After finishing second in the first two rounds of the Don K. Memorial Starter Series, Hazards of Love turned the tables on his opponents Saturday, June 28, winning the third round of the series named after former Indiana HBPA Executive Director Don Kubovchik. The Tom Amoss-trained veteran cruised under the wire for jockey Jeremy Rose and recorded his 20th career win in the process.
“He (Hazards of Love) is just a veteran who knows what he has to do,” said Shane Jolivette, assistant trainer for the Amoss Stable. “He prepares himself. We just make sure he is safe and sound and ready to go before a race.”
Hazards of Love was ready to go from the start. The seven-year-old chestnut son of Saint Liam broke alertly from post six and watched as second round winner Prado Dash and Olaf Hernandez rushed beside them from post seven to surge to the lead. Prado Dash had complete control of the fractions and kept his opponents well behind him before the field began to tighten the advantage around the turn to overtake him for the final quarter mile of the one and one-sixteenth mile race.
In the stretch, Rose rallied Hazards of Love around the top two and used a strong drive in the lane to win the race by seven and one-half lengths. Followthemoneytrail and Albin Jimenez rushed from last to first for second followed by St. Padriag and Juan Vargas who also rallied late to finish third.
“I go by how the horse feels when the race starts, and he (Hazards of Love) broke well and was sitting perfect early,” said Rose. “I wanted to sit back and keep him relaxed and be the one to make the first move. At about the five-sixteenth pole, I kissed to him and he really grabbed the bit, and at the top of the lane, I asked again and he responded great today.”
Hazards of Love is owned by Maggi Moss, who earned the leading trainer title at Indiana Grand last season. He is now four for six over Indiana Grand’s dirt course with the other two finishes the second place finishes earlier this series in the Don K. Starter. His earnings were boosted to more than $344,000 with the win for his connections.
“He (Hazards of Love) is a calm horse and is one of the barn favorites,” said Jolivette, who oversees the Amoss string at Indiana Grand. “He is a fun horse to be around and he brings it every time.”
The fourth round of the Don K. Memorial Starter Series returns Wednesday, July 16 and moves to the turf for the one and one-sixteenth mile distance. The series continues through 10 legs during the course of the 2014 meet at Indiana Grand.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Saturday, Nov. 1 offering racing Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. with Friday and Saturday action beginning at 5:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added at 2:05 p.m. July 17. For more information, visit the Website at indianagrand.com.