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Piedi Bianchi becomes part of Indiana history with Cardinal Stakes win at Indiana Grand

Piedi Bianchi, the standout Indiana bred mare by Overanalyze, has won races from coast to coast. Her connections always work in a stop in Indiana each year for stakes action, and her win in the $150,000 Cardinal Stakes Wednesday moved her into the record books.

With total earnings now of $823,497, she is third on the list of all-time leading Indiana breds and second by only dollars behind Lady Fog Horn to be the all-time winningest Indiana bred female in Indiana history.

Based out of New York, Piedi Bianchi (photo) was accompanied by East Coast rider Tyler Gaffalione for her start in the Cardinal Stakes at Indiana Grand. Just as the field of eight was entering the starting gate, a torrential rain blasted down with horses almost at times unrecognizable on the television monitors.

Piedi Bianchi left from post seven and got into good early positioning as expected on the inside and was immediately joined by Magical Peapod and Florent Geroux, who placed pressure on them through the first half of the one and one-sixteenth mile race. Down the backstretch, Fireball Baby and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. joined in on the pressure, moving three wide at the halfway marker before slipping over to duel with just Piedi Bianchi.

In the stretch, Piedi Bianchi did what she does best, drew away from the field and was an eventual winner by four and one-half lengths at the finish line. Fireball Baby was second over Bumble of Love and Rodney Prescott, who closed for third over the sloppy track.

Piedi Bianchi now has eight wins in 27 career starts for owners Jay Oringer, Jack Bick, Lucien Bianchi and Jordan Rubenstein’s Al Bianchi Racing, LLC. Carlos Martin trains the striking grey filly that was a purchase by her connections for $80,000 out of the Ocala Breeders Two-Year-Old Sale in 2017.

The win was the fifth stakes win for Piedi Bianchi, who is a Graded Stakes placed six-year-old.

“She slipped a little at the start, so I didn’t want to rush her, but she broke pretty good so we were able to get near the front early,” said Gaffalione. “I wasn’t concerned about the pressure because she was doing it easily and was pretty comfortable. When I threw to her a little, she gave me everything she had. She is just a classy horse.”

Piedi Bianchi is now behind all-time Indiana bred leader Bucchero, who has $947,000 in earnings, followed by Lady Fog Horn who earned in excess of $824,000 during her career.

Piedi Bianchi is moving into the final strides of her racing career and her connections hope to retire her at the end of the 2021 racing season.