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Rockys Candy Shop and Jose Beltran turned in another impressive race Saturday, Sept. 15 to top 20 horses entered in the trials of the Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes. The three-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr stopped the timer in :19.697 seconds.

Rockys Candy Shop and Jose Beltran return to the winner’s circle earlier this season following one of their wins at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post two, Rockys Candy Shop and Beltran veered in slightly at the start but quickly corrected their path and got down to business. The gelding got the lead on the inside and coasted to the wire under a hand ride by Beltran for the win by one-half length over Beach Treat and Fernando Fonseca-Soto, who was a winner of a tight photo by a nose over Apollitical Regard and L. D. Martinez.

As the favorite of the field, Rockys Candy Shop paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.20 across the board. He earned his seventh career trip to the winner’s circle and his fifth in six starts for 2018. He is owned by Lance Finlinson and trained by Indiana Grand’s all-time leading trainer Randy Smith.

“He didn’t get the sharpest break but he’s a determined horse,” said Smith. “He has a big heart and he knows where the finish line is.”

Rockys Candy Shop has represented his family well this season. The well-bred gelding’s sister from the same family, Jess Shantastic, was recently the quickest qualifier in the La Fiesta Derby at The Downs in Albuquerque. The Fantastic Corona Jr. filly out of Jess Candy, a sister to Jesses Candy, Rockys Candy Shop’s dam, is still owned by breeder Stanley Forbes of Texas.

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Stoneburner, the talented two-year-old from the Randy Smith Stable, has been tagged as the favorite in the sixth running of the $44.800 Speed Sale Futurity Saturday, Sept. 15. The race is slated as the seventh on the eight-race all-Quarter Horse racing program at Indiana Grand, marking the fourth night dedicated to sprinters during the 2018 racing season.

Stoneburner has been consistent all season and is favored in the 2018 Speed Sale Stakes Saturday, Sept. 15. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Stoneburner and Jose Beltran, Indiana Grand’s leading Quarter Horse jockey, will start from post six at odds of 2-5. The Brimmstone gelding has three wins in four starts this season for owner Gerald Keesling. Indiana Grand’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer and current leader in 2018, Smith, conditions the speedy youngster.

Stoneburner will see a strong opponent to his outside in Jesslikethat and Luis Guerrero. The chestnut daughter of One Sweet Jess was a winner in her last start for Shelly and Chris Burke. John McCreary trains Jesslikethat, who begins from post eight in the nine-horse lineup at odds of 6-1. (more…)

It’s been a sweet ride for Owner Lance Finlinson of Greenwood, Ind. His horse, Rockys Candy Shop, scored another stakes victory Saturday, Aug. 25 at Indiana Grand, winning the 19th running of the $76,312 Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Derby. Guided by Jose Beltran, Rockys Candy Shop stopped the timer in :19.886 seconds for the 400-yard dash.

Rockys Candy Shop and Jose Beltran were gate to wire winners in the 19th running of the $76,312 QHRAI SSA Derby Sat. Aug. 25 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

There was no doubt which horse got out of the gate quickest when the doors sprung open. Rockys Candy Shop had the sharpest foot from the center of the track and put Beltran in good positioning from the start. One of his biggest rivals in the race was his stablemate, Beach Mercedes, who broke on the outside with Sergio Ramirez aboard. Rockys Candy Shop turned all challengers away at the finish, winning by three-quarters of a length over Beach Mercedes for second. HQH Fancy Pants and Juan Galvan held their ground for third in the tight photo.

“He didn’t stand good in the gate in his trial and he didn’t break as good as he usually does,” said Beltran. “He broke in front tonight. He never quits. He stayed strong all 400 yards. I love to ride this horse.”

The win in the QHRAI SSA Derby was the sixth in 10 career outings for Rockys Candy Shop, who boosted his career earnings to nearly $150,000 with the win. The Fantastic Corona Jr gelding is trained by Randy Smith, Indiana Grand’s all-time leader in the trainer standings. Smith, who saddled three in the race, finished one-two.

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It was a big night for Indiana Grand’s all-time leading trainer Randy Smith as horses from his barn swept the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Stakes. Fresh on the heels of his win with Rockys Candy Shop in the $76,312 QHRAI SSA Derby, Smith was back in the winner’s circle with WRs Valentino in the $169,274 QHRAI SSA Futurity.

