Month: July 2015

By Sherry Pinson, special correspondent for Indiana Grand

High Dollar Woman lived up to her name in the 20th running of the $200,000-added Indiana Oaks (G2) at Indiana Grand Saturday, July 18, setting all the pace over the sloppy main track to score at odds of 15-1 under jockey Joe Rocco Jr.

High Dollar Woman and Joe Rocco Jr. sail home for the win in the 20th running of the Grade II $200,000 Indiana Oaks Saturday, July 18. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

High Dollar Woman and Joe Rocco Jr. sail home for the win in the 20th running of the Grade II $200,000 Indiana Oaks Saturday, July 18. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Breaking from post two in the field of nine, High Dollar Woman was second out of the gate, found herself on the lead and never looked back in the 1-1/16 mile race for three-year-old fillies. Sweetgrass tracked her all the way around and stayed in to finish a length back in second, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of 2-1 favorite Oceanwave in third. After setting textbook fractions of :24.21, :48.04 and 1:12.32, High Dollar Woman clocked the mile in 1:37.03 and finished in 1:43.49.

“I thought the five (All Day Alice) would be on the lead,” Rocco said, “but I hustled (High Dollar Woman) out of there a little bit and then she was just there in the front. I let her get comfortable and she had plenty to come home for the drive. I thought we’d be close—not necessarily in front, but that’s how it worked out. She was coming off a sprint race (June 26), kind of a prep for this, and she needed that; (trainer) Steve (Hobby) said she was training really forwardly after that race, so she was coming into this race fantastic. She was on the bit, I found a tire track to put her in, and she did her thing. I think Steve is a tremendous horseman and he did a great job getting her ready.”

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