire. Instygator won by a head under the expert ride of three-time defending Remington Park champion jockey James Flores. Vocalize finished 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the rest of the field. Woodys Gold (5-1) ran third and qualified as the ninth fastest on Sunday.

Instygator topped all the 3-year-olds at Remington Park in the six trials with a time of :19.522 over the fast track for the 400 yards, good for a 94 speed index.

Vocalize was the second-fastest qualifier at :19.546, also earning a 94. Instygator was two necks away from winning arguably the two top races in the country as a 2-year-old last year – the All American and the Grade 1, $826,000 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park. He ran third in that spot to Shott Gun and Aint She Tempting.

Instygator is trained by Edelmiro Carrizales for owner Barboza Racing Corp. of Seagoville, Texas. He earned $5,784 for winning the trial and improved lifetime to $811,691 and would be approaching millionaire status if he were to win the final. First place in the Derby is $139,864.

He has won five-of-eight starts in his career and oddly enough, despite approaching $1 million in earnings, has yet to win a stakes race. Instygator is three-for-four at Remington Park, making $121,025 in Oklahoma City. He was bred in Texas by Bobby Cox.

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Sunday’s Heritage Place Derby trials were contested with tailwinds out of the northeast, ranging from 13-15mph.