Indiana Grand Live Racing Season Gets Underway on Tuesday, April 19

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April 18th, 2016

Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana kicks off their 2016 live racing season on Tuesday, April 19. Their  120-day season offers Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing through October 29.

Quarter Horse racing continues to grow at Indiana Grand and horsemen will be able to compete in 20 stakes worth an estimated $1.5 million in purse money. There will be six all-Quarter Horse dates, starting with the first one on Saturday, June 4.  The track’s Quarter Horse stakes schedule is topped by the 300-yard, $200,000-est. Gordon Mobley Futurity on June 18. The Mobley Futurity will be joined on June 18 by the 300-yard, $100,000-added Jaguar Rocket Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred 2-year-olds.

There is a great deal of support from Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) and the stakes schedule has been modified this year to give owners greater opportunities for the horses to participate in more of the bigger races.

Mavara Vegas wins the $125,000 QHRAI Derby at Indiana Grand last October

Trainer Randy Smith continues to set a high standard of excellence.  Last year, he became the first Quarter Horse trainer to ever top $1 million in purse earnings for one season and shattered the mark of most wins by a trainer in one season. He is now ranked second on the list of all-time leading Quarter Horse trainers at Indiana Grand with 99 career wins in only four years of competition.  Other trainers to watch include Anthony Cunningham, Erin Thompson, Matt Frazier and Dicky Wayne Benton.

The Quarter Horse jockey colony includes Cesar G. Esqueda, veteran Harold Collins, Cristian Esqueda, Giovani Vazquez-Gomez and Rodney Prescott.

Indiana Grand’s final all-Quarter Horse night, October 22, will feature four stakes: the $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds, the $100,000-added Governor’s Stakes for 2-year-olds, the $100,000-added QHRAI Derby, and the $75,000-added Indiana Championship.

For more information and a complete stakes schedule, visit www.indianagrand.com.