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Piloted by an Angel flies atop Jaguar Rocket Futurity Trials

Three trials were contested to determine the final field for the $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Futurity final Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.

It was Piloted by an Angel who flew to the top of the leaderboard among 30 starters as the fastest qualifier in 15.506 seconds.

The Jaguar Rocket Futurity will be one of four Quarter Horse Stakes finals on the July 23 racing card featuring more than a half million in stakes purses.

Piloted by an Angel and Juan Marquez were able to get an early lead in the 300-yard dash and fought their way to the wire for the win, one length ahead of R Sweet Maggie May and German Rodriguez to give Indiana’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer Randy Smith a one-two finish. Jess A Lil Bit Hero and Cristian Aguirre-Erives finished third.

Piloted by an Angel is now two for two in her young racing career. The daughter of Paint You Pilot is owned by Smith’s wife, Debbie, and is moving in the right direction for the Smith barn.

“She started out pretty tough,” admitted Smith. “But she seems to have gotten her mind focused now.”

 

 

The Smith Stable also has the second quickest qualifier on the day as Our Louisiana Girl scored a win for Marquez and Smith. The freshman sorrel filly was out of the gate like a rocket to catch the top spot early and was well under wraps by Marquez under the wire in a time of 15.621. CV Struttinforakiss and Edgar Diaz finished second over GV Diamante and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez for third.

Out Louisiana Girl also is two for two in her career. Owned by Debbie Smith and bred by Gordon Timm, the daughter of Duponte brings in a second generation of winners for Smith, who also trained her mother, My Louisiana Rod, to four stakes wins and more than $220,000 in career earnings.

“They are a whole lot alike, which is a good thing because this daddy can make them pretty tough,” said Smith in the comparison of My Louisiana Rod with her daughter Our Louisiana Girl. “We’ve had a tough time getting foals from that mare. This is the only one we have so far, and she didn’t get back in foal again this year.”

The final trial winner for the Jaguar Rocket Futurity was Dashtraxx, who dashed to the wire late to score the win by a nose over Flashin Five Bar and Juan Marquez. Ridden by Rolando Pina, the Valiant hero son earned his first career win after finishing second in his racing debut during the first all-Quarter Horse racing day. The gelding is owned by Steve Mullins and trained by Tim Eggelston, who had two qualifiers earlier in the day in the Mobley Futurity Trials.

“From day one, I’ve told the owners he was going to go on when he gets older and be a good one,” said Eggleston of Dashtraxx closing kick. “He’s a really nice horse and I’m glad to have him in the barn for Steve (Mullins), who brought this mare at Heritage Place and foaled her out in Indiana.”

Mullins, a native of Clinton, Tennessee, has been associated with horses and racing all his life. After taking a break a few years ago, he’s now back in the business with a good prospect for Indiana.

“He (Dashtraxx) ran ‘em down in his first start to finish second and he did the same thing today to get the win,” said Mullins. “We bred the mare back and have a half sister to this horse coming up and she’s back in foal, so we’ll have another one next year.”

Royal Sin top qualifier in Mobley Futurity Trials at Horseshoe Indianapolis

A full slate of 16 trials kicked off the second All-Quarter Horse racing day at Horseshoe Indianapolis with six divisions of the Gordon Mobley Futurity run to determine the top 10 finalists.

Out of 57 starters, Royal Sin (photo) was the top qualifier in a time of 15.473 seconds to lead the way into the $150,000 Mobley Futurity final set for July 23.

Over a rain-soaked track from storms the night before, Royal Sin, guided by Juan Marquez, got out of the gate quickly and led the entire 300-yard dash for the comfortable win by two and one-half lengths ahead of VRs Powerful Beach and Erik Esqueda. Packin Billy and L.D. Martinez finished third.

Royal Sin is now two for two in his young career. The son of My Royal Wagon is a homebred for owner Brian Gunder, who also campaigned his mother, Euro Blazin, in the Indiana stakes circuit. Randy Smith, Indiana’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer, conditions Royal Sin.

 

 

The second fastest qualifier was in the final trial for the Mobley Futurity as AJK Forgiven and Jose Beltran came charging hard at the end to score the win in 15.489. Dirty Wagon and Marquez finished second over HF Stone Sober and Esqueda, who moved up for third.

After missing the win by a nose in both of his previous starts, AJK Forgiven broke his maiden for trainer Sacramento Chavez and owner Jose Chavez, who also bred the Mo Zoomo filly.

Other trial winners on the day were Secret Horn, HF Whoopi, Jess Tempted and Seize Greatness.

Secret Horn was a winner for jockey Rolando Pina and trainer Tim Eggleston in 15.584. HF Whoopi was a winner for jockey Edgar Diaz and trainer Jessi Vazquez in 15.622. Jess Tempted and Shanley Jackson won for trainer Ron Raper in 15.890 while Seize Greatness, also ridden by Jackson for trainer Matt Frazier, won in 15.818.

Seize Greatness made his first trip to the winner’s circle for his connections and was the final qualifier heading to the final. The colt also broke his maiden in the trial and brings pretty impressive credentials into the Mobley final. He is by Seize the Win, who was campaigned during his racing career by Frazier and breeder-owner Glenn Graff to multiple stakes wins and earnings of nearly $400,000 before stepping into the breeding shed.

“They have all got the best mindset, just like their dad (Seize the Win),” said Frazier. “He (Seize Greatness) is still intact because the clients (Graffs) own his father and he’s such an easy horse to be around. It was the same way with his dad. The first time the colt raced he was looking and wandering around, but he seems to have figured it out today. He has a lot to learn, but we think he may be even better than his full brother (High Rolling Seize). He’s definitely quicker out of the latch.”

Rolling Seize was Indiana’s two-year-old Colt/Gelding champion from 2021. Jockey Shanley Jackson also rode High Rolling Seize last year as well as sire, Seize the Win, for Frazier and Graff.

WRS Hava Dasher quickest in Heartland Futurity Trials

It took the last of seven trials in the Heartland Futurity to determine the top performer Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.

WRS Hava Dasher (photo), hailing from Williams Racing Stable, turned in the fastest time of 15.492 seconds to lead the way into the $75,000 final slated for July 23.

Guided by Juan Marquez, who had six winners on the day during the 16-race program, WRS Hava Dasher dove out early for the lead and held her own through the 300-yard dash before easily stopping the timer in 15.492, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of second-place finisher The Political Sign and Cristian Aguirre-Erives. RC Soldier and Giovani Vazquez Gomez finished third.

It was the second career start for WRS Hava Dasher, who broke her maiden in the trial. The homebred daughter of Apollitical Blood is a half brother to Indiana standouts WRs Valentino, a four-time stakes winner including this year’s Horseshoe Indianapolis Overnight Stakes.

 

 

The win also was the final of seven wins on the card for trainer Randy Smith, equaling his own record for most wins by a trainer in one day. Two-year-olds from the Smith barn won four trials in the Heartland Futurity. Others winners from the barn were Jupyter, ridden by German Rodriguez, Extermynator, ridden by Marquez, and You Fly Baby Fly and Marquez.

