Horseshoe Indianapolis

Baffert Trio Leads Runhappy Del Mar Futurity

Del Mar will play host to a pair of competitive juvenile events Sunday in the GI Runhappy Del Mar Futurity and GIII Del Mar Juvenile Turf. The day's main event looks to be Bob Baffert's race to lose as the conditioner sends out three well-regarded runners in 'TDN Rising Stars' Newgate (Into Mischief) and Cave Rock (Arrogate), and unbeaten GIII Best Pal S. winner Havnameltdown (Uncaptured). Cave Rock produced the field's best Beyer Speed Figure of 101 when blitzing the field in his Aug. 13 debut at this venue. The...

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Hot Little Thing Dominant First Stakes Winner for Army Mule

Hot Little Thing, coming off a seven-length maiden romp at Horseshoe Indianapolis, became the first stakes winner for her freshman sire Army Mule (Friesan Fire) with a dominant victory in the Back Home Again S. at the Indiana oval Wednesday. The even-money favorite zipped out to the early lead and was in control through fractions of :23.18 and :46.47. She skipped effortlessly clear down the lane and cruised home under wraps a much-the-best winner. Hot Little Thing contested the pace before coming up 3/4-lengths short when second in her off-turf...

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Tony Martinez Named Horseshoe Indianapolis Track Superintendent

Tony Martinez has been named the new track superintendent at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Martinez is set to replace current track superintendent Roy Smith, who announced his retirement at the end of the Indiana track's 2022 season. Martinez has been involved in track maintenance for more than 30 years and brings more than 15 years of experience as a track superintendent. The third generation track man has expertise in all surfaces and is especially know for his work in fine grading, track moisture evaluations, extensive harrowing, and soil composition. He has been...

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Actuator Delivers Off Private Purchase in Indiana Derby

Actuator (Bodemeister), just a $2,200 FTKFEB yearling graduate, stayed perfect on dirt to capture a career high in Saturday's GIII Indiana Derby. Third in his first two tries on grass for trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Horseshoe Indianapolis last term, including going a mile in his juvenile finale Oct. 6, he returned from the bench to air in his dirt debut going seven furlongs in his first try for trainer Michael McCarthy at Churchill Downs last time June 8. With Black Type Thoroughbreds acquiring a 75-percent controlling interest since, 3-1 third-choice...

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Indiana-based Trainer Marvin Johnson, Vet Suspended

Trainer Marvin Johnson, tied for second in the standings at Horseshoe Indianapolis, has been summarily suspended by track stewards pending the outcome of an investigation. In a related development, veterinarian Cynthia Diane Loomis has also been summarily suspended. The suspensions for both Johnson and Loomis began July 4. Horses that Johnson entered on the July 4 and 5 cards at the track were ordered scratched. When reached by the TDN, Johnson said "this is not a cheating matter." "On May 24, I had pelvic surgery that limited my participation at...

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Barn Fires Subject of ITA Seminar

The Indiana Thoroughbred Alliance will present an educational seminar July 16 to inform horse owners on how to be better prepared for barn fires. The seminar will be hosted in partnership with Horseshoe Indianapolis in the Family Pavilion of the grandstand, starting with a morning networking opportunity at 10 a.m. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 326 deadly barn fires occurred during the period 2013-2017. In 2022 a devastating fire hurt the Indiana Thoroughbred breeding industry when one Indiana farm burned to the ground. In an effort to...

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DeShawn Parker Scores 6000th Win

Jockey DeShawn Parker scored his 6000th win aboard For Mama at Horseshoe Indianapolis Tuesday night. Only 20 other jockeys have reached that milestone. "This means the world to me, and I was riding for my dad, because I couldn't have been here without him," said Parker, who lost his Dad, Daryl, a longtime steward in the state of Ohio in the spring of 2021 to cancer. "He knew I was getting close to this milestone, but he never said much about any of the milestones. He's the one that kept...

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Belterra Adjusting Post Times Due to Heat

With a forecast for extreme temperatures and heat indexes, post time at Belterra Park for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22, will be pushed forward by one hour, with first post scheduled for 11:35 a.m. on both days. Similarly hot conditions forced the cancellation of racing at Belterra June 14 through June 16, while officials at Churchill Downs about 90 minutes southwest of Cincinnati decided to call off live racing June 15 and 16. The live card at Churchill Wednesday, June 22, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in order...

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First Starter a Romping Winner for Good Samaritan

Roger McDaniel's Huntertown (Good Samaritan) was sent off the even-money favorite while making his debut against three rivals at Horseshoe Indianapolis Wednesday and duly romped home an effortless winner. The chestnut pressed the pace three wide through an opening quarter in :23.36, rolled up to the lead into the stretch and strode clear without any encouragement to win by 6 3/4 lengths. Baytown Jagger (Gormley) was second. Huntertown is the first starter and winner for his freshman sire, Good Samaritan, who won the 2017 GII Jim Dandy S. and 2018...

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Horseshoe Indianapolis to Join Fox Sports Broadcast

Horseshoe Indianapolis is partnering with Fox Sports Network beginning Tuesday, May 3, the track announced Monday. Several races will be running alongside Churchill Downs this GI Kentucky Derby week during the daily broadcast from Fox Sports. "We are excited to be included in such a powerhouse lineup of Thoroughbred racing offered during Derby Week," said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis. "We begin our racing program at approximately 2:30 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday and will feature our first six races on Fox Sports...

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Brian Arrigoni New Paddock Analyst at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing & Casino has named Brian Arrigoni as its new paddock analyst, joining "Racing Rachel" McLaughlin, on-air racing analyst and production manager, and track announcer John G. Dooley on its broadcast team to cover the 2022 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season. A native of Minnesota, Arrigoni has been the paddock analyst for Canterbury Park for the past six years and has a following on social media for his picks, catering to those seeking assistance in multiple race exotic wagers. Owner of both criminal justice and political science...

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Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes Schedule Released

A total of 38 Thoroughbred stakes races offering more than $4.6 million in purses will be featured during the 2022 racing season at Horseshoe Indianapolis. The season runs Apr. 19 through Nov. 23 and is highlighted by the 28th running of the GIII Indiana Derby Saturday, July 9. That card alone offers $1.1 million in stakes purses and will also feature the GIII Indiana Oaks. Horseshoe Indianapolis will also feature the third Indiana Champions Day Saturday, Oct. 29. The event will showcase 10 stakes combined by Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse...

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