Mr. Money Negotiates Loose Horse En Route To Indiana Derby Victory

Allied Racing Stable’s Mr. Money endured an eventful trip in Saturday evening’s Grade 3 Indiana Derby, with jockey Gabriel Saez working out a clean trip despite a loose horse en route to a three-length victory. A 3-year-old son of Goldencents, Mr. Money has now won three graded stakes in a row for trainer Bret Calhoun. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, the colt completed 1 1/16 miles over Indiana Grand’s fast main track in 1:41.80.

Eskenforit stumbled badly at the start of the race, unseating jockey Julien Leparoux before taking off riderless to join the field as they headed into the clubhouse turn. The speedy Alwaysmining grabbed the lead and was accompanied early by Long Range Toddy through solid fractions of :23.89 and :47.62, with Gray Magician tucked in behind that pair in third.

Saez sent Mr. Money hard from his outside post of 11, and was able to gain good forward position in fourth for the first turn. Down the backstretch, Mr. Money was tugging at the bit and inched forward into third in the three-path, but nearing the half-mile pole Eskenforit started to make his presence felt despite his lack of a rider.

The loose horse ranged up alongside the frontrunning pair in the far turn, passing Mr. Money and pulling even with Alwaysmining. Many times a loose horse in that position would cause riders to be extra cautious about making a move, because there is no guarantee that it will maintain a straight path especially around a curve.

Long Range Toddy took over from Alwaysmining at the three-eighths pole, and Saez followed the path of the loose Eskenforit before angling inside for the stretch run. Mr. Money easily cleared the rest of the field while racing alongside the loose horse, and Saez rode him a bit cautiously through the wire as Eskenforit surged ahead to cross the line in front.

Still, Mr. Money was about three lengths clear of the second-place finisher Gray Magician, with Math Wizard making up ground late to finish third. Longshot Chess Chief checked in fourth.

Eskenforit was apprehended by outriders after galloping out, and appeared none the worse for the wear. Jockey Julien Leparoux was carried off the course and according to fellow rider Brian Hernandez’ wife via Twitter, was headed to Indianapolis for x-rays after the spill.

Bred in Kentucky by Spruce Lane Farm, Mr. Money was a $130,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. The colt broke his maiden in his third career start, then was supplemented into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in which he finished a competitive fourth. Mr. Money had a slow start to his 2019 season, but has been building confidence with back-to-back wins in the G3 Pat Day Mile, G3 Matt Winn, and now the G3 Indiana Derby. Overall, the colt’s record stands at four wins from nine starts for earnings just shy of $800,000.

Loose horse Eskenforit crosses the wire in front of Indiana Derby winner Mr. Money

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