Indiana Grand's Final All-Quarter Horse Card is Saturday

The track will pay out $625,000 in purses.

Edited press release

Fastest qualifier Tommy The Train, pictured here winning his trial, is one of 10 juveniles entered back in Saturday's Governor's Stakes at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

As Indiana Grand's race meet nears an end, the state's top Quarter Horses will be in the spotlight for the sixth and final all-Quarter Horse event, which is set for this Saturday. The nine-race card features four stakes with purses in excess of $625,000.

Heading the list of stakes is the eighth running of the $190,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity, the second richest stakes race in the state of Indiana. CB Come Fly With Me and jockey Rolando Pina were impressive in the trials and lead the field of 10 as the early favorites. Trained by Joe Davis for owner Carolyn Bruce, the Desirio currently boasts a three-race win streak. She drew post 8 in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity final, which has been carded as the seventh race.

Joining the Miss Roxie Little Futurity on the all-Quarter Horse card is the 20th running of the $139,440 Governor’s Stakes for 2-year-olds, one of three original stakes races held during the inaugural season of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in Indiana in 1997. Tommy The Train made his Indiana debut an impressive one in the trials, posting the quickest time for the 350-yard dash.

Ridden by David Pinon, the Freighttrain B gelding will be looking for his third straight win for trainer Larry Sharp and owners Brant Barley, Jon Barley, and Brad Sharp. Tommy The Train began his racing career in Oklahoma and has won three of his five outs heading into the Governor's Stakes final, which is his first try in stakes action.

Tommy The Train drew post 4 in the 10-horse race, carded as the eighth on the program.

Other stakes races on the card dedicated to sprinters are the fourth running of the $86,920 Indiana Championship, set as the sixth race, and the 20th running of the $130,360 QHRAI Derby, also a stakes race from the inaugural 1997 Quarter Horse season at Hoosier Park. The 400-yard QHRAI Derby will be the final race on the program.

In addition to action on the track, several activities will take place for racing fans. Martha Claussen, Wrangler Q-Racing Ace, will be on hand to offer Quarter Horse handicapping tips and will join Indiana Grand racing broadcast production manager Rachel McLaughlin for the the track's “Wire to Wire” preview show.

Claussen will also offer items from AQHA from the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) table outside the winner’s circle. She will also distribute free $2 wagering vouchers to the first 100 fans who visit the booth.

QHRAI will provide long sleeved t-shirts to guests during the night, while supplies last.

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues at Indiana Grand through closing night, October 29. Racing will be held during the final week of competition Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:05 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday, beginning at 6:05.

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