Extermynator was the second quickest among the finalists for the Heartland Futurity while You Fly Baby Fly was the third fastest to advance.

A newcomer to the Indiana scene was a winner in one of the Heartland Futurity Trials as Southern Seis and Jose Beltran turned in an impressive performance for the win in 15.525. The sorrel daughter of Tres Seis was a $30,000 purchase by trainer Blas Juarez and his daughter Zareth. She had four previous starts at Remington before shipping up to win her second career race in the Heartland Futurity.

“As soon as we purchased her (Southern Seis), I knew right away she was special,” said Blas Juarez, who is based out of Fairmount Park in East St. Louis. “My daughter owns her, and our intentions have always been to bring her here for the stakes.”

Other trial winners included Maysa and Rolando Pina in 15.543. The Coronado Cartel filly is trained by Tim Eggleston. The other trial winner was Hes Legendary out of the Ron Raper barn. Shanley Jackson guided the Hes Relentless gelding to a win in 15.562.

Hungarian Princess rules in Checkered Flag Stakes

Hungarian Princess and Sammy Bermudez rallied home to their second straight stakes victory Wednesday in the 26th running of the $100,000 Checkered Flag Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville. The duo was unstoppable, winning by more than four lengths for the title.

Hungarian Princess drew an inside post and broke from post two in the eight-horse lineup. Bermudez had her focused early on and was able to get into position down the backstretch in second, following early race leader Everyotherwon and Marcelino Pedroza Jr.

Around the turn, Hungarian Princess began to make her move and took control of the race. She was well in hand heading into the stretch and was under a hand ride to the wire for the win in 1:11.0. Chandana and Rodney Prescott finished second over Wellington Wonder and Joe Ramos, who closed well for third.

Hungarian Princess paid $6 as the second favorite of the field. She is now two for two this year and is trained by Marvin Johnson for Tiffany Johnson and Nicholas Goings’ Swifty Farms Inc. The four-year-old Pataky Kid filly is now nine for 16 lifetime with earnings of more than $443,000.

 

 

Bermudez has been aboard for every one of her starts and has now guided her to five career stakes wins.

“She’s older and more mature, but she still has the same running style,” said Bermudez. “When she has a horse in front of her, she pins her ears and goes after them. That is her way of taking on the challenge. Once she gets on the lead then she will relax a little.”
Bermudez and Johnson talked before the race about the early speed and Johnson noted Bermudez followed the plans perfectly.

“I hated our post position we drew, but Sammy was able to maneuver her outside and not get caught in behind horses early on,” said Johnson. “He rode a super race. She is a very nice filly and super to be around. She does everything we ask of her. I’m very privileged to have her.”

Johnson had two in the race. He also trains third-place finisher Wellington Wonder, who was a longshot in the race.

“I was very pleased with the way she ran too,” added Johnson. “A couple more jumps and she was getting to the second place horse in there.”

Everyone heard Nobody Listens in Brickyard Stakes

Nobody Listens had everyone’s attention Wednesday in the 26th running of the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.

The flashy grey gelding, ridden by Joe Ramos, used a power move early and was on his way to his first career stakes win.

The outside post 11 didn’t deter Nobody Listens (photo) a bit. The four-year-old gelding rallied out of the gate on top from the extreme outside and had plenty of room to cross over to the lead. Trained by Marvin Johnson, the gelding kept up his momentum around the turn and in the stretch with nobody closing in. Nobody Listens hit another gear and pulled away from the field for the win by six lengths in 1:10.03.

Flowerpecker and Emmanuel Esquivel finished second over Meetmeinkingston and Romero Maragh for third.

 

 

Nobody Listens was the second choice on the board, paying $6 to win. He is owned by local residents Matt Kwiatkowski, Jason Kaylor and Roger Browning. Kwiatkowski and Browning have owned him since he began his racing career. It was the second stakes win this year for the Kaylor, Kwiatkowski and Browning partnership. Earlier this season, they connected with Too Bad Justice in the Sagamore Sired Stakes, also trained by Johnson and ridden by Ramos, who has been aboard Nobody Listens in 13 of his 14 career starts.

“It was a good post for us,” said Ramos. “We took the blinkers off a couple starts ago and it’s made a big difference. With the blinkers on he was confused about when to run. He came out of the gate well and when we were in the stretch, I checked where they (other horses) were, and I asked him. He took off just like he did out of the gate. He’s got a lot of speed and he can run all day. I want to thank the owners and Marvin (Johnson) for letting me ride him. Plus, my mom (Glory) was here today from Puerto Rico. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Nobody Listens increased his career bankroll to more than $282,000. He is now two for four with two second place finishes in 2022. He has only finished off the board twice in his career.

Good Time Stoli earns top spot in Blue River Derby trials

Good Time Stoli was celebrated Thursday as the top qualifier in the Blue River Derby Trials at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville. He bested 30 other three-year-olds over four trials to advance to the upcoming $100,000 final slated for July 23.

Good Time Stoli (photo) and Giovani Vazquez Gomez got out of the gate quickly and maintained good positioning throughout the 400-yard dash. In the end, he was able to win by one and one-half lengths to break his maiden and earn the victory in a trial-topping time of 20.125 seconds.

Chicks Zuma and Jose Ruiz closed for second over ER Stone Chargin and James Flores for third.

Good Time Stoli was making his seventh career start for Dianne Bennett’s Bennett Racing Stable of Franklin, Ind. Bennett also bred the sorrel son of Duponte. Jessi Vazquez is the trainer and is fresh off a stakes win in the Horseshoe Indianapolis QHRAI Derby earlier in the week with Rock Candy Blue.

“We’ve had a lot of setbacks due to the equipment,” said Vazquez. “He’s just a big horse and it’s hard to find stuff that fits. His last race, his blinkers fell off, but he ended up finishing third. Giovani just knows what to do. He’s familiar with him and all the horses in our barn.”

The second quickest trial of the night was turned in during the first event as Leaving With Fire and German Rodriguez rallied to win in 20.186. Trained by Indiana’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer Randy Smith, The Coronas Leaving You gelding took a few steps to get going before getting the lead and winning by three-quarters of a length over High Rolling Seize and Shanley Jackson. Stablemate Sweet Beach and Juan Marquez finished third.

When asked about the difference in Leaving With Fire from last year, Rodriguez said, “He can go 400 yards now, and he used to only be able to go 350. He broke out of the gate a half step late and then caught up and dominated today.”

Leaving With Fire is owned by Smith’s wife, Debbie, and the Indiana bred was raised by Randy Haffner. It was the second career win in eight starts for Leaving With Fire, who will be one of three in the Blue River Derby final.

“This horse (Leaving With Fire) is a little bit hit or miss,” said Smith. “He has a few issues that we have worked on and hopefully, he’s starting to come around.”

 

 

Other trial winner on the night was the return to the winner’s circle by Mr Michel, who won four of seven starts last year at two, including the Miss Roxie Little Futurity. Reunited with jockey Erik Esqueda, the flashy sorrel gelding came rolling home in the final strides to nip Jesses Beach and Rolando Pina at the wire in 20.265. FE Stone Crusher and Juan Marquez finished third.

