07/15/2015 3:49PM

Mr. Z, Divining Rod head eight-horse Indiana Derby

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Mr. Z became something of a punch line this spring, a glaring emblem of trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s relentless quest for Triple Crown glory, but after a 15-length drubbing in the Kentucky Derby and a 17-length thrashing in the Preakness, it was Mr. Z and Lukas who had the last laugh when Mr. Z scored a hard-fought win in the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 20. So, while Mr. Z surely was not a horse for the Kentucky Derby this year, he fits just fine in second-level derbies like the Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby, for which he drew post 1 when entries for the race were taken Wednesday.

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