Stinkin Rich tops list of qualifiers for Woodard Memorial
Two trials for the upcoming $75,000 Bob Woodard Memorial Classic were held Saturday, Aug. 13 during the third of six all-Quarter Horse racing nights at Indiana Grand. Stinkin Rich and Rolando Pina won their trial in the fastest time, posting :19.839 seconds on the board for the 400-yard dash.
Starting from post six in the seven-horse lineup, Stinkin Rich had a good start and had his eye on the prize from the beginning. He was able to establish himself as the horse to catch over the sloppy track, and although several opponents made attempts to catch him late in the race, he prevailed, winning by three-quarters of a length. WH Design By Dash and Harold Collins finished second over Pistolpacking Pepsi and Jose Beltran for third.
Owned by Carolyn Bruce, who also bred the grey One Famous Eagle gelding, Stinkin Rich recorded his fifth career win in 12 starts, but his first of the year in 2016. The four-year-old was a standout two-year-old in the state of Indiana before experiencing an injury which sidelined him from racing for several months. Now under the care of trainer Matt Frazier, Stinkin Rich appears to have moved back to his previous form that earned him in excess of $200,000 in career earnings.
Stinkin Rich paid $7.60, $4.40 and $2.20 across the board as the race’s second favorite. It also gave Bruce two wins on the card. She is also the owner and breeder of CB Come Fly With Me, the fastest qualifier for the $100,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity held earlier in the night.
The top 10 qualifiers for the Woodard Memorial Classic final, with jockey and time, are: Stinkin Rich (Rolando Pina, :19.839); Beach Cartel (Berkley Packer, :19.863); Tinys First Pepsi (Eduardo Gallardo, :19.868); WH Design By Dash (Harold Collins, :19.968); Absolut Teller (Giovani Vazquez –Gomez, :19.969); Pistolpacking Pepsi (Jose Beltran, :20.020); Beach Runner (L.D. Martinez, :20.195); Beach Meter (Shanley Jackson, :10.196); Executive Call (Jose Ruiz, :20.346); and Taters Rare Pappa (Alex Estrada, :20.399). Trainers Randy Smith and Ron Brown each qualified two for the final on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Three additional all-Quarter Horse nights are slated for 2016. The next all-Quarter Horse racing night is set for Saturday, Sept. 10 followed by Saturday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 22. The final Quarter Horse night will feature four stakes races, capping off a season that has boasted 20 stakes in all for sprinters with purses in excess of $1.5 million.