It was the first win of the year for Mr Michel, who has one previous start in May at Horseshoe Indianapolis. The Claudio Barraza trained son of Kiss My Hocks was a $17,500 purchase from the QHRAI Speed Sale as a yearling from breeder Mark Michel. To date, he has in excess of $150,000 in earnings.

“I wasn’t super confident coming in because every horse in the race has a good shot and can pull out the win,” said Esqueda on Mr Michel. “I got him on the right lead to get him focused. He was able to close in at the finish.”

The final trial winner was guided to victory by James Flores, who flew in for the trials. Flores teamed up with Chico Beach for the win following a delay at the start and an eventual scratch by heavily-favored Carters Law.

Chico Beach followed Lexus Beach and German Rodriguez early on before finding another gear late and getting the edge by a head for the win in 20.554 to become the 10th and final qualifier for the Blue River Derby final. Stormi Spirits and Rolando Pina finished third.

Trained by Julio Almanza, Chico Beach earned his second win of 2022 for owner Leonardo Daniel Almanza. The homebred son of Escondido Beach is now two for six after being lightly raced as a freshman.

“This horse (Chico Beach) really knows how to finish,” said Flores. “Being moved out of the gate hurt him. I think he wasn’t focused as much as he was before the scratch. He broke out of the gate flat footed, but then he picked back up enough which is where it helped him being a good finisher comes in.”

The finalists for the Blue River Derby final, in order of time with jockey includes: Good Time Stoli (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, 20.125), Leaving With Fire (German Rodriguez, 20.186), Mr Michel (Erik Esqueda, 20.265), High Rolling Seize (Shanley Jackson, 20.294), Jesses Beach (Rolando Pina, 20.302), Sweet Beach (Juan Marquez, 20.350), Chicks Zuma (Eddie Aceves, 20.398), FE Stone Crusher (Juan Marquez, 20.437), ER Stone Chargin (James Flores, 20.536), and Chico Beach (James Flores, 20.554).

Smith saddles three for the final (Leaving With Fire, Sweet Beach and FE Stone Crusher) while Julio Almanza saddles two (ER Stone Chargin and Chico Beach).

The Blue River Derby trials are a precursor to the special All-Quarter Horse racing program July 2 at Horseshoe Indianapolis. A 16-race program, all trials, gets underway at 10 a.m. featuring the Gordon Mobley Futurity, the Jaguar Rocket Futurity, and the Heartland Futurity. All finalists will advance to the third All-Quarter Horse racing day set for July 23 featuring stakes purses in excess of $500,000.

IHSAA Executive Committee approves fall sports sectional sites

The Indiana High School Athletic Association’s most recent Executive Committee meeting included approval of sectional hosts for the 2022 fall sports season.

Boys tennis

Shelbyville will continue to serve as the host site for a boys tennis sectional that features all five Shelby County schools. The regional and semistate rounds of the team tournament will go through Center Grove High School.

Cross country

Shelby County’s five cross country programs will compete across three sectional sites later this year.

Franklin will host a 12-team sectional that includes Shelbyville and Waldron. Regional qualifiers return to Franklin to compete against South Dearborn regional qualifiers.

Fourteen teams will compete at Mt. Vernon including Morristown and Triton Central. Regional qualifiers advance to the Rushville Regional.

Southwestern travels to Brown County for a 10-team sectional. Columbus North is the regional host for qualifiers from the Brown County and Austin sectionals.

Shelbyville is one of four semistate hosts. Qualifiers from regionals at Ben Davis, Noblesville, Rushville and Franklin will compete at the Blue River Memorial Park cross country course.

Southwestern athletes qualifying for semistate competition at the Columbus North Regional will return to Brown County for semistate races.

Football

New football sectional pairings have already been announced. Host sites for sectional openers will be announced as the postseason gets closer.

In Class 4A, Shelbyville is paired with Bedford North Lawrence, East Central, Edgewood, Greenwood, Jennings County, Martinsville and Silver Creek.

In Class 2A, Triton Central is joined by Brown County, Brownstown Central, Christel House, Clarksville, Eastern (Pekin), Scecina and Switzerland County.

Girls golf

Girls golf programs from Morristown and Triton Central will compete at the New Palestine Sectional at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course in Greenfield.

Shelbyville and Southwestern travel to Greensburg for a 9-team sectional at the Greensburg Country Club.

Regional competition will either be at Edgewood Golf Club hosted by Lapel or The Legends Golf Club hosted by Franklin.

Girls soccer

New Palestine will host a Class 3A, 6-team girls soccer sectional that includes Shelbyville, East Central, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and Richmond. The sectional champion advances to the Carmel Regional with sectional winners from Mooresville, Westfield and Warren Central.

Triton Central is the host site for a Class A regional featuring Knightstown, Muncie Burris, Union County and Wapahani.

The sectional champion advances to the Knightstown Regional to face sectional champions from Cascade, Ritter and Heritage Christian.

Boys soccer

Shelbyville is the host site for Class 3A, Sectional 12. The Golden Bears host Connersville, East Central, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Richmond.

The sectional winner advances to the Carmel Regional.

Southwestern is the host school for Class A, Sectional 42 which includes eight teams.

Morristown will travel to Knightstown for sectional competition.

The sectional champions at Southwestern and Knightstown advance to the Knightstown Regional.

Volleyball

Shelbyville heads south to Columbus East for a six-team volleyball sectional that includes Columbus North, East Central, Franklin and Whiteland.

The sectional winner advances to the Bloomington North Regional.

Eastern Hancock is the host for Class 2A, Sectional 42 that includes Scecina, Irvington Prep, Riverside and Triton Central.

Cascade is the regional host site.

Waldron hosts Class A, Sectional 60 that includes Morristown and Southwestern.

Edinburgh is the regional host site for the Waldron Sectional champion.

Basketball

While not officially announced by the IHSAA yet, Edinburgh will host the Class A boys basketball sectional that includes Morristown, Southwestern and Waldron.

Waldron will be the girls basketball sectional host.

Rock Candy Blue dominant in Horseshoe Indianapolis QHRAI Derby

After turning in the second fastest time trial, Rock Candy Blue was all business when the gates sprung for the 13th running of the $115840 Horseshoe Indianapolis QHRAI Derby.

The Oklahoma-bred gelding, guided by jockey Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, was an open length winner in the event to secure his first stakes title.

Starting from the inside post one, Rock Candy Blue was patient in the gate while adjustments were made to other starters. Once the field was set, he was out of the gate quickly and on top in the 400-yard dash, grabbing the lead early.

As the wire neared, the sorrel sophomore never let up, coasting under the wire for the two and one-quarter length win.

One Night Too Long and German Rodriguez, the fastest trial winner, finished second a neck ahead of Screenshot and Jose Ruiz and A Little Louie and Francisco Ramirez Jr., who could not be separated at the wire for third in the tight five-horse photo.

 

 

“We didn’t do anything different with him between the trials and the final,” said Jessi Vazquez. “We made no changes on him. He’s so hyper in the stall but once he gets in the gate, he knows he’s a racehorse and he is so laid back.”

