Fastest Qualifier Delivers in Quarter Horse Futurity Final
Tinys First Pepsi held on to win the $100,000 guaranteed QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity Finals with Hoosier Park’s all time leading rider, Rodney Prescott, aboard for trainer Ronald Brown at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Aug. 18. The gelding by Tinys First Corona set the fastest qualifying time of :18.089 for 350 yards in the trials on Aug. 3 and improved on that time to post a clocking of :17.870 to win by a head in the final.
Prescott guided the sorrel gelding to victory in the nine horse field with a strong drive over the fast track from the outside in post nine. Tinys First Pepsi broke well to put a nose in front of his opponents early and held off a game effort from Mr Jess Down Focash who also broke alertly from post six under Juan Delgado. Mr Jess Down Focash held on for the second place finish as WRS Kool Blaze and Julie Veltman finished third. Tinys First Pepsi returned $7.60 to his backers as the public’s second choice.
“He broke decent,” Prescott noted of his mount, “but he really came on hard at the end of it. I was impressed, he won pretty handily tonight. It was my first time riding him, but he’s a really nice horse.”
Bred in Indiana by Diana Keiser, Tinys First Pepsi picked up his first stakes victory in five career starts, including a fourth place finish in the Jaguar Stakes at Indiana Downs earlier this year. His record now stands at two wins in five lifetime outings as he pushed his career earnings over $60,000 for owners Robert A. Ray and Ronald G. Brown.
“This is my first quarter horse I’ve ever had,” trainer Ronald Brown noted. “I got really lucky picking this one. I had no idea how he was bred or anything, I just liked the way he looked so we bought him. He’s been a great horse for us so far, and a great one to be our first one.”
In other Quarter Horse stakes action on the eleven-race card, Ethics Aside and Harold Collins lowered the track record after they captured the fifth running of the $75,000 added Bradford Stakes, covering the 400 yards in 19.730. The track record was previously 19.856, a mark set by Lovemelikethat in 2011. Ethics Aside is owned and trained by Jorge Gonzalez.
Successful Dash and Gerardo Garrido proved to be much the best in the $50,000 guaranteed 2012 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby Finals winning by a length and one quarter over Will You Perry Me and Harold Collins. The final time for the 400 yard event was :20.090. Successful Dash is owned by Randy Thompson and trained by Tom Mosley Jr.