(G1) as a juvenile in 2012, drew post position No. 5 when the field of
12 and three also-eligibles was drawn on Tuesday. He will shoulder co-highweight of 124 pounds, including jockey Martin Garcia, and is listed at 3-1 in the early odds.
“I like the five (post),” said Baffert, who won back-to-back editions of the Indiana Derby in 2010 with Lookin at Lucky and in 2009 with Misremembered, from his base in Southern California. “There’s no turning back now.
The Indiana Derby will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the one-mile oval at Indiana Downs for its 19th edition as the previous 18 were on the seven-eighths mile racing strip at Hoosier Park.
“I’ve never run a horse at Indiana Downs before, so I don’t know what to expect,” said Baffert, who is also sending top-class filly Fiftyshadesofhay to the $200,000-added Indiana Oaks (G2) on Saturday’s 12-race card.
Power Broker and Fiftyshadesofhay will be accompanied on the charter flight from California by Indiana Derby contender Holy Lute and Indiana Oaks starter Oscar Party, who are trained by James Cassidy. They are expected to arrive on the grounds on Wednesday afternoon.
Reigning Canadian Horse of the Year and Two-Year-Old Male champion Uncaptured was made the second choice at 9-2 in the morning line by oddsmaker Joe Kristufek of Horse Player Now and the son of Lion Heart will also carry 124 pounds. Uncaptured, who captured the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown over the summer, comes in to the race after a troubled trip from the outside post and a third place finish in the Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) in his last effort
“He’s on his game and has been training really well,” said trainer Mark Casse while noting the son of Lion Heart’s consecutive bullet works at Churchill Downs. "We're looking forward to the race."
Todd Pletcher, ranked at the top of the North American trainer’s standings, is sending Micromanage, third behind Power Broker in the Haskell, and Midnight Taboo from New York for the Indiana Derby. Both colts are owned by Mike Repole and will run coupled as an entry in the wagering.
Midnight Taboo, who took a first level allowance race at Saratoga last out, and Micromanage will have to overcome the two far outside posts as they drew No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. The Repole Stables entry is the early third choice in the wagering at 5-1.
Bill Mott, who has also been enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, is sending Mr. Palmer, who drops down from a Grade 1 effort in his last race. Mr. Palmer, winner of the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel last March, was derailed from the Triple Crown trail but comes into the race fresh after a layoff of six months.
“The Indiana Derby is an extremely good race from a betting perspective,” said Kristufek. “You could make a case for all 12 horses in the race and it’s anybody’s race.”
The entire field for the Indiana Derby from the rail out with riders and odds is a follows: Mr. Palmer, Leandro Goncalvez, 10-1; Edge of Reality, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Fordubai, 15-1, Diego Sanchez; Ruler of Love, Calvin Borel, 8-1; Power Broker, Martin Garcia, 3-1; Bad Hombre, Mike Luzzi, 12-1; Holy Lute, David Flores, 12-1; Uncaptured, Miguel Mena, 9-2; Bradester, Brian Hernanadez, Jr., 20-1; Take it Like A Man, Malcolm Franklin, 12-1; Midnight Taboo, Ricardo Sanatana, Jr., 5-1; and Micromanage, Rajiv Maragh, 5-1.
Post time for the 12-race card on Indiana Derby Day is 1:55 PM, with approximate post for the Indiana Derby at 6:45 PM and the Indiana Oaks at 6:05 PM. The seven supporting stakes on the card include the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George Stakes for fillies and mares three and older and the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes, which has attracted defending Indiana Derby champion Neck ‘n Neck in the field of horses three and older.
Indiana Downs is offering a $50,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on races 8-11, which include the four stakes races mentioned above, on Saturday.
Additionally, fans attending the races on-track are eligible to win one of five free $5,000 wagers to be placed on the Indiana Derby.