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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 and Katie Clawson rally home winners over Indiana Grand’s turf course in the final race of the talented mare’s career Tuesday, July 4. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 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.

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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.

 

Fernando De La Cruz is five for five on Bucchero. The duo will step into the starting gate Sat. Nov. 4 for the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

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.”

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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.

 

Gary Patrick and his wife, Cindy, are shown with the special sign to commemorate their 2,000th win as a trainer. Patrick is currently the all-time leading owner and trainer at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

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.

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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.

 

Bucchero and Fernando De La Cruz score a win in the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes in mid September at Indiana Grand. De La Cruz has been aboard for four of Bucchero’s nine wins during his career. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

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.”

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Jersey Justice and DeShawn Parker made a dominant move in the final turn and powered to the lead, never looking back in the 18th running of the $100,000-guaranteed Indiana Futurity at Indiana Grand Thursday, Oct. 26. The time of the one mile, 70 yard race was 1:41.41, just missing the stakes record set last year by Reverend John and Rodney Prescott in a time of 1:41.33.

Jersey Justice and Marcelino Pedroza turned in a powerful performance in the $100,000 Indiana Futurity at Indiana Grand Thursday, Oct. 26. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post six in the 11-horse lineup, Jersey Justice appeared to be a seasoned pro out of the gate. The lightly raced son of Jersey Town got right in behind race leader Sky Writer and Eddie Perez and tracked their progress until the final turn was approaching. Parker began to call on Jersey Justice and he moved up to challenge Sky Writer midway through the turn.

 
When the duo hit the top of the stretch, it was evident that Jersey Justice had a lot of horse left for the stretch drive. He began to make it more difficult on the rest of the field to try and catch him as he lengthened his stride, eventually crossing under the wire by two and one-half lengths for the win, his third in only four career starts. Jova and Declan Cannon maintained ground for second while Sky Writer fended off the rest of the pack for an easy third.

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Flurry stepped up into the stakes ranks in a big way Thursday, Oct. 26, winning the 20th running of the event by three and one-half lengths in impressive fashion. The two-year-old grey daughter of Old Fashioned showed no signs of inexperience, stopping the timer in 1:44.68 seconds with Jockey Marcelino Pedroza aboard.

Flurry and Marcelino Pedroza blew by the competition in early stretch en route to their first stakes win in the Miss Indiana Stakes Thursday, Oct. 26 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 Pedroza must have had some indication of the talent of Flurry. He had ridden Bibbidibobbidi Boo to victory in her last start, the $100,000 City of Anderson. However, when it came time to choose which filly he’d like to ride for Trainer Mike Lauer in the $100,000-guaranteed Miss Indiana, he chose to ride Flurry.

 
Starting from post one in the 12-filly lineup, Flurry broke away from the gate well, but was not one of the early leaders as Crossed and Francisco Torres showed their authority early on, tracked closely by Just Plain Kate and Rodney Prescott. Pedroza began inching up halfway through the one mile and 70 yard route race and had the filly in contention around the turn. At the top of the stretch, Flurry busted out to a four length advantage and proved why she was the favorite of the field, rolling onto victory by three and one-half lengths at the wire over Obsolete and Manny Cruz, also trained by Lauer. Shyla and Constantino Roman rallied from the back of the pack to finish just a neck ahead of Crossed for third. Bibbidibobbidi Boo was a late scratch from the race.

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Express Run and Jockey Jon Court just missed in their last outing in the $100,000 Richmond Stakes at Indiana Grand but their start in the 21st running of the $150,000-guaranteed Frances Slocum Stakes had a different outcome. The seasoned mare sat patiently before making a strong move around the final turn, opening up to a three and one-quarter length win at the wire to stop the timer in 1:44.06 in the one and one-sixteenth mile event.

Express Run and Jon Court were open length winners in the 21st running of the $150,000 Frances Slocum Stakes Wed. Oct. 25 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Court had to rally out of post nine in the 10-horse field but was able to sit alongside in mid pack. The action on the front became heated from the start as Marina’s Legacy and DeShawn Parker set the pace along the inside of Elegant Model and Rodney Prescott. The two opened up by nearly double digit lengths at times down the backstretch before the remainder of the pack began to close in.

Express Run was the first visible horse to make a move forward heading in to the final turn. The four-year-old Unbridled Express filly had her sights set on the top ones and at the top of the stretch, she was in control. Moving out to the lead, Court kept Express Run focused on her job and easily slid under the wire for an easy victory, her second of the year in eight starts. Whistle Stop and Marcelino Pedroza had stalked throughout and moved into second over Hay Little Bit and Alex Contreras, who closed well to finish a neck back in third.

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Huntstown and jockey DeShawn Parker rallied between horses in the lane to post a one-half length win in the $150,000-guaranteed To Much Coffee Stakes. The race, now in its 20th running, is named after the Thoroughbred mare, To Much Coffee, that established a track record in only the second year of pari-mutuel racing in the state of Indiana at Hoosier Park in 1996.

 

Huntstown and DeShawn Parker move through horses in the stretch to secure the title in the 20th running of the $150,000 To Much Coffee Stakes Wed. Oct. 25. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post five in the 11-horse lineup, Jockey DeShawn Parker had one goal during the race to not get locked in during the one and one-sixteenth mile event.

 
“Two starts back in the turf stakes (AJ Foyt), I got locked in and could never let him run,” said Parker, who has amassed more than 5,300 career win during his career. “I just wanted to make sure I kept him clear.”
 
Huntstown followed along in the early stages as Derby Express and Malcolm Franklin got the first call out of the gate tracked closely by Thunder Bye and Rodney Prescott. The two horses kept each other on the pace with Mr Manning and Francisco Torres sitting right behind, popping out a lane to find a clear running path.
 
In the final turn, the field began to bunch up more and Mr Manning was on the move on the outside. He quickly joined Derby Express in pursuit of the lead as Huntstown had slowly moved up into position behind the top two. At the head of the lane, a spot opened up and Huntstown was able to move between horses and the battle began. The top three were not going to give in without a fight that lasted nearly to the wire before Huntstown moved up for the win, just one-half length over Mr Manning for second. Operation Stevie and Albin Jimenez also moved up late to snag the third spot on the board.

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After a spill at Fair Grounds in late March that has left him sidelined recovering from injuries, Cisco Torres returned to the winner’s circle in his first day back in action Tuesday, Oct. 24. Torres, who was scheduled to make his return to riding Wednesday, was a late rider change aboard two horses in the first two races of the day at Indiana Grand Tuesday.

Cisco Torres made his first day back at work a winning one, guiding Restless Rambler to win in his second start since coming back from an injury in Louisiana in late March. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 “I have the same agent as Gabriel Saez, who was named to ride both horses,” said Torres. “My agent called me this morning at about 5 a.m. and said he didn’t think Gabriel was going to make it back to ride, and asked if I wanted to pick up the mounts. I said ‘absolutely’ and got in the car from Churchill to ride here today.”

 Torres made his return aboard the William “Buff” Bradley two-year-old filly Miss Georgie Gal in the first race. They followed along in mid-pack, finishing in fifth place for her career debut in the five furlong sprint.

 Torres was legged up on Restless Rambler for Trainer Bernie Flint in the second race and was a leader from the start, placing the four-year-old Ghostzapper gelding on the front and never looking back in the five and one-half furlong starter optional claiming event. Torres rallied home as a four and three-quarter length winner for Miles Childers and L.T.B. Inc., the seventh win of the year in 12 starts for Restless Rambler. The win was a refreshing return for Torres, who has missed the entire meet at Indiana Grand in 2017 due to his injuries.

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