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Colonelsdarktemper (inside) and Jon Court rally home for a win at Churchill Down in late May. (Photo by Coady Photography)


by Jennie Rees, Eclipse Award Winning freelance writer


Of course trainer Jinks Fires was going to point Colonelsdarktemper toward Saturday’s $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand.

 For instance, there was a nice race for 3-year-olds last week at Prairie Meadows, the $250,000 Iowa Derby. But A.J. Foyt Jr.’s legend as the world’s greatest race driver — as Sports Illustrated declared him in 1981 — wasn’t fashioned by winning the Iowa Corn 300. Once the Foyt-owned Colonelsdarktemper finished second in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes won by the highly-regarded McCraken, it was a no-brainer to point the colt to the signature race at the track located 33 miles — a mere 13 laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway — from the home of the fabled Indianapolis 500.