WRs Valentino and Omar Reyes had the perfect timing to reach the wire a slim nose ahead of Pritty and Yordanis Amaro in the QHRAI SSA Futurity Saturday, Aug. 25 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Almost all racing fans were looking toward the inside at the start of the 350-yard sprint, but few were looking at WRs Valentino. Instead, all eyes were focused on race favorite Pritty from post three, who has been a winner in three of four starts this season and has been dominant in each of those outings. WRs Valentino and jockey Omar Reyes broke to her inside out of the gate, and after some minor bumping, they were quick to catch up and stick close to the talented filly.

Midway through the race, Pritty and Yordanis Amaro began to move away from their opponents, but so did WRs Valentino. The two horses matched each other stride for stride and in the last steps. The son of Mighty B Valiant timed the wire just right, winning the race by a nose over Pritty. First Habits and Juan Galvan rallied from the outside to finish third.

“He (WRs Valentino) is really laid back and he acted good in the gate,” said Reyes, who flew in from Ruidoso Downs just to ride WRs Valentino. “A couple of horses moved and it helped him at the start. About three or four jumps in is when he really starts going. And, it always helps to be right next to a big runner.”

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Pritty has been turning heads all season at Indiana Grand. Trained by Ricardo Martinez, she won her trial for the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Futurity by two and one-half lengths, making her the obvious choice to lead the field for the $169,274 final Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 running at a distance of 350 yards.

Pritty and Yordanis Amaro were easy winners in the QHRAI SSA Futurity trials. They return as the favorites for the $169,274 final slated for Saturday, Aug. 25. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

After winning her maiden at Remington Park in April, Pritty burst onto the scene in Indiana with a commanding win in the Heartland Futurity trials to be favored for the final. Bad luck at the starting gate cost her valuable ground in the early stages, but she was still able to recover and finish a hard charging fourth.

Pritty returned for the QHRAI SSA Futurity trials and once again topped the list of qualifiers with a :17.568 time. The two-year-old chestnut daughter of Coronado Cartel returns as the favorite in the 19th running of the QHRAI SSA Futurity as the early choice at odds of 7-5. Yordanis Amaro will guide the standout from post three in the 10-horse final for trainer Ricardo Martinez, who saddles three for the final. In fact, qualifiers from the Martinez barn were the fastest three for the final with Nacho Binez and First Habits joining Pritty for the top three spots. (more…)

It was a great night for Trainer Ricardo Martinez as horses from his barn won three of the four trials of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Futurity Saturday, Aug. 11 at Indiana Grand. Pritty, Nacho Binez and First Habits were all trial winners and recorded the top three times out of 33 entered in the Futurity trials.

Pritty towered over the competition and will lead the top 10 to the final of the QHRAI SSA Futurity Sat. Aug. 25. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Pritty rounded out the trials as the quickest on the night. After being slammed hard in the Heartland Futurity Final in her last start, Pritty rebounded and held her own out of the gate this time. Although there was mild bumping, she was able to use quick footing and get out in front of the field by open lengths, completing the 350-yard dash in a time of :17.568 seconds. With Yordanis Amaro aboard, Pritty, a daughter of Coronado Cartel, won by two and one-half lengths over Famous Cucuy and Alejandro Luna. Bully On the Beach and Fernando Fonseca-Soto finished third.

Owned by Miguel Lechuga, Pritty is now three for four lifetime, and completed a training triple for Martinez on the night. The chestnut filly will head into the $169,274 QHRAI SSA Futurity as the favorite.

The second fastest qualifier of the QHRAI SSA Futurity trials was the Martinez-trained Nacho Binez. Starting from the inside post one in the second of four trials, once again, he got a clean break from the gate and got an early lead for Sergio Ramirez, holding that advantage all the way to the wire in :17.761 seconds. Coronado Quiksilver and Rodney Prescott were closing in late in the race in the center of the track for second over Daddys Moe and Jose Beltran for third.

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Beach Mercedes returned to her ultra-impressive form Saturday, Aug. 11 in the second of two trials for the Quarter Horse Racing Association (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Derby. The three-year-old daughter of Escondido Beach was the only horse in the trials to dip under the 20 second mark to advance to the $76,312 final set for Saturday, Aug. 25.

