Mavara Vegas wins Indiana Grand Classic with authority

Mavara Vegas was tough to beat at Indiana Grand last year as a three-year-old. She returned for her first start in Indiana for 2016 and was even tougher, winning the sixth running of the $49,680 Indiana Grand Classic running at a distance of 400 yards Saturday, June 25.

Starting from post two, Mavara Vegas and Jockey Alejandro Luna had a good start and was in the action early, holding their own on the inside as the field got rolling. Halfway through the race, the chestnut daughter of FDD Dynasty began to get more aggressive and began to pull away, reaching the finish line by one length over Scandalia and Rolando Pina along the inside. A Royal Fling and Omar Reyes rounded out the trifecta.

“After Indiana last fall, we took her (Mavara Vegas) to Florida and she got injured,” said Trainer Sacramento Chavez. “It took us the whole meet to get her back and she didn’t run well there. But she’s one of those types that is born to run. She’s very happy when she goes out to the track. In fact, she’s mean in the stall and very tough to work with. She just likes to work and loves to run.”

Mavara Vegas is now four for five lifetime over Indiana Grand’s racetrack. She pushed her career earnings to more than $167,000 for owner Alejandro Medina.

Mavara Vegas, the favorite of the field, paid $3.60, $2.80, $2.40 across the board. The winning time of the Indiana Grand Classic was :19.806 seconds, the third stakes win for Mavara Vegas at Indiana Grand. It also marks a new stakes record for the race, besting last year’s record time of :19.890 seconds turned in by Beach Runner and Jose Beltran.

“She (Mavara Vegas) broke in front and she went easy tonight,” said Luna, who has been riding the mare in her last few starts at Remington Park. “It’s tough down there (Remington Park). She was good here tonight.”

The next all-Quarter Horse racing night is set for Saturday, July 9. The evening will feature the finals of $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, the $40,000 Bradford Stakes and trials for the Heartland Futurity and the Blue River Derby. Also, Denis Blake of the Wrangler Q-Racing Aces, will be trackside to provide handicapping tips on Quarter Horse racing with free $2 race wagers while supplies last. The evening will also include several family friendly activities such as face painting, a bounce house, strolling entertainment and performances by the Circle City Cloggers.