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:
|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.
|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|