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SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – July 5, 2014 – Fierce Runaway and Yordanis Amaro held their ground early amidst tight quarters and rallied home as the winners in the second running of the $42,200 Indiana Grand Classic Saturday, July 5 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The win was the fourth in seven outings over the Indiana Grand surface and the fifth overall for Fierce Runaway.

Tight quarters brought several horses out together from the gate. Amaro, who hails from Cuba, kept Fierce Runaway focused on his goal and kept her in top gear through the wire, fending off a late charge by April Iz Game
and Gerardo Garrido to win the event in a time of :20.291. Sun Fun for Magic with rider Harold Collins aboard was a strong third place finisher in the 400-yard dash.

“We have been working really hard on this mare so she could compete,” said Salvador Rojas, owner and trainer of Fierce Runaway. “She is small but she has a big heart.”

Rojas has had the mare the past three years. The native of Chicago did not give Amaro very many instructions and left the game plan up to the rider. “He (Amaro) knows this mare really well,” said Rojas. “He gets on her a lot and he knows what to do.”

Fierce Runaway was the bettor’s choice in the six-horse field and paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 across the board. The five year old chestnut daughter of Ocean Runaway increased her career bankroll to six figures with the
win. She also won the event last year by four lengths when it was contested at 350 yards for Rojas, who has a stable of 20 at Moline, Ill. 

Moore Disco Tree surprises in Leader of the Class Stakes
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – July 5, 2014 – Moore Disco Tree and rider Gabriel Lagunes were surprise winners in the second running of the $28,840 Leader of the Class Stakes at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, July 5. The stakes race was restricted to horses that have been sold at public auction at the QHRAI Speed Sale held every year in the state of Indiana. 

Moore Disco Tree and Lagunes began their journey from post three in the nine-horse lineup and proved to be too much for his competitors to handle, drawing off for the easy win by one and one-half lengths in the 350 yard dash. BP Mighty Rare and Shanley Jackson finished second a neck ahead of Bay Be Brooks and Gerardo Garrido for third. Time for the race was :17.920 seconds. 

“He (Moore Disco Tree) responded well and was perfect,” said Lagunes, who divides his time between Belterra and Indiana Grand. “I didn’t have to urge him at all or use the whip much. I didn’t know what to expect since he was coming in off a long layoff but he was perfect tonight.” 

Moore Disco Tree paid $38.20, $11.60 and $5.20 across the board. He is owned by Jeanne McClure-Lorenzo and trained by Amanda Welch, who resides in Muncie, Ind.

“There was no condition race for him so we decided to try our luck in this stakes race,” said Welch. “We brought him down a couple weeks ago and worked him out of the gate and he turned in a bullet work. He’s a horse that loves to swim, so we had him in the pool a lot to get ready for this race.”

Welch purchased Moore Disco Tree out of the QHRAI Speed Sale last fall for $1,700. They liked his looks and figured it was a gamble worth taking. They immediately gave him some time off and got one start in him at Hialeah where he just missed the win against claiming company.Welch noted that Moore Disco Tree was being bothered by stifle problems, so they gave him six months off after his first and only start for them at Hialeah in December.

Welch is in her third year as a Quarter Horse trainer. The native of Muncie, Ind. grew up around horses and learned the ropes from Calvin Prescott, a well-known Thoroughbred trainer in the state of Indiana. After starting
with Thoroughbreds, Welch crossed over to Quarter Horses and now works full time as a trainer, traveling to Hialeah in Miami during the winter months and racing at Indiana Grand during the summer. She has 10 horses currently at her farm just outside of Muncie. 

Moore Disco Tree, a four-year-old son of Oak Tree Special, now has three wins in 10 career starts. The win in his first stakes race more than doubled his career earnings to nearly $30,000.

The race is named after Leader of the Class, a hard hitting runner who went on to enjoy a successful career as a stallion. Purchased as a yearling by Tina and Kevin Cleary, the stallion only sired 41 horses but had 19 winners. One of his most noted offspring is Air Born Leader, who has won the Born Runner Classic Stakes at Indiana Grand four years in a row. Both Tina and Kevin were in the winner’s circle to present the trophy to the connections
of Moore Disco Tree.

