Fulsome Goes for Fourth Straight Win in Indiana Derby

Fulsome will face six rivals in Indiana’s richest horse race July 7 when Indiana Grand stages the $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3) as its final race on a 12-race card.

The Brad Cox-trained 3-year-old was installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite, a short price due to his accomplishments and an entry-day defection from the Greg Foley-trained O Besos , who would have also attracted some of the public’s support. Foley chose not to enter him after he didn’t train to his satisfaction July 1 at Churchill Downs.

Fulsome, an Into Mischief   colt owned and bred by Juddmonte, comes into Indiana on a three-race win streak. He scored an allowance win at Keeneland in early April followed by a win in Arkansas in the $300,000 Oaklawn Stakes. His latest trip to the winner’s circle was in the $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in late May in which he defeated O Besos.

Fulsome has drawn post 1 in the 1 1/16-mile race and will be guided by Florent Geroux, who won the 2020 Indiana Derby aboard Godolphin’s Shared Sense  for Cox.

“He ran a good race at Churchill,” Geroux said. “He was going to go by him (O Besos) pretty easily at the end. I was kind of tracking him all the way. He had a very nice turn of foot that day. Hopefully, he can repeat and do the same thing at Indiana.”

Fulsome has excelled on dirt after making his first four starts on turf. He began showing his trainer what he could do on dirt in winning an off-the-grass race at Keeneland this spring.

“I’m glad it came off the turf; it was in the mud,” Cox said. “He gave us the confidence to press forward on the dirt, so it’s been very rewarding this spring.”

Joining Fulsome as a likely favorite is Jon Lapczenski and JIL Stable’s Mr. Wireless  from the Bret Calhoun Stable. The Dialed In   gelding finished second in his last start, the $300,000 Texas Derby at Lone Star Park and is 2-for-4 this season. Mr. Wireless has drawn post 7 and will be ridden by Ramon Vazquez.

Calhoun was the winner of the 2019 Indiana Derby with Allied Racing Stable’s Mr Money.

Mr. Wireless and Stewart Racing Stable and WinStar Farm’s Starrininmydreams  appear to be two of the speedier runners in a relatively paceless two-turn race.

The entire field for the Indiana Derby, in post position order with jockey, includes Fulsome (Geroux); WW Crazy (Victor Santiago); Starrininmydreams (Luis Saez); Convention  (Francisco Arrieta); Sermononthemount  (James Graham); Full Charge  (Adam Beschizza); and Mr. Wireless (Vazquez).

Post for the Indiana Derby, is 8:25 p.m. ET, following the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3) as the 11th race on the program.

In contrast to stakes races in nearby Kentucky, horses can be treated with the diuretic Lasix in Indiana. All seven Indiana Derby competitors race with the medication, which is used to control respiratory bleeding in horses but is in the midst of a phase-out in many leading racing jurisdictions as the industry moves to eliminating raceday medication.

Entries: Indiana Derby (G3)

Indiana Grand, Wednesday, July 07, 2021, Race 12

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo
  • 8:25 PM (local)



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