(Win Me Over captures the Nobody Listens Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis on Wednesday / Coady Media)

From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team / Tammy Knox:

Win Me Over on time in Nobody Listens at Horseshoe Indianapolis

 

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Wednesday, June 26, 2024) – Patience is a virtue sometimes and that is what paid off for Win Me Over and Eddie Perez. The duo never gave up late in the race to rally home for the win in the $100,000 Nobody Listens Handicap at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Win Me Over began from post six in the full starting gate of 12 and had enough early speed to land in the second flight as Butch’s Best and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. took over the top spot out of the gate. Mr Chaos and Orlando Mojica were also close from the outside with CJ’s Storm and Alberto Burgos moving between horses when the field reached the only turn of the six-furlong race.

Around the turn, Butch’s Best still had a tight hold on the top spot with Win Me Over joining the fight at the front the widest of all. Turning for home, Win Me Over appeared to have the most momentum to take over from Butch’s Best but the gelding hesitated for a few strides allowing Butch’s Best to maintain his lead. Win Me Over found another gear and moved on around Butch’s Best, who was up for the challenge. He fended him off through the first half of the stretch before Win Me Over took over and rallied home by open lengths for the win. Butch’s Best finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second followed by Mr Chaos for third.

Win Me Over was overlooked at the windows, paying $27.80 for the win. The four-year-old son of Tamarkuz is owned by Marion Gorham and trained by Robert Gorham. It was his second straight win of the season and his fourth overall to boost his career earnings to more than $200,000.

“That horse loves the track, you know,” said Perez, a staple in the jockey colony for the past eight years after relocating to Indiana from a career on the Chicago circuit. “And, I placed him pretty good. I had the horse from the beginning, and I had enough horse turning for home. It was faster today than he has been going lately, but I had enough horse.”

The race was renamed this season from The Brickyard to honor 2023 Indiana Horse of the Year Nobody Listens, who perished in a freak trailer incident last summer. Nobody Listens was the winner the past two seasons in the event.

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