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Power Broker Strong In Indiana Derby Victory

In the 19th running of the grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby, Bob Baffert’s talented colt Power Broker showed his class by out dueling the up and coming long-shot Bradester.  The son of Pulpit showed signs of vulnerability acting up in the paddock but that is no surprise to anyone that has followed his career, as he often gets excited. The Indiana Downs sloppy main track played towards closers all day which also added some doubt to Power Broker’s chances, but the classy colt silenced all doubters.

Under darkened skies and slight rain, the Indiana Derby participants broke out of the gate to a clean start.  As expected, speedster Ruler of Love, under Calvin Borel, led the Derby field through the first quarter mile in 24.03. Bradester, the 8-1 longshot pressured on the outside followed by the Canadian Champion, Uncaptured. Power Broker searched for racing room on the rail as they went through the half mile in 47.06. Martin Garcia guided the 8/5 favorite to the middle of the track as Power Broker responded with a relentless turn of foot while splitting horses and eventually drawing off to a 1 ¾ length victory in a time of 1:41.95. Bradester ran a very game second, a ½ length ahead of the fast closing James Cassidy trainee Holy Lute.

Bob Baffert who was shut out last year on Indiana Derby day at Hoosier Park looked for redemption in this year’s Derby after Fiftyshadesofhay’s disappointing and shocking 3rd place finish in this year’s Indiana Oaks.  Power Broker followed through with a big performance.  Indiana Derby winning Jockey Martin Garcia said “My horse is really good. I tried to keep it clean and when I could I went to the outside and he ran great.”  Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said “When he broke I had visions of the last race but Martin Garcia basically won the race midway through.”

Power Broker is finally living up to his potential. Baffert has always been high on this colt saying he was the best 2 year old in his barn last year. The Gary and Mary West owned colt was dazzling in the Easy Goer stakes at Belmont Park and he followed that up with a good 2nd place finish in the Haskell behind Verrazano, who freaked on the Monmouth Park surface. If Power Broker comes out of the race okay he could definitely contend for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile or even take a swing at the Classic.

Indiana Derby 2013 will go down as one of the best in the 19 year history of the event. HRTV Personality Peter Laurie was on hand to do winner circle interviews and the handicapping show with Bill Downes. Horse Player Now was on hand to educate new fans on how to handicap and wager. Food tents were set up outside, along with temporary seating. Three massive projection televisions screens were set up around the grand stand to insure all fans got to see each race unfold.  The weather even cooperated for most of the day with just brief rain a mere 15 minutes before the derby. What a great day for Indiana racing!

 

What the Nation is saying about Power Broker Strong In Indiana Derby Victory...

It was an awesome day of racing. I really enjoyed my time at Indiana Downs.
"The Mike Pegram owned colt"???
99 BSF for Power Broker in the Derby of Indiana.
I guess 1 for 2 in the big races is Ok for Baffert.

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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.