Richardville earns first career stakes win with I Emma Boogy Queen in Richmond Stakes at Indiana Grand
By Tammy Knox - Photo by Linscott Photography
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Oct. 4, 2014 – Trainer Tianna Richardville earned her first career stakes win in a big way during the richest Thoroughbred night of racing ever contested in the state of Indiana. Richardville saddled I Emma Boogy Queen to an upset win in the 14th running of the $85,000-added Richmond Stakes.
It was a slow start for I Emma Boogy Queen who got away next to last in the field of seven. Ben Creed kept the four-year-old daughter of Could Be Me close to the action to spark her attention during the early stages as Aint She A Saint and Malcolm Franklin set the pace. Rockaroo and Fernando De La Cruz began the battle for the lead down the backside with Aint She A Saint.
I Emma Boogy Queen followed Higher Logic and Alex Contreras around the turn. Higher Logic took over and was the horse to catch coming down the stretch along with Naked Bootleg and Lori Wydick on the inside. I Emma Boogy Queen kept gaining on the top two and fought hard to get the final say of a photo with Higher Logic, the race favorite. The timing was just right, sending I Emma Boogy Queen to the winner’s circle by a nose. Avie Niner and Abel Lezcano rallied up late for third.
“When we were going down the back side, I had the favorite right next to me on the inside, and I was just kind of following him,” said Creed. “I was sitting at the three-eighths pole and saw him kind of asking a little bit and his horse didn’t go anywhere. I just kind of popped her on the shoulder and she started moving and I thought ‘I’m gonna win this.’”
I Emma Boogy Queen was a surprise to many, paying $67.80, $13.80 and $5.00 across the board. The time of the race was 1:45.70. Richardville also owns and bred the filly, which now possesses in excess of $112,000 in career earnings.
“First thing, she (I Emma Boogy Queen) is a baby that I raised,” said Richardville. “She was born at my farm. She’s a route horse. There were a couple of sprinters in here and I don’t think they gave her enough credit for the distance. She’s been consistently hitting the board through the meet and she came through at the right time. A couple of times this year she has had to run with Indiana breds and this Indiana sired race makes her a lot more competitive.”
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Stinkin Rich Prospers in Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana Grand
By Tammy Knox - Photo by linscott Photography
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Oct. 25, 2014 – He has been on everyone’s radar all season and Stinkin Rich lived up to the hype Saturday, Oct. 25 at Indiana Grand. The flashy grey gelding with the distinctive white eye was untouchable in the seventh running of the Miss Roxie Little Futurity. Guided by jockey Ben Creed, Stinkin Rich completed the 350 yard dash in a time of :17.592 seconds, which almost set a new track record but did establish a new stakes record for the race.
Starting from post eight, Stinkin Rich came out of the gates a little crooked but Creed quickly got him corrected and back on track. The two-year-old son of One Famous Eagle found his stride and the pink blinkers of the Raper barn were very visible as the horse to watch heading to the finish line. Stinkin Rich put his long stride to good use in the final steps, winning the race by a comfortable one and three-quarter lengths over Rock Crushin Dynasty and jockey Yordanis Amaro, who were just a neck ahead of their stablemate Stone Toasted and Juan Guerrero for third.
The win aboard Stinkin Rich marks the biggest win for Creed, who is a graduate of the North American Riding Academy in Lexington, Ky. It is the second win in a row for Creed aboard Stinkin Rich.
“All I can say is ‘Wow’,” said Creed. “I worked this horse (Stinkin Rich) out of the gate before the trial and he exploded. I have never been on a horse, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred, like him. He stumbled just a little out of the gate tonight but once he got straight, he loves to run. That’s really my only job is to keep him straight.”
Stinkin Rich is quickly living up to his name, boosting his career earnings to more than $204,000. The homebred gelding has not finished worse than second in six career starts, earning wins in four of his starts for owner and breeder Carolyn Bruce. Stinkin Rich adds the Miss Roxie Little Futurity to his resume, which also includes a stakes win in the $130,000 Jaguar Rocket Futurity held earlier in the year at Indiana Grand. Ron Raper, Indiana’s all-time winning Quarter Horse trainer with seven titles to his credit at Indiana Grand, conditions the horse for the Bruce family.
“I had horses for the Bruces’ a long time ago and they came back to me as a trainer a couple of years ago,” said Raper. “This horse has always shown promise. He was a little spooky starting out, but he got over that. These kinds of horses don’t come along very often.”
Raper noted unless something comes up wrong, Stinkin Rich will be paid in late to the $500,000 Hialeah Futurity. He said they will call Monday morning to get the gelding into the race. The trials are slated for early December with the final set for later on that month. Hialeah is the destination for Raper’s stable following the meet at Indiana Grand.
The win was one of two on the card for Raper, who moved one ahead of Randy Smith in the trainer standings. A few more races are scheduled for the 2014 meet, which ends Saturday, Nov. 1. Raper could also reach last year’s records that he set of most wins in one meet (28) and most purse earnings in one meet ($673,393). He currently has 26 wins this season with purse earnings of $664,855.
The Miss Roxie Little Futurity becomes the second highest purse in Quarter Horse racing history in the state of Indiana. The race’s total of $198,900 nearly matched the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity held earlier in the year at Indiana Grand in late July. This is the second year the race has been contested at Indiana Grand, moving from Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after the 2012 season when all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing relocated full time to Indiana Grand.