Horseshoe Indy attracts big names for 4 Wednesday stakes

Horseshoe Indy attracts big names for 4 Wednesday stakes
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Horseplayers will be greeted with midweek stakes action Wednesday when Horseshoe Indianapolis, formerly Indiana Grand, hosts a 10-race program headlined by a pair of $150,000 turf stakes for sophomores.

Both the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes for fillies and Caesars Stakes for open 3-year-olds attracted fields of nine with several high-profile barns represented. Additionally, top jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr., Tyler Gaffalione, Florent Geroux and Paco Lopez will be in town to ride.

Both the Horseshoe Indianapolis and Caesars are run at a mile on the turf course. But note that the National Weather Service forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain for Wednesday in Shelbyville, Ind. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue into the afternoon, so there is a chance one or both stakes will be washed off the turf and moved to dirt.

The field for the Caesars includes Kuchar, who is entered for the main-track only.

Tommy Bee for trainer Brad Cox is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. By Medaglia D’Oro, the $175,000 auction purchase exits a high-level allowance win at Keeneland by a comfortable two lengths on April 29. Prior to that, he was runner-up in both the Black Gold Stakes on turf at Fair Grounds and the Rushaway on a synthetic track at Turfway Park.

Ortiz has the call on Tommy Bee, who sports a record of 7: 3-3-0 with earnings of $188,940.

Stitched (4-1), Play Action Pass (6-1) and American Pure (6-1) each exit entry-level allowance wins. The win by Play Action Pass for trainer Robert Medina came Sunday at Churchill Downs, so it is unlikely he runs.

Stitched popped a career-best 81 Beyer Speed Figure when winning at Churchill Downs on April 30, which ties with Tommy Bee as the highest turf figure in the field. The son of Mizzen Mast will have new rider Florent Geroux in the irons.

American Pure will be making his first start on turf for Cox. He cleared his first-level allowance condition on dirt at Horseshoe Indianapolis on April 20. Marcelino Pedroza Jr. will ride back.

Another intriguing contender is Shake Em Loose, a multiple stakes winner on dirt at Laurel Park who was under consideration for this weekend’s Preakness. The son of Shakin It Up won the Private Terms in March before finishing third in last month’s Federico Tesio. Shake Em Loose has run on grass only once in 11 starts, which was a last-place finish last fall at Laurel Park.

2022 Caesars Stakes (LS)

In the Horseshoe Indianapolis, Alittleloveandluck is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for trainer Mike Dinni. The Arrogate filly won the Ginger Brew on grass at Gulfstream Park in January, but was off the board in two subsequent stakes tries on turf. She was sixth in the Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs and then fifth in the Memories of Silver at Aqueduct most recently on April 24.

Paco Lopez will be reunited with Alittleloveandluck after missing the ride in the Memories of Silver.

Bravo Kitten is a mere maiden winner for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., but she is lightly raced and looks to be on the improve. She is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The daughter of Kitten’s Joy earned her diploma in January at Gulfstream Park then was second in a pair of first-level allowance turfers at Keeneland.

Umberto Rispoli will ride Bravo Kitten.

Cox will be represented in the Horseshoe Indianapolis with Lolloping (5-1). The War Front filly was a debut winner Fair Grounds in February but was subsequently no factor in both the Lacombe Memorial at Fair Grounds and an allowance at Keeneland.

Dreamworker, a $130,000 daughter of Animal Kingdom, is an allowance winner for Joe Sharp. She had the lead inside the eighth pole of the Lacombe Memorial before fading to fifth. Deshean Parker, who piloted Dreamworker to an allowance win at Fair Grounds but was not aboard for the Lacombe Memorial, will be in the irons.

Also on the program are a pair of stakes for 3-year-old Indiana-breds. The Sagamore Sired Stakes and Swifty Sired Filly Stakes

The Horseshoe Indianapolis is carded as the eighth race with a scheduled post time of 6:07 p.m. EDT. The Caesars will follow as the ninth race at about 6:38 p.m.

2022 Horseshoe Indianapolis (LS)

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