Four Stakes Races at Indiana Grand on September 12

Race 5. Brickyard Stakes. For Registered Indiana Breds three-year-old and up at 6 furlongs on dirt. Purse $100,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Brothers Dryden Victor Lebron Alejandro Gomez 30/1
2 Here Comes Doc Richard Bracho Randy Matthews 15/1
3 Double Tuff Alex Canchari Zack Simms 15/1
4 Mr Manning Rodney Prescott Barbara I. McBride 6/1
5 Operation Stevie Emmanuel Esquivel Cipriano Contreras 5/2
6 Gifted Justice Jesus Castanon Randy Matthews 15/1
7 Plainfield Deshawn Parker John L. Langemeier 6/1
8 Revenant One Ty Kennedy Michael Tomlinson 7/5


Plainfield is the only horse who has beaten Revenant One, and perhaps he can beat him again Wednesday in the Brickyard Stakes.

Revenant One, with four wins from his five career starts, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the Brickyard Stakes.

Revenant One makes his stakes debut Wednesday. Revenant One is plenty fast. He ran in a $30,000 maiden-claiming price last fall at Keeneland. Revenant One has not seen a claiming race since. He won his second start last fall, sat out the winter, and in his April 28, his first race in state bred-restricted competition, he was upset at odds of 3-10 by Plainfield. Revenant One came back to win a month later by more than eight lengths and in late June by more than four, he has not started since. Revenant One shows no published works for a month after his last start and has a gap in official drills between Aug. 3 and Aug. 21.

Plainfield won his career debut April 26, 2017, won by 18 lengths. Plainfield won his second start by a half-length, then proceeded to go downhill during the rest of his 2017 campaign. In his most recent start against strictly Indiana-breds, Plainfield beat Revenant One and he since has turned in four solid performances in open allowance races.

If Revenant One spends too long fighting on the lead with Mr. Manning, Plainfield will get first run on the deeper closer Operation Stevie, whose win last out in the William Henry Harrison Stakes came in a race restricted not just to Indiana-breds, but to Indiana-sired runners.

Race 6. City of Anderson Stakes. For Registered Indiana Bred Two Year Old Fillies at six furlongs on dirt. Purse $100,000.

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Proud Dreamer Eduardo Perez Genaro Garcia 15/1
2 Iustwantahavefun Ty Kennedy Steve Hobby 8/1
3 Discreet Beauty Marcelino Pedroza Genaro Garcia 7/2
4 Fran’s Salsa Richard Bracho Antonio Duran 5/1
5 Da High Commission Orlando Mojica Antonio Duran 10/1
6 Fireball Baby Fernando De La Cruz Philip A. Bauer 12/1
7 Can’t Crosstraffic Declan Cannon Terry Phillips 15/1
8 New Appeal Santo Sanjur Michelle Elliott 30/1
9 Unbridled Brooke Jesus Castanon Marvin Johnson 3/1
10 Premium Passion Rodney Prescott Stephen V. Fosdick 4/1

Half the fillies in the City of Anderson have made zero or one start, making the form tough to read, but the race does appear to have plenty of pace. A hot early and middle tempo could set up Ijustwantahavefun, a once-started maiden who broke slowly from the rail and made a sustained run to finish second racing 5 1/2 furlongs in her debut. Unbridled Brooke, the motning line favorite, won her debut race, her only race, at Indiana Grand on July 19 by 4 lengths.  She has posted 3 solid works since her win.

Race 7. Hilsdale Stakes. For Registered Indiana Bred two -year- old males at six furlongs on dirt. Purse $100,000

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Gio Pantera Eduardo E. Perez Genaro Garcia 7/2
2 Chuy Orlando Mojica Marv Johnson SCR
3 Un Tequila Shot Malcolm Franklin Genaro Garcia 30/1
4 A Little Irradic Rodney A. Prescott Michelle Elliott 5/2
5 Cruman Tapote Fernando De La Cruz Brad Cox 3/1
6 Havenhill Ty Kennedy Tim Glyshaw 30/1
7 Comes N Threes Marcelino Pedroza Michael Lauer 20/1
8 Squadron Commander Richard Bracho Bernard Flint 6/1
9 Aces of Aces Alex Canchari Bernard Flint 6/1
10 Let It Go Indigo Samuel Camacho, Jr. Patrick Huffman 30/1
11 D’ark Flatter Samuel Bermudez Randy Klopp 30/1
12 S S Trooper Jesus Castanon Marv Johnson 20/1

The Hillsdale, which drew a dozen entrants, has A Little Irradic as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, but that’s not an appealing price. A Little Irradic does exit an open first-level allowance in which he finished second, but he faded late to lose by 8 1/2 lengths, and his debut win came over just 4 1/2 furlongs in a race restricted to Indiana-sired starters.

Gio Pantera is the tepid selection since his fourth-start breakthrough win last out came in his first dirt race where he wore blinkers. Cruman Tapote, Havenhill, Squadron Commander, and Ace of Aces all merit consideration. S S Trooper had a bad race his last outing but could bounce to the front here and be there at the wire.

Race 8. Merrillville Stakes. For Registered Indiana Bred Fillies And Mares three- year- old at six furlongs. Purse $100,000. 

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Polarizing Fernando De La Cruz Michelle Elliott 10/1
2 Expect Indy Emmanuel Esquivel Cipriano Contreras 7/2
3 Bibbidibobbidi Edgar Morales Michael Lauer 12/1
4 Cavalleria Orlando Mojica Robert Gorham 12/1
5 Sweet N Wicked Perry Ouzts Wayne Minnock 20/1
6 Peyton’s Pass Eduardo Perez Robert Gorham 30/1
7 Unbridle Pass Alex Canchari Bernard Flint 30/1
8 Whistle Stop Marcelino Pedroza Michael Lauer 12/1
9 Ever Wonder Santo Sanjur Robert Gorham 5/1
10 Archie’s Girl Deshawn Parker John Ortiz 15/1
11 Carmalley Chrome Rodney Prescott Michael Nance 20/1
12 Hay Little Bit Andres Ulloa Barbara McBride 12/1

The Merrillville for female sprinters is the cashing leg of the all-stakes pick four, and it’s not out of the question the sequence ends with a bang.

Peyton’s Pass won this race a year ago and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite after capturing the Indiana-sired Shelby County Stakes in her most recent start. But while Peyton’s pass has 7 wins and 6 places from 16 career starts, she does not have a great margin for error on Wednesday, and her front-running style could be compromised by other speed horses in the Merrillville.

Sweet N Wicked is listed at 20-1 on the morning line and has a better chance than that price. She failed to fire in the 2017 Merrillville and has made three of her last five starts in routes, but her six-furlong performance on May 30 could win this race and she seems to run well in her first sprint race following routes.

Expect Indy is only a 7-2 shot on the line, but her off-the-pace style also fits the likely race shape in the Merrillville, as does that of Cavalleria, who figures to be at least 12-1 in the win pool.



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