Air Born Leader wins fourth straight in Born Leader Classic at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – June 14, 2014 – Air Born Leader returned to his winning ways Saturday, June 14, taking home his fourth straight title in the $114,000 Born Runner Classic at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The win for the grey gelding was the 12th of his career and extended his hold as the all-time leading Indiana bred Quarter Horse with career earnings
now in excess of $454,000.
After a dull effort in the trials and a fourth place finish, Air Born Leader was the seventh quickest qualifier out of 10 for the Born Runner Classic Final. Now six-years-old, the son of Leader of the Class had struggled in only two starts of 2014. Last year, he scored three wins in eight outings, only missing the board once in those starts.
“The last two times out were just out of character for him (Air Born Leader),” said Trainer Tom Mosley, Jr. “He felt good, but I could tell he just wasn’t happy. The last few days, I could tell a difference in him and I could tell he felt happy again.”
Air Born Leader, with Indiana Grand’s all-time leading jockey Harold Collins aboard, had to be happy with their start. A clean break put the gelding in good positioning early on. The duo had a clear shot from post four in the center of the track. Air Born Leader led the field of 10 the entire 400-yard dash, fending off a late charge by race favorite Chilled Six Pack and 2014 Leading JockeyShanley Jackson from the far outside. Air Born Leader held on to win by a head at the wire over Chilled Six Pack. Beach Meter and Christian Esqueda held tough along the inside to finish a neck back in third.
The time of the race was :20.007 seconds, establishing a new stakes record for the Born Runner Classic. The race, which was in its fifth running, is named after a very successful sire in the state of Indiana, Born Runner. “We brought him (Born Runner) in to our farm in Carbon, Ind. from Oklahoma in 1988,” said CW Mullenix, owner of Born Runner. “He changed the scenery of Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana. I’m very touched with what the folks (Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana) have done in honor of him with this race. And, all five years the winners have been out of Born Runner mares, which makes it exceptionally nice.”
Born Runner passed away several years ago. As a result, Mullenix did not replace him at his farm and now only has broodmares at his operation. Randy Thompson is the owner and breeder of Air Born Leader, whose dam, Air Born Jazz, has been an important part of his operation. Unfortunately, she passed away three years ago, so no future siblings will be
coming along behind Air Born Leader. Thompson has been very active in Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana for more than a decade. He is the all-time leading owner at Indiana Grand and with his latest win from Air Born Leader, he surpassed $1 million in earnings as an owner. Thompson also saw something different in Air Born Leader the past two starts, but he had faith in Mosley that things would turn around.
“He (Air Born Leader) just wasn’t himself in his two previous races this year,” said Thompson. “But he proved he could turn it around and on the big day (Born Runner Classic) he showed up.”
Air Born Leader was the fourth pick on the board, paying $12.60, $4.00 and $3.40 across the board. The gelding, who has a very unique running style with a low head carriage, is now 10 for 22 over Indiana Grand’s oval and the latest victory was his sixth career stakes win.
“He (Air Born Leader) is a very easy horse to train and he’s all class,” said Mosley, Jr. “From the first time he ever ran, he had a unique way of running. I didn’t think I liked it at first until he became successful. Now, I don’t mind it at all.”
Air Born Leader always appears calm and easy going. However, Mosley noted that he is very strong and very focused when he comes to the paddock. The Mosley Stable credits Victor Deleon, his groom, for keeping him calm. Deleon walks him with two hands on the lead to keep him in check.
Air Born Leader will most likely be back to defend his title in the Bob Woodward Memorial Stakes, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. Prior to that date, there are several more Quarter Horse stakes on the docket at Indiana Grand. The second of six nights in 2014 dedicated to all Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand is slated for Saturday, July 5. Three stakes, the $25,000-added Leader of the Class Stakes, the $35,000-added Indiana Grand Classic and the $35,000-added Bradford Stakes will take place along with trials for the Jaguar Rocket Futurity and the Heartland Futurity, which will run finals on Saturday, July 26. The evening will be complemented by several activities, including fireworks following the racing program.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Saturday, Nov. 1 offering racing Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. with Friday and Saturday action beginning at 5:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added at 2:05 p.m. July 17. For more information, visit the Website at indianagrand.com. About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located
Secret Miracle Sets New track Record for 400 Yards at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – June 13, 2014 – Secret Miracle, with Gabriel Lagunes aboard, rallied home to win the $15,000 Quarter Horse Allowance Friday, June 13. Along with the victory, the three-year-old filly also scored a new track record for the 400-yard distance with a time of :19.684 seconds.
Starting from post eight, Secret Miracle got a clean break and was a contender the entire dash. Moving into the center of the track, the Utah-bred daughter of No Secrets Here finished strong to earn the win and place her name in the record books at Indiana Grand. Secret Miracle finished a half length ahead of Indigo James and Yordanis Amaro while Eagle Illusion and jockey Julian Serrano finished third.
Owned by Guadalupe Arevalo and trained by Julio Almanza, Secret Miracle was making her first start of 2014. All seven of her previous career starts have been contested over the Indiana Grand racetrack. She now has three wins in eight outings and boosted her career earnings to more than $25,000.
WH Design by Dash wins Born Runner Classic Trial at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – May 30, 2014 – WH Design By Dash and Victor Olivo made their first start of 2014 look easy, taking home the title in one of two $5,000 Born Runner Classic trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Friday, May 30. The trials were two of 10 races on the program dedicated to Quarter Horses and drew a large crowd that was trackside to witness the event.
Starting from post seven in the eight-horse lineup, WH Design By Dash was a factor from the start, getting a quick jump on his competition out of the gate. The hot pink blinkers on the three-year-old Indiana-bred son of Brimmstone were in front nearly every step of the way in the 400-yard dash, taking Olivo across the wire with an easy win by three-quarters of a length in a time of :20.311. Beach Meter and Christian Esqueda tracked in second followed by Chilled Six Pack and Shanley Jackson for third.
“I think he (WH Design by Dash) has matured since last year,” said Olivo. “Before he didn’t break well and he would shy from the people on the rail. He was sharper tonight out of the gate. I think he will be tough in the final.”
With the exception of his first start last season, Olivo has been aboard for all of WH Design By Dash’s starts. He is owned by Julia Martin and trained by her husband, Paul. The trial was the second win in 10 career starts for WH Design by Dash, who has only been worse than third once in his career. He bumped his career earnings to more than $70,000 with the win.
“Last year, the distance for two-year-olds was shorter,” said Paul Martin.
“He was right there several times and would have won more at a longer distance. He finished up the year strong last year. He’s the type of horse that never has an off day. He’s never off his feed. We only gave him one work. He’s just one of those that is a great trainer. His half brother, WH Johnnie Boy Red, is the same way, so it might be a characteristic from that family.
”WH Johnnie Boy Red has been a standout for the Martin Stable in Indiana. He has earned several wins, including the 2012 $130,700 Jaguar Rocket Stakes held at Indiana Grand. Ridden also by Olivo, WH Johnnie Boy Red holds the stakes record for the event in a time of :15.630.
WH Design By Dash will return for the $100,000 Born Runner Classic Final set for Saturday, June 14. The other horses qualifying for the event include Achieve the Speed (first trial winner and fastest in :20.186), Bugs Dash of Honey, Beach Meter, Its Chilly, Chilled Six Pack, Air Born Leader, Free Kittens, Romped and WH Beach Baby. The stakes record for the Born Runner Classic was set last year by Air Born Leader and rider Harold Collins in a time of :20.178 seconds for trainer Tom Mosley Jr.