More than $600,000 in purses will be on the line on Saturday, as Indiana Grand presents the final all-Quarter Horse program of its 2019 season.
The card includes four stakes, highlighted by the $182,400 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R), headed by HH CJ Shake, who starts from post 3. The sorrel Escondido Beach gelding has won four of six races this season and set the fastest Miss Roxie Little Futurity qualifying time in his last start.
The 2-1 morning-line favorite, HH CJ Shake will be ridden by Juan Marquez for owners Larry Carter, John Myers, Gary Brandon Bell, and Rusty Hawkins, and trainer Paul Martin.
Also included on the card is the seventh running of the $85,960 Indiana Championship (R) for older horses. The field includes six $100,000-plus earners, including Indiana’s all-time richest Quarter Horse, Stinkin Rich, who has banked more than $543,000 during his career. Owned and bred by Carolyn Bruce of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Stinkin Rich starts from post 5 in the nine-horse lineup at odds of 6-1. Shanley Jackson will ride Stinkin Rich for trainer Matt Frazier.
Country Boy 123, the likely favorite in the Indiana Championship, drew post 9. The 6-year-old son of champion Country Chicks Man races for Ruth Barbour of Michigan, and he won the Bradford Stakes at Indiana Grand in July . L.D. Martinez will ride Country Boy 123 for trainer Tony Cunningham.
The other stakes on the card are the $124,200 QHRAI Derby, set as Race 6, and the $135,000 Governor’s Stakes for 2-year-olds, set as Race 7. Both races are two of the three oldest pari-mutuel Quarter Horse stakes in Indiana, as they were implemented during the inaugural season in 1997 at Hoosier Park. Both are now in their 23rd year of action and began with a purse of $10,000.
The final all-Quarter Horse Stakes night will include numerous activities throughout the night, including the retirement of standout Indiana Quarter Horse WH Design by Dash from the Martin barn. The now 8-year-old son of Brimmstone, bred by Greg Morrison, retires with $436,000 in earnings and 13 wins in 42 starts, five of which are stakes victories. In all, WH Design by Dash hit the board in 31 of his 42 starts for owner Julia Martin.
Martha Claussen will be trackside to assist with the evening’s festivities, which includes $2 race wagers to the first 100 fans, long sleeved t-shirt giveaways, and the popular contest Quarter Four, which provides a $20 drawing each time a top four Quarter Horse jockey wins a race. All promotions are provided by the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI). The evening will conclude with a visit from the Headless Horseman.
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