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Apprentice Jockey Katie Clawson came out of the gate strong at the beginning of the 2017 season and was atop the standings for the majority of the 2017 racing season. The 20-year-old from Brazil, Ind. announced her retirement from riding in late September and completed the meet with 71 wins, which not only earned her a title, it also marked a new record for most wins in one season by an apprentice jockey.


Rachel McLaughlin, racing broadcast production manager, accepts the trophy from Kevin Greely, director of racing, on behalf of Katie Clawson, 2017 Leading Apprentice Jockey. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Clawson is now serving as an exercise rider for Trainer Mike Maker alongside her fiancé, Nolan Ramsey, who serves as an assistant trainer for Maker. She was unavailable for the trophy presentation during the final day of racing at Indiana Grand but sent this heartfelt message to racing fans, horsemen and the staff at Indiana Grand:

 “I can’t fully express my gratitude to all of the people who supported me through my months at Indiana Grand. Everyone had a piece of fulfilling my dreams and goals. I was blessed to be trusted with many good horses and I’d like to thank everyone whom I worked with for their time and trust. Thank you to my agent, Jimmy (McNerney), for working with me, my valet, Brittany (Waugh), everyone in the jock’s room, and all of the owners, trainers, grooms, hot walkers and exercise riders who put the time into their horses and did right by them. I was glad to have taken part in that process. I had a summer to remember. Thank you.”


The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) hosted its fourth annual “Racing Across America” event Saturday, July 29 through Monday, July 31, joining more than 30 tracks nationally for the annual event. Jockeys from Indiana Grand hosted their event Saturday, July 29 featuring a dunk tank, tug of war, foot race from the starting gate and “pass the boot” sessions to help the cause.


Diego Rodriguez “passes the boot” to racing fans during PDJF Night at Indiana Grand.

PDJF currently serves 60 disabled jockeys, most of which incurred either paralysis or brain damage due to racing incidents on the track. The local jockey colony knows the importance of supporting such a worthwhile cause and dedicated their time and resources to “Racing Across America.”

 Erica Murray, Alex Contreras and Diego Rodriguez each went through the apron area with a jock’s boot to get donations from racing fans. As a result, more than $162.00 was collected from the public.


Fresh off his win in the $100,000 Snack Stakes Wednesday, July 19, Trainer Randy Matthews was back in the winner’s circle for the third round of the $30,000 Annie Steele Memorial Starter at Indiana Grand. Afoolsbrokenheart and Indiana Grand’s leading jockey Katie Clawson cruised to victory in the series named after Indiana’s first female outrider Annie Steele of Connersville, Ind., who passed away in 2012 at the age of 33 after a brief illness.

Afoolsbrokenheart and Katie Clawson rally home as easy winners in the third round of the Annie Steele Memorial Starter Thursday, July 20 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

The field of six left the starting gate for the one and one-sixteenth mile turf race with Telling Metzie and Alex Contreras leading the way. Afoolsbrokenheart followed the leaders out of the gate but settled in a few lengths off their heels for the first half of the race. Heading into the final turn, Afoolsbrokenheart inched up toward the leader to close in the gap and by mid turn, the six-year-old daughter of Mutakddim was in full flight, overtaking Telling Metzie for the lead before the top of the stretch.

Afoolsbrokenheart kept up her momentum and continued her dominance in the field, rallying home to a three and three-quarter length win. Heavily favored Sugar Cube and James Graham came rallying up late to finish second, just a head over Bela Menina and Fernando De La Cruz for third. The time of the race was 1:43.97.


Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson and Joe Young will compete in a basketball shootout with jockeys Katie Clawson and DeShawn Parker at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Kings of the Court shootout, which will take place at the family-friendly race course, is part of a special Indiana Derby eve celebration tagged as A Royal Feast Fest featuring live entertainment, music and various food options. A Royal Derby, held on Saturday, July 15, will feature the 23rd Running of the Grade III $500,000 Indiana Derby.


Jockeys Katie Clawson and DeShawn Parker know a thing or two about competing on the track. They will transpose that trait over to the basketball court Friday, July 14 for a special “Kings of the Court” competition with Lance Stephenson and Joe Young of the Indiana Pacers. The event is part of a special Indiana Derby eve celebration tagged as “A Royal Feast Fest” featuring live entertainment, music and various food options.

Katie Clawson and DeShawn Parker will team up against Lance Stephenson and Joe Young of the Indiana Pacers in a special exhibition promotion Friday, July 14 at Indiana Grand to see who is “Kings of the Court.”

