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Power Broker Headlines 2013 Indiana Derby Field

Indiana Downs is buzzing with excitement as we near the date for the 19th running of the G2 $500,000 Indiana Derby. This year’s edition of the Derby will be run at Indiana Downs for the first time as the previous Derby’s have been run at Hoosier Park.

 

The 2013 Indiana Derby week festivities kicked off today with the Indiana Derby post-position draw.  The hopeful owners and trainers waited patiently to see where their talented colts and geldings would be positioned in the starting gate for this year’s Derby.

 

Horse Player Now and Indiana Downs odds maker Joe Kristufek was on track to announce his morning line for the G2 affair. Kristufek had a tough task on his hand with a full field of 12 capable horses that all have the talent to win this race.  

 

The headliner of the Indiana Derby and which Kristufek pegged as the 3/1 morning line favorite, hailing from Hall of Famer Bob Baffert’s barn, Power Broker drew post position #5.  Baffert was pleased with his draw saying “I like the #5 post, there’s no turning back now.” Baffert  won the Derby in back to back years with Misremembered who ran the fastest Indiana Derby of all time and Looking at Lucky who was a two time Champion.


Uncaptured drew post-position #8 and was made the 9/2 morning line second choice. The son of Lion Heart and two year old Canadian champion is looking to bounce back off of a troubled 3rd place finish in the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx. Uncaptured who was briefly on the Derby trail is trained by Mark Casse. Casse is looking for a big performance in the Indiana Derby saying “He’s on his game and he’s been training really well.”

 

Perennial leading trainer Todd Pletcher sends out a coupled entry of talented three year old's.  The Pletcher entry of Micro Manage (3rd in the Haskell Stakes) and Midnight Taboo (two-time winner, who competed in the Belmont Stakes) were made 5/1 on the morning line.

 

Here’s a quick look at the entire field.

 

 

#1. Midnight Taboo 5/1 (Langfuhr – Danzig) (Hot Red – Thunder Gulch) Owner – Mike Repole.                      Traine– Todd Pletcher.  Jockey – Ricardo Santana Jr.

 

#1a. Micromanage 5/1 ( Medaglia d’Oro – El Prado) (Catnip – Flying Paster) Owner- Mike Repole       Trainer – Todd Pletcher.  Jockey – Rajiv Maragh.

  

#2. Mr Palmer 10/1 (Pulpit – A.P. Indy ) (In Truth – Quiet American) Owner  – Michael Lauffer and Gregory Mcdonald. Trainer – Bill Mott.  Jockey – Leandro Goncalves.

 

#3. Edge of Reality 6/1 (Lawyer Ron – Langfuhr) (Our Nancy Lee – Touch Gold) Owner – The Elkstone Group. Trainer – Anthony Dutrow.  Jockey – Stewart Elliot.

 

#4. Fordubai 15/1 (E Dubai – Mr. Prospector) (Unaffordable – Unbridled) Owner – James Tafel.         Trainer – Greg Geier.  Jockey – Diego Sanchez.

 

#5. Ruler of Love 8/1 (Peace Rules – Jules) (Lovmeaten – Wheaton) Owner – Matthew  N Rebro Jr.  Frank Coniglio.  Trainer – Joan Scott .  Jockey – Calvin Borel.

 

#6. Power Broker 3/1 (Pulpit – A.P. Indy) (Shop Again – Wild Again) Owner- Gary and Mary West. Trainer – Bob Baffert.  Jockey – Martin Garcia.

 

#7. Bad Hombre 12/1 (Sky Mesa – Pulpit) (A Little Evil – Deputy Minister) Owner- Summit Thoroughbreds. Trainer – John Kimmel. Jockey – Mike Luzzi.

 

#8.  Holy Lute 12/1 (Midnight Lute – Real Quiet) (Holy Christmas – Holy Bull) Owner – Class Racing Stables. Trainer – James Cassidy. Jockey – David Flores.

 

#9.  Uncaptured 9/2 (Lion Heart – Tale of the Cat) (Captivating – Arch) Owner – John Oxley.  Trainer – Mark Casse. Jockey – Miguel Mena.

 

#10. Bradester 20/1 (Lion Heart – Tale of the Cat) (Grandestofall – Grand Slam) Owner – Joseph W Sutton. Trainer – Eddie Kenneally . Jockey – Brian Hernandez Jr.

 

#11. Take It Like A Man 12/1 (Run Away and Hide – City Zip) (Backatem – Notebook) Owner – Lola and Lynn Cash. Trainer – Kellyn Gorder. Jockey – Malcom Franklin.


 

Power Broker could be using the Indiana Derby as a stepping stone for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or even the Classic but he will need to pass this tough test in the Indiana Derby first. Bradester is a 20/1 long shot I could see leaving Power Broker looking for financial advice. Uncaptured could also challenge Power Broker but the Mark Casse charge just might be a Churchill Downs specialist who doesn't take his track with him.  

 

Don't Forget! Indiana Downs is offering a guaranteed $50,000 pick 4 starting in race 8 which includes the G3 $200,000 Indiana Oaks and the G2 $500,00 Indiana Derby.  The card is full of great betting opportunities but the pick 4 is a must play for the serious gamblers.

 

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Older Comments about Power Broker Headlines 2013 Indiana Derby Field...

Glad to see Mr Palmer back in action!!!!!
I concur Capper..like the ML odds on all three
bradester $100 show bet
Really thinking Mr. Palmer, Holy Lute or Bradester can upset Power Broker.
Have a great Indiana Derby, Scott. Is Jasen joining you?
I will cheer Uncaptured home.
Edge of Reality is enticing inside speed horse in what usually is a quirky race track.
I really like Bradester in this spot, too. He ran a bang up race last out against his elders first off the layoff. I expect him to be ready to roll.
A very good, full field that looks to offer good value on just about any horse. Love Uncaptured.
Another nice field for the Indiana Derby, and I agree that Bradester could be a live long one.

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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.