Sunday’s feature race is the $72,300 Gopher State Futurity. The 10 fastest 2-year-olds from trials held July 28 race 350 yards in the third of 11 races on a card that also includes The 1889 Futurity with a $15,000 purse and the $25,000 Skip Zimmerman Memorial.
The two fastest qualifiers to the Gopher State, Royal Cash Flash (3-1) and Left Town (9/2), drew posts one and two respectively. Jockey Nik Goodwin qualified both A Valiant Diamond and Nanyehi. On Sunday he will ride Nanyehi, breaking from post 10. Froylan Ramirez gets the call on A Valiant Diamond. Both are trained by Pat Swan.
Leading trainer Jason Olmstead will saddle both Tipsy Girl B and A Tres of Sign. Olmstead’s go-to rider Cristian Esqueda rides A Tres Sign from post nine.
“I like where I drew,” Olmstead said. “I’ve got two good fillies.”