Purchased out of the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale for $88,000, owners Campos Family Ventures have nearly paid for Rock Candy Blue in two starts, both wins for the new connections. Vazquez trains the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding, who is now three for nine lifetime and possesses earnings of more than $83,000 -- $70,000 of which has been earned since arriving in Indiana.

“From day one, this horse has been great,” said Vazquez, who partners with her husband, Giovani, in the care and training of Rock Candy Blue. “Giovanni loves him and has been on top of him since we bought him. We’ll keep running him in derbies and see what else comes up.”

Shelbyville's Karissa Hamilton named Indiana Miss Softball

Karissa Hamilton joined Bill Garrett as the only Shelbyville High School athletes to receive their respective sport’s top honor.

On Saturday at the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana’s North/South All-Star Game, Hamilton, who recently finished her senior year at Shelbyville, was named Indiana Miss Softball.

“I had no idea,” said Hamilton of receiving the award. She was one of five announced finalists from around the state. “They are all such amazing athletes. You could have picked any one of them out of a bag.”

Hamilton closed out her Golden Bear career hitting .526 in 30 games with 53 runs scored, nine doubles, five triples, 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in.

She helped Shelbyville capture its first softball regional title and propelled the Golden Bears into the semistate championship game with a mammoth walk-off home run in the eighth inning against Bedford North-Lawrence in the semistate semifinal round.

That home run may have secured the final votes needed to hold off Pioneer’s Hailey Cripe, Kokomo’s Karley Trine, Westfield’s Avery Parker and Gibson Southern’s Brenna Blume for the state’s top individual honor.

Shelbyville’s only other top award winner is Garrett, who led Shelbyville to the 1947 boys basketball state championship and was named Mr. Basketball.

For her career, Hamilton hit .533 in 86 games and collected 28 doubles, 14 triples, a program-best 40 home runs and 120 RBIs. She will play collegiately next season at the University of Kentucky.

 

For more on Hamilton's decision to play at the University of Kentucky: https://shelbycountypost.com/sports/603974

 

Kentucky issued a press release Sunday announcing Hamilton’s award and noting she is ranked as the No. 22 overall player in the Class of 2022 by Extra Innings Softball and the No. 7 catcher in the nation.

With a 4-0 win over No. 2 Whiteland on May 31, Shelbyville captured its first regional championship and set up a scheduling conflict for the following Saturday with semistate and graduation on the same day.

The four seniors on the softball squad were allowed to walk across the stage first that morning so they could get on a bus and head to Bedford.

“That whole entire day was a rollercoaster of emotions,” said Hamilton. “I got my diploma … the four seniors got to go first. We turned our tassels right before we left … we did it together and then we went to Bedford.”

Shelbyville first had to deal with the host Stars, ranked No. 5 in the final coaches poll and making their second-straight semistate appearance.

The Golden Bears, ranked No. 10, got on top early but the Stars recovered to tie the game and send it to extra innings. After holding Bedford North Lawrence scoreless in the top of the eighth inning, Hamilton was unsure if she would get a chance to swing the bat in the bottom of the eighth.

“I wondered if they would walk me?” thought Hamilton at the time. “But they pitched to me. She pitched me inside and I turned on it. I knew that one was over. I took about one-and-a-half steps and threw my hands up!”

 

Hamilton's walkoff home run courtesy of Bedford North Lawrence's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/BNLAthletics1/status/1533165768606728195?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1533165768606728195%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indystar.com%2Fstory%2Fsports%2Fhigh-school%2F2022%2F06%2F04%2Fihsaa-softball-semistate-karissa-hamilton-hits-walk-off-hr-vs-bedford-north-lawrence-indiana%2F7515044001%2F

 

Hamilton circled the bases in a flash and unleashed a massive stomp on home plate to signify the victory.

“That was the fastest home run trot I’ve ever had,” she said.

Shelbyville needed extra innings to dispatch of Bloomington South in its sectional opener 11 days earlier. That win was the first postseason win for Hamilton in her three seasons of varsity softball – her sophomore season was cancelled due to the pandemic.

With wins over Columbus East and Columbus North to secure the sectional title and Whiteland and Bedford North Lawrence, Shelbyville set up a semistate championship contest with Roncalli, the defending state champions and No. 1 ranked team in the country.

“For me, I was thinking it’s my senior year. Who knows what can happen?” said Hamilton. “We had nothing to lose at the semistate. We already made school history. It was all crazy.”

Hamilton is familiar with Roncalli ace Keagan Rothrock, who will be a Southeastern Conference foe in the future. Rothrock is committed to Florida as the top player in the country in the Class of 2023.

Shelbyville struck early for a 1-0 lead off Rothrock and Roncalli but could not find more offense and eventually lost 7-1. The Royals went on to crush Harrison (West Lafayette), 16-0, in the Class 4A state championship game to complete a 33-0 season. Roncalli is 64-2 the last two years.

 

 

Hamilton represented Shelbyville one last time Saturday in the North-South All-Star games played at Indiana University.

At the conclusion of the first game of the doubleheader, Hamilton was announced as Miss Softball and donned the white No. 1 jersey for game two.

Hamilton quickly transitions back into the travel ball circuit with her Indiana Magic Gold squad. She is headed to Colorado today to play in a national tournament before returning home to close out her travel ball career with trips to Columbus, Ohio, and then one final national tournament held at Championship Park in Kokomo, Indiana.

With a move-in date at Kentucky of Aug. 17, it is hard not to look ahead to joining the nationally-ranked Wildcats program.

“At this point, my mindset is just being a Kentucky player,” she said. “I am working out like a Kentucky player now. I am lifting (weights), doing cardio and getting my ducks in a row. I’m getting after it.”

Nothing less would be expected of someone now known as Miss Softball.

Climber wins Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Filly Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Climber reached new heights Wednesday at Horseshoe Indianapolis with an impressive win in the $100,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes for fillies.

Guided by Emmanuel Esquivel, the filly is now a stakes winner in her young racing career.

Starting from post seven left Climber with an outside position early as Speedy Delivery and Gage Holmes secured the top spot along the inside followed closely by Holy Justice and Jose Riquelme in the stalking position. Esquivel kept Climber on the outside three-wide heading down the backstretch under a firm hold.

Around the turn, Esquivel let Climber out a notch and she responded, so he let her have her head some more and she exploded to the front. Down the stretch, Climber was all alone as she rallied home to a five-and-one-half length victory in the stakes in her eighth career start. Louder Than Words and Sammy Bermudez moved in for second over Holy Justice for third.

“She runs with her head up going long,” said Esquivel. “When she runs short, you can give her head to her early but going long, I had to take hold of her, but I could feel her relaxed under me down the backside. Plus, she had horses right beside her. Last time, I thought I gave her head to her too soon, but she responded well tonight, and she galloped out nice too.”

 

 

Overlooked by the betting public, Climber paid $25.20 for the win. The Indiana-bred daughter of Divining Rod is owned by Bruce Murphy and Southwest Racing Stables and managed by Genaro Garcia, who also trains the filly bred by Dawn Martin.

