Jackson Wins First Indiana Grand Title

Raper, Smith also earn honors at Indiana Grand.

News Release

Jon Schuster (left), vice president and general manager, and Kevin Greely (right), director of racing, present Shanley Jackson with his first ever leading Quarter Horse jockey award during closing night at Indiana Grand on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Shanley Jackson completed the 2014 Quarter Horse season at Indiana Grand with his first career leading jockey title on Saturday, November 1. The Tallahassee, Florida, native picked up 27 wins for the season with purse earnings of just over the $500,000 mark to lead all American Quarter Horse jockeys at the track.

Jackson’s move into Quarter Horse racing came at a late age in life. He had always ridden horses and enjoyed it, but never thought about riding professionally until the age of 46 in 2009. He quickly turned his part-time hobby into a successful career and was well on his way to a title in 2013 before an injury sidelined him.

“Sometimes, it just isn’t meant to be,” said Jackson. “After I got hurt, they passed me up but I still finished third. I am thankful to God for a good year and also thankful for all the Quarter Horse riders this year that have had a good meet. I thank all the owners and trainers who gave me opportunities to ride this year. It’s very special to win this award.”

Prior to riding full time, Jackson served as a school bus driver and later worked as a heavy equipment operator. His talent on a horse has brought him into the forefront of Indiana Quarter Horse racing and to date, he has 10 career stakes wins at Indiana Grand and moves into third place on the list of all-time leading jockeys with 65 wins. Jackson topped the standings with a two win lead over Juan Guerrero, who finished second with 25 wins over Jose Beltran, who finished third with 24 wins.

Jackson plans to head home for a break to spend time with family, including his 14-year-old son, Shanley Jr., before heading to Hialeah Park for the winter meet.

The race for leading trainer came down to the final night of racing. Ron Raper picked up his eighth leading trainer title at Indiana Grand by winning 28 races with more than $675,000 in purses for 2014. He topped the charts just two wins ahead of Randy Smith, who completed the meet with 26 wins. Tony Cunningham finished third with 19 wins.

Smith earned the leading Quarter Horse owner title with nine wins on the season and more than $200,000 in purses. Randy Haffner finished second with eight wins, followed by Robert Ray and Ron Brown, whose partnership earned six wins in the owner standings.

The top Quarter Horse of the meet was Pistolpacking Pepsi, owned by Ray and Brown. The 3-year-old son of Jesse James Jr. won five of seven starts with purse earnings of more than $180,000 for the honor. Five wins gives Pistolpacking Pepsi the record for most wins in one season by a Quarter Horse.

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing concluded Saturday, November 1. Racing is proposed to resume in April 2015. For more information, visit the website at indianagrand.com.

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