Clawson, who hails from Brazil, Ind., played multiple sports growing up. Although her family is prone to baseball, she does have a little experience on the basketball court, competing one year at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Terre Haute before her love of horses took over. The 20-year-old apprentice rider has been competing for a little more than a year and is currently the leading jockey at Indiana Grand with 50 wins in the first 48 racing programs.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the NBA players and having some friendly competition on the court,” said Clawson. “It should be a lot of fun for DeShawn and I.”

Clawson will be joined by Parker, who is also spending his first year at Indiana Grand. Parker, a native of Cincinnati, grew up in a sports infused family and has always been a University of Cincinnati fan, even possessing a “bearcat” tattoo on his arm. Standing at a unique height of 5’10 for a jockey, Parker has more than 5,200 career wins and is horse racing’s all-time leading African American jockey in wins. He is currently among the track’s top five jockeys at Indiana Grand.


It was the first time this season that racing fans at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino got to watch Lady Fog Horn over her home track and she didn’t disappoint. Indiana’s two-time Horse of the Year circled the field to win the $45,000 Allowance race over the turf with Indiana Grand’s leading jockey Katie Clawson aboard for the first time.


Katie Clawson guides Lady Fog Horn to her first win of the year in her first start at Indiana Grand. The race is a prep for her next stop, which is stakes action on Indiana Derby Night Saturday, July 15. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post two in the six horse field, Lady Fog Horn used just enough early speed to get early positioning in behind La Peregrina and Rodney Prescott, who established the pace along the inside. They were tracked closely by Sweet N Wicked and Dick Cardenas on the outside. Moving toward the final turn, the horses from the back of the pack began to make their moves forward so Clawson got Lady Fog Horn out into a clear path and began inching up toward the leaders.

 At the top of the stretch, Lady Fog Horn was in full stride as she burst onto the scene to take control of the race. The five-year-old daughter of Zavata rallied out to a four and three-quarter length advantage at the wire, posting the mile in a time of 1:38.95. La Peregrina held onto second, just a neck ahead of Sweet and Wicked for third.


Despite a sweep by Team Mexico in the final Quarter Horse race of the night, the team from the United States retained the title in the fourth annual World Jockey Challenge at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, June 24. The event covered all 10 races with 35 jockeys vying for points for their respective […]

By Nancy Holthus, on-air paddock analyst

Jockey Katie Clawson might not have ridden the most horses at the current Indiana Grand meet, but she’s made the most trips to the winners circle. On Tuesday, June 6, the current leading rider and apprentice piloted home There’syourtrouble for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. That victory not only gave her 40 career wins as a jockey, but also graduated her to the next stage of her apprenticeship. She will now receive a five pound weight allowance instead of the seven she has ridden with since November 20, 2016 when earning her fifth win.

Katie Clawson celebrates her 40th win with a pint of Graeter’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip ice cream in the jock’s room at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Nancy Holthus)

When asked if Clawson put any extra pressure on herself to achieve her 40th win, she responded, “That had been my goal for the week prior, was to get my 40th and unfortunately it didn’t happen. It was a good way to start off this week. I put a little more pressure on myself but it gives me more confidence knowing someone like that (Asmussen) trusts me with their horse. It was great to get the 40th win with Steve Asmussen and then 41 right after for Joe Sharp.”

Multiple wins on a card have become the norm for Clawson. When looking at the day’s races, she becomes a handicapper herself predicting her odds of a potential win, or two, or three. Clawson scored yet another riding double Saturday, June 10. She continues to move further into the lead in the jockey standings at Indiana Grand.

“Based on the past performances, I can get a good idea of who might have a good shot,” said Clawson. “Then my plan of action is how I can get a winner every day, two wins that day and so on.”


Apprentice jockey Katie Clawson is off to a roaring start at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The 20-year-old resident of Brazil, Ind. is in contention for the top spot among the leading Thoroughbred riders this season, which could put her in line to make history in the state of Indiana.

Katie Clawson brings one of her horses back to the winner’s circle at Indiana Grand during the 2017 racing season. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Born in Arizona, Clawson had a unique journey to the racetrack. Her love of horses prompted her parents to sign her up for riding lessons in Arizona before the family relocated to Brazil, Ind. when she was seven. She continued her love of horses and when she was old enough, the home-schooled student got involved in 4-H. It wasn’t until she was channel surfing one day that racing even entered her mind.

“I’ve always been a horse girl and when I was 11 or 12, I found TVG while I was channel surfing,” said Clawson. “From there, I took an interest in racing and began watching some of the horse racing movies. But it was Zenyatta that hooked me on racing. I saw her on TV when she won her 12th or 13th race and that was it for me. I knew that was what I wanted to do.”