Hoosier Classics Headline Indiana Grand
Indiana Grand hosts big evening of stakes.
October 7, 2015
A lot will be at stake on the fifth all-Quarter Horse Night on Saturday, October 10. In addition to trials for the Miss Roxie Little Futurity and the Sterlie Bertram Memorial, a true test of talent will go to post in the 19th running of the $86,500 Hoosier Park Classic. The race for 4-year-olds and up registered Indiana- bred Quarter Horses is one of three original stakes created in 1997 during the inaugural year of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana.
The 400-yard dash is jam-packed with stakes winners from the past and also from the present. Looking to add another stakes victory to his credentials will be 2014 Indiana Quarter Horse of the Year Pistolpacking Pepsi. The 4-year-old son of Jesse James Jr. has only been back of third place once in seven starts for 2015 and comes into the race with three wins, including a strong performance in the $96,000 Bob Woodard Memorial Stakes in late August. Trained by Ron Brown, Pistolpacking Pepsi will be reunited with regular jockey Jose Beltran, who comes in from the Prairie Meadows circuit to ride from post two in the 10-horse lineup.
Also posing a big threat in the race is WH Design By Dash from post eight. The 4-year-old Brimmstone gelding was on a four-race win streak until his last start in the Woodard Memorial where he finished one-half length back of Pistolpacking Pepsi. Jockey Victor Olivo will be aboard WH Design by Dash for his seventh start of 2015 for owner Julia Martin and her husband, Paul, who serves as the trainer.
Of the 10 Indiana breds in the race, five have career earnings in excess of $200,000 and six are stakes winners at Indiana Grand. The stakes record for the Hoosier Park Classic was established last year by Bright Eyed Vision, who is in the race again this year and will be attempting to defend his title. Bright Eyed Vision was guided by Victor Olivo in last year’s contest with a time of :19.822 seconds. The son of Ausual Suspect starts from post three with Richard Gilliard aboard in this year’s event. The race also includes the 2013 winner, Chilled Six Pack, from post seven with Cristian Esqueda scheduled to ride.
In addition to the Hoosier Park Classic, four trials for the Miss Roxie Little Futurity will be held along with two trials for the Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes. The Miss Roxie Little Futurity Final, the second largest purse stakes for Quarter Horses in the state of Indiana, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 with an estimated purse nearing $200,000. The Bertram Memorial Stakes Final will also be carded that evening along with the $100,000 Governor’s Stakes, $100,000 QHRAI Derby and the $75,000 Indiana Championships.
The finals on Saturday, Oct. 24 will be the sixth and final night dedicated to all-Quarter Horse racing for the 2015 season. Denis Blake, Q Racing Ace, will also be in attendance to provide additional handicapping tips as well as information on Quarter Horse racing. The Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will provide long-sleeved t-shirt giveaways as well as $2 race wagers at Blake’s booth while supplies last.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues at Indiana Grand through Saturday, Oct. 31, racing at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with Saturday racing held at 6:05 p.m.
About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com or www.CentaurGaming.net.