Jumpn Chick nabs field at finish line
It was the first display of superior Quarter Horse power of the season Wednesday, April 25 as several former Indiana champions competed in the 350-yard $20,000 allowance for three-year-olds and up. WH Kenny G got the nod as the race favorite in the nine-horse lineup but it was Jumpn Chick who got the last jump for the win with Shanley Jackson aboard.
Owned by Rose Bode, Jumpn Chick was a step slow out of the gate as Tip It Bac and Leonel Bolanos grabbed the early lead. Seven horses were spread across the track in the middle stages of the race leaving the win up for grabs until Fantastic Six Pack and Cesar Esqueda looked to be the one to beat from the center of the track. Jumpn Chick was closing in quickly on the outside and at the wire, timed her trip just right to win the contest by a nose over Fantastic Six Pack. Time to Get Rough and Fernando Fonseca-Soto finished another neck back in third. Less than three-quarters of a length separated the top seven finishers at the wire in a time of :17.867 seconds.
Jumpn Chick was a surprise winner in the race, paying $67.20, $24.80 and $12.40 across the board. It was the second win of the season for three-time leading Quarter Horse Trainer Randy Smith. Smith surpassed Ron Raper in 2017 as the track’s all-time leading trainer with 175 wins and more than $3 million in purse earnings coming into the 2018 racing season.
The victory for Jumpn Chick was her fourth career trip to the winner’s circle in 16 career starts. It was also her first out of the year as she increased her career bankroll to nearly $60,000.
Martha Claussen, nationally known Quarter Horse racing analyst, will be in attendance to help provide information about Quarter Horse racing and showcase the program in Indiana during the final all-Quarter Horse racing card of the season Saturday, Oct. 27. The Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will also provide $2 race wagers to the first 100 fans along with long-sleeved t-shirts. QHRAI will also host a special day Saturday, July 7 and Kevin Cox, known as the Bronx Cowboy, will be on hand to assist with handicapping and showcasing Quarter Horse racing.