Tommy The Train Rolls to Topo Spot in QHRAI Derby Trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
Tommy The Train, under jockey James Flores, set the fastest time in the $100,000 QHRAI Derby trials Saturday at Indiana Grand.

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Tommy The Train Rolls to Topo Spot in QHRAI Derby Trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

SHELBYVILLE, IN—OCTOBER 7, 2017— When Tommy The Train comes to town, it means one thing for his opponents – trouble.

The three-year-old son of Grade 1 sire Freighttrain B is undefeated in five career outings at Indiana Grand spread out over the past 12 months. Guided by James Flores, he once again proved he will be the one to beat in the $100,000 final of the QHRAI Derby set for Saturday, Oct. 21.

Starting from post four, Tommy The Train and Flores had a less than desirable start from the gate on the sloppy surface, losing some momentum early on but quickly regained his composure and was right back in the thick of the race.

Roostersito, under jockey Rolando Pena, winning the second trial for the QHRAI Derby. © Linscott Photography
The Missouri-bred gelding dug in gamely and emerged as the eventual winner by one and one-half lengths in a time of :19.795 seconds as the heavy favorite of the field.

Ladys Freighttrain B and Berkley Packer finished a solid second over One Fantastic Gal and Luis Guerrero for third. The daughter of Freighttrain B posted the fifth fastest time.

Duane Murphy bred Tommy The Train from the Okey Dokey Dale mare Okie Doley Annie.

Paying $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 across the board, Tommy The Train is now seven for 11 lifetime for his owners Brant and Jon Barley and Brad Sharp. Larry Sharp picked up his third training win of the night with Tommy The Train, who has accumulated more than $150,000 in career earnings.

A newcomer to Indiana was the winner of the second trial, turning in the second fastest time behind Tommy The Train. Roostersito, owned by Carlos Ignacio Rosales of North Carolina, has raced all over the United States, but his start in the trials for the 21st running of the QHRAI Derby was his first in the Midwest.

The three-year-old son of Pappasito rallied out of the gate early for jockey Rolando Pina and fought hard along the inside to fend off his challengers. Grabbing a short lead a few strides before the wire, Roostersito rallied home in a time of :19.913 seconds, one-half length ahead of Tuxedeau and Alonso Rivera, who was just a nose ahead of Jess A Dollar and Jose Davila who had to settle for third.

Roostersito earned his second career win in eight starts. The win in the QHRAI Derby trial marked his first start of 2017 under the direction of local trainer John McCreary. Bred in Kansas by Michael Samples, he is out of the Genuine Strawfly mare Mabeleen.

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

More than $425,000 in stakes money will be showcased during the final all-Quarter Horse night of 2017 at Indiana Grand Saturday, Oct. 21.

The evening features five stakes races, including the $100,000 QHRAI Derby, which is one of three stakes races that kicked off pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana in 1997.

Martha Claussen, Wrangler Racing Ace will be on hand to assist with handicapping during the night and the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will provide $2 race wagers to the first 100 fans as well as long sleeved t-shirts. Post time for the first race is slated for 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 Winner’s 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