Trial Night at Indiana Grand
Finalists in two races set to return on September 13.
August 30, 2014
Indiana Grand on Saturday held a total of seven trials for two stakes, the QHRAI Stallion Service Futurity and Derby.
Pistolpacking Pepsi might be a stranger to Jose Beltran, a late rider change, but he is no stranger to the winner’s circle. The 3-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding rolled to a win in the first of two trials for the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby (R).
Starting from post two, Pistolpacking Pepsi was being guided for the first time in his career by Beltran. They sprung out of the gate alongside Secret Miracle, the race favorite from post one, and had to take a few strides to get in gear. Pistolpacking Pepsi led the way in the nine-horse field before being joined by Pistolpacking Pepsi in the final strides. The two matched strides for the final steps of the 400-yard dash with Pistolpacking Pepsi getting the edge at the wire in a time of :20.266 seconds, just a neck in front of Secret Miracle and Gabriel Lagunes. Steeltoed Shoes DHD and Shanley Jackson finished third in the trial.
Pistolpacking Pepsi will head into the $50,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby final Saturday, September 13 on a two race win streak. He was victorious at the end of July in the $135,000 Blue River Derby (R) at Indiana Grand for owners Robert Ray and Ron Brown. Brown also trains the sorrel Indiana-bred with the trademark birthmark on his left flank. He is now five for 12 lifetime with earnings in excess of $174,000.
Surelys Bikini Beach and Julie Veltman were upset winners in the second trial with a time of :20.322 seconds over DNA Sweet Dale and Juan Guerrero. Surelys Bikini Beach paid $48.00, $20.20 and $8.40 for the win. Surelys Bikini Beach is owned by Shirley and David Gates and trained by David Gates. Race favorite BP Hit the Big Time and Rodney Prescott finished third in the trial.
Qualifiers for the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby are listed with jockey and time: Pistolpacking Pepsi – :20.266 (Jose Beltran), Secret Miracle – :20.313 (Gabriel Lagunes), Surelys Bikini Beach - :20.322 (Julie Veltman), Steeltoed Shoes DHD - :20.470 (Shanley Jackson), DNA Sweet Dale - :20.474 (Juan Guerrero), Air Dashin Courage - :20.536 (Harold Collins), BP Hit the Big Time - :20.566 (Rodney Prescott), Indigo James - :20.628 (Manuel Gutierrez), Secrets Fly - :20.667 (Ben Creed) and Nada to Prada - :20.684 (Gabriel Lagunes).
DNA Dales Quick Cat and jockey Juan Guerrero turned in the quickest time in five trials for the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity. The top 10 qualifiers will return for the 37th running of the stakes race set for Saturday, September 13 which is both Brews, Blues and BBQ Fest as well as PDJF Night at Indiana Grand.
DNA Dales Quick Cat broke well from post seven and ran straight for the wire, posting a 350-yard time of :17.979 seconds for the one-length win over Fast Man Vic and Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez, who finished second. Interfector and Victor Olivo finished just a neck back in third. KT Gone for a Corona and Rodney Prescott finished fourth. All four horses will advance to the final from that trial.
Other trial winners for the night included Sweet First Leader and Jose Beltran, Docs First Dynasty and Harold Collins, One Famous Kisser and Ben Creed and Jesse Jr First Down with Shanley Jackson aboard. All trial winners advanced to the final with the exception of Sweet First Leader, whose time of :18.362 seconds for the 350-yard dash was not fast enough to qualify.
The full list of qualifiers, with jockeys and times, includes DNA Dales Quick Cat (Juan Guerrero), Jesse Jr First Down-17.979 (Shanley Jackson), One Famous Kisser-18.045 (Ben Creed), This Wagon Is Mine-18.142 (Juan Guerrero), Fast Man Vic-18.158 (Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez), Ms Fool Me Once-18.163 (Christian Esqueda), Interfector-18.195 (Victor Olivo), Docs First Dynasty-18.212 (Harold Collins), DNA Ivory Chrystal-18.232 (Juan Guerrero) and KT Gone For a Corona-18.237 (Rodney Prescott).
The $100,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity will be joined by the $50,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby and the $25,000 Speed Sale Stakes on the September 13 racing program. The jockey colony at Indiana Grand will participate in several activities throughout the program to raise both funds and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). The evening will also include the final RushShelby Energy Family Fun Night of 2014 featuring a zip line, bounce house, face painter and airbrush tattoos for younger racing fans. Activities and racing will begin just after 5 p.m. featuring the Ted Robinson Trio, a live blues band, and barbeque and brew specials trackside.
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