Posture wins season opener
A recent claim by Trainer Genaro Garcia proved to be a quick return for owners Jana and Daniel Spears and Garcia’s Southwest Racing Stables in the season opener at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Tuesday, April 19. Posture, ridden by Apprentice Jockey Eduardo Gallardo, rallied home in the stretch to win the claiming event and kick off the 14th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.
Posture began his journey from post five in the seven-horse lineup running one mile. Gallardo was able to establish good positioning from the start between horses, keeping close to pacesetter Prado Dash and Richard Eramia. Around the turn, Posture began to pick up the pace and was in full gear for the stretch drive.
In the stretch, Posture dug in and rallied home the winner between horses by one-half length. Arboretum and Leandro Goncalves moved up the inside to finish second while Stormin Greeley and Jack Gilligan stayed close for third.
“He (Posture) really picked it up in the stretch,” said Gallardo. “He kept going. It’s a good feeling to get started with a win. I was here last year and I like it here.”
Posture paid $3.80, $2.40, and $2.20 as the race favorite. The five-year-old chestnut son by Flower Alley picked up his first win in four outings for 2016. It was his second start for Garcia.
“We claimed him (Posture) at Oaklawn this year and got one race in him there before coming back to Indiana,” said Garcia, who was a top 10 trainer at Indiana Grand last year. “The plan was to bring him here. I really like this horse and we are very happy with him so far. I’m glad to get the win here today. This is my track.”
Garcia has become a bigger presence on the Indiana circuit the past few years. This winter, he split his stable between Turfway Park and Oaklawn Park, but has brought both strings back together for the 120-day Indiana meet.
“We welcome all fans and friends joining us on track, through TVG and new this year, through the Las Vegas Sports and Racebooks,” said Jim Brown, President and COO of Centaur Gaming during an interview with Peter Lurie in the winner’s circle following race one. “It’s exciting to get the 14th season of racing underway and it’s a great way to start out the meet with full fields and 10 races on our opening day card.”
Brown was accompanied by Rod Ratcliff, Chairman and CEO of Centaur Gaming in the winner’s circle following race one along with Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager or racing and Rick Moore, vice president and general manager of racing at Hoosier Park. Peter Lurie interviewed the group about the start of the 2016 racing season at Indiana Grand.
“I want to thank the fans, horsemen and the racing commission for pulling this all together for racing this year,” said Ratcliff. “We all did a lot over the winter and without their help, we could not have done this.”
A good crowd was on track to enjoy racing and 70-plus degree weather. In addition, handle was up more than $200,000 for the day on nine Thoroughbred races and one Quarter Horse race compared to the opening day card in 2015.
Live racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:05 PM EST with Saturday racing beginning at 6:05 PM. The 120-day season runs through Saturday, Oct. 29. Thursday racing will be offered during the months of July and August from July 7 through Aug. 25 with a post time of 2:05 PM. The track’s signature event, the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby will be held Saturday, July 16. For more information on racing, go to the Website at www.indianagrand.com.