“She’s a nice three-year-old filly that needs to go long, that’s how she’s bred,” said Garcia. “The further she goes the better she feels. I’m real excited about her after this race. She’s easy to take care of too in the barn. She’s the type of horse that everybody likes to take care of. They’ve done a great job with her too in the barn taking care of her.”

Climber has now won two of her last three starts and her second overall in four outings in 2022. She has not finished worse than second this season before taking a step up into her first stakes attempt. Climber increased her career earnings tally to more than $100,000 with the win.

Mowins mows them down in Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

Mowins was exceptional last year at two as a two-time stakes winner. He proved he’s going to be just as tough as a three-year-old with an impressive win in the 14th running of the $100,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes Wednesday in Shelbyville at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Veteran jockey Jon Court was aboard Mowins for the first time in a race, but he has plenty of time aboard the Indiana-bred standout. This winter, he breezed him numerous times for trainer Mike Lauer while at Oaklawn Park. The Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes was his first time to test the three-year-old in a race.

Mowins had early speed at the start of the one and one-sixteenth mile race and moved into the lead from the middle of the pack, securing the top spot before the first turn. He was joined on the outside by Oro Azteca and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. and was even passed up for a portion of the second quarter before Mowins moved back up to stand his ground. The field of 12 was tightly bunched behind the top two for most of the race.

“We were able to take the task early on,” said Court, winner of more than 4,200 career races. “The horse on the outside (Oro Azteca) was pressing early and could have gone on, but we were able to keep him at bay. It worked out well for us in the end.”

Around the turn, Court asked Mowins to accelerate, and he responded. By the time they moved into the stretch, Mowins had taken over and sped away from the field, opening up to a five-and-one-quarter length advantage at the wire. Mr Chaos and Rodney Prescott moved in for second on the outside over Latigo and Tommy Pompell for third.

 

 

“He’s a pretty neat horse,” said Lauer. “We gave him some time off and then took him to Arkansas this winter. He had won several races, so he didn’t have a lot of options to race (in Arkansas). We tried him in a stakes out there before coming back to Indiana.”

Mowins was the favorite of the field, paying $7 for the win. The homebred son of Mohaymen is now four-for-eight in his career and has more than $220,000 in career earnings. The win in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes is his third title at Horseshoe Indianapolis  for Mike and Penny Lauer and Clary Thoroughbreds. The colt is out of Lauer’s mare, Prize Winner, who made more than $250,000 on the track before becoming a brood mare.

“Prize Winner was a nice racehorse for us and won a stakes (Malvern Rose at Presque Isle Downs),” said Lauer. “She’s thrown a couple other nice horses for us, too.”

One would be hard pressed to find many stakes in the Indiana record books that Jon Court has not won. The two-time winner of Indiana’s top race, the Grade 3 Indiana Derby, earned his first win in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes. Court was Indiana’s first all-time leading rider before moving his tack to Kentucky and later to California where he experienced great success. However, he has always returned to Indiana to ride when he can and has racked up numerous stakes wins over the years in Indiana.

For Lauer, this was his third win in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes, connecting with Mister Pollard in 2014 and Badabing Badaboom in 2016. The win with Mowins was his 45th career stakes win at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

IHSAA Executive Committee approves change to basketball tournament format

The Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments.

In its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year, the group of school principals and athletic directors voted 15-2 to make the regional round a single game and the semistate round a two-game format beginning with next winter’s tournaments.

The previous format of a two-round regional and a single semistate game had been in place since 2002.

This spring, IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig conducted a survey of principals, athletic directors, boys and girls coaches and 73.4% of those 781 respondents voted in favor of the change with at least 70% in all four groups approving.

Regional pairings will be drawn and announced at the same time as the traditional sectional pairings with two regional championship games being played at the same site and potentially from different classes.

Another new wrinkle includes conducting an additional blind draw and announcing the semistate pairings the day after the regional championship games on IHSAAtv.org.

“We really like the potential of a high-energy atmosphere at the semistate level with a chance to advance to the state championship games the following week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the home of the Pacers and Fever,” Neidig said. “This new format will double the number of teams who play a week longer in the tournament and should create a lot of excitement in those communities and will be financially beneficial for those communities that serve as host sites.”

Tournament host sites will be approved by the Executive Committee later this fall.

Also from today’s meeting:

• The Executive Committee formally approved full membership for Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Purdue Polytechnic. Those schools become officially eligible to compete in IHSAA state tournaments beginning this fall.

• The Committee approved modified restrictions on Indiana schools competing against schools from beyond the 300-mile travel limit. IHSAA schools will now be able to participate against out-of-state schools from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their state association, the venue is within the 300-mile limit, and is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. Also, Indiana schools may now host out-of-state schools in Indiana from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are a member in good standing with their own state association and the event is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA.

• A proposal to raise ticket prices in several sports including football and basketball sectional games from $6 to $7 was also approved as well as raising an officials stipend by $10 at all levels as well as bumping their mileage from 25 cents to 50 cents per mile.

Sweet victory for Honey Red at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Honey Red, the all-time highest priced yearling sold at the 2021 Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (ITOBA) Fall Mixed Sale, is now a race winner.

The impressive daughter from the first crop of Indiana’s richest racehorse ever, Bucchero, was a winner on the Wednesday racing program in Shelbyville at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Making only her second start, Honey Red got away in mid-pack for jockey Joe Ramos and sat patiently through the first part of the four and one-half furlong race. The flashy chestnut filly began to move in on the leaders around the final turn, and then took over in the lane, stretching out to a two and three-quarter length win as the favorite of the field.

D’Kitten and DeShawn Parker finished second over Night Livin and Joshua Morales for third.

 

 

Honey Red paid $4.40 for the win. She is trained by Randy Klopp and owned in partnership by Klopp, Dennis Claramunt and Spiess Stable. She was bred by Dr. Crystal Chapple and Michael Phelps, who were trackside to greet the filly and Ramos in the winner’s circle.

Honey Red was highly sought after in last year’s yearling sale in Indiana, bringing $48,000 through the sales ring. She has been prepping for her racing career at Horseshoe Indianapolis all season from the Klopp barn, which stables year-round at the Shelbyville track.

“She’s special,” said Ramos of Honey Red. “In the mornings, she shows more and works nice. She has some talent and she’s learning. I thought she had a good shot to win, but as soon as she hit the turn, I had to reel her back in and get her focused to pull out the win. She’s a very nice filly to ride.”

ITOBA is currently preparing for its annual sale this fall on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in the receiving barn at Horseshoe Indianapolis. This year’s sale will include a new owner to the Indiana racing scene as Anthony Bradshaw was the winner of the Road to Louisville contest. As part of his prize, he will go to the sale and have up to $15,000 to purchase a yearling from the sale, with an additional $15,000 reserved for expenses for the first year of training.

DeShawn Parker collects milestone career win at Horseshoe Indianapolis

June 21 will be a date that forever sticks with jockey DeShawn Parker. He rallied home aboard For Mama to score his 6,000th career win, a feat that only 20 other jockeys have accomplished in the history of Thoroughbred racing.

