Horsemen Trio Take Indiana Downs Stakes
Connections pull in two of three Indiana Downs stakes in one night.
June 14, 2013
Indiana Downs' June 8, 12-race card was capped off by three Quarter Horse stakes; two of which, the Gordon Mobley Futurity and the Born Runner Classic, were dominated by trainer Thomas Mosley Jr. and company. Owner-breeder Randy Thompson made a statement with his products Doc Special and Air Born Leader, and jockey Harold Collins went three for three in the money to close the night at Indiana Downs.
The trio made their presence known in Race 10, when 22-1 long shot Doc Special took the $132,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity. The 300-yard dash for 2-year-old Indiana-breds broke the wire in :16.130, with Doc Special out front by a neck. Early favorites were nowhere to be found, as 15-1 morning line WH Design By Dash, and Eyes Easy Cash rounded off the top three. Coming off a less than impressive fourth-place finish in trials, Doc Special overcame the odds for a cool $72,710.
The Indiana Downs Classic, for older fillies and mares after a $58,800 purse, followed in Race 11. Salvador Rojas’s product Fierce Runaway and jockey Cesar Carrilo made quick work of 350-yards to win by four-lengths in :17.524. The 4-year-old Texas-bred mare would lead the way for her first stakes win ahead of Harold Collins atop Okey Dokey Diamond and Indiana-bred Shez So Rare.
Harold Collins would suit up for Thompson and Mosley yet again in Race 12, aboard 9-5 morning line favorite Air Born Leader. The $118,200 Born Runner Classic, for Indiana-breds 3-years old and upward over 400 yards, would continue with tradition as Air Born Leader led the pack in :20.178; his third consecutive victory in the event. The 5-year-old gelding had his work cut out for him as 19-1 shot Free Kittens gave up an early lead by a neck, and Romped held in tightly for third. Air Born Leader amassed his 10th win of twenty-four starts and $323,278 in career earnings.
Thompson, Mosley, and Collins have proved to be a constant threat to the winners circle, and a 20-1 stakes win demonstrates the explosive action and excitement of Quarter Horse racing.
Indiana Downs General Manager Jon Schuster emphasized the significance of a double stakes win, “There are so many great horses in races like this. When one group, or even one trainer can be involved in multiple winners, it is impressive. After the purses are divided up they will have won nearly $140,000. That much money is a great year for 99.9 percent of people, and these guys did it in less than an hour.”
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