Favorites Win State-Bred Stakes at Indiana Grand
Daddys Moe, Nachito Coronel score big on Saturday.
June 15, 2018
Two state-bred stakes for 2-year-olds were contested at Indiana Grand on Saturday, and it was the favorites and fastest qualifiers who banked the big money.
Nachito Coronel, a gelded son of Habits Secret trained by Ricardo Martinez for owner Patricia del Rocio Lopez, was a prompt 3-5 choice in the 300-yard, $181,900 Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-sired juveniles. Ridden by Sergio Ramirez, Nachito Coronel defeated 15-1 longshot Abe by three-quarters of a length in :15.264.
In addition to earning the $100,045 winner's share of the purse, Nachito Coronel recorded a 105 speed index. The sorrel gelding was bred by Ricardo Martinez, and he has won all three of his starts and has pocketed $111,595.
Martinez is based in the Chicago area, and he was a regular at Hialeah Park during that track's winter meet. This spring, the horseman decided to prep his runners at Remington, and Nachito Coronel was not one of his star students.
"He gave us little problems at Remington," said Martinez. "We had him in some schooling races there, and he did not do very well.
"We brought him to Indiana, and he was the same way in his first schooling race (here)," Martinez added. "But he won his second schooling race. I think he just needed some time, and he's starting to figure it all out now."
Cruisin The Beach finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Nachito Coronel, and was followed by Beach Denali, Famous Cucuy, Dynastys Prim Rose, Above The Brimm, Stoneburner, Rocket All Out, Eyem Yur Sixes.
|Jockey Jose Beltran and Daddys Moe
return to the Indiana Grand winner's
circle after the homebred gelding's
stakes-record victory in the Jaguar
Rocket Stakes. PHOTO: Linscott
Also on Saturday, Daddys Moe set a stakes record with his half-length win in the $129,600 Jaguar Rocket Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred 2-year-olds.
A homebred son of champion Carters Cartel owned by Rose Bode, Daddys Moe covered 300 yards in :15.394, beating the previous stakes mark of :15.524 set in 2014 by Stinkin Rich. Jose Beltran rode the bay gelding for trainer Randy Smith.
Coronados Quiksilver finished second, giving Smith, Indiana Grand's all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer, the one-two finishers in the race.
"He started out a little tough, but he's become more focused now," Smith said of Daddys Moe. "He doesn't require anything special. He does the routine just like the rest of them in the barn."
Daddys Moe has won two of three starts and has earned $77,230. Bode owns a small farm south of Columbus, Indiana, and Daddys Moe was the last horse that her father, Loren Schwade, was able to see before he died in 2016.
"My dad always called me 'Moe,' and I thought because of the connection to his horse, a perfect name for him would be Daddys Moe," Bode said. "We still call him 'Charlie' around the barn, but what a perfect Father's Day gift to win this race.
"My daddy would be so proud," she added. "He loved the horses so much, and he's the one who got me hooked on them when I was young."
Hooked On Jordan, Rarely A Tres, Jesslikethat, RK The Magician, Yadi 1, SS Coronado, Get Used To Me, and One Smart Jess completed the order of finish.
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