Stone Cold Leader Dominates Gordon Mobley Futurity

The Brookstone Bay gelding gets his first stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Stone Cold Leader was a convincing winner of Saturday's $184,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity. PHOTO: LInscott Photography

Patrick Richardson's Stone Cold Leader, a brown son of Brookstone Bay and the fastest qualifier, sprinted to a convincing 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $184,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for state-sired 2-year-olds at Indiana Grand.

Prepped by Joe M. Davis, who gave a leg up to jockey Rolando Pina, Stone Cold Leader covered 300 yards in :15.469 and recorded a 97 speed index while racing against a reported 8-mph head wind. The $101,200 winner's share of the purse from his third win in four outs and first stakes score pushed the gelding's bankroll to $115,880.

Patrick Richardson, the owner of Stone
Cold Leader, is interviewed by Indiana
Grand's Rachel McLaughlin after the
gelding's win in Saturday's Gordon
Mobley Futurity. PHOTO: Linscott

"Before the gate opened, I was just hoping for no interference,” said Pina. “This horse did it all on his own. He has always done everything on his own to this point.”

Stone Cold Leader was bred by Mark Michel of Pierceton, Indiana, and he is out of Sheza Classy Leader, a homebred 11-year-old winning and stakes-placed daughter of the Special Leader stallion Leader Of The Class. 

“I met Joe (Davis) at Hialeah through some friends, and we connected immediately,” said Richardson, who works for NuCor Steel Berkley as a crane operator. “We had a horse with him last year that didn’t race too well, so we went to the sale last fall and actually had another one picked out, but we didn’t get him. So (Stone Cold Leader) was our second choice, and he’s been a dream come true.

"I have a small farm in South Carolina so it’s nice to get this win," he added. "I have a lot of support that drove up here with me tonight, including my little girl, my fiancé, and my parents and friends. It makes the trip worth it.”

Stone Cold Leader began his career with a second-place finish in a maiden-special-weight dash at Remington Park on March 24. The gelding has won all three of his races since then. 

“He’s probably the soundest horse I have in the barn right now,” said Davis, who is currenty Indiana Grand's leading Quarter Horse trainer with 10 wins. “He needs the least amount of work of anything. He’s not the sharpest breaker, but he’s a racehorse. He may belong outside Indiana, but there is a lot for him to do here. We are looking forward to his next start.”

Michel has four mares on his farm in northern Indiana, and this particular family has already fared well for his operation.

“We raced Sheza Classy Leader right here at Indiana Grand,” said Michel. “So far she’s had several runners and (Stone Cold Leader) has a three-year-old full sister (Sheza Classy Bay) in Wednesday. We have a yearling filly out of this mare right now at home, and we will most likely take her to the sale in the fall.”

Stone Cold Leader was sent to post as the 1-5 favorite in the field of nine and returned a $2.40 win mutuel. The Ebony Hare, a 34-1 longshot, ran second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $82.20.

Sixes Loaded To Fly, Chick On The Beach, Beach Mercedes, Got Sand In My Shoes, Jazz Shall Be First, Kitty Sixup, and Dna Dalesblackbeauty completed the order of finish. Precious Stone was scratched.

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