10/01/2011 7:13PM

Hoosier Park: Glenwood Canyon sets track record


ANDERSON, Ind. - Before the Indiana Derby and Oaks, eight stakes were run Saturday at Hoosier Park on easily the state's richest program of racing each year. The last of those undercard races was the $104,050 Michael Schaefer Memorial Stakes, which was won in the final jumps by Glenwood Canyon in track-record time.

Ridden by Robby Albarado for the Columbine Stable and trainer Al Stall Jr., Glenwood Canyon edged past a stubborn Hurricane Ike to win the one-mile race by a neck in 1:33 over a fast track, breaking a 13-year-old track mark by nearly a full second. Shadowbdancing was another six lengths back in third in a field of eight older horses.

"I really didn't know I'd won until we were right on the wire," said Albarado. "That was a real nice horse we had to get past, Hurricane Ike. We had a good trip and needed every inch of it to get the job done."

Glenwood Canyon, fourth behind Rule in his previous start at Saratoga, returned $8.60 as second choice. A 6-year-old Silver Deputy gelding, he now has won 6 of 24 starts.

Omniscient, the 2-1 favorite, never threatened when finishing fifth.

Taptam scores upset

Taptam ($24.60) dueled heavily favored Freedom Star into defeat before moving along to a 1 3/4-length upset in the $103,750 Mari Hulman George Stakes. Texas Country Doll rallied to be second, while Afleeting Lady was third. Freedom Star, the 4-5 choice for Bob Baffert, faded late to be fourth.

Jamie Theriot was aboard Taptam, a 6-year-old Pleasant Tap mare, for owners Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch and trainer Bret Calhoun.

The Schaefer and George were preceded by six $84,000 races for Indiana-breds. In those earlier events:

* Gus Grissom: Motown Boy ($10.60) led from the start, surrendered an open lead to favored Unreachable Star at the furlong grounds, then rallied back under Orlando Mojica to post a hard-fought neck victory in this 1 1/16-mile race for older horses. Mike Nance was the winning trainer.

* Hoosier Breeders (colts and geldings): Bellamy Jones ($10) was sent to the front at once by Fernando de la Cruz and never looked back in this 1 1/16-mile race, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths over favored Pass the Crown in what concluded a memorable afternoon for de la Cruz and trainer Bob Gorham.

* Indiana Futurity: Prince of Time ($9.60), with de la Cruz up, held off a tough-luck Senor Rain to prevail by a head in this six-furlong race for 2-year-olds. Bob Gorham trains the winner for Mast Thoroughbreds LLC.

* Miss Indiana: Yeardley ($3.40) put away Notoriously Noble turning for home and drew off to a 7 1/2-length score over Heather's Dream. De la Cruz was aboard for trainer Barbara McBride.

* Hoosier Breeders (fillies): Perfectly Candid ($6), scratched from the Indiana Oaks to be part of a three-ply Gorham entry, slipped through a rail opening and went on to a 3 1/2-length score under Mojica.

* Richmond: Sweetonrich ($3) was a 5 3/4-length winner under Leandro Goncalves in this filly-mare route for trainer Richard Kohnhorst.