Two Indiana Grand Stake Races on September 4

On the card are a pair of $100,000 Indiana-bred turf races, the Florence Henderson for fillies and mares and the A.J. Foyt . Both races, are at 1 1/16 miles, have a full field of 12 entered.

Lauer is the leading trainer by stakes win at the Indiana Grand meeting with four, and nearly all the best horses he trains he bred and owns with his wife, Penny. Lauer entered four in the Henderson and two in the Foyt. One of those in the Foyt is The Money Dance, who could well be the best two-turn Indiana-bred of his generation on dirt. The Money Dance has open-company wins this year at Oaklawn Park and Belmont Park, and after stubbing his toe in the Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore Stakes on June 20, he thumped Indiana-breds in the $155,000 Governor’s.

In June, Lauer tried The Money Dance on turf in the Grade 3 Arlington Classic and it didn’t work out. The Money Dance barely lifted a hoof, beaten 16 lengths. But was that a true billing?

But Lauer also must consider the fact there are upcoming state bred-restricted dirt stakes for The Money Dance, and that he might be wasting a start on turf.

Earlier this meet, Lauer’s second entrant in the Foyt, In a Fog, nearly won the $105,000 Snack Stakes in his lone turf try, despite breaking from post 12. He drew the 12 hole again in the Foyt, but that’s less deleterious in this 1 1/16-mile race than it was in the one-mile Snack, which started just before the first turn.

Lauer’s pair has youth and upside in their corner, where many of the other possible players are twice their age or more. Four-year-old Retrospection is bred like a grass horse but has been considerably better on dirt.

Lauer’s Henderson quartet consists of Miracles Take Time, Obsolete, Flurry, and Triple A. Triple A is stuck on the also-eligible list but is the one horse among the four who might be clearly better on grass than dirt.

Flurry was cross-entered in the $200,000 Indiana Grand, an open turf stakes on Wednesday, but drew post 12 in that race. Obsolete won the Ellen’s Lucky Star, restricted to 3-year-old fillies, by a narrow margin over Triple A, but Triple A was compromised racing well behind a walking pace. Miracles Take Time had serious trouble that day and might be just as good as those two.

Marina’s Legacy is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Henderson, a race she won last year as a 3-year-old. She drew post 12.


Race 7: Florence Henderson Stakes. For three-year -old fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Purse $100,000.

Entries for Florence Henderson Stakes:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Miss Artie Ty Kennedy Tim Glyshaw 10/1
2 Polar Vortex Richard A. Bracho Tim Glyshaw 20/1
3 English Flower Angel Moreno Jay J. Holden 30/1
4 Miracles Take Time Tyler Gaffalione Michael Lauer 30/1
5 Cavalleria Eduardo Perez Robert Gorham 12/1
6 Obsolete John McKee Michael Lauer 10/1
7 Express Run Deshawn Parker Bernard Flint 8/1
8 Flurry Marcelino Pedroza Michael Lauer 5/2
9 Rascofrade Fernando De La Cruz Tim Glyshaw 20/1
10 Hay Little Bit Andres Patricio Ulloa Barbara McBride 6/1
11 Sweet N Wicked Rodney Prescott Wayne Minnock 12/1
12 Marina’s Legacy Jesus Castanon Aaron West 3/1
13 Moon Over Cabo Rodney Prescott Patti Miller 15/1
14 Triple A Marcelino Pedroza Michael Lauer 12/1


Race 8. A. J. Foyt Stakes. For three-year-old and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Purse $100,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Still Chief Santo Sanjur Cipriano Contreras 15/1
2 Retrospection Tyler Gaffalione Michael Maker 12/1
3 Bizerk Jesus Castanon Marv Johnson 4/1
4 Rebel Bull Fernando De La Cruz Aaron West 12/1
5 Mystic Tiger Joseph Berrios Mort Shirazi 30/1
6 Sky Writer Eduardo Perez Robert Gorham 12/1
7 Huntstown Marcelino Pedroza Wayne Mogge 8/1
8 The Money Dance Edgar Morales Michael Lauer 7/2
9 Mystery Unbridle Malcolm Franklin Michael Weaver 12/1
10 Aristomaches Declan Cannon Stephen D. Dunn 9/2
11 Rhinestone Romeo Rodney Prescot Jay Holden 20/1
12 In a Fog John McKee Michael Lauer 8/1
13 Uphold Fernando De La Cruz Jordan Blair 15/1
14 Slickly Done Richard Bracho Jay Holden 30/1


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