Indiana Grand

Apprentice Saez Dies From Injuries Sustained in Indiana Grand Accident

Apprentice jockey Juan Saez, the talented 17-year-old younger brother of journeyman rider Luis Saez, died late Tuesday night from injuries sustained in an an accident during the eighth race earlier in the day at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind., according to a statement from track announcer Bill Downes. Saez was airlifted by Life Flight Networks to Methodist […]

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Wife of Suspended Horseman in Indiana Charged With Harassing Witness

Christina Estvanko, licensed as an owner and a groom by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, was summarily suspended by stewards at Indiana Grand Oct 2 for allegedly harassing the security guard who turned in a sworn statement that led to summary suspensions of her husband, assistant trainer Richard Estvanko, and veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell. Jamie […]

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East Hall Catches Vicar’s in Trouble for Indiana Derby Upset

Saturday night’s Grade 2 Indiana Derby was billed as a two-horse race between unbeaten Atreides and three-time graded stakes winner Vicar’s in Trouble, but Ohio Derby winner East Hall pulled off a 16-1 upset for trainer William Kaplan and owners Roger Justice and H. Jack Hendricks. East Hall tracked front-runner Vicar’s in Trouble throughout the 1 […]

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Tiz Windy Rolls to Indiana Oaks Victory for Nafzger, Late Tafel

Tiz Windy rallied past Unbridled Forever and Penwith in the final furlong of Saturday night’s Grade 2 Indiana Oaks, winning the $200,000 event at Indiana Grand racetrack in Shelbyville, Ind., for trainer Carl Nafzger and Ida Mae “Gus”  Tafel, widow of the late James Tafel, who bred and owned the daughter of Tiznow until his […]

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Indiana: Stewards Uphold Summary Suspension Over Race-Day Injection

Richard Estvanko, assistant trainer to Anthony Granitz who was summarily suspended by Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards on Sept. 20, was unable to convince the same stewards in an Oct. 1 hearing to lift the suspension until a full evidentiary hearing is conducted. Estvanko and veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell received summary suspensions after Russell allegedly […]

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Atreides, ‘Vicar’ Square Off in $500,000 Indiana Derby

A field of nine will go postward for the 20th running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby Saturday, Oct. 4 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. In a surprising twist, undefeated Atreides has been selected as the early morning line favorite at odds of 6-5. Ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, Atreides […]

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Jockey Lori Wydick Notches 1,500th Career Victory

In a career that has spanned over the course of 30 years, Lori Wydick gracefully recorded her 1,500th career win Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Indiana Grand. The Ohio native guided Reflector to victory on the turf in the five furlong $34,000 allowance race, winning the contest by one and three-quarter lengths. Wydick was able to […]

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Rosie Napravnik Looking to Make Indiana Derby History

When Rosie Napravnik gets a leg up on Vicar’s in Trouble Saturday, Oct. 4 for the 20th running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby, she will be riding for more than a victory for trainer Mike Maker. Napravnik becomes only the second female rider to compete in the Indiana Derby and will be one […]

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Indiana Grand Donates $1,000 to PDJF

In a night dedicated to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), jockeys stepped up to help raise awareness and funds for the worthwhile organization. To help kick fundraising off, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino donated $1,000 to the cause to help boost to total of donations to PDJF, which assists jockeys who have experienced career […]

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Test Results Show Cobalt Abuse ‘Likely Occurring on a Daily Basis’ in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider emergency rules next Thursday, Sept. 4, to regulate cobalt, a potentially dangerous substance to horses that many believe mimics blood-doping agents like erythropoietin (EPO). If the commission approves the recommendations made by executive director Joe Gorajec, Indiana will become the first North American racing jurisdiction to regulate cobalt. If […]

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