Indiana Grand Honors Its Leading QH Owner, Jockey

Tony Cunningham wins owner title, and Berkley Packer and Rolando Pina share top jockey honors.

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Tony Cunningham (center) was Indiana Grand's leading Quarter Horse trainer in 2016. He is flanked by track general manager Jon Schuster (left) and director of racing Kevin Greely. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Tony Cunningham has been one of Indiana Grand’s top trainers for more than a decade, and in 2016, the native of Michigan added a Quarter Horse owner title to his trophy case.

Cunningham won 13 races from 64 starters during the meet, which ended on October 29, two more than Randy Smith, who was the meet's leading Quarter Horse trainer. Horses owned by Cunningham earned $233,276.

Cunningham has competed in all 20 seasons of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in Indiana. He earned a Quarter Horse training title at Hoosier Park in Anderson before Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing moved full-time to Indiana Grand three years ago.

Cunningham is third on the list of all-time leading Quarter Horse trainers at the Indiana Grand.

 
Rolando Pina was co-leading
Quarter Horse jockey during the
2016 IndianaGrand meet. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography.

Also, Rolando Pina and Berkley Packer tied atop Indiana Grand's Quarter Horse jockey standings with 28 wins each, two more than third-place Cesar Esqueda. Pina topped all of the track's Quarter Horse riders with mount purse earnings of $616,959; among his stakes winners were Parti Favor, CB Come Fly With Me, and Stinkin Rich.

Pina rode first call for trainer Joe Davis, who finished third in the trainer standings. He and Packer tied the meet record for most wins by a jockey in a meet, which was established by Harold Collins in 2013.

“I want to thank Joe Davis and all the owners for this opportunity,” said Pina. “I never thought I would ever be able to do this. It’s been a great year.”

Packer rode first call for trainer Randy Smith, Indiana Grand's leading Quarter Horse trainer, and his stakes winners included Beach Cartel. The Idaho native, whose mounts earned $510,558, plans to return to ride at Indiana Grand next season.

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