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Tres My Heart was the seventh fastest qualifier of the field, but proved to be the quickest to the wire Saturday, July 7 to earn the win in the $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. Ridden by Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, Tres My Heart stopped the timer in :20.020 for the 400-yard dash.

Tres My Heart gave jockey Giovani Vazquez-Gomez his first career stakes win Sat. July 7 in the $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Tres My Heart, making only her second career start, had a clean break from the gate and seemed focused from the start. The three-year-old Oklahoma bred daughter of Heart of the Cartel grabbed a short lead and became the horse that the rest of the field would have to catch in the final portions of the race. Several were closing in at the wire, but Tres My Heart held her ground, winning by a neck over Flight To La Jolla and Shanley Jackson. BS Special, ridden by Berkley Packer, rounded out the top three finishers.

“I had faith in her,” said Vazquez-Gomez through his wife, Jessica, who served as the interpreter. “She had many mistakes in her first start. She started in post three last time and ended up moving down and running in the one path. I saw that she had more in her that night. I’m not surprised she won.”

A surprise to the betting public, Tres My Heart paid $20.00, $7.60 and $2.80 across the board. She broke her maiden in the stakes race for her owner Maria Stephany Chaparro and her trainer Hector Sanchez.


Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will host the second of six all Quarter Horse racing nights Saturday, July 8. The eight-race evening dedicated to the sprinters includes two stakes races, the $81,500 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby and the $52,900 Bradford Stakes, along with six trials leading up to $50,000 Heartland Futurity and the $100,000 Blue River Derby.

Jess Kool Lady and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez have been tagged as the heavy favorites of the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. The pair will attempt to win their first stakes race in the 400-yard dash. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 Heading the list of entrants for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby is Jess Kool Lady, who nearly established a new track record in her trial leading into the race. The quickest of the preliminary rounds, Jess Kool Lady was a three and three-quarter length winner under the direction of Indiana Grand’s Leading Quarter Horse Jockey Giovani Vasquez-Gomez. The three-year-old Apollitical Jess filly is owned by Enrique Ibarra and trained by former Indiana Grand jockey Victor Olivo.


Jess Kool Lady and Giovani Vasquez-Gomez turned in the quickest time of two trials on the Saturday, June 24 racing program at Indiana Grand. The duo covered the 400-yard dash in a time of :19.551 seconds, winning by open lengths.


Jess Kool Lady and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez were super impressive in their trial for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby Saturday, June 24. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post three in the 10-horse field, there was close quarters on the inside, but Jess Kool Lady was so quick out of the gate, she was able to shoot out in front of any bumping and grab an impressive early lead. The three-year-old Apollitical Jess filly was unstoppable, at one point leading the way by nearly five lengths ahead of the pack before coasting under the wire for the victory by three and three-quarter lengths. American Hustler and Jose Ruiz rallied up for second followed by Inundated and Juan Galvan for third.

 The win in the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby trials marked the fifth win in seven career starts for Jess Kool Lady. She is owned by Enrique Ibarra and trained by Victor Olivo, who is in his second year as a trainer after retiring as a jockey after the 2015 season.


A driving rainstorm didn’t deter Jess Kool Lady from displaying her best stride at Indiana Grand Friday, April 28. The three-year-old daughter of Apollitical Jess completed the 350 yard distance in a time of :17.384 seconds to establish the new mark.

Jess Kool Lady and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez established a new track record for 350 yards Friday, April 28. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Jess Kool Lady and jockey Giovani Vasquez-Gomez began from post two in the impressive field of 10 starters that included several stakes winners. The duo made their presence known early in the race and rallied home on the inside to win by one-half length over My Royal Wagon and Harold Collins. WH Kenny G and Rodney Prescott rounded out the trifecta.

Owned by Enrique Ibarra, Jess Kool Lady earned her third career win in four starts for trainer Victor Olivo. Olivo, who retired from riding in 2015, converted over to training last season and has already seen success from his small stable. Jess Kool Lady had two wins in three outings at Indiana Grand as a two year old last fall. Olivo then traveled to Oklahoma for the Oklahoma Derby trials at Remington Park in early March, turning in the fastest trial time before finishing fourth in the Grade III $250,000 final two weeks later.


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.