(Molly’s Town wins 23rd running of Circle City Stakes / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team / Tammy Knox:

Picking out yearlings with the dream of making it to the races is on every trainer’s agenda. That dream just came true for Horseshoe Indianapolis Leading Trainer Genaro Garcia, who watched his freshman colt Molly’s Town stride home for a convincing win in the 23rd running of the $100,000 Circle City Stakes.

Molly’s Town drew post two for jockey Fernando De La Cruz and had a good sight from the inside for the lead from the gate, but that was the game plan for several other horses. It was a mad dash to the lead when the gates sprung open with Molly’s Town holding down the inside, Funtastic Vow and Hannah Leahy pressing the pace from the outside, and Gracie’s Boy Roy and Francisco Arrieta holding their ground between horses. The trio moved together to the only turn of the six-furlong sprint before Molly’s Town, the heavy favorite, began to get the advantage. Goodlookinjustice and Sammy Bermudez had followed along behind the trio in fourth on the inside and angled to the outside at the head of the lane hoping to make up some ground on Molly’s Town.

In the stretch, Molly’s Town was untouchable. The two-year-old kicked into another gear and moved away from the field, winning his third straight race by open lengths for the win, his first stakes title. Goodlookinjustice finished three lengths back in second followed by Gracie’s Boy Roy in third.

“Ooh, this is a nice colt,” said De La Cruz shaking his head. “He’s really comfortable and quiet and does everything right in the mornings. I wasn’t really surprised at his first win (by five lengths). He worked really good. His first start, he broke a little bit slow, but he came up late and won. He had a lot of pressure to the quarter today, and he was relaxed. It seems like the more pressure he has, the more he can go. He has a big heart.”

Molly’s Town paid $2.60 for the win. The son of Mo Town is owned by Garcia’s Southwest Racing Stable and was bred by Swifty Farms Inc. of Seymour, Ind. Molly’s Town is now three for three with a bankroll of more than $100,000 for Garcia.

“When he started breezing a half mile, he acted like a regular horse that had some talent,” recalled Garcia. “He’s easy to train and a very classy horse. Fernando had been breezing him and seems to match up with him well.”

De La Cruz has been aboard for all three wins so far, which have all been by open lengths. He has already paid off in his young career for Garcia.

“This is the third year I’ve gone to Swifty to purchase some yearlings privately,” said Garcia. “I actually have his (Molly’s Town) half sister that is a yearling. Swifty does a really great job with their horses. I am so happy to get the opportunity to get these kind of horses to train. You go and look at yearlings and you dream they will make it to the stakes races. That dream just came true.”

Several more stakes are on tap for two-year-olds this fall at Horseshoe Indianapolis. But Garcia wants to take it one day at a time.

“I really like to see how a horse is acting about one week out of his next race before we make a plan,” said Garcia. “He’s just a two-year-old so you never know how they are going to come back. We’ll see how he comes back from this race before we make a plan.”

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