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Corn and much more Saturday at Indiana Grand.
By Martha Claussen and Jonathan Horowitz | August 23, 2016
Quarter Racing Journal
Trainer Randy Smith Sitting on a Big Saturday Night
By Martha Claussen
Saturday, August 13 was a memorable evening of racing for Indiana Grand trainer Randy Smith. He won seven of the nine races on the All Quarter Horse card, qualifying multiple runners for the three stakes that will be contested this Saturday night. It was not just an exemplary showing in the Quarter Horse record books; Smith set a new record at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino for most wins recorded in one night by a trainer of any breed.
The August 27 card begins with Thoroughbred races and concludes with the finals of the $90,600 Bob Woodard Memorial Classic; the $71,954 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby and the $192,739 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity.
Smith is loaded for each of the finals. He will saddle Beach Cartel and Beach Zoomer in the Bob Woodward and four 3-year-olds in the SSA Derby: fastest qualifier Coco Beach; Jumpn Chick; My Louisiana Rod and Megatron Harry.
But he throws down the gauntlet with six qualifiers to the $192,739.00 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Futurity, which in its 17th running, boasts a record purse. The fastest qualifier, Cb Come Fly With Me is trained by Joe Davis, and her time of :17.750 was eye-catching to say the least. Smith trains second-fastest qualifier Wrs Whoseyourdaddy, a Big Daddy Cartel filly owned by his wife, Debbie. If she can't get to the wire of the 350-yard final, he has noteworthy chances with Beach Zoomer, Zoomin B Cartel and Jess Jace. Or could there even be a price on a Smith trainee? Dnachrystalsfighter and Cartels Justice were the ninth and tenth fastest qualifiers.
Win or lose, it's another exceptional year for Smith, who continues to rack up the records at the Shelbyville, Indiana racetrack. He was the leading Quarter Horse trainer there in 2014 with 28 victories, but shattered his own records in the 2015 meet, which wrapped up on October 31. His horses won 46 races and purses in excess of $1.1 million.
"Indiana Quarter Horse racing is getting better every year," said Smith. "The money is good and they have the stakes spaced out so that you can have a couple of opportunities."
Solid racing, a thriving casino and a nicely-developing breeder program have all been factors in the continued success of Indiana Grand. Just this week, The Paulick Report featured the track in a very good report entitled "Indiana Grand Diaries: What’s Driving New Interest In Racing, Breeding Programs?"
Saturday night's racing is part of another unique promotion created by the energetic Indiana Grand marketing department, which has been tagged “Corntastic.” The evening will feature numerous corn-themed events, from a corn recipe contest to cornhole competitions to strolling scarecrows. First post for the evening is set at 6:05 p.m. (EST) with the Quarter Horse stakes running as the ninth, tenth and eleventh races on the card.
Smith much prefers training over talking, citing “good horses, good owners and good help” for his success. That's far from "corny" coming from Smith!
Stakes, Speed, and Sinatra
By Jonathan Horowitz
Belmont Park plays Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” over its PA system before the Belmont Stakes. If CB Come Fly With Me runs as well in Saturday’s final as he did in the trials to the $192,739 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity, Indiana Grand Race Course might consider cueing up the Sinatra song with the same name as the horse.
CB Come Fly With Me recorded a Grammy-like performance as the star of the five trial races that Indiana Grand held on August 13. Ridden by Rolando Pina for trainer Joe Davis and owner-breeder Carolyn Bruce, the 2-year-old bay filly dominated the third trial by the evening’s largest margin of victory—2 1/2 lengths—in the fastest 350-yard time of 17.570 seconds. She was .392 seconds quicker than second-fastest qualifier Wrs Whoseyourdaddy. The horse Cb Come Fly With Me defeated in the trials, Tres Seis Delight, still managed to clock in as the third-fastest qualifier.
CB Come Fly With Me was second in the 300-yard, $130,600 Jaguar Rocket Futurity on June 18. Her older half-brother Stinkin Rich—also owned by Bruce, ridden by Pina, and out of the dam Miss Scarlet—will be competing about an hour earlier on Saturday night as the fastest qualifier for the 400-yard, $90,600 Bob Woodward Memorial Classic. Stinkin Rich, who has $238,931 in career earnings, won the Miss Roxie Little and Jaguar Rocket futurities at Indiana Grand in 2014.
Standing in CB Come Fly With Me’s way is a group of six horses trained by Randy Smith, who saddled top-two finishers My Louisiana Rod and Megatron Harry in the 2015 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity. Megatron Harry’s full-brother Beach Zoomer—also sired by Escondido Beach and out of the dam Chicks Sweet Donna—is one of the six trained by Smith in this year’s futurity. Beach Zoomer defeated Cb Come Fly With Me when they each debuted in a maiden race at Indiana Grand on May 11.
Jockey Berkley Packer was aboard four of Smith’s six qualifiers in the trials and will have the mount on Zoomin B Cartel in the finals.
Wrangler Racing Ace Jonathan Horowitz' Top Four Selections:
#8 Cb Come Fly With Me
#10 Beach Zoomer
#7 Wrs Whoseyourdaddy
#5 Zoomin B Cartel
Wrangler Racing Aces in August
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