Ms Fool Me Once Wins the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity at Indiana Grand
Story by Tammy Knox, Photo by Linscott Photography
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Sept. 13, 2014 – In the slimmest of margins between three horses, it was Ms Fool Me Once in the center of the track that earned the win in the 37th running of the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity at Indiana Grand Saturday, Sept. 13. Ridden by Christian Esqueda, Ms Fool me Once completed the 350-yard dash in a time of :17.860 seconds to establish a new stakes record.
Starting from post four, Ms Fool Me Once was strong out of the gate and held her ground against her opponents in the early stages of the race. She was one of the leaders from the very start, but as the finish line neared, it was clear she was the one to beat, inching out to an advantage in the final strides.
Fast Man Vic and jockey Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez posed a threat from the inside while Jesse Jr First Down and Leading Quarter Horse Rider Shanley Jackson made a bold move late on the outside to create a close three-horse
finish. When the photo sign came down, it was Ms Fool Me Once whose number flashed up as the winner by a nose over Fast Man Vic. Jesse Jr First Down finished a head back in third. Less than two lengths separated the top six finishers in the eight-horse final.
“Last time we had a little trouble,” said Esqueda, who recorded the largest win of his career in the Futurity Final. “But she (Ms Fool Me Once) broke well today. It was close but I thought we had it.”
Ms Fool Me Once grabbed her third win of the year in just six career starts. The two-year-old daughter of Escondido Beach now has in excess of $125,000 in earnings for Roy Moore, who is the breeder, owner and trainer. It was the first win for Esqueda aboard Ms Fool Me Once.
“This win is even more special because I started with Roy (Moore),” said Esqueda. “I knew about horses but I didn’t know anything about riding them and he taught me.”
The previous stakes record for the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity, which was held for the first time in 1998 as a pari-mutuel event at Hoosier Park, was established in 2012 by Tinys First Pepsi and Rodney Prescott in a time of :17.870 seconds. This year’s race is the second year it has been contested at Indiana Grand and sets a record for the highest purse ever offered for the Futurity Final and marks the second highest purse of the 2014 racing season for Quarter Horses, second only to the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity held in July.
Pistolpacking Pepsi Extends Win Streak in QHRAI Derby at Indiana Grand
By: Tammy Knox Photo by Linscott Photography
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Sept. 13, 2014 – Pistolpacking Pepsi extended his win streak to three with a solid win in the 32nd running of the $79,233 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby Saturday, Sept. 13 at Indiana Grand. Ridden by Jose Beltran, the three-year-old sorrel son of Jesse James Jr. established a new stakes record of :19.844 seconds, which was only one-one hundredths of a second off the track record for the 400-yard dash.
Starting from post five, Pistolpacking Pepsi was the early morning line favorite, but it was Secret Miracle who grabbed all the attention from the bettors at post time. Pistolpacking Pepsi broke well from the center of the pack in post five and established himself as the front runner early on, rallying home to a one-half length win over BP Hit the Bigtime and Rodney Prescott for second. DNA Sweet Dale and Juan Guerrero finished third on the far outside of the 10-horse final.
“I really like this horse (Pistolpacking Pepsi) because he’s always happy,” said Beltran, who was aboard for the second straight race. “He’s good in the gate. He’s good in the post parade. He just likes to run.”
After a very successful freshman season where he earned the title in the $137,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity Final, Pistolpacking Pepsi has come back with some punch as a three-year-old. He now has two stakes wins to his credit, earning the title in the $135,000 Blue River Derby earlier this year. He now has six wins in 13 career starts and boosted his career bankroll to more than $220,000 for partners Robert Ray and Ron Brown. Brown also trains the gelding, which is very recognizable by the large light spot on his left flank.
“He (Pistolpacking Pepsi) was born with that spot,” said Brown. “He’s an easy keeper and he’s a runner. I have good help, and they all do the work with him. I just take the credit.”
The previous stakes record for the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby was set last year by Sum Fun For Magic and Harold Collins in a time of :19.938 seconds. The track record for the 400-yard distance was recorded in 2012 by Got Courage in a time of :19.830 seconds.