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Fierce Runaway in Wide-Open Bradford

Solid stakes horses fill Bradford Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal
September 20, 2013

The Salvador Rojas-owned and -trained Fierce Runaway won two of four starts this year at Indiana Downs and returns to tackle a full field of older horses over 400 yards in the $59,120 Bradford Stakes on Saturday at the track near Shelbyville, Indiana.

Fierce Runaway (Ocean Runaway-Hop Kip And Jump by Kiptys Charger) is on a roll at Indiana Downs this summer, with a 4 1/4-length romp in the $58,000 Indiana Downs Classic (R) on June 8 and a close second by a neck in a July 6 allowance, and comes into the Bradford off a 2-length win in a $13,000 allowance race as the 7-10 favorite on August 2. She won the Indiana Downs Classic after bobbling at the start and was well in hand while scoring in the allowance race.

The Matt Frazier-owned and -trained Gallant Ways (Make It Anywhere-Corona Bikini by Corona Cartel) is an 8-year-old veteran who has been a stakes competitor since he finished fifth in the 2007 Valley Junction Futurity (G2). Prepping for his 18th stakes appearance, Gallant Ways has won eight races with $253,184 in earnings from 44 starts.

Gallant Ways is still in stakes-winning form with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $28,000 Indiana Championship two starts ago on May 25.

Owner Francisco Ramos and trainer Raul Gonzalez will be represented by the entry of Streaked Face Bay (Ivory James-Itsmybag (TB) by Bag) and I Is It (Executive Menace-Lone Legacy by Cash Legacy).

Streaked Face Bay could be ready for the win after finishing close thirds in a $14,850 allowance race on July 6 at Indiana Downs and in the $17,650 Queen City Dash Bonus Challenge on July 21 at Beulah Park in Ohio.

I Is It nearly won the July 6 Bob Woodard Memorial Classic (R) when he was defeated by a nose. He comes off a second-place run in a $23,000 allowance race over 330 yards on September 9.

Walter “Dick” Harrison’s 6-year-old homebred Fearles Fred (Fredricksburg-Precious Debutante by Heza Fast Man) made his 2013 debut two starts back when he won the $15,000 Don Boyd Memorial Bonus Challenge by a head, with a late surge on July 7. The $263,625-earner was then well beaten by BF Farm Boy in the $53,100 Keokuk Stakes for trainer Carol Rettele on August 17.