Parker started off his Tuesday night two wins away from the milestone and connected with Wicket Intent in the third race of the night for trainer Caio Caramori. Parker had one more shot on the card at Horseshoe Indianapolis. There, he climbed aboard the Jeff Greenhill-trained For Mama seeking to complete the milestone.

For Mama got away in heavy traffic in the six-furlong sprint and racing room never shook loose. Parker kept the three-year-old gelding behind leaders Circle Indy and Alex Achard, Got Lost and Sammy Bermudez, and Runaway Image and Declan Cannon.

 

 

Around the turn, the field remained tightly bunched and it appeared For Mama would have to wait for another day to break his maiden. But Parker did what he’s done so many times before, he waited patiently until the right time arrived.

That time arrived a quarter of the way down the stretch for Parker and For Mama. A slight opening appeared between Got Lost on the inside and Circle Indy on the outside. It took a little urging at first, but Parker encouraged For Mama to split rivals to find the racing room they needed. Once he was through, it was only Got Lost he had to get past.

The two matched each other stride for stride until late in the stretch when For Mama got the slim margin at the wire for the win, just a head in front of Got Lost. Golden Rapper and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. closed in to finish third.

For Mama was the favorite of the maiden field, paying $2.60 for the win. The Can the Man Indiana bred gelding is owned by James Wyenandt’s Bosharon Stable, who also teamed up with In Good Company Farm as the breeder.

 

 

Parker (above, center) was joined by Eric Halstrom (above, left), Vice President and General Manager of Racing, along with Rachel McLaughlin (above, right), Racing Broadcast Manager, for the presentation. Several jockeys came in to help Parker celebrate such a significant milestone.

“This means the world to me, and I was riding for my dad, because I couldn’t have been here without him,” said Parker, who lost his dad, Daryl, a longtime steward in the state of Ohio in the spring of 2021 to cancer. “He knew I was getting close to this milestone, but he never said much about any of the milestones. He’s the one that kept me calm, and if I was getting worked up over something. I would give him a call and tell him what was going on and he’d calm me down. I miss not being able to do that.”

Parker earned his 5,000th career win at Mountaineer Park in 2016. He moved his tack to Indiana on a full-time basis in 2017 and scored the leading rider title at the track just three years later in 2020. In five and one-half years of riding at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville, he is already among the track’s top 10 with 492 career wins and just under $13 million in earnings in Indiana.

“I’m happy to get this (milestone) done,” added Parker. “I wanted to do it, and I’ve been trying to do it, but it seemed like I just didn’t have the right horse at the right time. Everyone kept encouraging me to get it, which was nice, but I have to say it’s even better than I expected to get this milestone. It’s a load off and I couldn’t be happier.”

Future Golden Bears improved skill sets at SHS boys basketball camp

Future Golden Bears had the opportunity recently to work on their skills with the Shelbyville High School boys basketball coaching staff and players.

A total of 68 basketball players from incoming grades 1-8 improved their skill set at the 2022 Shelbyville Boys Basketball Camp held at Shelbyville High School.

“We were extremely pleased with the turnout and the players’ efforts to improve over the course of the three-day camp,” said SHS varsity basketball coach John Hartnett Jr. “Our attendance increased 22 from last year and it is exciting to see the enthusiasm from the kids.”

 

 

Campers received instruction from the Golden Bear coaching staff as well as current Shelbyville players. Each participant received a camp T-shirt and a basketball.

The Shelbyville boys basketball program will continue to hold instructional sessions for grades 2-8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the month of July.

A full schedule can be found at shelbyvilleboysbasketball.weebly.com.     

Evening post times slated next Tuesday through Thursday at Horseshoe Indianapolis

With high temperatures and elevated heat indexes projected again next week, Horseshoe Indianapolis is being proactive and will move first race post times to 6:45 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 21 and extending through Thursday, June 23.

 

Post times for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s program will begin after the heat of the day. All handicapping contests offered will also move to the evening hours. Racing will be held at the regularly scheduled time Monday, June 20 beginning at 2:30 p.m.

 

Post times are expected to move back to the regular schedule of 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 27.

 

The 20th season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Live racing is conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with Thursday post times set for 2:10 p.m. A total of 12 Saturdays will feature live racing in 2022 highlighted by the 28th running of the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby and the 27th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 Indiana Oaks set for Saturday, July 9. For more information on live racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis, visit www.caesars.com/horseshoe-indianapolis.

Shelbyville's Karissa Hamilton selected to SCAI South All-Star Team

Karissa Hamilton will represent the Shelbyville Golden Bears one more time.

Hamilton, who just finished her senior year at Shelbyville, was selected to play in the 2022 Softball Coaches Association of Indiana (SCAI) All-Star games June 24-25 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

Hamilton is one of 21 seniors that will represent the South All-Star team. The University of Kentucky recruit hit .526 this past season with 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in to help lead the Golden Bears to their first semistate appearance.

Hamilton will have plenty of familiar names on her South squad. She will be joined by Mooresville’s Kendall Grover (Eastern Illinois commit), Whiteland’s Debbie Hill (Trine), Yorktown’s Alanah Jones (Purdue Fort Wayne), Greenfield-Central’s Megan Wineinger (University of Indianapolis) and Bloomington South’s Jessica Young (Western Michigan).

Also selected to the South squad were Westfield’s Avery Parker (Indiana), Martinsville’s Ella Whitney (Florida International), Chatard’s Lily Wendt (Marian), Ben Davis’ Kansas Robinson (Northwestern), Southmont’s Macie Shirk, Clay City’s Sophie Moshos (Transylvania), Center Grove’s Alexia Warner, Union County’s Sophia Knock (Longwood), Winchester’s Gena Moore (Huntington), Gibson Southern’s Brenna Blume (Belmont), Charlestown’s Savannah Gaither, Corydon Central’s Bella Gerlach (Western Michigan), Evansville Central’s Olivia Moxley (Butler), Tecumseh’s Ashtyn Green (Wabash Valley) and Sullivan’s Kendal Edmonson.

 

 

The North squad will be lead by University of Kansas recruit Hailey Cripe, from Pioneer, and Trine recruit Karley Trine of Kokomo.

Cripe, Trine, Parker, Blume and Hamilton are the five SCAI Miss Softball award finalists.

Also on the North squad are Valparaiso’s Charlotte Dombrowski (Minnesota Crookston), Lake Central’s Kiley Conner (Northern Illinois), Valparaiso’s Paiton Iliff (St. Francis), Harrison’s Sydney Miller, Lowell’s Carlye Walter (Indiana Tech), McCutcheon’s Kennedy Peckinpaugh (Purdue Fort Wayne), Lake Central’s Katie O’Drobinak (Indiana Tech), Winamac’s Ella Gearhart (Indiana Wesleyan), Pioneer’s Kylie Farris, Illiana Christian’s Amanda DeBoer, Concord’s Lynnsey Delio, Columbia City’s Natalie Haselby (Huntington) and Brooke Lickey (Purdue Fort Wayne), Adams’ Haleigh Smith, Norwell’s Allyson Burtron, Westview’s Alexys Antal (Findlay), Whitko’s Guinny Garr (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Eastside’s Faith McClain (Rock Valley College).

