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Another impressive performance landed Nachito Coronel in the winner’s circle at Indiana Grand. Now three for three in his brief career, the two-year-old son of Habits Secret scored the top spot in the ninth running of the $181.900 Gordon Mobley Futurity Saturday, June 16 in a stakes record winning time of :15.264 seconds.
Starting from post eight in the 10-horse final, Nachito Coronel made his presence known early in the 300-yard dash. The sorrel gelding took command of the race from the start and found a perfect path to the finish line, untouched by his rivals. He was a half-length winner over Abe and Aron Hunt, who tracked the leader well to finish second. Cruisin the Beach and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez rallied home to finish third.
“I feel very good about this race tonight and I’m very happy,” said Sergio Ramirez through interpretation by trainer Ricardo Martinez during a post race interview with Nancy Holthus, on-air paddock analyst. “Sergio lives in Georgia. He used to race at Hialeah but when they closed, he stopped racing. I was looking for a jockey for Indiana and a friend of mine suggested Sergio, so that is how he got back into racing.”
It was a perfect way for Owner Rose Bode to celebrate Father’s Day Weekend. Her horse, Daddys Moe, rallied home to win the 16th running of the $129,600 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Saturday, June 16, 2018.
Starting from post 10 in the 10-horse final, Daddys Moe broke well but didn’t appear to get an early advantage out of the gate. Hooked on Jordan and Luis Guerrero grabbed the early lead from the center of the track and was in prime position for the final strides. However, they had not felt the strength of Daddys Moe until the final strides. He picked up momentum and cruised by his opponents to win by one-half length. He was tracked closely on the inside by stablemate Coronados Quiksilver, ridden by James Flores. The duo finished second by two lengths over Hooked On Jordan for third. The time of the 300-yard dash was :15.394 seconds, a new stakes record for the Jaguar Rocket Futurity. The previous stakes record was set in 2014 by Stinkin Rich and Aron Hunt in a time of :15.524.
Jon Schuster, longtime vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand, was honored by the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) during the first of six all-Quarter Horse racing nights in 2018. The special recognition award was presented to Schuster following the fourth race of the night.
“I am truly surprised and so honored,” said Schuster. “I want to thank the QHRAI for this honor and for making my life better over the years. They have enthusiastically lifted up what we do here and made Quarter Horse racing so much better. It continues to grow every year.”
Paul Martin, president of the QHRAI, made the presentation. He was joined by Dianne Bennett, executive director of the organization along with James Noel, longtime director of QHRAI. Kevin Greely, director of racing, was also on hand for the presentation.
“We want to recognize Jon (Schuster) for his work with QHRAI over the years,” said Martin. “We appreciate all of his efforts and his friendship over the years to help promote Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana. This special recognition award symbolizes our gratitude for what he has done for us.”
Daddys Moe and Jockey Jose Beltran turned in the quickest time in three trials to set up the $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final slated for Saturday, June 16. A total of 27 horses vied for a spot among the top 10 to return for the final.
Daddys Moe was the dominant force of the second trial of the night. The Carters Cartel gelding rolled out of the gate with speed and never looked back, fending off a fast closing Rarely A Tres and Cesar Esqueda for the win by a margin of a neck in a time of :15.500. Yadi 1 and Aron Hunt also closed well to finish third.
Trained by Randy Smith, Daddys Moe earned his first career win in only his second start. He is owned by his breeder, Rose Bode.
It was a fight to the finish in the fourth running of the $90,100 Harley Greene Derby Saturday, June 2 as Beach Mercedes and Jose Beltran snagged the win away from Kitty Sixup and Samuel Mendez in the final stride of the 350-yard dash. The race was the featured event on the eight-race card, marking the first all-Quarter Horse racing night at Indiana Grand.
Starting from post nine, Beach Mercedes broke well from the outside in the 10-horse lineup but it was the inside horses that appeared to be strong on the lead. Beach Treat and Aron Hunt had the early advantage over DNA Dalesblackbueaty and Rodney Prescott and Sixes Loaded to Fly and Cesar Esqueda. Beach Mercedes was alone on the outside and began making her move midway through the stakes. It appeared she would roll by the competition with authority until Kitty Sixup also had the same strategy in the center of the track.
