From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team / Tammy Knox:

Corningstone and Brian Hernandez Jr. lived up to the heavy favorite status in the 15th running of the $100,000 Ellen’s Lucky Star Handicap, one of eight premier races on the card during Indiana Derby Day at Horseshoe Indianapolis. The duo rallied home to an 11 and one-quarter length advantage at the wire for the win.

 

Starting from post one, Hernandez Jr. opted against rolling out early for the lead as Rileys Redemption and Joe Ramos moved out alongside Sassy Katie and Eddie Perez. Rileys Redemption got the call first from Track Announcer John Dooley headed down the backstretch of the one-mile event moved from the turf to the dirt due to rain during the morning hours. Rileys Redemption then swapped places with Sassy Katie as she moved up to take control with Corningstone gapped by several lengths behind the top two.

 

Corningstone began to make her move in the final turn as Rileys Redemption took over the top spot again. Once Corningstone had matched strides with Rileys Redemption, she kicked into another gear and moved away from the field for the big win in a time of 1:41.52. Sassy Katie moved back up along the inside for second over Crickenberger and Edgar Morales, who rallied from the back of the pack for third.

 

“With having the one hole, I wanted to get around the first turn as good as possible,” said Hernandez Jr. “I wasn’t concerned about being off the leaders. I was hoping she would match what it says in the program and she did. She showed up today and ran really well.”

 

Corningstone was the heavy favorite, paying $2.20 to win. The three-year-old Indiana bred daughter of Kantharos is owned by Brett Setzer’s Five Fillies Stable and Bruce Maller’s Balios Racing Stable. Ken McPeek trains the filly, who was a $75,000 purchase from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the consignment of Deann and Dr. Greg Baer of Columbus, Ind.

 

Corningstone now has two wins in five starts this season. Overall, she has three career wins in 10 career starts and topped $200,000 in earnings with the win in the Ellen’s Lucky Star. It was her second premier win in Indiana as she scored a victory in the $100,000 Miss Indiana last season.

 

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