Tommy The Train Rolls to Topo Spot in QHRAI Derby Trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
Tommy The Train, under jockey James Flores, set the fastest time in the $100,000 QHRAI Derby trials Saturday at Indiana Grand.
© Linscott Photography
SHELBYVILLE, IN—OCTOBER 7, 2017— When Tommy The Train comes to town, it means one thing for his opponents – trouble.

The three-year-old son of Grade 1 sire FREIGHTTRAIN B is undefeated in five career outings at Indiana Grand spread out over the past 12 months. Guided by James Flores, he once again proved he will be the one to beat in the $100,000 final of the QHRAI Derby set for Saturday, Oct. 21.

Starting from post four, Tommy The Train and Flores had a less than desirable start from the gate on the sloppy surface, losing some momentum early on but quickly regained his composure and was right back in the thick of the race.

The Missouri-bred gelding dug in gamely and emerged as the eventual winner by one and one-half lengths in a time of :19.795 seconds as the heavy favorite of the field.

Ladys Freighttrain B and Berkley Packer finished a solid second over One Fantastic Gal and Luis Guerrero for third. The daughter of FREIGHTTRAIN B posted the fifth fastest time.

Duane Murphy bred Tommy The Train from the Okey Dokey Dale mare Okie Doley Annie.

Paying $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 across the board, Tommy The Train is now seven for 11 lifetime for his owners Brant and Jon Barley and Brad Sharp. Larry Sharp picked up his third training win of the night with Tommy The Train, who has accumulated more than $150,000 in career earnings.

For the top 10 qualifiers to the QHRAI Derby, with times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

More than $425,000 in stakes money will be showcased during the final all-Quarter Horse night of 2017 at Indiana Grand Saturday, Oct. 21.

The evening features five stakes races, including the $100,000 QHRAI Derby, which is one of three stakes races that kicked off pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana in 1997.