Game times have not yet been announced.

Shelbyville's Rife, Tackett named to All-HHC Baseball Team

A pair of Golden Bears were selected to the 20-player Hoosier Heritage Conference All-Conference team.

Senior Charlie Rife and junior Caden Tackett were honored for their 2022 season performances.

 

 

Rife (photo above) hit .395 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 25 runs batted in. He will play collegiately next season at Bellarmine University.

 

 

Tackett (photo above) hit a team-leading .420 with 20 runs scored and 26 RBIs.

Also selected All-HHC were Delta’s Parker Faletic, Greenfield-Central’s A.J. Oden, Grant Shepherd and Conner Sims, Mt. Vernon’s Eli Bridenthal, Landon Clark, Gavin Johnston and Russell Weaver, New Castle’s Eli Cooper, Aydan Decker Petty and Corbin Malott, New Palestine’s Luke Legault, Maddox Manes, Zayden Stiller and Carter Stogsdill, Pendleton Heights’ Caleb Frakes, and Yorktown’s Jacob Pruitt and Cole Temple.

Mt. Vernon was crowned the HHC champion with a 12-2 record against conference opposition. The Marauders finished the season with a 17-10 record.

New Palestine (24-7, 11-3 HHC) was the runner-up ahead of New Castle (18-6-1, 10-4), Yorktown (16-11, 7-7), Greenfield-Central (12-15, 7-7), Shelbyville (12-14, 5-9), Pendleton Heights (11-16, 3-11) and Delta (9-17, 1-13).

Mt. Vernon’s Brad King and New Palestine’s Shawn Lyons were selected HHC Co-Coaches of the Year.

Four Golden Bears named to All-HHC softball team

Four Golden Bears earned postseason honors after leading Shelbyville to a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference softball title in 2022.

Karissa Hamilton, Kylee Edwards, Cheyenne Eads and Addie Stieneker collected all-conference honors as part of the All-HHC team announced Wednesday.

Hamilton, a senior who will play collegiately at the University of Kentucky, hit .526 this season with 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in.

Edwards, a junior verbally committed to play at Mississippi State University, led the Golden Bears with a .538 batting average with 17 doubles and a team-high 41 RBIs.

Eads, who just completed her sophomore year, finished with a 14-5 record and 1.91 earned run average. She had 138 strikeouts in 120.2 innings of work.

Stieneker, a freshman, hit .422 with 11 doubles and 35 RBIs.

Shelbyville shared the HHC title with Yorktown, who had three All-HHC selections. They were Alanah Jones, Macie Dowd and Caitlyn Laferny.

Also earning All-HHC designation were Delta’s Kate Penrod, Greenfield-Central’s Ella Redman and Megan Wineinger, Mt. Vernon’s Graci Hines and Easton Wampler, New Castle’s Hannah Essert, New Palestine’s Aglaia Rudd, Allie Blum and Alaina Miller, and Pendleton Heights’ Kieli Ryan, Khloee Gergory, Caroline DeRolf and Kiah Hubble.

Shelbyville and Yorktown finished 6-1 in the HHC standings.

New Palestine (23-4-1, 5-2 HHC) was third in the standings ahead of Pendleton Heights (25-7, 4-3), Greenfield-Central (15-8, 3-4), Mt. Vernon (13-9, 3-4), New Castle (13-16, 2-6) and Delta (10-15, 0-7).

Yorktown’s Jeremy Penrod was named HHC Coach of the Year.

The conference produced three sectional champions – Shelbyville, Pendleton Heights and Yorktown.

Shelbyville (24-6) and Yorktown (25-4) also captured regional championships.

Racing canceled Tuesday due to hot, humid weather at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Due to forecasted temperatures in Central Indiana Tuesday, June 14, the racing program at Horseshoe Indianapolis has been canceled. The heat index is expected to rise above 100 degrees and the area is currently under a heat advisory.

 

“The safety of our equine athletes and those who are involved in the racing program is always at the forefront of our concerns,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “We are taking the proper steps to ensure everyone involved in conducting our racing program is safe from the anticipated temperatures on Tuesday.”

 

At this time, racing will resume Wednesday, June 15 at 2:25 p.m. Officials will continue to monitor the expected heat indexes for Central Indiana over the next few days.

Puerto Rico wins 8th Annual World Jockey Challenge

The 8th Annual World Jockey Challenge provided an action-packed event Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.

Team Puerto Rico came out on top with 48 points over Team USA for a second-straight victory in the event.

A total of eight teams competed for their countries and Puerto Rico got off to a fast start with a win from apprentice jockey Andrea Rodriguez.

Team Panama, which consisted of Santo Sanjur and Marcelino Pedroza Jr., rallied to take the lead with a one-two finish in the second race, but blazing back to take the lead was Puerto Rico with a pair of wins from jockey Joe Ramos.

Pedroza Jr. retook the lead for Panama in the fourth race.

 

 

Just when it looked like it would be a two-team finish to the end, Team USA began to pour it on, getting wins from apprentice jockey Gage Holmes and jockey Tommy Pompell.

Going into the final race, Puerto Rico held a slight edge over Team USA and completed their victory by two points for the title.

“This means a lot to me because I started from the very bottom in Puerto Rico,” said Ramos, who is currently in second place on the leaderboard this season. “We all tried very hard, and it was a team effort. We love to win this for our country.”

In addition to Rodriguez and Ramos, jockeys Sammy Bermudez and Joshua Morales added points to the tally for Team Puerto Rico. All four were in the winner’s circle following the event for the trophy presentation. Others jockeys from Puerto Rico who are part of Horseshoe Indianapolis’ jockey colony but did not ride during the Saturday card were Edgar Morales, Bryan Rivera, Orlando Mojica and Rafael Mojica.

Other countries represented in the World Jockey Challenge included England, who had a win by Jack Gilligan, Peru, represented by Fernando De La Cruz, and Mexico, represented by Jose Beltran, Edgar Diaz, Manny Esquivel, Juan Marquez, Daniel Martinez, Eddie Perez, Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, Rolando Del Rio Pina and German Rodriguez.

Other members of Team USA who put points on the board included E.T. Baird, Erik Esqueda, Lindsey Hebert, Dex Mitchell, DeShawn Parker, Rodney Prescott and Shanley Jackson.

Morristown's Caldwell, Shelbyville's Baker miss regional cut to state golf finals

Asher Caldwell missed the state finals cut by three strokes.

Playing at the Muncie Central Regional Thursday at The Players Club, Caldwell shot even-par 36 on the front nine and 6-over par 42 on the back nine for an 18-hole score of 78 to bring an end to his Morristown golf career.

Caldwell will attend Trine University in the fall and join the golf program.

Caldwell’s 78 was a 14-shot improvement over his 2021 regional round on the same course.

Shelbyville’s Eli Baker also competed Thursday at the golf regional and shot 92 (42-50).

