Q-Racing Blog: Good Deal

Indiana has a good deal going on.

Indiana has a good deal going on.

There are a couple of good deals coming up on October 21 at Indiana Grand in the form of a pair of $100,000-added races – the QHRAI (Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana) Derby and the Governor’s Stake.

Here’s the deal: there was $100,000 added to each race and only two trials to each race.

They are two of five stakes on the all-American Quarter Horse program. The others are the Indiana Championship, Miss Roxie Little Futurity for Indiana-breds and the Speed Sale Futurity.

Don't forget to add in that you can buy a new horse at the October 22 QHRAI Speed Sale.

Trainer Larry Sharp is well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities. He saddles the three-fastest qualifiers to the Governor’s Stake and the top qualifier to the QHRAI Derby. Of course, with two trials, the best horses do not need to be pushed. They can reach the finals on their talent.

The Sharp-trained foursome has talent.

They have a combined 28 starts, with 17 wins and earnings of $599,194.

Topping the Sharp-trained trio in the Governor’s Stake is Jon and Brant Barley’s La Vencedora, who holds the distinction of being the only horse to defeat $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Eagle Jazz. La Vencedora raced to a head win over Eagle Jazz in the $913,850 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (RG2) back in April at Remington Park.

La Vencedora is the ninth-ranked horse in the weekly AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-Year-Olds.

The Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity win was the second victory in her current four-race winning streak. After an easy trial score at Prairie Meadows, the Ivory James-sired filly had to fight to get her most recent score in her Governor’s Stake trial.

Racing in the second of the two trials, La Vencedora hooked up with stablemate Cappy shortly after the start and they were clearly the class of the trial, finishing 2 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher and fourth-fastest qualifier, Racanteur.

La Vencedora was able to prevail by a neck over the Sharp homebred Cappy while racing over a sealed-sloppy track. La Vencedora was timed in :17.837 for the 350 yards with Cappy checking in at :17.874, the top-two qualifying marks.

“La Vencedora is a nice filly and I look for her to run a big race,” said Sharp. “She’s a little runner, about 900 pounds, and has a good mind and is laid back.”

Cappy is a gelding that is maturing. “He can run a little bit,” said Sharp. “He has finally figured it out and has his mind on business.”

The third-fastest qualifier from the Sharp barn is Duane Murphy’s BS Special, winner of the first trial. She scored her third-consecutive victory with 1 1/2-length win in :17.995 on the sealed-sloppy track.

A daughter of Freighttrain B, BS Special won the Minnesota Stallion Breeders Futurity at Canterbury Downs in her start before the Governor’s Stake trial.

“She is as honest as the day is long,” said Sharp. “She’s beat some nice horses and she doesn’t make mistakes. She does her job.”

Owned by Brant and Jon Barley with Brad Sharp, Tommy The Train carries the Sharp barn’s hopes in the QHRAI Derby. The gelding by Freighttrain B pulled away to a 1 1/2-length trial win in :19.795 to lead the qualifiers.

The winner of last year’s Governor’s Stake, Tommy The Train has three-consecutive daylight wins after finishing ninth in the $251,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park back in March.

“He wasn’t quite ready for the Oklahoma Derby and it kinda knocked him out,” said Sharp. The trainer rested the gelding and it paid off. During his current winning streak, he won the $81,500 QHRAI Derby.

“He loves this racetrack and I think the time off really helped him,” said Sharp.

The money is there at Indiana Grand and the Sharp crew is ready.

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