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The $200,000-guaranteed Centaur Stakes, Indiana’s richest race on the turf, has drawn 40 nominations for the 12th running of the race set for Wednesday, Sept. 6. The race will be joined by three other stakes on the day, bringing a total of more than $600,000 on the program.


The Centaur Stakes has drawn 40 nominations with A J Foyt’s Colonelsdarktemper the most noted name on the list. Ironically, the 13th running of the A J Foyt Stakes, named in honor of the famed Indy Car driver, will be run on the same day as the Centaur Stakes Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The biggest name on the list is Colonelsdarktemper, winner of the $750,000 Grade III West Virginia Derby in his last start and second place finisher in the $500,000 Grade III Indiana Derby in the start before that. The three-year-old son of Colonel John has never raced over the turf in his brief career. Unraced at two, Colonelsdarktemper, owned by Hall of Fame Indy Car Driver A J Foyt, has only been worse than third twice this season in eight starts, scoring three wins and purse earnings in excess of $650,000. Foyt and trainer William “Jinks” Fires could be looking for a spot in the Midwest to get another start in before shipping out to tackle tough company on the dirt during the fall stakes.


Colonelsdarktemper (inside) and Jon Court rally home for a win at Churchill Down in late May. (Photo by Coady Photography)


by Jennie Rees, Eclipse Award Winning freelance writer


Of course trainer Jinks Fires was going to point Colonelsdarktemper toward Saturday’s $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand.

 For instance, there was a nice race for 3-year-olds last week at Prairie Meadows, the $250,000 Iowa Derby. But A.J. Foyt Jr.’s legend as the world’s greatest race driver — as Sports Illustrated declared him in 1981 — wasn’t fashioned by winning the Iowa Corn 300. Once the Foyt-owned Colonelsdarktemper finished second in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes won by the highly-regarded McCraken, it was a no-brainer to point the colt to the signature race at the track located 33 miles — a mere 13 laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway — from the home of the fabled Indianapolis 500.