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Indiana Grand’s Racing Club, Grand Gesture Stable, will officially start its second season of racing Wednesday, May 16. Bold Concept, the three-year-old Indiana sired filly by Deputy Storm, who stands at R Star Stallions in Anderson, Ind., will make her first start for the stable in the afternoon’s eighth race.
Bold Concept made her 2018 racing debut April 18 for former owner-trainer Cipriano Contreras, finishing second. She was purchased by Grand Gesture Stable following that race and is now in the barn of Anthony Granitz, trainer for the Stable. Bold Concept is stabled directly by last year’s Grand Gesture Stable horse, AJ Pacer, who was purchased privately at the end of the 2017 racing season by three of the original members of Indiana Grand’s Racing Club.
“She (Bold Concept) is a real sweetheart,” said Granitz. “She loves peppermints and if all goes well, we hope she can break her maiden for Grand Gesture Stable next Wednesday.”
Bold Concept will be reunited with jockey Santo Sanjur, who rode her to her second place finish this spring. The duo will start from post position 10 in the $34,000 Indiana sired Maiden Special Weight. The race will be contested at a distance of six furlongs and has an estimated post time of 5:25 p.m.
The odds have always been against Lookout Angel. From an injury as a foal that left a disfigurement to long odds on the board, it appears Lookout Angel is always trying to beat the odds. But she got the best of those odds Saturday, May 5, surprising a field of six by fighting off late challengers to take home the win in the Indiana sired $11,000 Waiver Claiming event at Indiana Grand, paying $19.00 for the win.
Starting from the outside post six, Lookout Angel, with Alex Canchari aboard, was in the mix early in the six-furlong race. She tracked the leaders before taking over the top spot in the stretch and fought off challenges from both the inside and outside. Tornada and Fernando De La Cruz were not backing down without a fight on the inside and Darlene’s Delight and Richard Bracho were coming at the top two with all she had on the outside. In the end, Lookout Angel was able to fight both of them off for the win by one-half length. Tornada won the close photo with Darlene’s Delight for second.
John Napariu, horse owner, handicapper and frequent contest player at Indiana Grand, has won the 2018 Road to the Derby contest. The contest, which began Saturday, Feb. 3, covered 10 weeks of action and included 18 races from tracks across the United States. Napariu topped the field with 52 points, just one point ahead of Kenny Peacock, who finished second. Dave Stroud finished third with 49 points.
A native of New Palestine, Napariu played in all 10 weeks of the contest to earn an additional 5,000 Club Centaur Rewards points. He was a consistent player and among the top 10 from day one, but it was his choice in the $200,000 Grade III Jeff Ruby Steaks (formerly known as the Spiral Stakes) at Turfway Park March 17 that changed the whole landscape of the contest.
“It was my pick in the Spiral Stakes (Jeff Ruby Steaks) that flipped the standings and put me in the lead,” said Napariu. “Everyone that week was going with the chalk (Hazit) and I went off the chalk and picked a 10-1 shot (Blended Citizen). Up to that point, it was nip and tuck. After that, everyone seemed to go with the same horses and they just happened to win but that one race gave me a lead over them.”
Napariu earned the top prize of $1,500 for his win in the Road to the Derby contest, which concluded Saturday, April 14 with the Grade I Arkansas Derby. Napariu picked seven of the 18 races correctly, and chose the winning horse in four out of the last five weeks of the competition to retain his lead in the standings. Peacock received $600 for second while Stroud won $250 for third. The top five places received rewards with Tony Fannin finishing fourth for $100 and Karen McGuinness completing the top five finishers for $50.
Express Charge with apprentice jockey Edgar Morales charged home in the stretch to win the season opener Tuesday, April 17 at Indiana Grand. The race kicked off the 120-day racing season that extends to Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Starting from post five in the nine horse lineup used early speed out of the gate to get good positioning along the inside as Gibsons Tricky Boy and DeShawn Parker rallied from the outside to secure the lead. Noble Sowle and Rodney Prescott also chose early speed tactics and tracked the top two on the outside during the five and one-half furlong event. In the stretch, Express Charge moved up for a one on one challenge with Gibsons Tricky Boy for the drive home. Midway through the stretch, Express Charge had a clear path in the center of the track and took over, rallying home for a one and one-half length victory over Gibsons Tricky Boy. Stringtown and Perry Ouzts used a late kick to finish third.
The 16th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will get underway Tuesday, April 17 with a nine-race program beginning at 2:05 p.m. The 120-day race meet will extend through Wednesday, Nov. 7 offering racing four days a week.
“I’m excited as always for racing to get underway,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing. “We have a good group of horsemen coming in with a lot of good stock. It looks to be another high caliber, competitive race meet in 2018.”
