Bucchero and 2016 Leading Jockey Fernando De La Cruz didn’t disappoint at Indiana Grand Saturday night. The duo scored their second straight win in the $ 150,000 To Much Coffee Stakes, repeating their winning performance from the 2015 version of the race. The To Much Coffee, named after former Indiana bred standout To Much Coffee who ran at Hoosier Park in the mid 1990’s, was part of a $ 600,000-plus purse card that featured four stakes to close out the 2016 racing season.
Starting from post one in the 12-horse lineup, Bucchero rallied out from the starting gate to retain his inside advantage during the early portions of the one and one-sixteenth mile race. The field was tightly packed as Derby Express and Malcolm Franklin tracked Bucchero’s progress from the inside while Paddy’s Notes and Emanuel Cosme used a wider path to stay in contention.
As the field turned for home, Bucchero had a good hold on the front end and began to drift out in the stretch. However, there was no horse in the race that could even come close to threatening him for the win. The four-year-old son of Kantharos stretched out to a four and one-half length victory at the finish line, recording the time in 1:43.05. Huntstown and Abel Lezcano saved ground inside to finish second followed by Sucess Is Racing and Eddie Perez, who rallied from the back to finish third.
Bucchero, trained by Tim Glyshaw and owned by Ironhorse Racing LLC, was the favorite, paying $ 4.40, $ 3.20, $ 2.60 across the board. He improved his career statistics to six wins in 15 starts and pushed his career bankroll towards the $ 400,000 mark.
“He (Bucchero) is a very nice horse,” said Glyshaw. “A lot of people threw him into the sprinter category but against Indiana breds he proves he can be very competitive at this distance. I’d like to say a big thank you to my assistant, Shelby, Doug, who gets on him every day, and Francisco, his groom. They are a big part of his success.”
Bucchero first emerged on the Indiana scene last fall. He has competed over the turf and the dirt, faring well in all conditions. His win in the To Much Coffee Stakes is his third stakes win at Indiana Grand.
“Last year, we came up here for this same race straight from watching American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland,” said Harlan Malter, one of the primary owners for Ironhorse Racing. “We have enjoyed racing in Indiana and meeting so many great people. We have a couple of Indiana breds now and we will be back next year to race.”
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