Pure Fun gets best of Fiftyshadesofhay to win Indiana Oaks

The Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2013 

Shelbyville, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pure Fun, making her first start in five months, upset odds-on favorite Fiftyshadesofhay to win Saturday's $200,000 Indiana Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Downs.

The Oaks was the co-feature on the card with the $500,000 Indiana Derby, both conducted at 1 1/16 miles.

Trained by Ken McPeek and ridden by Victor Lebron, Pure Fun trailed the field with Fiftyshadesofhay and jockey Martin Garcia setting the pace. With the 2-5 favorite still on the lead, Pure Fun moved four wide coming out of the backstretch and into the final turn.

Sent off as the 4-1 second pick in the seven-horse field, Pure Fun joined Fiftyshadesofhay and Oscar Party on the lead at the top of the stretch. The filly took the lead with 200 yards to run and was able to register a 1 3/4- length win over Oscar Party with Fiftyshadesofhay finishing third.

Plenty O'Toole was fourth followed by Seaneen Girl and Wild About Irene. Run Forestry Run was eased to the finish. Fully Living was an early scratch.

The time for the Indiana Oaks was 1:43.70 on a sloppy track.

Owned by Susan McPeek's Magdalena Racing, Pure Fun adds $118,953 to her earnings. The filly has won four of 12 career starts for $483,000.

Pure Fun had not started since finishing sixth to Princess of Sylmar in the Kentucky Oaks. Earlier this year, she was third in the Bourbonette Oaks as the 4-5 favorite and seventh versus colts in the Lexington.

Pure Fun paid $10.20, $6.00 and $2.40. Oscar Party returned $8.80 and $4.00, and Fiftyshadesofhay paid $2.10 to show.

Power Broker, the 17-10 favorite, gave trainer Bob Baffert another victory in the Indiana Derby, the third win for the Hall of Fame trainer in the last five editions of the race.

Power Broker, second to Verrazano in the Haskell, joined Misremembered (2009) and Lookin At Lucky (2010) as Baffert-trainees who have won the race. It's the second win for jockey Martin Garcia who was aboard Lookin At Lucky.

The colt stalked pacesetter Ruler of Love in the 12-horse field. The favorite drew clear through the stretch and posted a 1 3/4-length win over Bradester with 5-1 third choice Holy Lute in third.

In fourth was Micromanage followed by Uncaptured, Fordubai, Mr Palmer, Ruler of Love, Edge of Reality, Bad Hombre, Miraculousmo and Skilltopaythebills. The scratches were Ground Transport, Midnight Taboo and Take It Like a Man.

The time for the Indiana Derby was 1:41.95 on a sloppy track.

Power Broker, owned by Gary and Mary West, picks up $300,000 with the victory. The chestnut colt notched his fourth win in 10 lifetime starts with earnings of $878,800.

The colt finished his 2-year-old season with a fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and began 2013 with a fifth in the Santa Anita Derby. After winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs he captured the Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park and then ran in the Haskell.

Power Broker returned $5.40, $3.80 and $3.20. Bradester paid $8.20 and $7.00, and Holy Lute paid $3.80 to show.

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