Quarter Horse stakes top $1.5 million in 2018

For the second straight year, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer more than $1.5 million in Quarter Horse stakes during the 2018 season. A total of 19 stakes will be provided for the sprinters during the 120-day racing season that spans April 17 through Nov. 7, 2018. Most racing programs offer at least one Quarter Horse race at the conclusion of the Thoroughbred lineup, and six days have been reserved during the season for all Quarter Horse racing.

Keen Liaison was one of the finalists for an AQHA Racing Champions award following her three-year-old season at Indiana Grand last year. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

The ninth running of the $150,000-added Gordon Mobley Futurity and the tenth running of the $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity share the distinction of offering the highest purse money for the year. Both races are for Indiana sired and Indiana bred Quarter Horses, respectively, with the Mobley Futurity set for Saturday, June 16 and the Little Futurity included on the Saturday, Oct. 27 racing program. In all, eight stakes will offer purses in excess of $100,000 during the 2018 racing season.

“Quarter Horse racing once again strengthened in 2017 at Indiana Grand,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing. “We saw some new horsemen competing in our stakes races and saw some really talented two and three-year-olds this year. In fact, we had a three-year-old Indiana bred filly, Keen Liaison, nominated for an AQHA Racing Champions year-end award at Heritage Place in January. There have been only a few Indiana breds nominated for this honor. With more than $1.5 million again in stakes purses for 2018, I believe we will continue to see growth in our Quarter Horse racing.”

Dates for all-Quarter Horse racing include June 2, July 7, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and Oct. 27. All dates are Saturday evening cards beginning at 6:05 p.m. EST.

The full list of Quarter Horse stakes for 2017 is available at www.indianagrand.com.