Gordon Mobley Futurity
Sent to post as the 5-2 favorite in a field of 10 state-sired 2-year-olds, Sheri Miller's Shakeitonthebeach responded with a half-length victory in Saturday's $183,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity at Indiana Grand.
Shakeitonthebeach went 300 yards on a sloppy and sealed track in :15.528. Jose Beltran rode the homebred gray Escondido Beach filly for trainer Randy Smith.
"She was quiet and calm in the gate," said Beltran. "We waited until the gate opened, and she broke in front of the other horses by a length. I hit her with the whip a couple of times, and she was still fast. She was still running fast at the wire. She's a nice filly and very smart."
Shakeitonthebeach was bred in Indiana. The filly is out of Botticelli Shake, a winning daughter of the Special Task stallion Genuine Botticelli and a finalist in the 2013 Gordon Mobley Futurity.
"We raced her grandmother, Scrawberry Shake,” said Glen Miller, Sheri’s husband. “We were at a sale to buy another horse and our daughter (Katie) saw this filly’s (Shakeitonthebeach) mom (Botticelli Shake) and told us we had to buy her. Katie was small enough that I was carrying her at the sale.”
Shakeitonthebeach has won two of three starts -- all at Indiana Grand -- and she has banked $105,110.
"We didn't do a whole lot with her between the trial and the final," said Smith. "We just tried to keep her quiet and calm. She goes back and forth between the track and the farm. She's a good, solid little filly, and she breaks like a rocket."
Jess Z Bob finished second and was followed by Blue Eyed Newman, Catchey Rhythm, Rock Hard Candy, Beach Benny, The Shazoom Concept, HH CJ Shake, Got Sand Inmy Shorts, and Jess A Flyin Beach.
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