Beach Mercedes cruised to victory under jockey Sergio Ramirez in the fastest of two trials for the QHRAI SSA Derby Sat. Aug. 11 during an all-Quarter Horse racing card. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Beach Mercedes was revved up and ready to go from the gate for Sergio Ramirez. She busted out of the gate and was on top in the field of eight in the first few strides. Stablemate Rockys Candy Shop and Jose Beltran had tabs on the top filly and tracked along well from the outside, but they could not make up any ground on Beach Mercedes as she cruised under the wire by one and three-quarter lengths over Rockys Candy Shop. Bono Rhythm and Rodney Prescott maintained ground in the center of the track for third in the 400-yard dash. The time of the sprint was :19.782 seconds.

Beach Mercedes is owned and bred by Sheri Miller, who stands the multi-year Stallion of the Year in Indiana at her Miller Ranch in Shipshewana, Ind. Randy Smith, Indiana Grand’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer and current leader once again in 2018 trains Beach Mercedes.

“She’s an easy keeper and is easy going,” said Smith. “She pretty well stays in here (at Indiana Grand) most of the time. She’s exactly the type of filly you want in your barn.”

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It was no surprise that Rockys Candy Shop was as dominant as he was in the 16th running of the $130,700 Blue River Derby Final Saturday, July 21 at Indiana Grand. The three-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr has been strong all season and rallied home in a gate to wire performance for his first stakes title.

Rockys Candy Shop and Jose Beltran established a new stakes record with their win in the Blue River Derby Saturday, July 21. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

It was a clean break for all 10 finalists in the Blue River Derby. Rockys Candy Shop broke from post one and had his racing game face on, surging to the early lead. Ridden by Indiana Grand’s leading Quarter Horse jockey this season Jose Beltran, the gelding maintained the top spot and shifted over halfway through the 400 yard dash to find a path to the wire more a little wider than the rail. In the end, Rockys Candy Shop was a dominant winner by three-quarters of a length. Beltran didn’t appear to ever ask the horse for more and pushed his fist in the air as soon as the duo crossed the wire to claim the victory. Jessalilsecret and Berkley Packer tracked Rockys Candy Shop the entire race to finish second over Atempting Love and Luis Guerrero, who closed in well for third. The time of the race was :19.745 seconds, a new stakes record for the Blue River Derby.

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Beach Treat and jockey Giovani Vazquez-Gomez scored the quickest time among 30 three-year-olds vying for a top 10 spot to advance to the $100,000 final of the Blue River Derby slated for Saturday, July 21. The duo covered the 400-yard dash in a time of :19.939 seconds to lead the field into the 16th running of the event.

Beach Treat and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez advance to the Blue River Derby Final as the fastest qualifiers. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from the inside post one of the second of three trials, Beach Treat wasn’t the quickest out of the gate but made up for it just a few steps out. The gelded son of Escondido Beach began to put together a steady rally, wearing his foes down to reach the wire by the margin of a head over Kitty Sixup and Samuel Mendez on the extreme outside. Jessalilsecret and Jose Beltran finished a neck back in third.

Owned and trained by Ron Brown, Beach Treat earned his third career win and his first of 2018 in the Blue River Derby Trial. He has recorded all 11 of his career starts at Indiana Grand.

Rocky Candy Shop, ridden by Beltran, won the second fastest trial of the night, completing his race in a time of :20.007. The Fantastic Corona Jr gelding, trained by Randy Smith, led from gate to wire, winning easily over Just Like Sarah and Jackson, who finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second. Fish Head and Aron Hunt maintained ground along the inside to finish third.

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It was a perfect way for Owner Rose Bode to celebrate Father’s Day Weekend. Her horse, Daddys Moe, rallied home to win the 16th running of the $129,600 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Daddys Moe and Jose Beltran rally under the wire a half-length ahead of stablemate Coronado Quiksilver to win the $129,600 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Saturday, June 16. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post 10 in the 10-horse final, Daddys Moe broke well but didn’t appear to get an early advantage out of the gate. Hooked on Jordan and Luis Guerrero grabbed the early lead from the center of the track and was in prime position for the final strides. However, they had not felt the strength of Daddys Moe until the final strides. He picked up momentum and cruised by his opponents to win by one-half length. He was tracked closely on the inside by stablemate Coronados Quiksilver, ridden by James Flores. The duo finished second by two lengths over Hooked On Jordan for third. The time of the 300-yard dash was :15.394 seconds, a new stakes record for the Jaguar Rocket Futurity. The previous stakes record was set in 2014 by Stinkin Rich and Aron Hunt in a time of :15.524.

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