Month: November 2017

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino raised more than $47,000 to directly benefit Indianapolis-based Indiana Women in Need Foundation (I.W.I.N.). Although funds were brought in through a variety of programs including a Survivor’s Walk and Pink Out Night held on Saturday, Sept. 30, Indiana Grand’s special Give $10 Get $10 promotion raised nearly $45,000 of the total.

Team members of Indiana Grand join representatives of I.W.I.N. for a check presentation to the organization. Indiana Grand raised more than $47,000 for the entity during the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Photo provided)

On Thursday, Nov. 9, members of Indiana Grand’s marketing and guest service teams presented I.W.I.N. Founder and Executive Director Nancy Shepard a check totaling $47,235. The money will benefit dozens of women in Shelby and surrounding counties who are currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, and assist in transportation to appointments, meal preparation, groceries, gas, housekeeping, childcare, and more.

“I.W.I.N. is so excited to partner with Indiana Grand in our efforts to relieve the burdens for individuals with breast cancer,” said Nancy Shepard. “We know the entire team at Indiana Grand worked hard to make this month-long event a success and we are honored to share their efforts with the women and men we serve.”

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Two-time Indiana Horse of the Year Lady Fog Horn is retiring. The five-year-old homebred daughter of Zavata left Indiana Grand Tuesday, Oct. 31 to begin the next phase of her career in the brood mare ranks.

Lady Fog Horn and Katie Clawson rally home winners over Indiana Grand’s turf course in the final race of the talented mare’s career Tuesday, July 4. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 Lady Fog Horn made her first start at Indiana Grand August 23, 2014 for Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group and Trainer Tony Granitz. Her first win was recorded Oct. 11, 2014 in a $34,000 Maiden Special Weight with Malcolm Franklin aboard.

 Lady Fog Horn’s career really took off as a three-year-old when she won five of seven races, including four stakes races in Indiana before completing her season with a second place finish in the $100,000 Grade III Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. The talented Indiana bred filly returned at four with the same success, winning five of seven starts, including three Indiana stakes and topping the year off with a win in the Grade II $200,000 Fall City Handicap at Churchill Downs. Lady Fog Horn competed in four races in 2017, never finishing worse than third in any of those starts with her last outing a win over Indiana Grand’s turf course with standout apprentice rider Katie Clawson aboard.

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When horses enter the starting gate at Del Mar Saturday, Nov. 4 for the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the journey will mark a lifetime of work to reach that level for one jockey. Fernando De La Cruz, two-time leading jockey at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, will be making his Breeders’ Cup debut aboard Indiana bred Bucchero, starting from post 11 at odds of 12-1. The event is slated as Race 5 on the 12-race program with an estimated post time of 3:37PM EDT.

 

Fernando De La Cruz is five for five on Bucchero. The duo will step into the starting gate Sat. Nov. 4 for the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

De La Cruz is flying out of Indianapolis International Airport Thursday, Nov. 2 to meet up with the team behind Bucchero. Bucchero and his stablemate, Bullard’s Alley, flew to Del Mar Friday, Oct. 27 and they have been getting acclimated to the racetrack since that time. Trainer Tim Glyshaw also arrived in Southern California Friday. He and Doug Morley, Bucchero’s exercise rider for the past three years who also serves as a valet at Indiana Grand, have been caring for the pair of horses as they prepare for the Breeders Cup.

 “This is my first Breeders Cup and I’m a little excited,” said De La Cruz. “It’s also my first time to California. I send thanks to God and the owners of Bucchero and Tim Glyshaw for including me in this race.”

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