The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby has drawn 41 nominations for the 25th running of Indiana’s richest horse race Saturday, July 13 at Indiana Grand. Of the horses nominated, a total of 10 three-year-olds competed in at least one of the Triple Crown races in 2019 leading into summer’s biggest sporting event in central Indiana.
Heading the list of nominations is Everfast, second place finisher in the Preakness. The son of Take Charge Indy last competed in the Belmont Stakes in early June, finishing seventh for trainer Dale Romans and owner Calumet Farm. Everfast won his first and only race last year at Ellis Park, and would head into the Indiana Derby with nearly $500,000 in purse earnings.
Joining Everfast as a potential contender in the Indiana Derby is Joevia from the Greg Sacco barn. The Shanghai Bobby colt finished third in his last start in the Belmont Stakes and has only finished worse than third one time in five starts this season.
Laughing Fox from the Steve Asmussen Stable was a hard charging fifth in the Preakness and has added his name to the nomination list for the Indiana Derby. With three wins in six starts this season, the Union Rags colt would be seeking his first Graded Stakes win in the Indiana Derby. Asmussen has also nominated Long Range Toddy, winner of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this spring. The Take Charge Indy colt finished third in his last start at the Ohio Derby and is less than $100,000 away from earning $1 million during his career.
Kentucky Derby starter Plus Que Parfait from the Brendan Walsh barn comes into Indiana with more than $1.5 million on his card, the most of any other nominee for the Indiana Derby. The Point of Entry ridgling was placed eighth in the Kentucky Derby and scored a win in the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse in United Emirates in the start prior to the Kentucky Derby.
Joining the Indiana Derby on the Saturday, July 13 racing program will be five other stakes races, including the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks. A total of 39 fillies have added their name to the nomination list.
Indiana Derby Night will be complemented by activities, including a t-shirt giveaway to the first 2,500 fans as well as three $2,500 Megabet drawings during the night in honor of the 25th anniversary of the race. Also, former Indianapolis Colts player and Super Bowl Champion Jeff Saturday will serve as the honorary chairperson for the event.
Parking and general admission is free to the Indiana Derby and open to racing fans of all ages. Gates open at 3 p.m. with a special first race post set for 5:30 p.m. The Indiana Oaks will be slated as Race 8 with an estimated post time of 9:15 followed by the Indiana Derby with an estimated post time of 10 p.m. More information about Indiana Derby Night is available at www.indianagrand.com.
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m.