No More Fake News and DeShawn Parker earned their second straight victory to kick off the Thoroughbred stakes portion on the third annual Indiana Champions day featuring seven stakes races with purses over $1 million.
No More Fake News won her second straight stakes in the third running of the $200,000 Lady Fog Horn Stakes Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.
No More Fake News got away in fourth and moved up into third at the halfway point of the one-mile event. Compressed Energy and Gage Holmes battled through the stretch with No More Fake News getting the edge at the wire by one-half length. Amazingness and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. finished third.
No More Fake News was the favorite of the field, paying $4.60 for the win. The three-year-old Notional filly, bred by Gary Patrick from his former race mare Utesa, is now three for eight in 2022. Patrick also owns and trains the talented filly, who boosted her career bankroll to more than $270,000 with the win.
“We didn’t have a lot of early speed to run into, but once she got on the lead, she was game,” said Parker, who has more than 6,000 career wins. “My filly really dug in, but Gage’s filly (Compressed Energy) was really running late too. I knew I had Marcelino (Pedroza aboard Amazingness) and Gage (Holmes) behind me coming on, so I knew it was close. My filly really tried her heart out.”
Overall, it was the fourth win of her career for No More Fake News, who only won one race as a two-year-old. She has earned a majority of her bankroll this season, pairing the Lady Fog Horn Stakes with a win in the $100,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stakes in her last start.
Forrie Smith (photo, third from left), who portrays Lloyd on “Yellowstone,” a former bareback rider on the pro rodeo circuit, presented the trophy to the Patricks following their win with No More Fake News.
Patrick, a former saddle bronc rider himself, is from Circleville, Ohio, and has been training horses since the late 1980s. He is one of Indiana’s all-time leading trainers and owners, competing in the state since pari-mutuel racing began in 1995. His wife, Cindy, a former jockey and now a top barrel racer in the United States, ponies all the racehorses to post, including No More Fake News for the Lady Fog Horn.