Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association - ITOBA NEWS Saint D’Aroak Shines Again at Hoosier Park
Hoosier Park Press Release - Saint D’Aroak once again showed her af-
finity for Hoosier Park as she captured the evening’s featured event, a $41,000 state bred allowance for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on August 16. The three-year-old daughter of Saint Anddan pushed her career earnings over the $100,000 mark for trainer Randy Klopp as she posted her third win in six starts over Hoosier Park’s oval.Saint D’Aroak has finished in the money in all six of her lifetime starts at the Anderson track. With Daniel Coa back in the irons once again, Saint D’Aroak was in perfect striking position from the outset breaking from post eight. She stalked the early pacesetter, Sheza Cozy Gal under Fernando De La Cruz, through early fractions of :22.57 and :45.76. Slacker and Chris Russell held the rail in third while Cindy Sweet Cindy chased the pace on the outside in fourth. Saint D’Aroak and Coa began their quest for the lead as the field reached the three-quarter station in :58.70. Coming off the far turn, Coa angled the dark brown filly to the outside and she easily took over command in the stretch. Saint D’Aroak drew clear late and coasted home to a one and one half length triumph over Sheza Cozy Gal. Victoria Blu, ridden by Rodney Prescott, made a bid late in the lane to get up for the third place finish. The winning time was 1:12.32 for the six furlong event contested over a sloppy rated track. As the public’s second choice, Saint D’Aroak returned $7.80 for the win. “This filly likes the distance,” winning trainer Randy Klopp noted, “but seems to handle running short a little better. She won a stakes race here going short over a sloppy track last year, so I knew she could handle this race. I told Danny to ride his own race and he did. She’s been a really nice filly for us.” Saint D’Aroak notched the first win of her three-year-old campaign and her third lifetime win in 11 starts. Owned and bred by Cynthia and Dennis Claramunt and Randy Klopp, Saint D’Aroak was victorious in the $84,000 added “The City of Anderson” stake at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino last year.
Big Town is Big in Hoosier Park Feature
Big Town and Marlon St. Julien defeated Chilled and Antonio Lopez Castanon in a determined stretch duel to take home top honors in the feature, a $41,000 allowance optional claiming event, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on August 10. Leaving from post three, Big Town was unhurried out of the gate. Adulare broke alertly in the abbreviated field of six and went to the front under Fernando De La Cruz. Jockey Marlon St. Julien relaxed his mount on the outside while trading back and forth with Adulare for the lead. Chilled was also well placed four wide in third. Adulare went a quarter in :23.58, as the order remained unchanged down the backside. Adulare continued to call the shots, setting a moderate pace of :47.97 as St. Julien kept Big Town in perfect striking position in the three path. When the field hit the turn after three-quarters in 1:12.13, Chilled began to challenge Adulare on the outside but Big Town would not go away. The dark brown gelding ranged up to take the lead when asked to win a long stretch duel by three-parts of a length over Chilled. The heavily favored, Northern Candyride under Rodney Prescott remained off the pace for much of the race but made a bid late in the lane to round out the tri-fecta. Big Town returned $10.00 to his backers. “This horse races much better over the dirt, so I thought he would be
good here,” winning trainer Tim Glyshaw noted. “The racing style here fits him, it seems to be more speed favoring and he likes to be in the race. The plan was to get the lead but he didn’t break well. Marlon (St. Julien) did a great job with this horse tonight, he sat patiently on him and that basically won the race for us.” The final time for the mile and one-sixteenth distance was 1:43.99 over the fast dirt track. With his third victory in 13 starts, the 4-year-old gelded son of Speightstown improved his lifetime bankroll to $122,581 for owner Sure Shot Stables, Inc. Big Town was bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm.
Hard Luck Monk Rolls The Upset
Hard Luck Monk pulled the 25-1 upset over nine other contenders in the $50,000 Indiana-bred allowance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on August, 2. Hoosier Park’s all-time leading jockey, Rodney Prescott, piloted the 3-year-old chestnut gelding for trainer Mike Nance. Leaving from post seven, Hard Luck Monk left sharply only to yield the lead to Buster Rose and Thomas Pompell who set the pace early with a first quarter clocked in 22.24. Hard Luck Monk tracked the leaders in second while Man of Miracles was chasing in third. Unreachable was well placed on the outside in fourth. As the race turned for home, the field began to tighten. Buster Rose clung to the lead as Hard Luck Monk angled off the rail into the turn and was able to put a nose in front. Making his first Hoosier Park start of the season off a tenth place finish in the $200,000 Governor’s Stake at Indiana Downs on July 12, Hard Luck Monk edged away to a one and three-quarter length victory. Buster Rose held on for second, while the public’s second choice, Unreachable Star, finished third. Hard Luck Monk covered the six furlongs in a final time of 1:08.97. “It all worked out for him tonight, he likes to be in the mix of things,” Nance said of the Hunting Hard gelding. “We ran him back long and he was no good at all so I just threw that last race out. I thought he would be pretty good in here.” Hard Luck Monk improved his career record to 4-0-0 from 9 starts while pushing his career earnings over $100,000 for M.Y. Stables, Inc. He was bred in Indiana by South River Ranch and is out of the Executive Order mare Sister Monk. “He beat some pretty nice horses tonight,” Nance noted. “He’s only three, but he has a lot of heart and is finally starting to come around.”
Indiana Derby - Saturday, October 6
The 18th running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park promises to be an exciting day at the races. The day will feature seven stakes races including the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks, the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile, and the new $100,000-added Mari Hulman George Stakes.
Experience the Thrill of Owning a Racehorse! Every Saturday From Now Through Oct. 20 AT Hoosier Park
Enter at any rewards kiosk any time from 10 am Fridays through 4:59 pm Saturdays. At approximately 5:15 pm each Saturday, one guest will be selected to Own a Thoroughbred for the next Saturday’s race. Talk strategy with the trainer and experience the excitement from the owner’s box in the Homestretch Restaurant as your horse races to the finish. Receive 10% of your horse’s earnings for that race.
September 2012 issue of The "Fast" Horse Resource