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The Indiana Derby is one month away and plans are already in the works for the 22nd running of the Grade II $500,000-added event that draws some of the best three-year-olds in the country to Central Indiana. Owners and trainers interested in running their horse in the Indiana Derby have to go through several steps before race day, and that process begins Friday, July 1.

Trainers are already looking at their options for the next start of their horses, and the Indiana Derby has great placement in the middle of July. Therefore, phone calls and workouts to prepare for a start in the Indiana Derby are already underway.

There is no nomination fee to get onto the list of potential starters for the Indiana Derby, but a horse must be nominated to the event by Friday, July 1. At that time, the racing office at Indiana Grand begins compiling a list of owners and trainers that have shown interest in the race, and normally the nomination list will contain more than 50 horses. With only 12 spots available in the starting gate for the Indiana Derby, the racing office begins contacting the best horses on the nomination list to create the final field for the post position draw Wednesday, July 13.