(Charged Legacy wins Back Home Again Stakes at “The Shoe” / Coady Photography)

From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team / Tammy Knox:

Charged Legacy storms home in Back Home Again

at Horseshoe Indianapolis

 Indiana racing fans are very familiar with Tony Cunningham in the Quarter Horse ranks, but he is slowly making his mark on the Thoroughbred side of the business at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Cunningham earned his second career Thoroughbred stakes win Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the 23rdrunning of the $100,000 Back Home Again with 2023 leading jockey Joe Ramos aboard for Swifty Farms of Seymour, Ind.

Charged Legacy rolled out of the gate with authority for Ramos and was on top of the field by several lengths, joined by Gospel Music and Manny Esquivel to their outside to press the tempo down the backstretch in the six-furlong event. Cunningham’s other entrant, The Kid Pataky and Sammy Bermudez were keeping the top two in their sights as the field made the only turn.

At the top of the stretch, Charged Legacy got away from the field and put more distance between her and the field. However, the late closers kicked in, led by Noneofyourbusiness and Miguel Perez. Charged Legacy was holding tight to the lead, but Noneofyourbusiness was coming at the top duo strong. Charged Legacy seemed to dig in a little deeper in the final strides, winning the race by one and one-quarter lengths in a time of 1:12.81. Primrose Girl and Edgar Morales also moved up late to finish third.

“This is Joshua’s (Morales) filly,” said Ramos, who was aboard for the first time. “Joshua got hurt and I owe a special thanks to Sammy Bermudez for pushing me to ride this filly for Joshua. She’s a nice filly. She has natural speed. I always must thank the Lord, first, for allowing me to do what I love. And, I have to thank the owners and Tony (Cunningham) for this opportunity. My agent, Bones, works hard and he gets me horses to ride like this.”

Charged Legacy was the third favorite of the field, paying $8.00 to win. The freshman daughter of Take Charge Indy is owned and bred by Swifty Farms. She is now two for two for her connections in her young racing career.

“These two fillies (Charged Legacy and The Kid Pataky) have been good from the start, and we’ve been excited about them all year,” said Cunningham. “This one (Charged Legacy) has done her job in the (Indiana) breds and the other one is sired, so she will go into the sired races from here. I want to thank Swifty (Farms) and Jeri Harmon for opening up to us. We are a Quarter Horse operation, for sure, but I’m hoping this will be a long endeavor for all of us. It’s been a learning curve with the Thoroughbreds, but our team has really stepped up and we are starting to figure it out. This is the first group of two-year-olds (Thoroughbred) that we have started with. It’s been a fun year, for sure.”

The 21st season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends through Friday, Nov. 17. Live racing is held Tuesday through Thursday with Saturday racing added in during the summer months. First post Tuesday and Wednesday is 2:30 p.m. Thursday and select Friday racing begins at 2:10 p.m. The Summer Saturday Racing Series includes three more all-Quarter Horse dates Aug. 12, Sept. 2, and Oct. 7 beginning at 10:45 a.m. For more information on live racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis, visit www.caesars.com/horseshoe-indianapolis.