eight previous starts scattered over several years, Calvin Borel
captured his first career win at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
Wednesday, Aug. 6 in the third
race on the day. Borel, who rarely rides at the track, guided Dark Rain
to a win by a neck during the seven and one-half furlong turf event for
two year old maidens.
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Rain was the heavily-favored choice in the seven horse field and was
the one to catch from the start. After a slight hop
at the start, Borel got the filly out quickly from the gate to secure
the top spot, a position she maintained throughout the race. Heading
into the stretch, the two-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon seemed to
become distracted and moved to the center of the
track, slowing her gait. Losing her momentum gave La Rambla and
Francisco Torres the opportunity to move up the inside and get the lead.
never gave up hope on Dark Rain. He was able to get her back in gear
and back in contention, making a surge toward the lead.
The top two ran side by side in the final strides. The Ian
Wilkes-trained filly got the nod by a head bob on the outside of La
Rambla with Traiteuse and Ricardo Santana Jr. finishing close for third.
filly (Dark Rain) is really green,” said Borel. “We have been working
with her for the last four months. First, she had
troubles in the paddock and then in the post parade, but she’s
something special and we kept working with her. Her mind doesn’t focus,
but she’s improving and she is a very, very special filly.”
by Dennis Farkas, Dark Rain was making her third career start at her
third different track. She was a second place finisher
last time out at Ellis Park for Borel, who has ridden her in each of
her tries. The royally bred filly was a $200,000 yearling purchase at
the Keeneland Sales last fall. She now has more than $26,000 in earnings
for her connections.
Dark Rain returned $3.80, $2.20, $2.10 across the board. The time for the race was 1:31.43.