Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to welcome you to the 18th edition of the grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby. We hope you’ll enjoy convenient advanced wagering, a full simulcast race schedule, official Indiana Derby merchandise, 12 heart pounding races and various entertainment acts throughout the day.
In case our in-house handicappers haven’t provided you with enough information to pick your pony for the 18th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature Thoroughbred event, we have comprised a list of Indiana Derby picks throughout the various departments at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Good Luck!
Brian Elmore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing, #11 Neck ‘Neck—This horse has had six starts at this distance and won three of them impressively. Brian Hernandez, Jr. has ridden here before and is sitting in a great seat to pilot this Flower Alley colt to the winner’s circle.
Becky Young, Director of Marketing, #2 Morgan’s Guerrilla— I’m going to have to go with my favorite jockey on this one. Now, go baby go!
Cliff Fraser, Race Marketing Manager, #9 Stealcase— This horse is finally starting to come into his own and I think he is set up perfectly to get the win in this field.
Rachel McLaughlin, Race Commentator, #6 Tritap—This horse hasn’t raced in any stakes races, so he isn’t as experienced as some, but has never been worse than 2nd. He’s not the obvious pick but I’ve learned over the years that when it comes to the Indiana Derby- you never know what to expect!
Kristy Burk, Receiving Supervisor, #3 Junebugred—He has a great name!
Kim Stalhiem, Horse Identifier and Stall Superintendent, #10 Second City—I like this horse because of my special connections with his team!
Gavin Asbury, Marketing Coordinator, #8 Bourbon Courage—Both Fed Biz and Bourbon Courage will be heavy favorites but I believe Bourbon Courage will take it. Bourbon Courage has more track time at 1 mile+ distances. My prediction is that Fed Biz will lead into the final stretch where Bourbon Courage will overtake in the last 1/16th. He is a late closer with unrivaled final quarter times.
Dustin Bland, Human Resources Coordinator, #11 Neck’N’Neck—I think that shortening back up will help this horse out quite a bit. Also, with the layoff, he should be ready to run a big race.
Jason Patton, Johnny Rockets Supervisor, #5 O’Prado Again—This is a strong Dale Romans horse. He sat for a while with an injury and has a strong background and potential to be a big winner. Dale Romans has produced many great horses and I think he should be included in any pick for our Derby.
Eric Isaacson, Hoosier Park Handicapper, #11 Neck ‘N Neck—He has good tactical speed that should allow him to sit just off the pace and I think he’ll enjoy the cutback to 8.5 furlongs where he shined at CD this spring. If he can run back to either of those efforts he’ll be tough to beat.
Karol Ford, Big Deli Supervisor, #11 NECK ‘N NECK— I picked this horse because I have a really bad pain in my neck right now (not job related!).