05/11/2006 12:00AM

Indiana: Free Bonus back to defend


Defending champion Free Bonus faces seven Indiana-bred fillies and mares in the $40,000 Shelby County Stakes at Indiana Downs.

Free Bonus went on a seven-race losing streak following her 2 1/2-length score in this race last season. She returned to Indiana Downs on April 29 and scored a gate-to-wire three-quarter-length victory over open allowance company at six furlongs.

The 4-year-old Free Bonus, trained by David Norris, is undefeated in three starts on the Indiana Downs main track and has recorded two bullet works over the track since her most recent victory. Joe Stokes picks up the mount aboard Free Bonus, the 123-pound highweight under the allowance conditions of the six-furlong Shelby County. Free Bonus is coupled in the wagering with Moros Fantastic.

Overall, Free Bonus sports a record of 7-0-1 from 17 career starts, good for $127,720 in earnings.

Slim Justice looms the main danger to Free Bonus. Slim Justice rallied to score a three-quarter-length victory over statebred allowance company on April 29 going 5 1/2 furlongs. Slim Justice looks to be improving and drew the outside post, which should lead to a good stalking trip. Inocencio Diego will ride Slim Justice at 116 pounds.