Big Money in Hoosier Stakes

Indiana track offers $225,000 spread over three stakes events.

August 18, 2012

Indiana’s Hoosier Park presented three American Quarter Horse stakes on Saturday afternoon, and the action kicked off with a track record-breaking performance by Ethics Aside in the $84,600 Bradford Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

Ridden by Harold Collins for owner and trainer Jorge Luis Gonzalez, the 6-year-old Texas-bred stallion by Mr Jess Perry battled for the lead throughout the 400-yard contest before winning by a neck in :19.730 to lower the previous mark of :19.856. This marked the second career stakes win for the Joe Kirk Fulton-bred runner, who also captured the Roble Rojo Bonus Challenge Stakes earlier this year at Hialeah Park. His record now stands at 27-6-3-2 with earnings of $113,105.

J. Guadalupe Arevalo’s Got Courage, a Metallic Lion mare who came in with a three-race winning streak, dueled gamely to finish second. Cesar Rosales’ Speed Smith, a two-time stakes winner in the Midwest, took third in the race in which the margin between each of the first six finishers was just a neck.

In the $100,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity (R), Tinys First Pepsi scored his first career stakes victory when he crossed the wire a half-length in front with a clocking of :17.870 for 350 yards. Rodney Prescott rode the Indiana-bred gelding by the Corona Cartel stallion Tinys First Corona for trainer Ronald Brown, who co-owns the winner with Robert Ray.

Tinys First Pepsi, who was bred by Diana Keiser out of the Lucks Chic Gay mare Chics Pepsi, picked up $39,000 for the win to add to his previous earnings of $10,273. The gelding posted the fastest qualifying time in the trials with a maiden-breaking victory.

Quency Grant’s Mr Jess Down Focash, a South Carolina-bred gelding by Papa Larry, closed late to grab second. Williams Racing Stables Inc.’s WRS Kool Blaze, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Kool Quick Kid, took third.

In the final stakes of the afternoon, Randy Thompson’s Successful Dash drew clear to capture the $50,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby (R) by 1 ¼ lengths with a time of :20.090 for 400 yards. Gerardo Garrido piloted the Indiana-bred gelding by Cartel Success for conditioner Thomas Mosley Jr.

The victory was the fourth of the year for Successful Dash and his first career stakes win. His overall record improved to 13-5-1-2 with earnings of $67,541. Successful Dash, who was bred by Bill Price, was the fastest qualifier.

Eric Doctor’s Dashing Val filly Will You Perry Me finished a clear second with HQH Burn Notice, by Twaynas Dash, in third for owners David Whitman and Timothy Noel.