Wednesday, September 25, 2013


SHELBYVILLE, IN.—Uncaptured, the reigning Canadian Horse of the Year and 2012 champion two-year-old, leads the list of 40 nominations to the prestigious $500,000-added Indiana Derby(G2), and a pair of multiple graded stakes winners from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert are among the 30 fillies nominated to the $200,000-added Indiana Oaks (G2).

The 19th running of the Indiana Derby for 3-year-olds and the 18th edition of the Indiana Oaks restricted to sophomore fillies will each be contested at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, October 5 over the one-mile main track at Indiana Downs. The card, which will be supported by seven other stakes races, offers over $1.4 million in purses and is Indiana’s richest day of Thoroughbred racing.

Uncaptured won the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes, this summer and rallied for third after a troubled trip in the Smarty Jones (G3) Stakes at Parx Racing in his last start. The colt is trained by Indianapolis-born Mark Casse, who has been named Canada’s top trainer four times and holds the current title.

Among the other nominees to the Indiana Derby are five colts from the barn of Baffert, who won back-to-back runnings of the race in 2010 with Lookin at Lucky and in 2009 with Misremembered, four trained by Todd Pletcher, currently at the top of the North American trainer’s standings, and one colt from the powerful stable of Steve Asmussen, who took the 2011 edition with Wilburn and the 2007 running with Zanjero.

Baffert nominated three fillies, including 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) runner-up Executiveprivilege and Fiftyshadesofhay, who ran second in the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratogoa last out, to the 18th running of the Indiana Oaks. Baffert scored an Indiana Derby-Oaks double in 2010, winning the test for sophomore fillies with Always a Princess.

The fields, which are limited to a maximum of 12 horses for both the Indiana Derby and the Indiana Oaks, will take shape on Tuesday, October, 1, when post positions are drawn and riders are named.

The supporting card of added-money stakes on Indiana Derby Day offers competitive opportunities for horses in different divisions. The $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial at 1 mile 70 yards for horses 3 and older has defending Indiana Derby champion Neck ‘n Neck among its nominations.

The $100,000 Mari Hulman George for fillies and mares 3 and up at 1 1/16 miles, the $65,000 Ta Wee for 3-year-old fillies traveling one mile on the turf, the Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore Stakes and the Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore Filly Division, both carrying a purse of $85,000 and run at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old males and fillies, respectively, the $85,000 Gus Grissom for males 3 and older at 1 1/16 miles, and the $85,000 Richmond for fillies and mares 3 and older at 1 1/16 miles are the other stakes.

There will be a guaranteed $50,000 all-stakes Pick 4 on races 8 through 11. Post time is 1:55 PM and the approximate post for the Indiana Derby is 6:45 PM and at 6:05 for the Indiana Oaks.

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