BS Special victorious in Governor’s Stake
Trainer Larry Sharp had a lot to cheer about in the final strides of the 21st running of the Governor’s Stake. He saddled three for the final and two of them were battling it out in the final strides for the win. BS Special was able to fend off La Vencedora right at the wire for the mild upset, giving Sharp a one-two finish in the race.
Starting from post nine in the 10-horse final, BS Special had earned her spot in the final by winning her trial, but all eyes were on La Vencedora, the fastest qualifier and the most celebrated horse of the field. La Vencedora, winner of the Grade II $1 million Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Futurity earlier this year, had a mild misstep out of the gate right to the inside of BS Special, giving Jockey David Pinon the early edge in the 350-yard dash.
It was clear halfway through the race that the top two were the ones to beat. Side by side, BS Special and La Vencedora began their battle, and neither filly was giving in an inch. Jockey James Flores had ridden both fillies to victory in the trials and it was no surprise he chose La Vencedora in the final. He was aware that BS Special would give it her all en route to the finish line and it would take a big effort to get by her. Although La Vencedora closed in during the final few strides, BS Special was able to maintain control of the race, winning by just the margin of a head at the finish over La Vencedora. All American Ease and Cristian Esqueda maintained positioning on the inside to finish a comfortable third in the race that stopped the timer in :17.740 seconds.
“I am surprised every time I ride this filly (BS Special),” said Pinon, who is now undefeated on her in three outings. “Every time, she has given me a little more. I got her out of the gate and looked over and La Vencedora looked like she slipped just a little. If it had been the other way around, I’m not sure what would have happened.”
BS Special, owned by Duane Murphy, paid $10.00, $4.00 and $3.20 across the board. The daughter of Freighttrain B is now five for seven lifetime. The homebred filly bred and raised by Barley and Sharp Farm of Missouri, now has more than $114,000 on her books for Murphy. She and La Vencedora have been stabled side by side at Indiana Grand since before the trials for the Governor’s Stake held Oct. 7.
“I’m pretty winded,” added Pinon during a post race interview with Martha Claussen, Wrangler Q-Racing Ace who was on hand to assist with the final all-Quarter Horse racing night of the 2017 meet. “She kept going after the wire. I had trouble pulling her up.”
Trainer Larry Sharp will return back to Missouri with trophies for three of the five stakes races on the card. In addition to his win with BS Special, he also saddled Tommy The Train to a win in the QHRAI Derby and Apollitical Man to a win in the Indiana Championship Stake. Sharp completes his 2017 season at Indiana Grand with an impressive stat line of eight wins in 12 starts for a 67 percent win percentage and an 83 percent top three percentage. Horses under his care have raked in more than $272,000 during the