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Quality all-Quarter Horse card Saturday at Indiana Grand.

Indiana Grand Racecourse will present an all-Quarter Horse program on Saturday.

Trainer Joe Davis High on His Horses and Indiana Racing
By Martha Claussen

The final of six All Quarter Horse cards at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is set for Saturday, October 22 and one horsemen to watch is Joe Davis. The Sellersburg, Indiana resident will saddle runners in three of the four stakes on the program.

CB Come Fly With Me is one of 10 state-
bred juveniles entered in Saturday's
$190,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity at
Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott

This has been a breakout season for Davis, who recently sold his heating and air conditioning business to train Quarter Horses full time.  He earned his first career stakes on July 9, winning the $40,000 Bradford Stakes with Parti Favor, who returns in the $86,920 Indiana Championship. Davis owns and trains the 4-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, who began his year in Hialeah Park and has won each of his three starts this season at Indiana Grand.

"We saw a big improvement in him in Florida," noted Davis. "This is a very special horse; we call him our 'little mighty mouse midget' as he is small in stature but has a big heart. This will be a very tough race, but he has beaten Abundanz and Pistolpacking Pepsi."

Rolando Pina will ride each of the Davis trainees on Saturday evening, and breaks from post position seven aboard Parti Favor.

Davis will saddle Carolyn Bruce's homebred CB Come Fly With Me, the fastest qualifier in the $190,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity. The filly by Desirio has won her last three races. under jockey Rolando Pina, with a solid trial win in a time of :17.623 seconds.  She ran second in the $131,000 Jaguar Futurity on July 18, before winning the $193,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Futurity August 27. She's earned over $110,000 and is a perfect three for three at 350 yards.

“She's a super racehorse and has been the fastest qualifier to each of her three futurities this season," said  Davis.
 He also looks for a good effort from Switching Stones in the $139,440 Governor's Stake, which will run as the eighth race. Owned by Shanell Rogers, the Utah-bred 2-year-old is in pursuit of his third consecutive victory.

"The Heartland Futurity (300 yards) was just too short for him," stated Davis. "He's a big horse, about 16.1 hands and needs the added distance. (Fastest qualifier) Tommy The Train will be tough, but Switching Stones wasn't asked for much in his trial win."

Davis enters the final All Quarter Horse card with a record of 23 wins, 20 seconds and nine third-place finishes. He is third in the standings behind Randy Smith (42) and Anthony Cunningham (26).  Davis will bring a string of horses to Sam Houston Race Park for their 2017 Quarter Horse racing season before he returns to Shelbyville. 

"The Indiana-bred program is growing and has been very good this year," said Davis. "I would have to rate it a "10" for the purses and opportunities for horsemen."

The Stars of Indiana in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity
By Denis Blake

The recent history of horse racing in Indiana started in 1994 with the opening of Hoosier Park, and later Indiana Grand, but long before that horsemen were breeding and racing American Quarter Horses in the state and around the region. The $190,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity for state-breds honors one of those early horses, a 1971 daughter of Rocket Little who won 27 of 42 starts at tracks all over the Midwest and East Coast, including some long-forgotten tracks like Parr Meadows in New York, Glendale Downs in Michigan and Quad City Downs in Illinois.

In a race named after a top racemare, it’s fitting the top pick here is one of the two fillies taking on a field of male horses. CB Come Fly With Me, a Desirio filly trained by Joe Davis, figures to be a heavy favorite in this race as she has more wins and earnings than any other horse. The bad news for her opponents is that she seems to be improving—after winning once in her first three starts she has reeled off three straight dominating performances for breeder and owner Carolyn Bruce. Her time of :17.623 in the trials was easily the fastest and rider Rolando Pina never asked for her best. CB Come Fly With Me went off at 1-10 in that race, and she is likely to be a very short price again. While there are certainly no sure things in racing, the best bet here might be to figure out who is going to run second.

One candidate to fill that spot if CB Come Fly With Me does prevail is Dreamers Liaison. This gelding is the only runner to compete outside of Indiana, and he fared quite well against tough company at Remington Park and Fair Meadows in Oklahoma. He scored a nice victory in his trial despite an awkward start, and he could improve in his second start over the Indiana Grand surface. 

Another serious contender is DNA Dales Prospect, who won his first three career starts and then tasted defeat for the first time while running third behind Dreamers Liaison in the trials. Another plus about DNA Dales Prospect is that he did beat CB Come Fly With Me by a neck back in June.

With a big favorite in this race, that means there are going to some big longshots, like American Purr. While it would be a surprise to see this horse win, he could be a nice play for the exotic bets. This son of Grade 1 winner American Runaway needed a few starts to find his stride, but after finishing off the board in his first three outs he scored a maiden win and then ran a nice second to Dreamers Liaison in the trials.

Wrangler Racing Aces in October

On Saturday, October 22, Wrangler Racing Ace Martha Claussen will be onsite at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino for the final All Quarter Horse card of their 2016 live racing season. She will join Rachel McLaughlin for her "Wire to Wire" handicapping show and will be on hand throughout the evening for fan education. Special thanks to QHRAI for offering free $2 vouchers and long sleeved t-shirts, while supplies last!

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