09/15/2016 6:45AM

Bucchero flaunts talent in Brickyard Stakes

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Ridden by Marcelino Pedroza, Bucchero romps by 7 1/2 lengths in the Brickyard Stakes at Indiana Grand on Wednesday.

Short, long, turf, dirt – Bucchero can do it all, and he dominated Indiana-bred rivals Wednesday at Indiana Grand winning the $105,150 Brickyard Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths.

Pressing the pace under Marcelino Pedroza on a main-track favoring front-runners, Bucchero took the measure of pace-setting Grandpa Grumpy in upper stretch and never faced even the hint of a challenge. He ran six furlongs on a fast-playing track in 1:08.77 and paid $8.20 to win.

“The plan was to sit right off Grandpa Grumpy and it worked out really well,” said Tim Glyshaw, who trains Bucchero for Ironhorse Racing LLC.

Bucchero won the To Much Coffee Stakes around two turns on dirt last year and will try to win it again, Glyshaw said, but only after starting at Keeneland in the Woodford Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, a schedule that shows both the range of Bucchero’s ability as well as his inherent quality. Bucchero finished third in June facing open turf-sprint stakes horses at Churchill Downs, and has gone 2-1-0 from five turf starts and 3-4-0 from eight dirt races during his career.

“He’s better sprinting, but he can run two turns, and did win the To Much Coffee last year,” said Glyshaw.

Success Is Racing won a blanket finish for the place spot, beating 41-1 shot Avery Glen by a nose, with I Like Beer another nose farther behind in fourth. Mister Pollard, the 8-5 favorite, moved wide on the far turn but could gain no traction in the stretch run and finished seventh.

Bucchero is really an Indiana-bred in name only. He’s by the hot sire Kantharos and out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeontime. Purchased as a 2-year-old in training for $43,000, Bucchero went over $300,000 in career earnings with his Wednesday win.

Carmalley Chrome wires Merrillville

What a year it’s been for Carmalley Chrome, who began the Indiana Grand meeting an unraced maiden yet won her third stakes when she led all the way in the $103,500 Merrillville for female Indiana-bred sprinters.

Carmalley Chrome, a 3-year-old Tom Roche homebred by Cat Dreams out of Glisten, burst onto the Indiana scene this past spring with a 16-length maiden win in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint, but before Wednesday had done her best work racing around two turns. In the six-furlong Shelby County on Aug. 24, Carmalley Chrome had a clear lead halfway through before fading to a well-beaten fourth, but the “good” track she encountered that day might not have suited the filly.

She bounded straight to the front in the Merrillville and never had an anxious moment, winning by 1 1/2 lengths while failing to change leads. She ran six furlongs in 1:09.64 and paid $10.

Rodney Prescott rode the winner for trainer Mike Nance, as even-money favorite Joyous Lady rallied steadily to finish second, three-quarters of a length in front of She Mabee Wild in third.

Front-runners rule 2-year-old stakes

Jockey Declan Cannon won the first stakes of his career on Wednesday, piloting Gifted Justice to victory in the $103,650 Hillsdale Stakes for 2-year-old Indiana-breds. But while Cannon is having a solid summer, his main accomplishment in the Hillsdale was breaking his mount sharply and getting to the front on a speed-favoring surface.

Gifted Justice held a clear lead at the three-furlong pole, then turned away a bid from Ron to pull clear to a 1 1/2-length victory. Ron was second by more than five lengths over Wing and Wheel, with second-choice Discreet Prospect a badly fading last of seven.

Trained by Dane Kobiskie for PTK LLC, Gifted Justice had finished third on debut at Indiana Grand before wiring an Indiana-bred maiden race when last seen July 26. And while Gifted Justice is most certainly registered as Indiana-bred, he’s by the solid young national sire Haynesfield and out of the Include mare Fast Included, and was purchased at auction for $110,000.

Gifted Justice was timed in 1:10.07 for six furlongs and paid $19.40 to win.

Defining Hope did not quite make the front in the $103,600 City of Anderson Stakes for Indiana-bred 2-year-old fillies, but she dueled for the lead the entire trip, getting the best of odds-on favorite Whistle Stop in the final furlong and pulling away for a 1 3/4-length win. Whistle Stop finished second, two lengths in front of Oh So Thirsty.

Bred and owned by Collette Marie Vanmatre, Defining Hope is trained by Barbara McBride and was ridden by Malcolm Franklin. The daughter of Strong Hope-On the Point, by Point Given, now is 2 for 2. She ran six furlongs in 1:11.66 and paid $16.40.