As Indiana Grand completed its 120-day 2014 racing season, the Quarter Horse action, the standings came down to the wire for leaders in both the jockey and trainer ranks. Shanley Jackson and Juan Guerrero each completed the meet with 27 wins to earn top honors as the track’s leading Quarter Horse jockeys. Jackson pulled in purse earnings in excess of $500,000 while Guerrero accumulated purse earnings of a little more than $473,000.
A tie was also established atop the leading Quarter Horse training ranks as Ron Raper and Randy Smith each earned 28 wins for the meet. Horses trained by Raper earned more than $684,000 while Smith’s horses earned in excess of $638,000. Smith also earned the title for leading Quarter Horse owner. Horses owned by the Broughton, Ill. native won 10 races and earned purse money of more than $226,000.
Our Valid Twirl was the top Thoroughbred for the year with five wins and two seconds in 11 starts. Pistolpacking Pepsi was the top Quarter Horse, also earning five wins for the season.
Indiana Grand’s signature event, the $500,000-added Indiana Derby, was the highlight of the meet. The race was won by East Hall and jockey Luis Saez, marking a new record for the largest $2 payoff in the 20-year history of the race, paying $35.80 to win. The race was complemented by eight other stakes races to boost purses for the night to more than $1.4 million, a new single day record for Thoroughbred racing in the state of Indiana.
Quarter Horse racing also established some new highs with Quarter Horse Stakes Night Saturday, Oct. 25 boasting purse money of more than $700,000. In addition, the largest purse ever for Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana was recorded in the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity Final earlier in the season. Cant Catcha Corona and jockey Harold Collins won the race by the margin of a head over Stone Toasted in the 300-yard dash.
Racing resumes Tuesday, April 21 for the 2015 season. A total of 120 days will once again be contested with several of those dates dedicated to Quarter Horse racing during the year. Racing will begin with a four-day schedule, racing Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:05 p.m. with racing on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 5:05 p.m. An additional day of racing will be added on Thursdays at 2:05 p.m. beginning Sept. 17 until the end of the meet, which concludes on Saturday, Oct. 31.