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Botticelli Beach wins Gordon Mobley Futurity at Indiana Grand

Botticelli Beach was the quickest qualifier from the trials, and she turned out to be the quickest to the wire in the 12th running of the $189,500 Gordon Mobley Futurity Saturday at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Starting from post two, Botticelli Beach (photo) and Jose Beltran got out of the gate ready to roll and led the entire way, posting a neck win in 15.640 seconds. High Rolling Seize and Shanley Jackson finished second followed by FE Stone Crusher and Sammy Mendez for third.

Botticelli Beach is now two for three in her brief career. She is owned and trained by Claudio Barraza, who purchased the filly through Miller Ranch’s Online Sale last fall. They visited the farm and picked the filly out of the field as one to add to their stable.

“I was super impressed with her today,” said Barraza, who is based out of Chicago. “She’s a little bit bigger than her sister (Shakeitonthebeach). In her first race, I actually thought she won that one too. It was so close. We have her paid into the Stallion Service Auction Futurity and the Futurity at the end of the season, so we’ll try to be back for those.”

Botticelli Beach joins her sister, Shakeitonthebeach, as winners in the Gordon Mobley Futurity. Shakeitonthebeach, campaigned by Randy Smith, won the 2019 edition of the stakes race.

Beltran has been aboard Botticelli Beach for all three of her career starts. She now has in excess of $110,000 in career earnings for Barraza.

The race was the final contest on the third All-Quarter Horse day of 2021 in front of a packed crowd. The next All-Quarter Horse racing day is Aug. 14 and will feature trials for the QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity and Derby.