There was little surprise on qualifiers for the Gordon Mobley Futurity trials Saturday, June 2. Four trials featuring 33 starters kicked off the first of six all-Quarter Horse racing nights at Indiana Grand and the heavy favorites were victorious in all four events.
Leading the charge as the fastest qualifier was in the final trial as Nachito Coronel continues to be impressive. The two-year-old son of Habits Secret started from the outside post eight and appeared to need a few steps to get his footing before getting in gear. Jockey Sergio Ramirez got Nachito Coronel up into contention for the top spot about halfway through the 300-yard dash before pulling away to an easy victory by one and three-quarter lengths in a time of :15.497 seconds. Famous Cucuy and Alejandro Luna held their own along the inside for second, just a neck ahead of Above the Brimm and Jose Beltran for third.
Seven trials for the Gordon Mobley Futurity and the Jaguar Rocket Futurity will dominate the eight-race card that kicks off the first all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2018 at Indiana Grand. The Mobley trials are slated as the first four races on the card with the Jaguar Rocket trials taking center stage in races five through seven. First post for the evening is 6:05 p.m.
Of the 34 two-year-olds entered for the Mobley Futurity trials, only two have visited the winner’s circle. Stoneburner from the Randy Smith barn will kick off the action in the first Mobley trial in race one. The Brimmstone gelding, owned by Gerald Keesling was a winner in his racing debut May 9 to break his maiden in a time of :15.926 in the 300-yard dash. Stoneburner will be ridden by Jose Beltran from post four and is the even favorite of the nine-horse lineup.
Eight races will be featured on the first all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2018 at Indiana Grand Saturday, June 2, including the $90,100 Harley Greene Derby. Slated as the final race on the card, the event tags DNA Dalesblackbueaty as the favorite of the 10-horse field.
Starting from post two, DNA Dalesblackbueaty led early on in her trial before being caught at the wire by Kitty Sixup to finish second. The three-year-old daughter of Brookstone Bay will be ridden once again by Rodney Prescott in the final at odds of 5-2 for Indiana Grand’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer Randy Smith and DNA Quarter Horses.
Smith will saddle four in the Greene Derby final, including the second choice on the morning line, Beach Mercedes, who begins her quest from post nine with Jose Beltran aboard. The Escondido Beach filly was an easy winner in her trial and will seek her second win of the season in her third start for owner-breeder Sheri Miller.
To say WH Design by Dash has a late kick is an understatement. The running style of the big chestnut is well known around Indiana and at the age of seven, he can still deliver a blow to a field in the final strides. That’s exactly what he did in the ninth running of the $84,800 Born Runner Classic Saturday, May 26 at Indiana Grand.
Starting from post nine in the talented 10-horse lineup, WH Design By Dash and Gerardo Garrido broke well, but did not get an early look by many in the 400-yard dash. His stablemate, HH Kentucky Krome and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez used their customary early speed to get a nose in front early as DHD Nunzlo and Natasha Fritz led the field along the outside in the early stages of the race. Halfway through the stretch, race favorite Beach Cartel began to power forward for Jose Beltran and looked as if he would be the one to catch. It wasn’t until a few strides more that WH Design by Dash began to emerge as a threat and was rolling at the end, capturing his second straight title in the Born Runner Classic. Beach Cartel finished three-quarters of a length back in second, just a neck in front of DHD Nunzlo, who held gamely for third.
It’s the first true test of Quarter Horse power for the 2018 racing season at Indiana Grand as the ninth running of the $84,800 Born Runner Classic takes the spotlight Saturday, May 26. Ten of the state’s best older horses will go to battle in the final race of the night at a distance of 400 yards featuring many champions from the Indiana breeding program.
The favorite of the field is Keen Liaison, a four-year-old daughter of Sixes Liaison. “Keenie” as she’s known in the Erin Thompson barn, had one previous start to prepare for the Born Runner Classic and had a bad start, which took her out of the race early on. Her regular jockey, Ronald Hisby, was involved in an incident on the track earlier in the day and was unable to ride. However, Hisby will be back aboard to ride Keen Liaison at odds of 3-1 from post two for owner James Black.