Tommy the Train strong in Governors Stake trials
Tommy the Train and David Pinon kicked of the first of four trials for the Governor’s Stake Saturday, Oct. 8 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino with an impressive Indiana debut, turning in the fastest time of :17.503 seconds. The freshman son of Freighttrain B will head to the $100,000-added final slated for the final all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2016 Saturday, Oct. 22.
Tommy the Train was a factor from the start. Pinon kept the gelding in contention from post two and battled early on with Shurr Furr and Fernando Fonseca-Soto before getting the edge and posting the win by two lengths in the 350-yard dash. Shurr Furr held his ground for second, just a head in front of Prudish Cartel and Cesar Esqueda for third.
The win was the second consecutive trip to the winner’s circle for the Missouri-bred Tommy the Train, who won his last start at Fair Meadows Tulsa in late July. Trained by Larry Sharp, Tommy the Train is now three for five lifetime for owners Brant and Jon Barley and Brad Sharp. He paid $7.40, $4.80, and $4.40 across the board.
The final Governor’s Stake trial produced the second fastest qualifier of the night as Damn Strait and Larry Payne rallied home for a comfortable win in a time of :17.525 seconds. The Texas-bred son of Dominyun had a one-length advantage over Eyes So Sweet and Alejandro Luna, who in turn, finished two lengths ahead of Lil Bit Jessi and Cristian Esqueda.
Also an Oklahoma shipper making his Indiana debut, Damn Strait paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10 as the race favorite. The sorrel gelding is owned by M.C. Stucks and trained by Rodney Reed.
Horses advancing to the final of the Governor’s Stake, with jockey and time, include: Tommy The Train (David Pinon, :17.503); Damn Strait (Larry Payne, :17.525); Eyes So Sweet (Alejandro Luna, :17.673); Switching Stones (Rolando Pina, :17.733); Keala Kennelly (Omar Reyes, :17.799); Shurr Furr (Fernando Fonseca-Soto, :17.854); Prudish Cartel (Cesar Esqueda, :17.873); Ladys Freighttrain B (Berkley Packer, :17.884); Tres Seis Delight (Cedar Esqueda, :17.894); and Wrs Whoseyourdaddy (Berkley Packer, :17.915). Of the finalists, Sacramento Chavez and Randy Smith will saddle two each for the final.