Nine Triple Crown Runners Nominated for $500,000 Indiana Derby
Indian’s richest horse race is set for Saturday, July 15 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The 23rd running of the $500,000-added Indiana Derby (G2) is a 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-olds. Some of the projected runners from this year’s Triple Crown trail include Untrapped, Senior Investment and Irap with a total of nine horses nominated that saw action in Triple Crown races this year.
The Indiana Derby began in 1995 at Hoosier Park and was moved to Indiana Grand in 2013. Over the years, the race has grown in status, displaying some of the best three-year-olds in the country. Last year’s event was won by Cupid for Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert, who scored his fourth win in the race in the past eight years.
Irap comes off an impressive win in the Grade III $500,000 Ohio Derby in late June. The three-year-old son of Tiznow won the Blue Grass Stakes and finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby. Irap is now a $1 million earner as he looks to add yet another Derby onto his credentials this season.
Untrapped broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in November and is looking for a signature win after finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby and 6th in the Arkansas Derby. In six graded stakes starts, Untrapped has a pair of 2nd and 3rd placed finishes including a late-charging show in the Ohio Derby.
Senior Investment, the Lexington Stakes winner at Keeneland, finished 3rd in the Preakness Stakes and 5th in the Belmont Stakes.
Hollywood Handsome, 4th in the Louisiana Derby and allowance winner at Churchill Downs going the 1 1/16 mile distance May 14, did not finish in the Belmont Stakes after clipping heels and early traffic trouble forced jockey Florent Geroux out of the irons.
The Grade III $200,000-added Indiana Oaks will join the Derby on the July 15 racing program with a total six stakes races that boasts more than one million in purse money. Indiana Derby Night will once again be complemented by other activities in the days surrounding the event bringing the attention of the horse racing world to Indiana during that time. Bob Knight, famed Indiana University basketball coach and former analyst for ESPN, will serve as this year’s honorary chairperson and be involved in the evening’s festivities. The fine filly and 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun will also be at the Casino from 3:30-4:30pm promoting the Playboy Don’t Stop the Party! Slot Machine.