Parti Favor wins Bradford Stakes
It was a big night for Trainer Joe Davis and Jockey Rolando Pina. The duo connected for three wins on the all-Quarter Horse card, including the tenth running of the $40,000 Bradford Stakes for three-year-olds running at a distance of 400 yards.
Starting from the outside post 10 in the full field, Parti Favor has been on his game this year, coming into the race off two impressive allowance wins at Indiana Grand. However, his task was tough as several stakes winners and divisional champions for the state of Indiana in the field. That didn’t hinder Parti Favor one bit.
Pina had Parti Favor focused as soon as the gates opened and it took him a few strides to get into gear, but once he did, he began to close in on the front runners. So did Pistolpacking Pepsi and Jose Beltran.
“I saw him (Pistolpacking Pepsi) and was watching him,” said Pina. “But I still had plenty of horse and kept him (Parti Favor) pretty snug until late in the race.”
Known for his closing speed, Pistolpacking Pepsi was getting revved up halfway through the race and had his sights set on front runner Stinkin Rich and Cristian Esqueda. Parti Favor was closing with every stride as well and in the end, he caught up and passed both of them to win by one and three-quarter lengths in a time of :19.600 seconds. The time was just shy of his track record performance in his last outing when he won in :19.467 seconds. Pistolpacking Pepsi was second followed by WH Design By Dash and Harold Collins, who moved up to third following a disqualification of Stinkin Rich for third.
“This little horse (Parti Favor) amazes us time after time after time,” said Davis, who also owns the four-year-old son of PYC Paint Your Wagon. “And if it wasn’t for everybody involved in our operation, we wouldn’t be where we are. It’s a team effort.”
Parti Favor paid $4.20, $2.80, $2.60 across the board as the favorite in the field. He is now three for six in 2016 and boosted his career earnings to more than $100,000 with the win. The Bradford Stakes was the first stakes win for Parti Favor and only the second stakes win for Davis and Pina, who earned their first career stakes victory together earlier this summer at Indiana Grand. It was also a new stakes record for the Bradford, besting the time turned in by Finche and Oscar Delgado during the 2013 race in a time of :19.640.
“Like Joe says, this horse (Parti Favor) is so little but he has such a big heart,” added Pina, who is currently leading the Quarter Horse standings for jockeys this season.
Davis and Pina also won the first two races of the evening, which were trials for the Heartland Futurity. Venita Two won the first while Gran Cup took home the top spot in the second race. Gran Cup qualified for the final, but Venita Two was the 11th fastest and will not advance to the final of the Heartland Futurity set for Saturday, July 30.
Four more all-Quarter Horse racing nights are slated for 2016 at Indiana Grand. The remaining dates, all Saturday evening programs, are Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. More than half of the stakes program still remains for the sprinters in Indiana during the last half of the meet. In all 20 stakes races with purses in excess of $1.5 million are offered for Quarter Horse stakes during the mixed meet at Indiana Grand.