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Indiana Derby: The Stars Are Lining Up To Shine!

 

The Indiana Derby is a mere two weeks away. Horse racing fans in Indiana are brimming with excitement. It would be hard to top last years Indiana Derby, with 2 time Eclipse award winner Lookin at Lucky closing with a rush over the sloppy track to conquer the grade II field.

 

The 2011 Indiana Derby is shaping up to be just as good as last years edition, maybe even better. At the least, this field will be a lot deeper. So far, the grade I King's Bishop and multiple graded stakes winner Caleb's Posse is confirmed as an Indiana Derby participant. This sprinter has already proven himself around 2 turns with his win in the grade III Ohio Derby.  Conditioner Donnie Von Hemel will be using the Indiana Derby as a stepping stone to either the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

 

HRTV reported Wednesday that a major triple crown participant will be pointing towards the Indiana Derby, they would not release the name of the horse, saying “we have to keep it hush, hush.” I will speculate on who I believe this horse may be.  Mucho Macho Man would be the most logical choice. The Kathy Ritvo trainee finished 3rd  in the Kentucky Derby.  He went on to finish a disappointing 5th in the Preakness and a dreadful 7th in the Belmont Stakes. 

 

Mucho Macho Man has been working like a machine for the past two months, posting 3 bullet work-outs out of 4 total works. His last work on September 2nd was a strong 5 furlong work in 1:02.93, it was the best of 10 work outs on the day. His series of works started out in August at Saratoga, gradually building from a 3 furlong work, to his recent 5 furlong work. He seems to be coming into top condition. The addition of Mucho Macho Man would bring another star to the Indiana Derby field.

 

Trainer Bob Baffert is going for a three-peat in the Indiana Derby. Before Lookin at Lucky, Baffert took the 2009 Indiana Derby with the grade I winner Misremembered. Misremembered provided the fans with a sparkling performance, while setting the track record in an impressive time of 1:40.80 for the 8.5 furlong distance. This would be a sign of things to come for the ridgling. He went on to finish 2nd in the  2009, grade II Clark Handicap, beaten by the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame. Misremembered went on to win the grade I Santa Anita Handicap in 2010.

 

Baffert used last years running of the Indiana Derby as a test for his Champion colt Lookin at Lucky. The two-time champion would pass the test with flying colors. The Baffert trainee closed from last to conquer the field and stamp his position as a contender in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Lucky ran a gallant 4th to Classic winner Blame, and Horse of the Year Zenyatta.

 

Baffert has several options that could lead to his three-peat. Coil would seem to be the obvious pick, the Haskell winner is coming off a disappointing performance in the Travers at Saratoga. Coil seemed to despise the surface at the “Spa.” The track at Hoosier Park is vaguely similar to the surface at Monmouth Park, a surface that Coil relished.

 

Baffert could also send recent Super Derby winner Prayer for Relief. The Indiana Derby is a perfect prep race for any Breeders' Cup race, being only five weeks away from the “Main Event.” Prayer for Relief was dazzling over the Louisiana Downs surface, crushing his competition by 2 ½ lengths. This “God Fearing” colt is on a 3 Derby win streak, having won - the grade III Iowa Derby, the grade II West Virginia Derby, and the grade II Super Derby.

 

Tom Amoss is finding a home in the Hoosier state. Amoss dominated the trainers race at Indiana Downs and has been solid so far at Hoosier Park, his entrants have won a strong 26 % of their races. Amoss will be pointing his Louisiana bred Populist Politics towards the Indiana Derby. Populist Politics made a bold move in the Super Derby, before flattening out just a bit deep in the stretch. He finished a strong 3rd to Prayer for Relief. Populist Politics will need to improve quite a bit if he wants to contend with this strong field.

 

One thing is for sure, the Indiana Derby will be filled with talent, and hopefully we'll see some of these colts step out and make some noise in the Breeders' Cup races.

 

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I'm so glad i might get to meet Dale Romans! I get to see Shackleford regardless, but I want to meet Dale too!
Shack is pretty good, but I really was pulling for Mucho Macho Man to race! I love that horse! He's a Georgia horse like mine. Gotta root for him!
Add Wilburn to that Field!
This is definitely going to be the best field to ever race in Indiana!
With Shackleford and Calebs Posse running, there will be two grade I winners in the Indiana Derby, with several grade II and grade III winners.
At this point I like Calebs posse at least for a piece of the pie.. He has been one of the biggest surprises of 2011!
Decisive Moment, Shack,and Prayer for Relief are all going! along with Calebs Posse and Populist Politics.
Shack is gonna be there!
Trip is still a possibility for me Dick...don't count me out yet. Definitely shaping up as one of the best editions ever.
Chris, Decisive Moment is also probable!
I can't believe this line-up! This will make the trip down even more worthwhile!
Could be both, I originally thought it was Shackleford till I saw he hadn't worked. this is his first work back, Mucho Macho Man is definitely preparing for a race, the Indiana Derby would seem to be the most logical one. We'll see where he goes.. If both of them go, this is an incredible race.
Wow, with Shackleford now a possible it looks like Hoosier Park could be hitting the jackpot!! :)
I think the Major triple crown participant is Shackleford
Would like to see Prayer For Relief go for his 4th straight Derby
Can't wait to see this race.
I think Baffert should send Prayer for Relief. Coil might not do to good over 1 1/16 because well, he only got up in the 1 1/8 Haskell to win by a neck, and that was in the final strides. A mile and a sixteen might be to short for him. Now Prayer for Relief, it seems like a great choice. It would be a good start for more top competition, and the distance of a mile and a 16th is one of his best distances.
If Baffert send Coil or Prayer for Relief, I think so! I think you'll be surprised who might show up, besides these guys! Going to be an incredible day of racing!
The best field in the history of Indiana racing???

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My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.


My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

For the past 8 years my life has been horse racing.  I've tried to educate myself on every aspect of the sport and learn about it's past. The incredible run of the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra would also change my life. It was my intense passion and love for Rachel that would bring me to meet some of the greatest  people in the world. I owe a lot to Rachel and this sport for introducing me to such wonderful people.


I want this blog to show that Indiana Racing stacks up with any track, anywhere! It will also show what great value can be found in Indiana for the bettors, and not to mention, the incredible purses for the owners and trainers.

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