Indiana Stakes Previews
Indiana Downs hosts evening of big stakes.
June 29, 2012
The Gene Cox-owned, -bred and -trained homebred Princess Lil Bit comes into the $118,920 Heartland Futurity with a two-for-two record on a strong stakes program on Saturday at Indiana Downs.
Princess Lil Bit (Coronas Leaving You-Princess Toast by Toast To Dash) won her maiden at first asking at Delta Downs with a half-length win as a 23-1 outsider on May 10. She was then tested in her Heartland Futurity trial when she won by a nose as the 7-5 favorite over second-fastest qualifier Teller Sweet Nothins (Teller Cartel-Bits Of Bliss by Streakin La Jolla).
Princess Lil Bit was timed in :15.828 for 300 yards, while Teller Sweet Nothins was credited with a :15.836 time.
The John Wolpert-owned and -trained Teller Sweet Nothins won her maiden by a head in her prior start.
In the $130,000 Jaguar Rocket Stakes for 2-year-old Indiana-breds, fastest qualifier WH Johnnie Boy Red (Jonathan Perry-Fast Mans Dash by Heza Fast Man) won his trial over second-fastest qualifier Tinys First Pepsi (Tinys First Corona-Chics Pepsi by Lucks Chic Gay).
Julia Rae Martin’s WH Johnnie Boy Red, trained by Paul Martin, won his maiden in his second start and then rolled to a one-length trial win in :15.685 for 300 yards.
Robert Ray and Ronald Brown’s Tinys First Pepsi was timed in :15.866 while making his second start at 20-1 odds. He was fourth in his career debut.
In the $113,800 Blue River Derby, Chilled Six Pack (Chilled Corona- Six Packin Robin by Packin Sixes Jr) established the fastest qualifying time of :17.874 for 350 yards in the first of three trials when he raced to the early lead and went on to a three-quarter length score. He has won three of seven starts, including last year’s Gordon Mobley Futurity (R).
In the $110,400 Bob Woodard Memorial Classic for 4-year-old and older horses, Randy Thompson’s Air Born Leader (Leader Of The Class-Air Born Jazz by Born Runner) tries for his third-straight win at Indiana Downs. The winner of five of 10 starts at Indiana Downs won the Born Runner Stakes (R) two starts ago and then set the fastest qualifying time of :17.788 for 350 yards in the Woodard trials.
In the $105,150 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, trainer Sacramento Chavez has the two fastest qualifiers – Mo Zoomo (Shazoom-Stylish Form by The Signature) and Valor And Glory (Valiant Hero-Mahlanka by Special Effort).
Owned by Chavez, Mo Zoomo has won each of his two starts at Indiana Downs with a length trial win in :17.812 for 350 yards. He previously took an allowance race by a head after hopping at the start.
Eleuterio Garcia’s Valor And Glory scored a nearly 15-1 upset win in his trial to win his maiden in his eighth start. He was timed in :17.901.
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