Big Day for Quarter Horses at Indiana Downs

Track features five stakes for Quarter Horses.

October 12, 2013

Indiana Downs on Saturday featured “Quarter Horse Day” with nine sprint races, including five stakes, and an appearance by rodeo champion Ty Murray.

In the richest race of the day, the $136,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for Indiana-breds, Ronald Brown and Robert Ray’s Pistolpacking Pepsi got up to win by a half-length under jockey Alberto Pusac. Trained by co-owner Brown and bred by Diana Keiser, the Jesse James Jr gelding dashed 350 yards in :17.805.

This marked the stakes debut for Pistolpacking Pepsi, and the victory increased his earnings to $96,633 with a record of 8-3-1-0. The gelding hit the board just once in his first five starts and now has won three consecutive races.

Gilberto Barraza’s Eyem Jumpn, also making his stakes debut, finished a clear second. WH Design By Dash finished third.

The same owners and trainer also scored with the Diana Keiser-bred Tinys First Pepsi in the $115,052 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds. Rodney Prescott rode the gelded son of Tinys First Corona through a 400-yard trip in :19.835 with a half-length win as the favorite.

This marked the third career stakes win for Tinys First Pepsi, who also won last year’s Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana Downs. His record now stands at 13-6-4-1 with earnings of $219,989.

Longshot Kool Quick Cash ran second for owner Maurice Locklear, and Randy Thompson’s homebred Sum Fun For Magic, a two-time stakes winner at the meet, took third.

In the open $70,840 Governor’s Stakes for 2-year-olds, Foose On Fire picked up his third straight win as he prevailed by a neck under jockey Cesar Carrillo, who scored two stakes wins on the card. Bred in Indiana by John Andreini, Foose On Fire is a gelding by Foose owned by Rose Bode and trained by Randy Smith. The gelding covered 350 yards in :17.740.

Foose On Fire is now a winner of four of seven starts with two seconds, all at Indiana Downs. This win improved his career earnings to $59,135.

Cynthia Allen’s Secrets Fly, a stakes winner at both Indiana Downs and Delta Downs, took second with PYC First Prize Fany in the show position for owner Ricardo Martinez.

The $63,680 QHRAI Derby went to Diamonds Edge, who prevailed over favored Habits Secret in a tight photo finish. Ridden by Victor Olivo for owner and trainer Salvador Rojas, the Special Leader gelding earned a 107 speed index for a 400-yard dash in :19.768. Joe Kirk Fulton bred Diamonds Edge in Texas.

Unraced as a 2-year-old, Diamonds Edge has won half of his six starts this year and has earned $44,057.

Ricardo Martinez's Habits Secret, winner of the South Florida Derby at Hialeah Park, finished a game second with Carverson and Casey Corona in a dead heat for third.

In the $17,325 Circle City Stakes (R), 1-2 favorite Luminaro cruised to a 1 ¼-length victory under jockey Cesar Carrillo. The 5-year-old Separatist stallion, who was bred in Texas by Bobby Cox, runs for owners Jose Ortiz and Ezequiel Rodriguez and is trained by Julio Almanza. He sprinted 350 yards in :17.677.

In his first 12 career starts, Luminaro visited the winner’s circle just once but now he’s put together a three-race winning streak and boosted his bankroll to $29,084.

Jim Tinkham’s Cootinks Flying Ace finished second for the fifth consecutive time, and Body Of Evidence took third for owner Reinier Garcia.