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Retrospection has not been worse than second all year and proved that he cannot be overlooked as he paired up with Jockey Robby Albarado to take home the top prize in the 14th running of the $150,000 Governor’s Stakes Wednesday, Aug. 9. They covered the one mile and 70-yard event in a time of 1:42.66 to record their second win in five starts for 2017.

Retrospection and Robby Albarado were two length winners in the $150,000 Governor’s Stake Wednesday, Aug. 9. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from the outside post 11, Retrospection had intentions of getting up close to the pace early on, but a lot of traffic forced Albarado wide in the first turn as Shezaguy and Eddie Perez scooted up the inside to take advantage of the top spot early on. Evader and Marcelino Pedroza, also a longshot in the field, also made their presence known early, sitting to the outside of Shezaguy through the early portions of the race. Retrospection never let the top two get out away from them too far and maintained their position down the backstretch.


Mind Reader and DeShawn Parker were persistent in finding racing room and their persistency paid off, rallying home to the victory in the ninth running of the $100,000 Snack Stakes. The duo covered the one-mile turf course distance in a time of 1:36.80.


Mind Reader and DeShawn Parker pulled off a mild upset in the $100,000 Snack Stakes Wednesday, July 20 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post 10 in the bulky field of 11 Indiana bred three-year-olds, Mind Reader rallied out of the starting gate with the pack, settling in nicely among the second tier horses as Gifted Justice and Declan Cannon shot to the lead on the inside with Evader and Marcelino Pedroza three wide as Shezaguy and Juan De La Cruz held his ground between horses. The trio of horses continued their pursuit of the race down the backstretch as horses continued to stay close from the top to bottom in the field. Around the turn, the late closers began kicking in and Parker let Mind Reader out a notch just to keep positioning.


Retrospection and Robby Albarado proved to be the toughest pair in the ninth running of the $100,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes Wednesday, June 21. The duo found room at the top of the stretch and got through en route to their first career stakes win.

Retrospection and Robby Albarado (inside) edge out Mind Reader and DeShawn Parker for the win in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post one in the 10 horse field, Albarado had Retrospection in contention early and was covered up by horses for a majority of the race, sitting in mid pack as Evader and Marcelino Pedroza led the way through early fractions of the one and one-sixteenth mile race. As the field approached the final turn, the field became even more bunched up leaving several horses on the inside searching for room, including Retrospection.

 At the top of the stretch, Retrospection found just enough space to get through his opponents and find a clear lane to run. Mind Reader and DeShawn Parker also found a place to accelerate and joined Retrospection for the stretch drive. In the end, Retrospection had the advantage on the inside to defeat Mind Reader by the margin of a head. Dox Folly and Malcolm Franklin rallied from the back of the pack to slide in for third.


Brooklynsway took control on the far turn and drew off to an 8 1/2-length romp over Pangburn in the $102,850 Mari Hulman George Stakes on Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby undercard Saturday night.

Jockey Robby Albarado had Brooklynsway tracking a modest pace before turning the filly loose. While running away from the field, she was timed in 1:43.02 for 1 1/16 miles. Brooklynsway paid $3.80 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show as the odds-on favorite in the field of seven fillies and mares.

“She keeps going like she’s going, she’s going to beat somebody,” Albarado said. “She’s got all the attributes of a good one: Physically she’s big enough. Tactically fast. There’s not going to be a false pace or she’ll be the pacesetter there. She’s got a lot of qualities you want to see.”

The 4-year-old Brooklynsway, who was foaled in Ontario and had raced only at Woodbine near Toronto, has proven a savvy $180,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton November sale last fall by trainer Bernie Flint and owner Dr. Naveed Chowhan, both of Louisville. Saturday’s stakes was their sixth race this year; she also won Keeneland’s Grade III Doubledogdare at 25-1 and was second in Churchill Downs’ Grade II Fleur de Lis in her prior start.

“I’m telling you, I’m amazed that as much as I’ve run her, she’s still strong and durable,” Flint said. “She doesn’t carry her race with her. She’ll come from behind. She’ll go to the front. She’ll work with the group she’s in there with. We’ve been beaten a few times, but every time she got beat, something had to happen. Either she stumbled, she fell, she got shut off or in tight where you couldn’t make a run. That goes with horse racing. But today, absolutely, she came through and shined really brightly.”


By Jennie Rees, Eclipse Award-winning freelance writer


If all 12 start, this will be the largest Indiana Derby field ever. Here we take a look at the pros and cons of betting each horse:


Post 1 – Discreet Lover (jockey Jose Flores, trainer Uriah St. Lewis, owner Trin-brook Stables)

Pros: Philadelphia shipper has been knocking at the door, including finishing third in the Ohio Derby at 87-1 odds. He’s been working very well and could pull off the upset if there’s a hot pace.

Cons: Other closers are faster than he is. His 1-for-13 record doesn’t inspire confidence as far as hitting winners circle, though he has four seconds and two thirds.


Post 2 – Cherry Wine (jockey Luis Saez, trainer Dale Romans, owners William Pacella, Frank Jones and Frank Shoop)

Pros: No other horse in the field ran in the Triple Crown, and he finished second in the Preakness, beating Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. His 100 BRIS speed figure in the Preakness tops the field.

Cons: Finishing seventh in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont might have taken some starch out of him. He needs a fast pace up front, which is no sure thing.


By Jennie Rees, Eclipse Award-winning freelance writer

Robby Albarado — whose three Indiana Derby victories are the most for a jockey and who is looking for a fourth Saturday night aboard Whateverybodywants — recently became only the 14th rider to surpass $200 million in North American purse earnings. He figures to attain his 5,000th career victory next year.

The jockey also has plates in his head, fallout from twice fracturing his skull in spills. He once won a Grade I race three days after getting kicked square on in the face by a horse.

He’s also 42 years old and says he’s riding better than he ever has in a career spanning almost 27 years, not counting the five Albarado rode at Louisiana’s unsanctioned bush tracks when he was too young to get a jockey’s license.

“You have a lot of wisdom and knowledge about racing now,” the Louisville-based Albarado said recently on the Churchill Downs backside after working the Bernie Flint-trained Brooklynsway, who runs in Saturday night’s Mari Hulman George.

“Physically, I’m able to do what I was 20 years ago. People who were here 20 years ago, like (jockey) valets, come up to me and say, ‘Man, you’re riding the best I’ve seen you since you’ve been here.’ I used to win five a day here, and they never said that.

“Actually, I feel so much better riding now than I have in a long time… Professionally, I’m just riding some good horses, riding smart races, giving them a chance and in position to win.”

Albarado is wasting no time working toward $300 million in purses. “I can’t,” he said with a laugh.