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First All-Quarter Horse Day features 13 races at Indiana Grand

The first of six All-Quarter Horse racing Saturdays takes place tomorrow at Indiana Grand with 13 races carded for the day.


Featured on the program will be two stakes, the 7th running of the $95,500 Harley Greene Derby in race 11 and the 12th running of the $83,200 Born Runner Classic in race 12.


First post for the day is 10 a.m.


Beach Blast has been tagged as the early morning line favorite for the Harley Greene Derby. The sophomore son of Escondido Beach makes his second start of the year off a second-place finish in the trials.


With three wins in six starts last season, the sorrel gelding is primed for another big year for trainer Randy Smith and owner Keith Bode and Brock Hutchinson.


Sammy Mendez will guide Beach Blast from post one in the 10-horse lineup in the final at odds of 5-2.


In the Born Runner Classic, another Escondido Beach product has been selected as the early morning line favorite. Beach Mercedes, making her first start of 2021 from post eight, will be a big threat in the field of 10.


The six-year-old mare, owned by breeder Sheri Miller, has 10 career wins in 29 career starts under the direction of Randy Smith.


Sammy Mendez will ride at odds of 7-5.


The next All-Quarter Horse Day at Indiana Grand is July 3, followed by racing July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 4 and Oct. 9.