Indiana Grand to Offer Record Purse
Gordon Mobley Futurity will offer a purse of nearly $200,000.
July 18, 2014
Since pari-mutuel American Quarter Horse racing began in Indiana in 1997, the sport has grown into a viable business for many breeders, owners, trainers and other participants in the state. Last year, the Miss Roxie Little Futurity recorded a purse of a little more than $136,000, making it the richest stakes ever for the sprinters in the state. When the fifth running of the Gordon Mobley Futurity goes to post Saturday, July 26, at Indiana Grand it will mark the highest purse in the 18-year history of Quarter Horse racing in the Hoosier State.
Advertised at $150,000-added, the race is projected to be more than $199,000. It will be joined by the $50,000-added Heartland Futurity, the $50,000-added Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, the $100,000-added Jaguar Rocket Futurity and the $100,000 Blue River Derby to mark the richest program in history for an Indiana Quarter Horse racing program.
The fastest qualifier of the Mobley trials, which were held Friday, July 4, was Ms Fool Me Once and rider Shanley Jackson. The duo covered the 300 yards in a time of :15.664. Other freshman sprinters securing a spot in the final includes Stone Toasted, Cant Catcha Corona, Put Ten Across, DNA Dales Quick Cat, Plumber Joe, Eye Pay U Off, Indy Bred Chick, Jess A Devil and BV Fancy. In all, five fillies and five colts or geldings qualified for the final round, set for the third all-Quarter Horse racing night of the 2014 season at Indiana Grand.
The evening will also be dedicated to the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund. Racetracks across North America will devote time and awareness to the worthwhile cause and raise funds through either on-track donations or by “text-to-donate.” Indiana Grand will host a RushShelby Energy Family Fun Night to complement the night and will follow a back to school theme. The evening will include appearances by Dr. Seuss characters “Cat in the Hat” and “Thing One” and Thing Two.” The apron area will also include a face painter and a bounce house along with numerous drawings and contests, including the Quarter Four with the top four Quarter Horse jockeys featured in races one through eight on the program. If any of the top four riders wins in those races, a $20 race wager will be drawn.
In addition to the contests for the older racing fans, the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will provide special giveaways to high school and college age students. The organization will provide a dozen backpacks with supplies to be given away along with one premium prize, a brand new iPad. Those in attendance who are in high school and college will be eligible to sign up for the drawings near the winner’s circle. QHRAI will also provide several T-shirt tosses throughout the night featuring a Quarter Horse design.
A total of six all-Quarter Horse racing nights are slated for the 2014 season. Other nights dedicated to the sprinters include Saturday, Aug. 30, Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 25, which will include numerous stakes races. In addition, Martha Claussen of the Racing Aces will return to assist with handicapping for the evening. She will also provide information and assistance to those wishing to learn more about Quarter Horse racing.
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