Stinkin Rich Retains Title in $83,600 Hoosier Park Classic at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
Stinkin Rich, under jockey Rolando Pina, win the $83,600 Hoosier Park Classic at Indiana Grand for the second consecutive year.

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Stinkin Rich Retains Title in $83,600 Hoosier Park Classic at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

SHELBYVILLE, IN—OCTOBER 6, 2017—For the second straight year, Stinkin Rich was unstoppable, winning the 21st running of the $83,600 Hoosier Park Classic at Indiana Grand.

With regular rider Rolando Pina aboard, the flashy grey gelding rallied to the lead and never looked back, winning the race by one length and securing his sixth straight victory for owner-breeder Carolyn Bruce of Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Stinkin Rich and Pina, Indiana Grand’s current 2017 leading Quarter Horse jockey, began from post six in the nine-horse field and had no issues leaving the gate.

Once the son of One Famous Eagle got his feet firmly planted, he was in running mode and got a nose in front early on. The talented pack of older Indiana bred Quarter Horses stayed together but Stinkin Rich began to inch away from them to be the clear-cut winner of the 400-yard dash in a time of :19.844 seconds.

The winning connections of Stinkin Rich accept their second-straight Hoosier Park Classic stakes trophy Friday evening at Indiana Grand. © Linscott Photography
WH Kenny G and Harold Collins won the tight photo for second over Beach Cartel and Berkley Packer. Beach Bum Eddie and Luis Guerrero were also involved in the photo for second, finishing a neck back in fourth place.

"He is a wonderful horse to ride," said Pina. "He broke out with the others and I only touched him one time. He likes to be on the lead and he’s really powerful. Once he gets his eye on the other horses, he takes off."

Stinkin Rich, the favorite of the field, paid $3.80, $2.60, and $2.10 across the board. He increased his career earnings to more than $433,000. The five-year-old gelding is second in earnings on the list of all time Indiana bred Quarter Horse performers behind Pistolpacking Pepsi, who has more than $450,000 in career earnings.

Stinkin Rich is now 10 for 16 during his career. The repeat win in the Hoosier Park Classic is his six career stakes win. His last defeat was in the Bradford Stakes in July 2016. He is in the capable hands of trainer Matt Frazier, who has overseen his conditioning for the past three years.

Owner/breeder Carolyn Bruce looks on as trainer Matt Frazier is interviewed following Stinkin Rich's second consecutive win in the $83,600 Hoosier Park Classic.
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"He’s just a dream horse," said Frazier. "He is classy and keeps getting better. He was a little more excited about today’s race than he normally is, but it didn’t affect him. He ran a great race."

Bruce and her husband, Mickey, have a small breeding operation in southeastern Indiana. Their broodmare, Miss Scarlet, was the 2016 Broodmare of the Year in Indiana and has produced three exceptional runners back to back. In addition to Stinkin Rich, they have campaigned CB Come Fly With Me, last year’s two-year-old of the year, and Perfical, a two-year-old filly this season that has two wins to her credit.

"I just love this horse," said Bruce of Stinkin Rich. "I couldn’t be more proud of this horse. He has such a big heart and every time he races, he gives it all he’s got. And, like Rolando (Pina) and Matt (Frazier) said, he likes to be out front, which I like too."

Trainer Ronald Brown saddled runner-up Wh Kenny G for himself and Robert Ray. The multiple stakes winning son of Gold Medal Jess is out of Designer Dash by Dash For Cash. Bred by Ken and Reba George, the 4-year-old picked up $16,720 to bring his earnings mark to nearly $231,000.

Third-place finisher Beach Cartel is a homebred son of Escondido Beach racing for owner/breeder Sheri Miller. Randy Smith conditions the multiple stakes winner out of Flashin Dee Dee by First To Flash. The $8,360 show-check rolled Beach Cartel's earnings total to $313,117.

Completing the field were Beach Bum Eddie, Fantastic Six Pack, Beach Birde, The Cartel Concept, Pistolpacking Pepsi and Beach Meter. Wh Design By Dash was scratched.

The 15th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Friday, Oct. 27. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:05 p.m. with Saturday racing beginning at 6:05 p.m. Additional racing days will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 26 beginning at 2:05 p.m.

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