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Stakes season has arrived at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The first two stakes of the year will be contested Wednesday, May 23 featuring the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes and the $100,000 Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes. The races are slated as the sixth and eighth, respectively, on the 10-race program. A total of 96 horses are included on the racing day with purses for the day over the $410,000 mark.

 

Ron, ridden by Leandro Goncalves for owner-trainer Marvin Johnson, was the winner of the 2017 Sagamore Sired Stakes. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Heading the list of entrants for the fifth running of the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes for three-year-old Indiana Sired colts and geldings is Mike The Man, trained by Mort Shirazi. The son of Pass Rush comes into the race off a very impressive Maiden Special Weight win May 1 at Indiana Grand where he pulled away from the competition for more than an 11- length win. Owned and bred by Swifty Farms, Inc. of Seymour, Ind., Mike The Man will try follow in his mother’s hoof prints. Maggie Slew, his dam, was also a stakes winner in Indiana during her career with earnings in excess of $200,000. Mike The Man will begin his journey from post two in the eight-horse lineup with Jockey DeShawn Parker aboard.

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Indiana Grand Racing & Casino kicked off turf racing Friday, May 11 with three of the eight Thoroughbred races carded on the turf. The first horses stepping on the turf was for the afternoon’s fourth race, a $32,500 Allowance Optional Claiming event running five furlongs. Polo Art and Jockey Malcolm Franklin earned the win by one and one-quarter lengths in a time of :55.70, just three-tenths of a second off the track record for the distance.

 

Track Maintenance Manager Roy Smith has the turf course in prime shape. The first turf race of the season showed off the green texture following a few months of preparation through the turf blankets that Smith and his crew applied in early spring. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post three in the six-horse lineup, Polo Art got away from the gate in third and tracked the progress of Louisiana Brown and DeShawn Parker along the inside with Saturday Tryst and Richard Bracho applying pressure on the outside. The top two had a secure lead on the field heading into the only turn of the race before Franklin made a move with Polo Art. The small-statured Polo Art hugged the rail and was on top by the time the horses turned for home, rallying out to an open length victory over the turf. Louisiana Brown came back to fight his way into second over Blazer and Fernando De La Cruz for third.

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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.

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Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin proved why they were the heavy favorites in the fourth running of the $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stake Saturday, June 10 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The duo took control of the race in the stretch and rallied out to a three-length advantage at the wire.

Defining Hope has her ears up as she nears the wire for her easy win in the $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stakes Saturday, June 10. Malcolm Franklin is aboard the sophomore filly. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post two in the condensed field of five, Defining Hope got away from the gate in second and was perfectly satisfied to track No Bluff Just Hope and Eddie Perez through the early stages of the one-mile event. The front runners put some distance between them and the rest of the field by the time the final turn had arrived. That was Franklin’s cue to take over. He moved the three-year-old Strong Hope filly out and around No Bluff Just Hope in the turn and the two matched each other stride for stride for a short time in the early stretch.

Halfway through the stretch, Defining Hope wore down No Bluff Just Hope, who did not give in easily and moved into the lead with ease, rallying home for her fifth win in eight career starts. No Bluff Just Hope was a comfortable second as Pass and Go and Constantino Roman maintained positioning for third.

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Defining Hope and Jockey Malcolm Franklin returned to their stakes winning ways to win the $100,000-added Swifty Sired Stakes for three-year-old Indiana sired fillies Wednesday, May 24 at Indiana Grand. Dominant in that category last season, Defining Hope now has three stakes wins to her credit for trainer Barb McBride and owner-breeder Colette Marie Vanmatre of Westfield, Ind.

Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin rally through the rain to win by nine and one-half lengths in the fourth running of the Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes Wednesday, May 24. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from the outside post 10, Defining Hope was not much of a threat out of the starting gate as Handfuls Baby Girl and Alonso Quinonez grabbed the early lead inside with Benten and Marcelino Pedroza to her outside. Passion Rush and DeShawn Parker and Airtime Annie and Rodney Prescott also pressed the pace early on, spanning four wide across the track.

As the only turn of the six-furlong race neared, the leaders began to fan out and one horse was gaining ground and moving with authority on the outside in the turn. That horse was Defining Hope, who had secured the top spot by the top of the stretch. Franklin urged the daughter of Strong Hope to display a little more speed and she gave it without hesitation, opening up on the field by three and one half lengths, eventually getting to a nine and one-half length advantage at the finish line for the win. Passion Rush maintained ground inside for second followed by No Bluff Just Hope and Edie Perez, who closed in nicely for third.

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Turf racing is back at Indiana Grand. A pair of turf races were held on the Tuesday, May 16 racing program, marking the first time on the grass this season. Trainer Phil Sims swept both events to record a training double on the card in his first two starts of the year at Indiana Grand.

