Five Stakes at Indiana Downs

More than $500,000 up for grabs on a stellar Quarter Horse card.

July 1, 2012

Indiana Downs presented a full 10-race card of American Quarter Horse action on Saturday night highlighted by a quintet of six-figure stakes.

The first stakes of the night, the $118,920 Heartland Futurity, had a disqualification as Habits Secret crossed the wire first but was placed second for interference. That made Teller Sweet Nothins the winner.

The Colorado-bred filly by Teller Cartel, who finished a neck back and was forced out late, was ridden by Troy Crissup for trainer and owner John Wolpert. Bred by Thomas Bradbury and Lisa Beauprez, Teller Sweet Nothins earned $65,406 to add to her previous earnings of $7,338 from an Indiana Downs maiden win and a second-place finish in her trial.

Ricardo Martinez’s Habits Secret, a colt by No Secrets Here, took home second-place money of $23,784. David Tolle and Starlet Hunt’s Huntin Ivory, by Ivory James, crossed the wire third.

Older Indiana-breds competed in the $110,400 Bob Woodard Memorial Classic (R), and Randy Thompson’s homebred Air Born Leader came through with his third career stakes win. The 4-year-old gelding by Leader Of The Class won by a length as the 3-5 favorite and clocked 350 yards in :17.672 with Gerardo Garrido in the saddle for trainer Thomas Mosley Jr.

This marked the seventh win in 18 outs for Air Born Leader, who has won two editions of the Born Runner Classic (R), and his earnings now stand at $235,879.

Brian Gunder’s Fillemup Phil, who finished third in last year’s Bob Woodard, finished a clear second in this renewal. Gypsy Effort closed to take third for breeder and owner Donna Garard.

The $113,800 Blue River Derby (R) for state-breds featured a tight finish with Chilled Six Pack prevailing by a nose as the 8-5 favorite. The homebred running for Vickie and Raymond Duke was ridden by Shanley Jackson and is trained by John McCreary.

Chilled Six Pack, a brown gelding by Chilled Corona, took last year’s Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) at Hoosier Park. He sports a record of 8-4-2-0 with earnings of $142,061.

Coronet Farm’s homebred Princess Royal Blew, by Royal Blue Chew Chew, ran the biggest race of her career to take second and earn $22,760 to add to her previous total of $8,555 in seven starts. The Dashin Val filly Will You Perry Me finished a solid third for owner Eric Doctor.

The $105,160 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby was won by the longest shot in the field as Illinois-bred Jhony Red broke his maiden at odds of 16-1. A veteran of only four prior starts, the colt by Corona Casanova had finished second in an Indiana Downs maiden race and then finished third in his trial after finishing off the board in his two starts as a juvenile. Harold Collins piloted the colt for owner Francisco Vega and trainer Loren Brocka with a 350-yard dash in :17.687. Jhony Red was bred by Gerald Case Rogers and is the second stakes winner sired by Corona Casanova.

Mo Zoomo, a Shazoom colt running for trainer and owner Sacramento Chavez, crossed the wire second with You Mitey Right in third for owner Edward Scott.

The richest and final stakes of the evening was the $130,700 Jaguar Rocket Stakes (R) for 2-year-old Indiana-breds, and 4-5 favorite WH Johnnie Boy Red got up to win by a neck in :15.630 for 300 yards. Victor Olivo rode for owner Julia Rae Martin and trainer Paul Martin.

After finishing a close third in his debut against maidens, WH Johnnie Boy Red has now won three consecutive races and earned $86,173. His other wins came in a maiden race and his trial for the Jaguar Rocket. Bred by Ken and Reba George, the gelding is the first stakes winner sired by the stakes-placed Mr Jess Perry stallion Jonathan Perry.

Randy Smith’s Dean Miracle filly Sixy Lil Garter finished second with Kitticelli in third for owner Jane Marie Arendsen.