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Indiana Grand’s 2016 Leading Owner Tony Cunningham picked up where he left off at the conclusion of the 2016 season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The Clarksville, Mich. native finished one-two in the first Quarter Horse race of the season Tuesday, April 18, scoring the win with A Splash of Royalty in the final race of the day, which was dedicated to the sprinters.

A Splash of Royalty and Giovanni Vazquez-Gomez got the win in the final step of the first Quarter Horse race of 2017. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post eight, A Splash of Royalty didn’t show quick speed from the gate, but quickly got into gear for jockey Giovanni Vazquez-Gomez just a few steps into the 300-yard dash. The four-year-old gelding found his best stride midway through the race and began closing the gap on the race leader Rhea Fire and Cesar Esqueda, also trained by Cunningham. In the final step of the race, A Splash of Royalty got a nose in front to take home the top prize over Rhea Fire, giving Cunningham a one-two finish in the first Quarter Horse race of the season. Sheza Rare Treasure and Reynier Arrieta rounded out the trifecta.