A second set of Quarter Horse training races was held Thursday featuring 11 events for the sprinters prepping for the 2021 racing season at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind.
Of the 11 races, 10 were earmarked for two-year-olds going 250 yards, giving onlookers a first look at some of the local talent headed to the track in 2021.
One set finishing together was in the second race of the day as Honey B and BP Eagle Cartel, both from the Saul Perez barn, finished together with Fast N Fancy Stone from the Randy Smith barn. The trio of horses finished together, giving Honey B the nod in 13.9 seconds. Honey B, an Alabama-bred filly bred by Paris Wixon by Freighttrain B, is owned by Rodolfo Rodriguez.
The quickest time of the day was recorded in the fourth race as This Lovers Leavin stopped the timer in 13.85 seconds. The son of Coronas Leaving You was guided by Sammy Mendez for trainer Randy Smith. Hutchinson Racing and Debbie Smith own the Indiana-bred gelding.
The first Quarter Horse stakes of the season is May 17 featuring the Harley Greene Derby trials. The final will be held on the first All-Quarter Horse Saturday on June 5 with a first post of 10 a.m.
The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is now in progress and continues through Nov. 8. Live racing is conducted at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with first post on Thursdays at 3:25 p.m.
For more information about the 2021 racing season, go to www.indianagrand.com.
Coady Photography photo: Fast N Fancy Stone and Sammy Mendez (left) battle for the lead in the second training race of the day Thursday at Indiana Grand with Cristian Reyes and BP Eagle Cartel and (middle) Honey B.