Habits Secret prevails in Bradford Stakes
​SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – July 5, 2014 – Competing in the seventh running of the $43,000 Bradford Stakes was a question mark for Habits Secret earlier in the day. The four-year-old sorrel horse had been battling foot issues and an abscess could not be maintained by owner-trainer Ricardo Martinez. However, a last minute visit by a special farrier from Kentucky took care of the issue and sent Habits Secret to the winner’s circle Saturday, July 5 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

“I was going to scratch him (Habits Secret) earlier today,” said Martinez. “We couldn’t figure out how to fix his foot and the farrier from Kentucky fixed it earlier today. I owe him a big thank you.”

Habits Secret looked tough on the track. The son of No Secrets Here broke well out of the gate from post one and secured the top spot early for rider Yordanis Amaro of Cuba. It was up to his opponents to catch him in the end, a task that they could not do. In the end, Habits Secret was able to hold off a late rush by Joltin Jess and Shanley Jackson to take top honors in the Bradford Stakes. Last year’s Bradford Stakes winner, Finche, finished third for jockey Debbie Freeman.

Habits Secret increased his career bankroll to more than $284,000 with his win. He now has seven career wins, three of which have been turned in over Indiana Grand’s track.

“I bought him (Habits Secret) as a yearling for $5,000,” said Martinez. “He’s come a long way since then. And I liked our draw from post one.  He likes the one hole and all of the big races he’s won have been from post one.”

Habits Secret completed the 400-yard dash in a time of :19.694. He paid $7.60, $4.00 and $2.80 across the board.

The stakes race was one of three on the program at Indiana Grand with the entire card dedicated to Quarter Horse racing. A crowd estimated to be more than 5,000 was in attendance for the event that included numerous contests, activities and giveaways, including t-shirts that were sponsored in part by the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana. Following the racing program, live entertainment was provided by The Willis Clan, who recently advanced on “America’s Got Talent,” leading into a 30-minute fireworks display that dazzled the crowd. A total of six all-Quarter Horse days are on the schedule for 2014 at Indiana Grand. 

Hialeah Park Sets 2014-15 Racing Calendar & Stakes Schedule
Hialeah, FL / June 26, 2014 – Historic Hialeah Park, known around the globe as “the world’s most beautiful race course,” will open its 6th season of world-class Quarter Horse racing on Friday December 26, 2014. The 2014-15 racing schedule, which runs through Monday March 2, 2015, features 40 days of racing and 28 guaranteed or added-money stakes offerings. 

The landmark South Florida racing palace will host live racing on a Friday to Monday schedule throughout the season, with post time set for 12:35 PM ET every racing day. As always, Hialeah Park will offer free admission and free parking.

Hialeah Park’s stakes schedule for the 2014-15 season kicks off with the $25,000-added Bienvenido De Nuevo Stakes at 330 yards on opening day December 26, 2014 and concludes with a stakes-rich afternoon on Sunday March 1, 2015 highlighted by the $100,000-added South Florida Quarter Horse Derby and the $100,000-guaranteed Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational Championship, both at the classic American Quarter Horse distance
of 440 yards.

The 2014-15 stakes program will include a pair of series, the Hialeah Park Distance Series and the Hialeah Park Sprint Series. Both sets of races feature participation bonuses, totaling $20,000 for the Distance Series and $15,000 for the Sprint Series. Runners finishing 1st through 5th in series races will earn points based on final placings. The owner of the highest points earner in the Distance Series will win $12,000 and the owner of the highest points earner in the Sprint Series will win $9,000.

The Orange Blossom Stakes at 550 yards on December 28, 2014 will be the first race in the Distance Series. That sequence of races continues with the Moonstone Stakes at 660 yards on January 18, 2015 and the Key West Stakes at 1000 yards on February 8, then concludes with the Sailfish Stakes at 1000 yards on March 1. The Sprint Series starts with the Speedball Stakes at 110 yards on January 11, continues with the Tallahassee Stakes at 220 yards on January 25 and the Roble Rojo Stakes at 220 yards on February 21, then finishes with the Beautiful Prairie Stakes at 250 yards on March 1.

A downloadable racing calendar, the complete 2014-15 stakes schedule, and a stall application form for horsemen are posted online at

Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, with entrances at 100 East 32nd Street and 2200 East 4th Avenue, is easily accessible from all major Miami highways and conveniently located just minutes by car from Miami International
Airport, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, and Doral.
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