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Breeders' Cup 2017
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Indiana Derby stars shine bright in the Breeders' Cup

On the biggest day in horse racing, with the world's best thoroughbred talent on display, it was a colt that prepped in the Indiana Derby that stole the show.


The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile was dominated by Indiana Derby participants. The betting favorite in this grade I affair was Indiana Derby winner Wilburn. Indiana Derby favorite and 2nd place finisher Shackleford was 5-1, with Indiana Derby 3rd place finisher Caleb's Posse going off at odds of nearly 7-1.


Shackleford was prominant early, pressing the speed of The Factor through the beginning stages of the race. The Dale Romans trainee would pressure The Factor into submission, as the son of Forestry took the lead and spurted away at the top of the stretch, while Baffert’s colt faded badly.

Shackleford looked to be all but home, until Caleb's Posse imposed his presence. Under jockey Rajiv Maragh, Caleb's Posse stormed down the Churchill Downs stretch, quickly ending Shackleford's chance of a victory, as the son of Posse drew off to a 4 length victory. Wilburn never seemed comfortable while running on the rail, he quickly faded and finished a disappointing 7th.


Caleb's Posse's dominant performance in the grade I Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile earned him the highest Beyer speed figure (111) of any horse that competed in Breeders' Cup races. The Donnie Von Hemel trainee is being touted as a major contender for the Eclipse award for Champion 3-year-old Colt. He is also being mentioned as a contender for Champion Sprinter, you could even argue that he should be in the conversation for Horse of the Year.


Caleb's Posse, Shackleford, and Wilburn proved the depth and viability of the Indiana Derby when it comes to Breeders' Cup implications. Racing in the state of Indiana has improved by leaps and bounds in the past 5 years, the fact that we could have back-to-back Eclipse Award winners that ran in the state of Indiana, made the Indiana Derby their Breeders’ Cup prep race, and eventually went on to run well, or ever win a Breeders’ Cup race, speaks volumes to the quality of racing in the Hoosier State.

With that being said, I think it’s time for the Indiana Derby to be rewarded with grade I status. There are so many grade I's in racing that don't live up to the billing, year after year, while the Indiana Derby showcases a deep and talented field that has made an impact in regards to the Breeders' Cup.

A purse boost by ITOBA would enhance the chance of the Indiana Derby achieving grade I status, but, you can’t deny facts, back to back Preakness winners, Lookin at Lucky and Shackleford both used the Indiana Derby as a stepping stone to the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Dirt Mile. Not only that, the only 3-year-old with multiple grade I wins (Kings Bishop and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile) Caleb’s Posse saw fit to use the Indiana Derby to tune up for the Breeders’ Cup. 

The fact that both of these horses finished 1-2 in the Dirt Mile just goes to show you how viable the Indiana Derby is, and proves how deep and talented the racing in Indiana is.

2011 was an extremely successful year for Indiana Racing, horses that have ran at Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park have went on to do wonderful things.  2012 looks even more promising. the Oliver Stakes at Indiana Downs is an event I always look forward to it has become a summer Derby for turf horses.  

Hoosier Park’s meet is always highlighted by the Indiana Derby, but, the 2-year-old racing at Hoosier is improving year by year.   

I look forward to the future of racing in Indiana, do you?

In Honor of Tim (Tiznow) Reynolds, you changed all of are lives for the better and you'll be with us always. Donations can be made to the Timothy (Tiznow) Reynolds Memorial Fund. A memorial fund for his daughter, Lauren Reynolds.


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I'm an idiot for playing pick 3s, I just need to stick with straight bets in BC races, they pay good enough as it is. Plus, the races are so competitive its tough to string 3 in a row. I only used Caleb's Posse & Trappe Shot in pick 3's. I instead should've been focusing on nail the trifecta & 10-cent super.
That's two years in a row of quality entries in Indiana. Certainly worthy of an upgrade in my opinion!
bbb - I was just knocking out the TROLL so we could read the news-dsparrowd
That was an amazing run by Caleb's Posse in the D. Mile.
No doubt about it ... the Indiana Derby is becoming an important Breeders' Cup prep. Congrats on a 1-2 finish in the Dirt Mile!

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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.

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