10/10/2008 12:00AM

R.P. Indy can pay quick dividends


R.P Indy heads a field of nine Indiana-registered colts and geldings in the ninth running of the $100,000 Hillsdale on Sunday at Hoosier Park.

Trained by Kelly Ackerman, R.P Indy comes into the Hillsdale off an impressive 12 1/2-length maiden win locally on Sept. 11. Prior to that 5 1/2-furlong race, R.P. Indy ran fourth in a pair of maiden events at Presque Isle Downs.

Ackerman recently took over the training of R.P. Indy when Black Diamond Racing purchased the son of Cryptoclearance privately from Ron Potts, who was the horse's owner, trainer, and breeder.

"He seems to be a good work horse, and I haven't seen anything that makes me think he won't run a big race on Sunday," said Ackerman. "If he runs well, it will be a credit to Ron."

Ackerman, 41, has been on fire thus far at Hoosier, winning 4 of 7 starts.

A pair of geldings that won at first asking will try to remain undefeated in the 5 1/2-furlong Hillsdale.

Geordie, trained by Joe Davis, won his maiden race Sept. 19 locally by 3 1/2 lengths coming from just off the pace.

Surprizer was also an impressive winner in his maiden debut, on Sept. 5. Trained by Barbara McBride, Surprizer won by 9 1/2 lengths as the 6-5 favorite in his only start. Orlando Mojica inherits the mount after Victor Lebron, aboard both R.P. Indy and Surprizer in their maiden wins, opted to ride R.P. Indy.

Trainer Mike Norris sends out Harvestime, a first-time starter by Holy Bull who has been training well in Kentucky all summer.

Brent's Bad Boy, Tenmoor, Very Clear, M'Naughten, and Hoosier Kingdom complete the field.