OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Jerry Windham's Stolis Winner outran his 24-1 odds to win the $1,106,320 Heritage Place Derby (G1) at Remington Park on Sunday.
Prepped by Heath Taylor and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, Stolis Winner covered 350 yards in :17.347, earning a career-best 105 speed index and breaking by 4/100ths the previous stakes record set last year by the late Southern Takes All. The victory was Taylor's second Heritage Place Futurity win, as the conditioner won the 2006 running of the rich race with First Carolina.
The fourth-fastest qualifier, Stolis Winner was bred by Windham, an AQHA Past President and resident of College Station, Texas. The gelding is one of 13 stakes winners from four crops sired by Stoli, a 10-year-old stallion by First Down Dash and the sport's champion 3-year-old in 2001 whose 326 starters have earned more than $5.05 million and include reigning champion aged stallion Ketel Won.
Stolis Winner's dam, Veva Jean, is a winning and Grade 3-placed daughter of Runaway Winner who has foaled two winners from three starters.
Stolis Winner's victory was his third in four races, and the winner's share of the stakes-record purse pushed his earnings to $472,167.
Fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite Jess Zoomin ran second, a half of a length behind Stolis Winner, and was followed by Miss Sin Tacha, Rarely Makes It Home, Corona Fireball, Streakin Six Cartel, Eyesa Dreamin, Sixy Royal King and Chilled Wine. Second-fastest qualifier Brimmstone was scratched.