The top three teams and the top five individuals not on an advancing team qualified for the IHSAA State Finals beginning Tuesday at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

Cathedral was crowned regional champion over Noblesville based on each team’s fifth-player score. The Irish and Millers each finished at 305 based on their top four results.

Hamilton Southeastern finished third and advanced with a score of 309.

New Castle’s Derek Tabor shot a 6-under-par round of 66 to be crowned the regional champion. Tabor leads a pack of five individuals that will compete in the State Finals.

Tabor will be joined by Chatard’s William Pruitt (74), Fishers’ Connor McMillan (74), Delta’s Riley Batton (75) and New Castle’s Dillon Bergum (75).

Shelbyville's Hamilton, Edwards named First Team All-State

The 25-player Softball Coaches Association of Indiana Class 3A/4A First Team All-State squad includes a pair of Golden Bears.

Shelbyville’s Karissa Hamilton and Kylee Edwards earned the postseason honor after leading the Golden Bears to the 4A semistate championship game.

Hamilton (main photo) hit .526 this season with nine doubles, five triples, 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in. For her career, the University of Kentucky recruit hit .533 with 28 doubles, 14 triples and a program-record 40 home runs.

 

 

Edwards (photo) led Shelbyville with a .538 batting average this season with 17 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 41 RBIs and 43 runs. In her first two seasons with the Golden Bears, the Mississippi State recruit is hitting .490 with 26 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 64 RBIs and 87 runs.

Also named 3A/4A First Team All-State were Valparaiso’s Charlotte Dombrowski and Paiton Illiff, Lake Central’s Kiley Conner, Crown Point’s Emily Phillips, Munster’s Char Lorenz, Goshen’s Tyra Marcum, Leo’s Ellie Sander, Kokomo’s Karley Trine, Northridge’s Abigail Hostetler, South Bend St. Joe’s Berkley Zache, Roncalli’s Keagan Rothrock and Lyla Blackwell, Mooresville’s Alexandra Cooper, Westfield’s Avery Parker, Guerin Catholic’s Izzy Kemp, Whiteland’s Debbie Hill, Columbus North’s Maddi Rutan, Center Grove’s Ryley Henson, Gibson Southern’s Brenna Blume, Castle’s Jackie Lis, Bedford North Lawrence’s Annie Waggoner and Ava Ratliff, and Corydon Central’s Bella Gerlach.

Hamilton is one of five Miss Softball finalists.

Also part of the final five are Pioneer’s Hailey Cripe, Kokomo’s Karley Trine, Westfield’s Avery Parker and Gibson Southern’s Brenna Blume.

Morristown hires Collin McCartt as next athletic director

Collin McCartt stepped down as Morristown High School boys basketball coach after one season to pursue an administrative position.

The veteran coach never expected not having to leave Morristown.

At Wednesday’s Shelby Eastern Schools board meeting, McCartt was hired as Morristown’s new athletic director and assistant principal, replacing Eric Screeton, who held the position for one year.

Screeton has been hired as dean of students at Leo High School, in the Fort Wayne area, where he is originally from, according to McCartt.

McCartt will spend the next three weeks working with Screeton to insure a smooth transition before officially taking over on July 1.

 

 

McCartt was 3-18 last season as head coach of a young Yellow Jackets squad.

“I stepped down because I had finished my administrative license,” said McCartt Thursday morning. “All along I intended (coaching) to be a short term thing. I didn’t realize when I stepped down that Eric would be leaving soon so things worked out really well.”

McCartt’s one-year tenure followed Scott McClelland’s highly-successful run at Morristown where he served as an assistant coach.

This will be his first stint as a high school athletic director.

“I’ve been a coach many, many years and a middle school athletic director,” said McCartt.

Once he is settled in and feels comfortable with the day-to-day activities, McCartt looks forward to providing direction for all the athletic programs at Morristown.

“I’ve got experience that can help develop coaches and develop standards across all the programs.” he said.

McCartt just finished his third year as a teacher and coach at Morristown and was involved in the hiring of Cory Kreiger as the next Morristown boys basketball coach.

 

For more on Cory Kreiger's hiring, https://shelbycountypost.com/sports/633656

 

“I really like coach Kreiger,” said McCartt. “He will do a fantastic job. He has a great background and immediately impressed us in the interview process. And the kids already love him.”

Stop Hammertime halts field in William Henry Harrison Stakes

There was no stopping the gelding with one of the most identifiable names at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Stop Hammertime and Rodney Prescott made all the right moves to dance their way home as winners in the 19th running of the $100,000 William Henry Harrison Stakes Wednesday in Shelbyville.

“He’s been close to winning a stakes race before, but something always happened or didn’t work out,” said Tianna Richardville, who owns, trains and bred the gelding. “Rodney (Prescott) had a lot of confidence in him today, and he was right.”

The inside post in the 10-horse field didn’t help Stop Hammertime, who got away from the starting gate in mid pack as Maters N Taters and Andrea Rodriguez rallied out for the early lead. Good Sugar and Tommy Pompell and Dillsboro Devil and Edgar Morales tracked the early leader closely through the six-furlong sprint over a sloppy track.

Around the turn, the horses began to bunch up. Prescott had Stop Hammertime along the inside and identified a space to move to the extreme outside, ready to pounce once the stretch arrived. That’s just what Stop Hammertime did. He hit another gear and rallied home to pass up his opponents, winning by one-half length over Manuelito and Joshua Morales. Good Sugar finished third in the tight three-horse photo.

The time of the race was 1:12.08.

 

 

“He (Stop Hammertime) responded just like I hoped he would in the turn,” said Prescott on his strategic move. “He’s a pretty classy horse and he’s pretty consistent. He handled the dirt well in his face when we were on the inside and he handled the off track well. This race actually set up perfectly for him. I felt the speed would be there early for him to close in like he did.

Stop Hammertime earned his first stakes win in his 36th career start. The six-year-old son of Domestic Dispute now has six career wins with earnings of more than $275,000 for Richardville. He was a long shot on the board, paying $25.80 for the win.

“Rodney (Prescott) did a great job riding him,” said Richardville of Indiana’s all-time leading jockey and winner of more than 4,000 career races. “I saw him make his move in the turn. Rodney has been getting on him and working him all year. It means so much more when you watch them grow up as a baby and then get to this point.”

Richardville has a lot to look forward to with future members of Stop Hammertime’s family. She purchased a farm several years ago on the outskirts of Shelbyville on Mausoleum Road. There, she still has Stop Hammertime’s dam, Insure, and a few other prospects from the family. Plus, Insure is in foal to Looking Cool, Richardville’s recent stallion by Candy Ride that she added to her racing and breeding operation.

“This is the first year I’ve had a stallion of my own,” said Richardville, who runs her horses under her stable name, Thirstyacres Racing LLC. “We have a two-year-old from this mare that is getting broke right now named Abra Abra. And this sounds odd, but we have a five-year-old sister to ‘Hammer’ named Botox Katie that we have high hopes for. We didn’t get started with her until she was three. She had some setbacks, but she’s always show quite a bit of ability. She’s had one start so far and we are excited for her next race.”

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