10/04/2008 11:00PM

Tin Cup Chalice upsets Pyro


Tin Cup Chalice led from gate to wire and jockey Pedro Rodriguez lulled the field of 12 to sleep through slow middle fractions to prevail by a length in the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park. Trained by Mike Lecesse, Tin Cup Chalice was allowed to set fractions of 23.20, 48.20, 1.13.40, and 1.38.60 before finishing the mile and a sixteenth in 145.00.

Pyro, the 6-5 favorite in the field under Shaun Bridgmohan, finished second and was gaining after some early traffic trouble. Acai was third under Tyler Baze.

Tin Cup Chalice a New York-bred gelding has now won eight of nine lifetime races with his only loss coming in his last out in the Step Nicely on Sept. 14 at Belmont Park when he lost by a neck.

w On the Indiana Derby undercard, My Private Lake won the Michael G. Schaefer gate to wire by a length and three-quarters and returned $18.60 and Unreachable Star ($7) used a ground-saving trip in the Gus Grissom to prevail by a half-length.