July 26, 2014
Indiana Grand on Saturday hosted five stakes worth more than $600,000, including the richest American Quarter Horse ever run in the Hoosier State.
In the most lucrative race of the night, owner and trainer Randy Smith captured the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-sired juveniles with Cant Catcha Corona. The Indiana-bred gelding by First Corona Home prevailed by a head with a 300-yard clocking of :15.610 under jockey Harold Collins. Bred by Diana Moster, Cant Catcha Corona is now undefeated in three starts and has banked $122,870. The gelding went off as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering after posting the third-fastest qualifying time in the trials.
Favored Stone Toasted missed the victory by a head but was well clear in second, finishing 2 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Eye Pay U Off.
In the $135,100 Blue River Derby (R) for Indiana-breds, Robert Ray and Ronald Brown’s Pistolpacking Pepsi scored a mild upset at odds of 6-1. Ridden by Gabriel Lagunes and trained by co-owner Brown, the gelded son of Jesse James Jr won by a half-length in :20.100 for 400 yards. Pistolpacking Pepsi, who was bred by Diana Keiser, improved his record to 11-4-1-1 with earnings of $172,438.
Bye Bye Eagle had an early lead and held on for second with WH Design By Dash in third.
The $130,500 Jaguar Rocket Futurity (R) for Indiana-breds went to Carolyn Bruce’s homebred Stinkin Rich, a colt by One Famous Eagle who won by a length in a time of :15.524 for 300 yards. Aron Hunt rode for trainer Ron Raper. The first-place check for $71,775 pushed Stinkin Rich’s earnings to $81,575 with two wins and a second in three starts.
Diamond Kissed Too closed to take second with Rock Crushin Dynasty in the show position.
In the open $92,800 Heartland Futurity, Iowa-bred WRS Quick Regards won by a half-length with Juan Guerrero in the irons for trainer Randy Smith. Bred and owned by Williams Racing Stables Inc., the gelding by Chicks Regard started his career by finishing off the board against maidens at Remington Park and then breaking his maiden in the Heartland trials.
One Famous Kisser took second with favored First Down Renata in third.
The stakes quintet was completed by the $72,640 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby for open company. At the wire, it was Utah-bred Secret Miracle by a neck over Jettastic with another head back to Eagle Illusion in third. Bred by Brent and Karl Peterson and owned by J. Guadalupe Arevalo, the No Secrets Here filly dashed 400 yards in :19.866 under Gabriel Lagunes. The Julio Almanza trainee has compiled a record of 10-4-2-0 with earnings of $65,260 while racing exclusively at Indiana Grand.
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