Trainer Randy Smith Breaks Records at Indiana Grand

Smith won 46 Quarter Horse races and had purse earnings of more than $1.1 million during the track's 2015 meet.

Edited press release

Randy Smith (second from right) was the leading Quarter Horse trainer during the Indiana Grand 2015 meet. Joining Smith in the photo is (from left) Indiana Grand vice president and general manager Jon Schuster, his wife, Debbie, and track television host Rachel McLaughlin. PHOTO: Linscott Photography.

Randy Smith led all Quarter Horse trainers with record-breaking numbers at the Indiana Grand meet, which ended October 31.

A resident of Broughton, Illinois, Smith set records with 46 wins and purse earnings of more than $1.1 million. One of his season highlights came in the October 24, $120,200 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores, where he prepped the first three finishers, including winner Beach Cartel.

Smith was the first Quarter Horse trainer to top the $1-million mark in earnings during a season at Indiana Grand. He also broke his own record for number of wins, which had been 28 (in 2014).

After just four years, Smith has 999 wins to rank second on Indiana Grand’s list of all-time leading Quarter Horse trainers.

“It all comes down to three things, good owners, good horses and good help,” said the Smith, who was joined in the closing-night Indiana Grand winner’s circle ceremony by his wife, Debbie. Debbie Smith plays an important role in the management and success of her husband’s stable.

The Smiths will relocate to Florida for the winter, where they turn their focus on breaking babies and getting ready for the 2016 meet at Indiana Grand. They oversee the care and training of 64 horses.

Fittingly, Smith won the final race of the 2015 season on October 31 with WRS The Boss. He also accepted the meet’s leading Quarter Horse owner award for Sheri Miller, who won 12 races during the meet. Miller has also had success the past two years with her stallion Escondido Beach, 2014 Sire of the Year in Indiana.

Horses representing Miller earned more than $371,000 and included Beach Cartel, a two-time stakes winner during the meet. Miller has raced Quarter Horses in Indiana for more than 10 years. She served as a trainer for her horses for many years and won a leading-trainer title one year at Hoosier Park.

Miller and her husband, Glen, operate Miller Ranch in Shipshewana, Indiana.

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