Captain BD surprises in Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby
Captain BD made his second start over Indiana Grand’s racecourse an impressive outing, rolling out early and never relinquishing his lead to win the $73,600 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby at Indiana Grand Saturday, July 9. The stakes race was one of the highlights of the second all-Quarter Horse racing nights at the track in 2016.
Starting from post seven in the full field of 10, Captain BD and Jockey Jose Davila came out of the gate clean and quickly went to the lead. The duo kept a strong hold of the top spot during the 400-yard dash and just when the late closers looked like they might be chasing down the leaders, Captain BD kicked into another gear and scored the mild upset by one and one-quarter lengths to win his first stakes of his career. TF Jess a Leader and Jose Beltran came up for second followed by Beyondthegamewagon and Shanley Jackson, who finished a neck back in third.
“I’m really excited to win this race and really excited about this horse (Captain BD),” said Davila, who is one of five jockeys that was recruited to Indiana from the Hialeah circuit this year. “I knew going into the race that he was good and had confidence to win.”
Davila has been aboard Captain BD three times now, winning two and finishing second once. The three-year-old son of Captain Courage is now three for five in 2016, with no finish worse than third. He more than doubled his career earnings with his win in the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, now possessing in excess of $66,000 for owner David Gonzalez. Victor Gonzalez earned his first win of the meet with Captain BD.
“This is a very honest horse,” said Gonzalez of Captain BD. “We tried him in the trials and he ran good. He came back tonight and ran good and we were lucky enough to get the win tonight.”
Captain BD paid $16.20, $6.60, $6.00 across the board. The time of the race was :19.587 seconds, a new stakes record, besting the mark set by Mavara Vegas and Jockey Jose Ruiz in a time of :19.807 seconds.