Tommy the Train rolls through in Governors Stake
Tommy the Train was impressive in his Governor’s Stakes trial for. He was even more impressive in the final of the 20th running of the $139,440 Governor’s Stakes Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of the all-Quarter Horse racing program at Indiana Grand. The top qualifier rolled to victory in the race, which is one of three original stakes races that began the first year of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana in 1997 held at Hoosier Park.
Starting from post four in the 10-horse lineup, Tommy the Train and jockey David Pinon had a slight misstep out of the gate that allowed others to grab an early lead. The Freighttrain B freshman quickly recovered and halfway through the 350-yard dash, he was making up ground on early leaders Wrs Whoseyourdaddy and Juan Galvan as well as Damn Strait and Rodney Prescott.
The power from Tommy the Train was very evident in the final strides as the gelding moved up for the win by a nose on the inside of Damn Strait in another photo finish between several horses at the finish line. Eyes So Sweet and Alejandro Luna rallied up along the inside to get the edge for third. The time of the race was :17.640 seconds.
“It takes a good horse to stumble and come back and pass horses like that,” said Pinon. “He (Tommy the Train) is a good horse and I’m very blessed to ride him. He ran a perfect race and you couldn’t ask for more.”
Tommy the Train paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.40 as the favorite. Owned by Brant and Jon Barley as well as Brad Sharp, he is now on a three-race win streak. The Missouri-bred had turned in all of his starts on Oklahoma tracks before shipping to Indiana for trainer Larry Sharp.
“He (Tommy the Train) is amazing,” said Sharp. “He just keeps getting better. I think he will be a real big three-year-old. His half sister (Sudden Separation) just ran second in the earlier stakes (Indiana Championships). If he lives up to her, he will be fine.”
Tommy the Train increased his career bankroll to just under the $100,000 mark with his win. He is now four for six in his career.
“I was a little worried about him being the fastest qualifier,” said Brant Barley. “Sometimes that’s not the best. But I thought if he could leave, he’d be right there.”
Tommy the Train will now get a break from racing, and Sharp says they will let him take some time off before they bring him back as a three-year-old.