Tomorrow’s (Sat.) half-million-dollar Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park in Anderson promises to be a special one. A rock-star of a thoroughbred will be in the nine-horse field on Saturday. Lookin At Lucky won this year’s Preakness Stakes, and will launch from post position 6 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth race.
Post time for the Derby is 6:02 p.m.
The Indiana Derby has been growing in profile and status in the world of thoroughbred racing over the last few years. Racing observers note it is not just a big deal, but a huge deal for the Indiana Derby and for the city of Anderson to attract five-time, Grade-I winner Lookin At Lucky. The horse is trained by Bob Baffert, a hall-of-fame trainer.
Bloodhorse magazine, a leading horse-racing publication, reports Lookin At Lucky is the leading 3-year-old in the nation. The horse is said to be the highest-profile entrant in the history of the Indiana Derby.
As a point of perspective, in thoroughbred racing there are three grades of prominent stakes races. These are the top races in the sport. Beneath the major races reside a variety of other, less-well-known races.
The Triple Crown races – The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes – are each Grade-I races. The Kentucky Derby’s purse was 2-point-1 million dollars this year. The Indiana Derby, a race that has been run since the mid-1990s, is not far down the card. It is a Grade-II race with a purse of a half-million dollars.
Saturday’s action at Hoosier Park features several stakes races leading up to the Derby. The first post time is 12:35 p.m. Post time for the $200,000 Indiana Oaks for 3-year-old fillies is 5:25 p.m., then the Indiana Derby runs at 6:02 p.m. The last post time for Saturday is 7 p.m.