Mr. Z Looms Large in $500,000 Indiana Derby
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Sat 18/07/2015 - 00:36 EDT
Mr. Z has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. A sophomore son of Malibu Moon, the chestnut colt has won two of his fifteen starts and will be trying to earn the first graded stakes win of his career. Last time out, he pulled off the front-running score in the Ohio Derby and prevailed by a nose after setting the pace. Joe Bravo will be back in the irons and they will break from the rail as he goes for his second straight win.
Consistent Divining Rod a major threat
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Divining Rod for trainer Arnaud Delacour. A dark bay son of Tapit, he is a homebred for Roy and Gretchen Jackson and will carry the colors of Lael Stables. He has been on the board in all seven starts and won the Lexington Stakes (G3) before finishing third in both the Preakness (G1) and the Ohio Derby. Alex Cintron will be aboard from post position two.
Island Town seeking third straight win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 3-1 is Island Town for trainer Ian Wilkes. A gelded son of Hard Spun, the chestnut has won three of his six starts and comes into this race off of back to back victories. He stepped up to graded stakes competition for the first time last time out and won the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) on the front end at Churchill Downs. Julian Leparoux will be aboard from post position six.
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