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It was a John McCreary-trained one-two punch in the sixth running of the $44,800 2018 Speed Sale Futurity Saturday, Sept. 15 at Indiana Grand. The stablemates started side by side and finished side by side at the wire in a time of :16.742 seconds in the 330-yard dash.

One Smart Jess and Leonardo Rodriguez gave trainer John McCreary a one-two finish in the 2018 Speed Sale Futurity. Jesslikethat and Luis Guerrero finished second for the McCreary Stable. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

One Smart Jess and Leonardo Rodriguez were a threat from the start. With a clean break they were right on point for the lead in the early stages, tracked closely by stablemate Jesslikethat and Luis Guerrero on the outside. Stoneburner and Jose Beltran stayed close from the inside but couldn’t overtake the top two in the final strides as One Smart Jess broke his maiden with the victory, just a head in front of Jesslikethat. Stoneburner was three-quarters of a length back in third.

“He’s a horse that has had talent, he just hasn’t had a chance to use it,” said McCreary. “He and the filly that finished second (Jesslikethat) are three-quarter siblings. One Smart Jess’ dam, First Smart Stride, is the dam of Lovemelikethat, the dam of Jesslikethat. This is great to have good owners like this and get to run horses like this.” (more…)

When Tommy The Train comes to town, it means one thing for his opponents – trouble. The three-year-old son of Freighttrain B is undefeated in five career outings at Indiana Grand spread out over the past 12 months. Guided by James Flores, he once again proved he will be the one to beat in the $100,000 final of the QHRAI Derby set for Saturday, Oct. 21.


Tommy The Train and James Flores give Trainer Larry Sharp his third win on the card Saturday, Oct. 7 at Indiana Grand in the QHRAI Derby trials. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post four, Tommy The Train and Flores had a less than desirable start from the gate on the sloppy surface, losing some momentum early on but quickly regained his composure and was right back in the thick of the race. The Missouri-bred gelding dug in gamely and emerged as the eventual winner by one and one-half lengths in a time of :19.795 seconds as the heavy favorite of the field. Ladys Freighttrain B and Berkley Packer finished a solid second over One Fantastic Gal and Luis Guerrero for third.

 Paying $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 across the board, Tommy The Train is now seven for 11 lifetime for his owners Brant and Jon Barley and Brad Sharp. Larry Sharp picked up his third training win of the night with Tommy The Train, who has accumulated more than $150,000 in career earnings.


The highly anticipated opening of the new Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital has arrived. The facility, located adjacent to I-74 just minutes from Indiana Grand, started accepting patients in mid-February. Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine made the opening official with a building dedication Tuesday, April 25 at the hospital.

Members of Purdue University, VIPs, staff from the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital and other honored guests were recognized in the winner’s circle following Race 6 Tuesday, April 25. Earlier in the day, Purdue held the official building dedication ceremony at the new hospital just minutes from Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

More than 200 people attended the event, which featured several guest speakers, including Dean Willie Reed, Jim Brown, president and COO of Centaur Gaming, Senator Robert Jackman, a veterinarian who was instrumental in the development of the facility, and Dr. Timm Gudehus, lead surgeon at the hospital. The Indianapolis Mounted Police presented the colors during the National Anthem and Otto Thorwarth, aboard retired Quarter Horse racehorse Big John from the John McCreary Stable, represented Indiana Grand and Centaur Gaming as Garry Lauziere, Indiana Grand’s official bugler, played the “Call to Post” and “Back Home Again in Indiana.”


Four trials featuring 36 two-year-olds were held Saturday, Oct. 8 during the fifth of six all-Quarter Horse racing programs at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The very first trial produced the quickest qualifier for the upcoming $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity as CB Come Fly With Me and Rolando Pina easily won their heat in a time of :17.623 seconds.


CB Come Fly With Me and Rolando Pina have been impressive all season, and they were back on track in their heat for the Miss Roxie Little Futurity Trial Saturday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

CB Come Fly With Me and Rolando Pina have been impressive all season, and they were back on track in their heat for the Miss Roxie Little Futurity Trial Saturday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post eight in the nine-horse lineup, CB Come Fly With Me broke well in mid pack and appeared to need a few strides to get into top speed, but once the freshman filly got in gear, she was clearly the best of the field. CB Come Fly With Me powered to the lead, crossing the finish line one and one-half lengths ahead of Sicario and Santiago Mendez to earn the win, her third straight victory for owner Carolyn Bruce. Hez So Rare and Cesar Esqueda finished third.

 “This filly (CB Come Fly With Me) doesn’t take much to a whip,” said Pina. “She responds big to a hand ride. When she gets out on the lead, I have to keep tapping slowly on her with my hands to make sure she keeps going. If she doesn’t have to stand long in the gate, she actually has really quick speed from the gate. She is just a nice filly all the way around.”


Four trials were included on the all-Quarter Horse racing night at Indiana Grand for the upcoming $50,000 Heartland Futurity Final set for Saturday, July 30. Of the 31 two-year-olds, Vampire Rose and Jockey Smitty Lee Oxendine had the quickest time to top the list of 10 that will vie for the final title.

Entering the gate for the fourth and final trial, Vampire Rose and Oxendine started their journey from post six. They were among the contenders early on in mid pack of the 300-yard dash as Wrs Whoseyourdaddy and Berkley Packer led the way. Vampire Rose made up some ground late in the race to hit the wire just a head before Wrs Whoseyourdaddy for the win, the first in the young career of the two-year-old daughter of Dashin MVP. Wrs Whoseyourdaddy finished second a neck ahead of Jess An Oak Tree LBH and Rolando Pina. The time on the tote board was :15.535 seconds.

Trained by John McCreary, Vampire Rose was making only her third career start. She is owned by Cooter Daniel and paid $18.00, $6.40, $3.60 across the board.

Other trial winners for the evening included Venita Two, Gran Cup and Wrs Against the Wind. The top 10 advancing to the final of the Heartland Futurity, with jockey and time includes: Vampire Rose (Smitty Oxendine, :15.535); Wrs Whoseyourdaddy (Berkley Packer, :15.553); Wrs Against the Wind (Berkley Packer, :15.556); Jess an Oak Tree LBH (Rolando Pina, :15.592); Switching Stones (Rolando Pina, :15.600); Kiss Me Free (Rodney Prescott, :15.622); VF Wheely Famous (Harold Collins, :15.683); Gran Cup (Rolando Pina, :15.714); RK Lady Corona (Cesar Esqueda, :15.733); and Jess a Dollar (Jose Davila, :15.735). Of the 10 in the final, trainer Joe Davis will saddle three while Leading Trainer Randy Smith will have two.