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Royal Sin top qualifier in Mobley Futurity Trials at Horseshoe Indianapolis

A full slate of 16 trials kicked off the second All-Quarter Horse racing day at Horseshoe Indianapolis with six divisions of the Gordon Mobley Futurity run to determine the top 10 finalists.

Out of 57 starters, Royal Sin (photo) was the top qualifier in a time of 15.473 seconds to lead the way into the $150,000 Mobley Futurity final set for July 23.

Over a rain-soaked track from storms the night before, Royal Sin, guided by Juan Marquez, got out of the gate quickly and led the entire 300-yard dash for the comfortable win by two and one-half lengths ahead of VRs Powerful Beach and Erik Esqueda. Packin Billy and L.D. Martinez finished third.

Royal Sin is now two for two in his young career. The son of My Royal Wagon is a homebred for owner Brian Gunder, who also campaigned his mother, Euro Blazin, in the Indiana stakes circuit. Randy Smith, Indiana’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer, conditions Royal Sin.



The second fastest qualifier was in the final trial for the Mobley Futurity as AJK Forgiven and Jose Beltran came charging hard at the end to score the win in 15.489. Dirty Wagon and Marquez finished second over HF Stone Sober and Esqueda, who moved up for third.

After missing the win by a nose in both of his previous starts, AJK Forgiven broke his maiden for trainer Sacramento Chavez and owner Jose Chavez, who also bred the Mo Zoomo filly.

Other trial winners on the day were Secret Horn, HF Whoopi, Jess Tempted and Seize Greatness.

Secret Horn was a winner for jockey Rolando Pina and trainer Tim Eggleston in 15.584. HF Whoopi was a winner for jockey Edgar Diaz and trainer Jessi Vazquez in 15.622. Jess Tempted and Shanley Jackson won for trainer Ron Raper in 15.890 while Seize Greatness, also ridden by Jackson for trainer Matt Frazier, won in 15.818.

Seize Greatness made his first trip to the winner’s circle for his connections and was the final qualifier heading to the final. The colt also broke his maiden in the trial and brings pretty impressive credentials into the Mobley final. He is by Seize the Win, who was campaigned during his racing career by Frazier and breeder-owner Glenn Graff to multiple stakes wins and earnings of nearly $400,000 before stepping into the breeding shed.

“They have all got the best mindset, just like their dad (Seize the Win),” said Frazier. “He (Seize Greatness) is still intact because the clients (Graffs) own his father and he’s such an easy horse to be around. It was the same way with his dad. The first time the colt raced he was looking and wandering around, but he seems to have figured it out today. He has a lot to learn, but we think he may be even better than his full brother (High Rolling Seize). He’s definitely quicker out of the latch.”

Rolling Seize was Indiana’s two-year-old Colt/Gelding champion from 2021. Jockey Shanley Jackson also rode High Rolling Seize last year as well as sire, Seize the Win, for Frazier and Graff.