DNA Dales Prospect wins Jaguar Rocket Futurity
An outside post proved to be the perfect place for DNA Dales Prospect to display his talents on the track at Indiana Grand Saturday, June 18. The two-year-old Coronas Prospect gelding roared to the lead in the late stages to take the top prize in the $130,600 Jaguar Rocket Futurity.
Ridden by Berkley Packer, DNA Dales Prospect broke without incident and was amongst the pack as the field of nine moved through the early stages of the 300 yard dash. Halfway through the race, it appeared DNA Dales Prospect extended his stride and kicked into gear for a strong finish, running down CB Come Fly With Me and Rolando Pina by a neck at the finish line. Chics Dirty Secret and Rodney Prescott was one-half length back in third. DNA Dales Prospect covered the distance in a time of :15.681 seconds.
“He (DNA Dales Prospect) got the lead about 100 yards in,” said Packer, who was aboard for the first time. “He ran a big race tonight.”
DNA Dales Prospect was making only his second career start. He was a winner in his Jaguar Rocket trial to place himself as the favorite of the field, paying $6.00, $3.80, $2.60 across the board. DNA Dales Prospect is owned by Donna and Noel Alexander’s DNA Quarter Horses of Central Illinois. Randy Smith, Indiana Grand’s leading trainer for the third straight season, conditions the horse for the Alexanders.
“We’ve had horses for them (the Alexanders) for three years now,” said Debbie Smith, Randy’s wife, who is very active with the stable. “We had this horse (DNA Dales Prospect) in Florida at the training center and we have liked him from the beginning. He’s just an awesome horse and so smart. We have nothing but good things to say about him.”
DNA Dales Prospect received a hefty paycheck for his win in the Jaguar Rocket, increasing his career bankroll to nearly $75,000 in only two career starts. The Indiana bred Quarter Horse is now two for two in his brief career.
Of the two Quarter Horse stakes races on the card, Smith saddled five horses, including three in the Jaguar Rocket. He finished first and third, also training Chics Dirty Secret. His other entrant, WH Secretive, ridden by Shanley Jackson, was pinched back at the start and was not a factor.