Lady Fog Horn returns with authority

Lady Fog Horn, the 2015 Indiana Horse of the Year, was back in action Thursday, Aug. 4, making her trip around the turf course look like a romp in the park. The four-year-old daughter of Zavata rallied at the end of the allowance event to win by two and one-quarter lengths over open competition in the seven and one-half furlong race.

Starting from post two, regular jockey Albin Jimenez used just enough of Lady Fog Horn’s speed to scoot in behind front runner Sweet N Wicked and Rodney Prescott. From there, they followed along, hugging the rail on both turns. In the final turn, it looked as if racing room might become an issue for Lady Fog Horn but Jimenez took advantage of an opening along the inside and shot through, positioning themselves on the lead before the rest of the field could react. Halfway through the stretch drive, Heart’s Song and Brian Hernandez Jr. were the widest and made the best move to close the gap, but could not catch Lady Fog Horn, who was under wraps in her 10th career victory in 18 career starts. Heart’s Song did snag the second place position over Naked Bootleg and Richard Bracho.

Owned by Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, Lady Fog Horn is now two for three in 2016. Sickness sidelined her earlier in the year, but she proved that is all behind her with her latest win at Indiana Grand. She paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10 across the board as the favorite of the seven-horse field.

 Lady Fog Horn increased her career bankroll to more than $463,000 and securing a spot among the state’s top six all-time money winning performers. She is trained by Tony Granitz, who relocated a large portion of his operation to Indiana this past year. He is currently ranked among the track’s top 10 trainers for 2016.

The time of the race was 1:30.47.

The win aboard Lady Fog Horn was the third of the day for Jimenez, Indiana Grand’s defending leading jockey. Jimenez is currently in second place on the 2016 leader board behind Fernando De La Cruz, 2014 Leading Jockey. The Panamanian-born jockey also connected for a riding triple Friday, July 29 and has earned nine wins in the past six racing programs at Indiana Grand.