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La Vencedora Impressive in Governorís Stake Trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
La Vencedora(#6) and Cappy(#5) battle to the top two qualifying time in the Governors' Stakes trials at Indiana Grand.

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La Vencedora Impressive in Governorís Stake Trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

SHELBYVILLE, INóOCTOBER 7, 2017óQuarter Horse Trainer Larry Sharp made his trip to Indiana worthwhile Saturday picking up the top three spots for qualifiers advancing to the ninth running of the $100,000 Governorís Stake slated for Saturday, October 21.

Sharp saddled La Vencedora and Jockey James Flores to a neck win over his other entrant, Cappy, ridden by Shanley Jackson, and then BS Special, also ridden by Flores, in the other trial for a very solid one-two-three punch heading into the final.

La Vencedora and Cappy were the first two out of the gate, starting side by side and battling for the lead throughout the 350-yard dash.

It took the majority of the stretch for La Vencedora to overtake her stablemate, inching forward late to win by a neck over Cappy in a time of :17.837 seconds.

The top two were open lengths in front of the rest of the field that was headed up by Racanteur and Rolando Pina for third.

Bs Special, under jockey James Flores winning the opening trial for the Governors Stake at Indiana Grand. © Linscott Photography
La Vencedora came into the race with only one defeat in four outings. The freshman filly by Ivory James is now four for five and on a four-race win streak for owner Jon and Brant Barley. La Vencedora is inching closer to $400,000 in career earnings for her connections. She is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Shakem. Bobby D. Cox is the breeder.

Cappy is a son of multiple stakes sire Capo de Capi from the Dashin Bye mare Pretty And Sweet. Sharp is owner-breeder and trainer.

In the first Governorís Stake trial, BS Special and Flores rounded out a sweep of the top three spots, winning their trial in a time of :17.955 seconds.

The two-year-old daughter of Freighttrain B was a threat from the start, leading the way to the wire by a one and one-half length victory over All American Ease and Cesar Gomez. WRs Quick Secret and Cody Smith rounded out the top three.

BS Special is owned by Duane Murphy and increased her already impressive start line to four wins in six career starts. Barley & Sharp Farm bred the filly in Missouri from the Royal Quick Dash mare Im Quick Say Bye Bye.

For the top 10 qualifiers to the Governors Stakes, with times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

Sharp and Flores connected for three wins on the nine-race card at Indiana Grand. They also took home one of the trials for the $100,000 QHRAI Derby later in the card. Flores, who is based in Oklahoma, has made the trip up to Indiana Grand for several stakes races in 2017 and maintains a very high win percentage, scoring eight wins in 22 starts with a 36 percent win percentage. Sharp is now five for seven at Indiana Grand in 2017.

The Governorís Stake will be one of five stakes races on the program Saturday, Oct. 21, which is the final all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2017 at Indiana Grand. Martha Claussen, Wrangler Racing Ace will be in attendance to assist with handicapping and fans will enjoy $2 race wagers along with long-sleeved t-shirt giveaways courtesy of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI). First post is 6:05 p.m.

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.

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About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino:†Indiana Grand†Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile dirt race course and a seven-eighths mile turf course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Winnerís Circle Brewpub & OTB located on the casino floor as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit† www.IndianaGrand.com.