Zoomin B Cartel Upsets Miss Roxie Little Futurity

The $190,600 race was the richest of four stakes on Indiana Grand's all-Quarter Horse card.

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Zoomin B Cartel outran his 15-1 odds to win Saturday's Miss Roxie Little Futurity for state-breds at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Sent to post at odds of 15-1, fifth-fastest qualifier Zoomin B Cartel scored his first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $190,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Indiana Grand.

Zoomin B Cartel defeated fastest qualifier and 3-5 favorite CB Come Fly With Me by a neck in :17.793. Omar Reyes rode the gelded son of The Louisiana Cartel for owners Gordon Timm and Vicki Lundstrum and trainer Randy Smith.

Zoomin B Cartel was bred by Timm, and the gelding was coming off of a victory in his Miss Roxie Little Futurity trial on October 8.

"Every race he has been getting better and better," said Smith of Zoomin B Cartel, one of three finalists from his barn. "There wasn't a horse in there that couldn't have won this race. He was just the best tonight."

"When this colt was three months old, Vicki told me she'd give me $5,000 for half, and I said it was a deal," said Timm, who is retired from a 40-year career as a fire protection project manager in his native Michigan. "We have three broodmares at our farm, and all three are stakes producers."

Zoomin B Cartel is out of Zoomin Zoey B, a 7-year-old daughter of champion Stoli. He traces back to his third dam, Babe On The Beach, a stakes-winning and mutliple graded stakes placed mare by Invisible Injun. 

Campaigned exclusively at Indiana Grand, Zoomin B Cartel has won three of seven outs and has earned $128,534.

Sicario ran third and was followed by Dreamers Liaison, Dna Dales Prospect, Kruzer, American Purr, Im The Captain Now, Hez So Rare, and Chics Dirty Secret.

Governor's Stakes
Tommy The Train, the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite in the field of nine juveniles, sprinted to a nose victory in Saturday's $139,440 Governor's Stakes.

Ridden by David Pinon, Tommy The Train covered 350 yards in :17.640 and earned a 97 speed index despite stumbling at the break. Larry Sharp trains the son of Freighttrain B for owners Jon Barley, Brant Barley, and Brad Sharp.

Indiana Grand general manager Jon Schuster
(second from left) presents the trophy to the
connections of Tommy The Train following
Saturday's Governor's Stakes. PHOTO: Linscott

"It takes a good horse to stumble and come back and pass horses like that," Pinon said. "He ran a perfect race, and you couldn't ask for more."

Tommy The Train was bred in Missouri by Duane Murphy. The gelding made his local debut with a victory in the first of four trials on October 8. All told, Tommy The Train has won four of his six races, including his last three, and the $76,692 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score pushed his bankroll to $96,890.

"He is amazing," said Larry Sharp. "He just keeps getting better, and I think he will be a real big 3-year-old.

"His half sister (Sudden Separation) just ran second in the earlier Indiana Championship," the trainer added. "If he lives up to her, he'll be fine." 

Tommy The Train broke his maiden for a $20,000 tag at Remington Park in April. His dam, Okey Dokey Annie, is a 12-year-old daughter of champion Okey Dokey Dale who won the '06 Kansas Futurity (G2) at The Woodlands.

Damn Strait, Eyes So Sweet, Ladys Freighttrain B, Keala Kennelly, Wrs Whoseyourdaddy, Prudish Cartel, Switching Stones, and Shurr Furr completed the order of finish. Ninth-fastest qualifier Tres Seis Delight was scratched.

Jesse Levario rode fourth-fastest qualifier TF Jess A Leader to a wire-to-wire win in Saturday's 400-yard, $130,360 QHRAI Derby.

Prepped by Sacramento Chavez for owner Jose M. Chavez, TF Jess A Leader defeated Dynamite 123 by a clear 1 1/4 lengths in :19.637, good for a 101 speed index. The $71,698 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $102,273, of which $91,613 has been earned this season.

"I don't really know much about this horse," said Levario, who was riding TF Jess A Leader for the first time. "I studied his replays, and it looked like he didn't break well in the trials. He broke right alongside the 8 (Captain BD), and stayed right with him.

"I sat down on him about the three-quarters and kept pushing and pushing, and he really responded," the rider added. "It was a good thing to have the favorite next to me. It really helped a lot."

TF Jess A Leader was bred in Louisiana by Elliott Clark Sr., and the gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry and the graded stakes winning Special Leader mare TF Ms Special Perry sold for $25,000 at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. He has won three of 12 outs while racing in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, and his resume includes a second-place finish in the July 9 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.

"We couldn't do much with this horse recently, and we have been resting him a lot," said Sacramento Chavez. "He has some knee problems and we will work on that this winter, but we plan to come back here with him next year."

Captain BD, the fastest qualifier and 1-2 choice, ran third and was followed by A Tacky Chick, Slick Melody, Persistent Pyc, Beyondthegamewagon, Wh Kenny G, and Bp Tres Seis Policy. Ninth-fastest qualifier WRS Quick Eagle was scratched.

Indiana Championship Stakes
Abundanz, a 4-year-old sorrel son of Corona Cartel owned by Gustavo Almanza Jr. and Francisco Raul Hernandez, was a prompt 2-1 favorite in the 400-yard, $86,920 Indiana Championship Stakes on Saturday.

Under jockey Santiago Mendez, Abundanz stopped the timer in :19.860, and his winning margin was a nose from Sudden Separation. Julio Almanza trains the gelding, who was scoring his fifth win in 21 outs and second stakes victory.

Abundanz was bred in Oklahoma by Stephen N. Williams. The gelding was just five weeks removed from a head victory at odds of 9-1 in the 440-yard, $74,340 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge Championship (G2).

The $47,806 winner's share of the Indiana Championship purse increased Abundanz's earnings to $119,623.

Habits Secret, Seize The Win, Shes Da One On Fire, Mavara Vegas, WH Design By Dash, Parti Favor, Pistolpacking Pepsi, and Bye Bye Birdy completed the order of finish.

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