Easter Indy proved she’s the top female horse bred in Arkansas with her powerful 5 ½ length victory in $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes.
Ridden by jockey Walter De La Cruz, Easter Indy was forwardly placed early in the field of 11 as Pretty Suspect lead the group through an opening quarter mile in in :21 3/5. Longshot Demi Ten took over for a half mile in :45 3/5, but it was short lived after the winner patiently negotiated traffic around the turn, split rivals at the top of the stretch and drew off to win impressively infor six furlongs over a fast track.
“She did everything I asked her to,” said De La Cruz. “I was able to sit just off the speed on the backside and when I asked her turning for home, she gave me a strong run. I want to thank the owners and Mr. Martin for giving me the opportunity to ride this filly.”
Pink Flash closed late after also having to negotiate traffic to be second. She was followed by Sophias Big Girl, 2-1 favorite Lady Lake, Brooke’s a Bookin, Chilean Queen, Demi Ten, Pretty Suspect, Patchofbadweather, Jonesboro Polly and Be My Caroline.
The Downthedustyroad was Easter Indy’s second straight victory this year and third overall from seven career starts. The A.P. Million filly has now earned $164,465 for owners John and Libbie Thiel and Martin Brothers, Inc. She returned $11.60, $4.80 and $4 as the 9-2 fourth choice.
Live racing resumeswith a first post. The nine-race card is highlighted by the $100,000 Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes for Arkansas-bred colts and geldings, 3-year-olds and older.
Winning trainer/co-owner Bill Martin – “I was very happy with her, how she was coming into the race. I have a partner there, John Thiel, and he was very patient with us by just giving her a little time off after last year. I just feel like we had a fresh horse coming into here, and it all paid off.”
“We had a lot of concern (about the speed). We were concerned about the gray filly, Pink Flash. Last time, she came running after her. We kind of laid a little close because we kind of felt like she would come after us.”
Winning jockey Walter De La Cruz - “She did everything I asked her to. I was able to sit just off the speed on the backside and when I asked her turning for home, she gave me a strong run. I want to thank the owners and Mr. Martin for giving me the opportunity to ride this filly.”
Jockey Jon Court, second on Pink Flash – “The speed got out in front of us and they kept running in front of us. She’s got a big kick at the end and I had to work my way through traffic. I had a pretty good trip, I’m not going to complain. She gave me a good effort today.”
Source: Oaklawn Park