Cha Cha Magic and Malcolm Franklin stride out to win the first turf race of the season Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

The first turf race of the year was a one and one-sixteenth mile event with a purse of $31,000. Cha Cha Magic and Malcolm Franklin coasted to victory in the race, winning by five and one-half lengths in the field of 10. Starting from post three, it took the three-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast until the final half of the race to accelerate into contention, pulling away from the field in the stretch for the win, her first career trip to the winner’s circle. Kathy’s Song and Shaun Bridgmohan finished second over Cuddle Kitten and Katie Clawson for third.

The second favorite of the race, Cha Cha Magic paid $5.80, $3.00, $2.20 across the board. The homebred filly is owned by Nelson McMakin of Kentucky and was making her second start of the year for Sims, with a previous outing at Keeneland.

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Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin have been nearly perfect all season long and they finished the year with a bang, winning the 19th running of the $100,000 Miss Indiana Stakes Saturday, Oct. 29 at Indiana Grand. The win was the third of the season in four starts for owner and breeder Colette Vanmatre of Zionsville, Ind.

 

Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin were impressive in their victory in the $100,000 Miss Indiana Stakes on closing night Saturday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin were impressive in their victory in the $100,000 Miss Indiana Stakes on closing night Saturday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post 11 in the 12-filly lineup, Defining Hope was a contender from the start, but opted to follow along as Justiceonthebeach and Abel Lezcano chose the top spot early from the inside. Kitty Corner and Francisco Torres held ground along the outside as Richard Bracho kept Midnight Blvd in contention early along the inside behind the pace setter. As the field moved into the final turn of the one mile and 70-yard route, a horse was moving rapidly on the outside toward the leaders and that was Defining Hope, who was geared up for a strong finish.

 In the stretch, Defining Hope overtook the top horses and pulled away to a four and one-half length advantage by the time they reached the wire in a time of 1:42.98. Midnight Blvd finished an easy second over Kitty Corner, who was also a comfortable third in the race.

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She proved herself in her first and only start with a six and three-quarter win to break her maiden, but a step up into stakes action left Defining Hope with few backers in the 16th running of the $100,000-added City of Anderson Stakes Wednesday, Sept. 14. The two-year-old filly dug in gamely to defeat race favorite Whistle Stop in a stretch battle to remain undefeated in two career starts.

Defining Hope was impressive in her second start, adding another win to her credentials for jockey Malcolm Franklin, trainer Barb McBride and Owner Colette Vanmatre. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Defining Hope was impressive in her second start, adding another win to her credentials for jockey Malcolm Franklin, trainer Barb McBride and Owner Colette Vanmatre. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Defining Hope had a task from the start. She left the starting gate from post eight with jockey Malcolm Franklin aboard in the six-furlong sprint. Whistle Stop and Marcelino Pedroza had a good inside post to show their early speed skills and did just that. However, Runaway Rosie and Eddie Perez also had the same game plan. They wanted to get on the lead early and took over the top spot down the backstretch, keeping Defining Hope to their outside and Whistle Stop at their heels, passing the first quarter in a swift :22.40 seconds. Heading into the turn, Whistle Stop began to rally, shooting between horses.

Halfway through the turn, it became a two-horse race between Whistle Stop on the inside and Defining Hope on the outside. The two hit the stretch together and both horses dug in gamely. The battle lasted nearly the entire length of the stretch before Defining Hope got the advantage at the wire, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in a time of 1:11.66. Oh So Thirsty and 2016 Leading Jockey Fernando De La Cruz finished third.

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The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) provided its third annual “Racing Across America” program Saturday, July 30 and Indiana Grand jockeys supported the event through several different activities during the night. In addition, the evening was tagged as “Back to School” night featuring 16 backpack giveaways provided by the Indiana HBPA (Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association). The evening was highlighted by an iPad giveaway that was won by a local fourth grader preparing for school.

Jockeys first got involved with “Racing Across America” by going up against five police officers from the Shelbyville Police department in a Tug of War competition. Ten jockeys were on one side of the rope and went pound for pound against the officers, winning the event in under 30 seconds. This is the third year for the Tug of War contest, and the jockeys have won the event all three years.

In addition to the Tug of War, eight jockeys participated in a foot race from the starting gate. Rolando Aragon, Omar Reyes, Marcelino Pedroza, Malcolm Franklin, Ramon Romero, Albin Jimenez, Smitty Oxendine and Sammy Bermudez, the defending champ, broke from the Steve Peterman starting gate for the 70-yard dash. Bermudez defended his title, running down Omar Reyes in the final strides while Malcolm Franklin finished third.

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It was evident that Jockey Malcolm Franklin had a ticket to ride on the express in the eighth running of the $100,000 Snack Stakes Wednesday, July 13. Derby Express got the jump on his opponents out of the gate and never looked back, scoring the win by six and one-quarter lengths in a time of […]