Indiana Derby Attracts Thirty-Four Nominees
Nominations for the 18th running of the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino closed on Wednesday, Sept. 19 with 34 three-year-old colts included in the lineup. Indiana’s signature Thoroughbred race has created a stop for several of the top three-year-olds in the nation searching for a final prep en route to the Breeders’ Cup.
Just as it has in years past, the 18th edition of Hoosier Park’s signature event has attracted some of the top three-year-olds in the country.
Bob Baffert is no stranger to the Indiana Derby winner’s circle as he boasts two wins in the history of the race and looks to take aim at his third victory with the Giant’s Causeway colt, Fed Biz. With two wins in two starts this season, Fed Biz returned to the races after an eight month layoff to win the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 31. The three-year-old colt has won three of four lifetime starts while posting speed ratings over 100 in each and bankrolling $131,000.
Bourbon Courage, a winner in the grade II $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, was also among the list of nominees. Trainer Kellyn Gorder recently teamed up with Hoosier Park’s leading jockey, Leandro Goncalves, to capture the colt’s third win of the season as he drew off and won the nine furlong contest by five lengths. Owned by Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn, Bourbon Courage also posted a runner-up finish in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 4 at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.
Trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Dale Romans, Steve Asmussen, and H. Graham Motion have also nominated horses for the race.
Once again, the Grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby will highlight the 2012 Thoroughbred season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and is placed in its customary first Saturday in October slot, landing on Saturday, Oct. 6th. As in 2011, the race pushes purses for the entire day over the $1 million mark. With 10 stakes races slated on the afternoon card, the day will also mark the richest day ever for Thoroughbred racing in the state of Indiana.
Joining the Indiana Derby will be the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks, the $100,000-added Michael G Schaefer Memorial Mile, and the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George stakes. Racing begins Indiana Derby day at 12:30 p.m. EST.