Featured on the season opener is a $32,500 Allowance Optional Claiming race slated as the seventh race on the program. Five-time Indiana Grand leading trainer Tom Amoss will saddle a tough entry in Bobby The Brain and Tito Tonight. Bobby The Brain ships in off a win at Fair Grounds in late February and was claimed from that race. The four-year-old son of Pioneerof The Nile makes his first start for owner Maggi Moss from post one in the 10-horse lineup. With two wins in three starts in 2018, Bobby The Brain will make his first start over Indiana Grand’s one-mile oval. The gelding is joined by Tito Tonight from post three, who also comes into Indiana off a win at Fair Grounds over the turf course. DeShawn Parker, who finished second in the standings in 2017, is named to ride both horses for Amoss.
Two-time Indiana Horse of the Year Lady Fog Horn is retiring. The five-year-old homebred daughter of Zavata left Indiana Grand Tuesday, Oct. 31 to begin the next phase of her career in the brood mare ranks.
Lady Fog Horn made her first start at Indiana Grand August 23, 2014 for Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group and Trainer Tony Granitz. Her first win was recorded Oct. 11, 2014 in a $34,000 Maiden Special Weight with Malcolm Franklin aboard.
Lady Fog Horn’s career really took off as a three-year-old when she won five of seven races, including four stakes races in Indiana before completing her season with a second place finish in the $100,000 Grade III Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. The talented Indiana bred filly returned at four with the same success, winning five of seven starts, including three Indiana stakes and topping the year off with a win in the Grade II $200,000 Fall City Handicap at Churchill Downs. Lady Fog Horn competed in four races in 2017, never finishing worse than third in any of those starts with her last outing a win over Indiana Grand’s turf course with standout apprentice rider Katie Clawson aboard.
When horses enter the starting gate at Del Mar Saturday, Nov. 4 for the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the journey will mark a lifetime of work to reach that level for one jockey. Fernando De La Cruz, two-time leading jockey at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, will be making his Breeders’ Cup debut aboard Indiana bred Bucchero, starting from post 11 at odds of 12-1. The event is slated as Race 5 on the 12-race program with an estimated post time of 3:37PM EDT.
De La Cruz is flying out of Indianapolis International Airport Thursday, Nov. 2 to meet up with the team behind Bucchero. Bucchero and his stablemate, Bullard’s Alley, flew to Del Mar Friday, Oct. 27 and they have been getting acclimated to the racetrack since that time. Trainer Tim Glyshaw also arrived in Southern California Friday. He and Doug Morley, Bucchero’s exercise rider for the past three years who also serves as a valet at Indiana Grand, have been caring for the pair of horses as they prepare for the Breeders Cup.
“This is my first Breeders Cup and I’m a little excited,” said De La Cruz. “It’s also my first time to California. I send thanks to God and the owners of Bucchero and Tim Glyshaw for including me in this race.”
It is familiar territory for Gary Patrick. The longtime owner-trainer in Indiana picked up another Leading Owner title at Indiana Grand this season, scoring 24 wins over John Haran’s Haran Thoroughbreds, who completed the season with 23 wins.
Patrick, a native of Circleville, Ohio, has had another banner fall in racing. He scored a stakes win with his two-year-old standout, Mo Money, in the $100,000 Crown Ambassador Stakes in early October at Indiana Grand. One week later, Patrick earned his 2,000th career training win after scoring two wins on the day, including the $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes with Pure Justice at JACK Thistledown.
The race for leading owner came down to one of the last races of the meet for 2017, but in the end Patrick’s final win of the meet as an owner, which was recorded with Cook Memories on Wed., Oct. 25, was the win that solidified the title. Patrick finished up the 120-day meet with 24 wins in 186 starts and purse earnings just under the $500,000 mark. Horses from his barn maintained a 35 percent top three finish percentage for 2017 at Indiana Grand.
Trainer Genaro Garcia has always had success in the state of Indiana. He ran his first horse as a trainer at Hoosier Park in 2006 and won his first stakes race there with Lil Mai Tai in 2007 in the $45,000 City of Anderson Stakes and returned the following year for his first six figure […]
The Indiana Thoroughbred breeding program has grown by leaps and bounds since the implementation of pari-mutuel racing in the state beginning in 1995. As progress has been made, it has been mentioned many times that, ‘one of these days, an Indiana bred will make it to the Breeders’ Cup.’ That day has arrived as Bucchero left the comforts of his stall at Indiana Grand Thursday and boarded a Tex Sutton Equine Air Travel plane this morning from Lexington, Ky. en route to San Diego. He will then make the final leg of his journey via van to Del Mar to prepare for the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint slated for Saturday, Nov. 4.
Trainer Tim Glyshaw has worked tirelessly since announcing that both Bucchero and Bullard’s Alley, who is slated to run in the Grade I $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf the same day, would be making the trek to Southern California. Many behind the scenes details had to be arranged and handled prior to making the journey to the Breeders’ Cup.
“I had to make sure we had $15,000 in Bucchero’s purse account and $50,000 in Bullard’s Alley’s purse account before Monday when we pre-entered,” said Glyshaw. “It must be in the account or they will not accept your entries. Then, we will have to add another $15,000 for Bucchero and another $50,000 for Bullard’s Alley before we enter. I’m sure larger stables have someone that handles all the details for them, but for us, it is just me and my wife, Natalie, and the barn help to get everything ready. It is a lot of expense and hassle, but it is well worth it.”