Fernando De La Cruz

Longshot Copper Nickel Skips Clear In Miss Indiana Stakes

Copper Nickel may have been overlooked by the public, but her connections had faith in her. At odds of 20-1, the two-year-old daughter of Stroll put the field at her heels in the stretch and rode away with the victory in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Miss Indiana Stakes at Indiana Grand Tuesday, Nov. […]

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Wondrshegotthundr Bests Older Rivals In Florence Henderson

Wondrshegotthundr has had a brief career but so far, it’s been impressive. The three-year-old daughter of Graydar took on an older, more experienced field in the 16th running of the $100,000 Florence Henderson Stakes at Indiana Grand and ran them all down for the win. Guided by Fernando De La Cruz, Wondrshegotthundr scored the victory […]

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‘Hooked Into The Sport For Life’: Lady Ally Gives New Partnership First Victory

Lady Ally had the biggest cheering section during the Friday, Aug. 16 racing program at Indiana Grand and she gave her fans something to cheer about. Owned by the latest partnership under the Ironhorse Racing Stable moniker, Lady Ally rallied home a winner by three and three-quarter lengths in the $33,000 Two-Year-Old Maiden Special Weight. […]

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Hill ‘N’ Dale’s Bayern Tallies First Winner At Stud At Indiana Grand

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern saw his first winner at stud on June 18 when Bayerly Seen romped by 12 1/4 lengths in her debut start at Indiana Grand, BloodHorse reports. The filly is out of the unraced First Defence mare Overseen, bred in Kentucky by Hartwell Farm. She competed in the five-furlong race on […]

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Monomoy Girl’s Full Brother Cowboy Diplomacy ‘Needs Two Turns’, Says Cox

Trainer Brad Cox said he’s looking at a two-turn spot next for Cowboy Diplomacy, a 3-year-old full brother to champion Monomoy Girl who finished second his Feb. 8 career debut sprinting at Oaklawn Park. Cowboy Diplomacy was beaten three lengths by Captain Von Trapp after breaking a step slow and being hustled early by Fernando […]

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Bucchero Successfully Defends Woodford Title, Heads Back To Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Ironhorse Racing’s Bucchero had not found the winner’s circle since last year’s running of the G2 Woodford, but still managed to repeat his triumph over the Keeneland lawn this Saturday. The 6-year-old son of Kantharos, favored at 3-1 in the wagering, had to go three-wide on the turn, hit the lead at the sixteenth pole […]

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Half-Brother To Classic Empire Puts An Exclamation Point On Second Straight Win

Trainer Brad Cox said it’s “very possible” unbeaten Exclamation Point will run again this year at Oaklawn, but it won’t be in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 17. Cox said the 1 1/16 Rebel, Oaklawn’s final major prep for the closing-day $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 14, comes up “too quick” for the […]

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Switch To Oaklawn A Productive Move For Jockey Fernando De La Cruz

A De La Cruz is in the top 10 of the rider standings at Oaklawn Park after 28 days of racing, but it’s not Walter De La Cruz. Instead, it’s older brother Fernando who is making an impact in his first season in Hot Springs, Ark. Fernando De La Cruz is in a sixth-place tie […]

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‘He’s Got Talent’: Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Wins On Debut At Oaklawn

Saturday’s fourth race at Oaklawn Park was won in exclamatory fashion by Exclamation Point, the half-brother to champion Classic Empire. The 3-year-old colt bested his rivals by 2 1/2 lengths over six furlongs, leading from start to finish under jockey Fernando de la Cruz. “He’s got talent, there’s no doubt,” trainer Brad Cox told horseracingnation.com. “The […]

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Breeders’ Cup Mount ‘Like A Dream’ For Indiana’s De La Cruz

When horses enter the starting gate at Del Mar Saturday, Nov. 4 for the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the journey will mark a lifetime of work to reach that level for one jockey. Fernando De La Cruz, two-time leading jockey at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, will be making his Breeders’ […]

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