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Hoosier State of Mind

Mack The Slew: The Best In Indiana!

 

“The Mack Daddy will make you, Jump, Jump”. Mack the Knife. Shelvin Mack.

 

All of these phrases or names are recognizable .Soon, Mack the Slew could join them as a name fully recognizable, at least within the racing industry.

 

The son of Pass Rush's dazzling debut suggest that the sky is the limit. The professionalism he showed in his first start gave us a taste of his talent. He encountered trouble, but showed the mind and courage to overcome it.

 

Mack made his second start in the Hillsdale Stakes this past Saturday at Hoosier Park.

 

The betting public showed major respect for the Tom Proctor trainee, betting him down to 1-2 favoritism. He did not disappoint his supporters.

 

Unlike his first start, Mack broke cleanly and sat a stalking trip. Showing a new dimension, Mack sat in 4th through the early stages of the race. His pace began to quicken as they reached the top of stretch. Mack would find trouble, while moving on the rail, pinned down by two other horses, Artie's Love and Prince of Time.Mack swung out late and found room to make his final move, he would make a menacing close in the final furlong. Mack glided over the sloppy Hoosier Park surface. He seemed to hit an extra gear, he would roll to a 1 ½ length victory in the Hillsdale Stakes.

 

Mack will most likely be making his next start in the Indiana Futurity on Indiana Derby day, Saturday, October 1st.

 

In my opinion, he's won two sprints on just pure class, he's a distance horse.

 

This colt, also boast Seattle Slew as part of his top flight pedigree, he is clearly bred to go long.

 

Indiana has had little, or no impact on the Triple Crown series since thoroughbred racing was introduced to the state in 1994. The aforemoentioned Pass Rush, and Snack are the only Indiana breds, in my memory, that have been on the Triple Crown trail. I know the following statement might sound a little naïve and unrealistic. But, I truly believe Mack the Slew will make his presence felt on the Triple Crown trail in 2012.

 

I believe, once Mack the Slew is given the chance to stretch out, his real talent will emerge.

 

Most people don't realize that two year old Indiana breds get a late start. The first two year old Indiana Bred Maiden Special Weight race offered is at Hoosier Park in late August. Most talented 2 year olds see the race track in early summer. Indiana bred two year olds are at a disadvantage.

 

I've always dreamed of seeing an Indiana Bred in the post parade, under the Twin Spires on the first Saturday in May. I know, I'm dreaming a little bit, and my expectations might sound a little silly.

 

But, I truly believe, if Mack the Slew can improve and stay healthy, he will make the field of 20 in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

 

Indiana breeding is finally improving. Swifty Farms has been in the forefront of excellerating the depth and quality of Indiana Breeding. Swifty has bred their mares to major sires, such as Seattle Slew, Street Cry, and Mr.Greeley. Mack the Slew is a product of Swifty Farms hard work.

 

I don't regularly put myself into a position to be harshly criticized. But, with this statement I might put myself in that very position. Mack the Slew will go down as the greatest Indiana Bred to ever race. Yes, I said it after two starts in his two year old season. But, I have hope! Do you?

 


 

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Cool deal dude , i'm pulling for him and if someone criticizes , so what ! They don't have the passion. Rock ON and GO Mack !!
i totally agree. if he plans on making it to the derby, he needs to get some graded stakes earnings, which means he will have to try some graded stakes company. i DO think he has more than enough talent for it.
Oh, I totally agree with you E. His times are average, I just think he's winning off pure class, he's definitely not bred to sprint and having watched his first two races he only seems to run in the last furlong. Has me extremely excited for next year!
He's got to get faster, but you were right about his debut because he returned to win as the heavy fave. Gotta root for this horse!
He's a regal colt. Definitely excited for this one!
I really hope we see Mack The Slew on the first Saturday in May! Looks like Indiana is making a name for itself!

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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.