Tommy The Train Is Prompt Choice in QHRAI Derby

The $120,120 race was one of three six-figure stakes contested at Indiana Grand on Saturday.

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Tommy The Train (inside, light blue cap) got up in time to win Saturday's $120,120 QHRAI Derby at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Despite a less-than-perfect trip, Tommy The Train extended his winning streak to four with a nose victory in the 400-yard, $120,120 QHRAI Derby, one of three six-figure stakes run on Saturday at Indiana Grand, the track's final all-Quarter Horse program of its 2017 season.

Ridden by James Flores for owners Jon Barley, Brant Barley, and Brad Sharp, Tommy The Train tripped the timer in :20.247 while racing against a reported 14-mph head wind. The $66,220 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes win moved the Freighttrain B gelding's bankroll to $220,363.

"He did just about everything he could have done to get beat tonight," said Larry Sharp, who trains Tommy The Train. "He did get a little nervous in his stall today; there were so many people coming through, and he knew he was going to race. He started walking the stall a little.

"This win was a gift tonight," he added. "He was able to pull through and get the win."

Tommy The Train posted the fastest qualifying time when he won the first of two trials by 1 1/2 lengths on October 7. The gelding was bred in Missouri by Duane Murphy, and he has won eight of 12 starts, including six of six at Indiana Grand.

Tommy The Train was sent to post as the 2-5 favorite and returned a $2.80 win mutuel. One Fantastic Gal, a 23-1 longshot, ran second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $33.

Cartels Justice, Tuxedeau, Roostersito, Ladys Freighttrain B, Prudish Cartel, Inundated, and Fast Prize Shonda completed the order of finish. Fourth-fastest qualifier Jess A Dollar was scratched.

Miss Roxie Little Futurity
Outrunning her 23-1 odds, Dan Frazier's Lf Curly upset Saturday's $188,200 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for Indiana-bred juveniles.

Tenth-fastest qualifier Lf Curly broke
her maiden in Saturday's Miss Roxie
Little Futurity. PHOTO: Linscott

Lf Curly covered 350 yards against a reported 14-mph head wind in :17.992, and her winning margin was a nose from 19-10 second choice Be Afraid. Shanley Jackson rode the homebred daughter of One Famous Versace for trainer Matt Frazier.

Dan Frazier wasn't at the track to see his filly's upset win, as he was in South Carolina to meet his new grandchild. He watched the race on television.

"I'm glad we got this win for him tonight," said Matt Frazier. "We knew the third time out of the gate that this could be a nice filly. She showed us that night what she could do, and that she could run.

"We really have to give credit to the blacksmith," the trainer added. "He was able to glue four shoes on that were a size bigger because she is small and has tiny feet. That helped her a lot tonight."

Lf Curly was the 10th-fastest qualifier. The filly is out of Eye Opening Favorite, a 9-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener who won the 2011 Foxy Lady Stakes at Hialeah Park and was a finalist in the '10 Kansas Jackpot Futurity (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs.

Lf Curly has won one of her four starts while racing exclusively at Indiana Grand. The $103,510 winner's share of the Miss Roxie Little Futurity purse moved her earnings to $110,410.

"I was a little worried after she just barely qualified for the final, but Mr. Matt told me, 'Don't worry about it, I've got you,' and he did," said Jackson, who has recently returned to riding after an injury. "The credit goes to Mr. Matt and his team. They worked really hard on her since the trials, and she was really good and happy tonight."

Fish Head finished third and was followed by Air Born Rio, 13-10 favorite Stone Cold Leader, Dna Bells Bay, Rockys Candy Shop, fastest qualifier Beach Treat, and Sixes Loaded To Fly. Third-fastest qualifier Jessalilsecret was scratched.

Governor's Stakes
David Pinon rode Bs Special to a head victory in Saturday's $134,400 Governor's Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Duane Murphy's Bs Special earned
her second career stakes win in the
$134,400 Governor's Stakes on
Saturday. PHOTO: Linscott

Prepped by Larry Sharp for owner Duane Murphy, Bs Special covered 350 yards in :17.740 against a reported 14-mph head wind. The $73,920 winner's share of the purse bumped the Missouri-bred daughter of Freighttrain B's earnings to $114,955.

La Vencedora, the fastest qualifier and winner of the $1-million Remington Park Futurity (RG2) in April, finished second as the even-money favorite.

Bs Special was bred by Barley and Sharp Farm. The third-fastest qualifier, she was coming off of a victory in the first of two trials on October 7.

"I'm surprised every time I ride this filly," said Pinon. "Every time she has given me a little more. I got her out of the gate and looked over, and (La Vencedora) looked like she slipped a little. If it had been the other way around, I'm not sure what would've happened.

"I'm a little winded," the rider added. "She kept going after the wire. I had trouble pulling her up."

Bs Special's dam, Im Quick Say Bye Bye, is a winning daughter of champion Royal Quick Dash. The filly has won five of seven starts, including the July 2 Minnesota Stallion Breeders' Futurity (R) at Canterbury Park.

All American Ease, You Were Right, Racanteur, Sr Shambles, Shonuff Mvp, Scream Baby Scream, Cappy, and Wrs Quick Secret completed the order of finish.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Two other official stakes were contested at Indiana Grand on Saturday. Click here to access a recap of both races.)

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