Indiana Grand Stakes Recap

The track presented four stakes on Saturday's all-Quarter Horse program.

Q-Racing Journal

Dominyun Cartel upset the field in Saturday's Miss Roxie Little Futurity for Indiana-bred 2-year-olds. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Indiana Grand Racetrack on Saturday presented the final all-Quarter Horse program of its 2018 season, and it featured four stakes.

Following is a recap of all four stakes:

Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R)
Fourth-fastest qualifier Dominyun Cartel outran his 13-1 odds to win the $180,300 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for Indiana-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Jose Beltran, Dominyun Cartel covered 350 yards in :17.578, and his margin of victory was a neck from fastest qualifier and 4-5 favorite Nachito Coronel. Erin Thompson trained the homebred son of Dominyun for owner Brian L. Gunder of Lewisburg, Ohio.

“He got out quick and he was still staying on the front,” said Beltran. “When I asked him to go, he started going on. I saw the other horse (Nachito Coronel) started catching and catching, but he stayed strong all the way to the wire.

Dominyun Cartel is out of Dreamers Cartel, an 11-year-old Corona Cartel mare who won the 2012 AQHA Arapahoe Distaff Challenge. Raced in Indiana and Oklahoma, the colt has won three of six starts, and the $99,165 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his earnings to $117,805.

“We have three weanlings coming up from (Dreamers Cartel), and one is by Jess Good Candy,” said Gunder. “Bart Sachleben also has a yearling that will be running here next year that is a full brother to Dreamers Liaison, so we have a lot to look forward to and be excited about.”

Abe finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Dominyun Cartel. Famous Cucuy, Hf Greatbawlsoffire, RK The Magician, Yadi 1, Daddys Moe, One Smart Jess, and Rarely A Tres completed the order of finish.

Governor's Stakes
Berkley Packer rode WRS Valentino to a neck victory in the 350-yard, $140,960 Governor's Stakes for 2-year-olds.

 
WRS Valentino earned his second
stakes win of the Indiana Grand
meet on Saturday. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

Racing for Williams Racing Stables Inc. of LaCenter, Kentucky, WRS Valentino earned a 93 speed index while stopping the timer in :17.694. Randy Smith prepped the homebred bay Mighty B Valiant gelding, who banked $77,528 from his second stakes score.

"He finishes well all the time, but he just doesn't break well," said Packer of WRS Valentino. "But he broke well tonight, and that really helped. He's a pretty nice horse."

WRS Valentino has won three of five starts, all at Indiana Grand, including the 350-yard, $169,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity (R) on August 25. The gelding is out of WRS Kissandteller, an unraced homebred 9-year-old daughter of Teller Cartel.

"We are pretty excited about him,” said Randy Williams of WRS Valentino. “After his trial, I said he was a good horse but I think he’s a whole lot better than that now. If they don’t spot him too much, he can catch them.”

The seventh-fastest qualifier WRS Valentino was sent to post at odds of 7-1 and returned a $16.80 win mutuel. Jess My Joy, the fastest qualifier and 13-10 favorite in the full field of 10, ran second to complete a $64.20 ($2) exacta.

Thinkin Man finished third and was followed by Run Happy, Hospitaliti, La Jolla Diamante, Qwik Trick, Ivory Runnin, RVR Undercover Lover, and AJK Zoomin Beauty.

QHRAI Derby
Dan Frazier's Flight To La Jolla scored his first stakes victory in the $122,520 QHRAI Derby.

Ridden by Shanley Jackson for trainer Matt Frazier, Flight To La Jolla defeated Jess Shantastic by a head in :19.659 for 400 yards. The $67,386 winner's share of the purse pushed the Hiclass La Jolla gelding's earnings to $96,671, of which $93,226 has been banked this season.

"He came out of his trial great," said Matt Frazier. "About 10 days ago we had a scare with a stall front and hat a little setback, but it wasn't anything that caused any lameness. It was just a superficial wound.

"He's just a horse who loves his job and has a huge closing stride," the trainer added. "He'll take the winter off and then come back next year, and we'll see how he likes 440."

Flight To La Jolla was bred in Texas by Linda Loftis Tobias. Raced exclusively at Indiana Grand, the gray gelding has won three of nine starts, and his resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Tres My Heart, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby on July 7.

Tres My Heart ran third and was followed by BS Special, Shonuff Mvp, Candida Fits, Lota Cac, Eyesa Llano Senator, Fast Prize Karen, and Tellem Im Rockin.

Indiana Championship Stakes
A sharp break from his rail post helped Tommy The Train score a wire-to-wire victory in the $82,830 Indiana Championship Stakes.

Ridden by James Flores, Tommy The Train went 400 yards in :19.672 while defeating Country Boy 123 by a neck, breaking that rival's seven-race win streak. Larry Sharp prepped the 4-year-old Freighttrain B gelding for owners Jon Barley, Brant Barley, and Brad Sharp.

“He broke on the lead and he finished where he broke,” said Flores, who has ridden him in seven of his nine career wins. “He felt really good tonight. I worked him at Will Rogers Downs a couple weeks ago and he really trained well. Larry asked me to come and ride him tonight, so I decided to make the trip.”

Tommy The Train was bred in Missouri by Duane Murphy, and he was coming off of a 12th-place finish, seven lengths behind winner Ferrari James, in the 400-yard, $45,000 Keokuk Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadowsn on September 15. He has won nine of 18 races, including seven of eight at Indiana Grand, and the $46,486 winner's share of the purse from Saturday's victory pushed his bankroll to $271,975.

“He (Tommy the Train) was sick the first part of this year and I liked to never have gotten him over it,” said Larry Sharp. “He likes the farm where he can relax and that was good for him. He’s easy to deal with and he’s pretty laid back.

"With the good ones, you don’t have to do much to them," the trainer added. "Just feed them and stay out of their way.”

As And Js, the 7-5 favorite in the field of seven, ran third, a half of a length behind Tommy The Train. Woop Dee Doo, Encore, Play Harder, and Llano Senator completed the order of finish.

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