(King Ice wins the Snack Handicap / All Photos From Coady Photography)

From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team / Tammy Knox:

King Ice and James Graham used a sweeping move to bring home the trophy in the $100,000 Snack Handicap Saturday, July 8 during Indiana Derby Day. The three-year-old Indiana bred colt gave Trainer George Leonard III his second winner on the day in the race named after Indiana bred standout Snack, who competed on a national level.

 

Starting from post six, King Ice wasn’t even urged out of the gate by Graham, trailing along after the field of 10 into the first turn. But there were plenty of horses vying for the lead. Bad Boy Geist and Santo Sanjur fought hard for the top spot from the inside joined by three opponents on the outside. The four horses moved around the first turn together with Win Me Over and Eddie Perez taking over the top spot down the backstretch, joined by Taillights and Joe Ramos moving on the outside of them to also challenge.

 

Heading into the far turn, horses began to fan three and four wide to get into position for the stretch drive, including King Ice, who was making up ground with every big stride. Graham urged the colt forward and he responded, swinging off the turn and headed for the lead. Corona Grande and Edgar Morales hung in gamely until mid-stretch before King Ice moved away for the win by two and one-half lengths. Corona Grande was a comfortable second over Doubledogjustice and Fernande De la Cruz for third.

 

He’s just a little immature still,” said Leonard III. “But better days are coming. Jimmy (Graham) has even said he just needs a little more time.”

 

King Ice was the favorite, paying $2.80 for the win. The son of Keen Ice is owned by Ron Hillerich’s Hillerich Racing and Bernie Flint’s LTB Inc. It was the first win of the season for King Ice in his third start. Overall, he is now three for seven in his career and moved over $165,000 in career earnings for his connections.

 

“We are totally blessed to have a horse like this,” said members of the Hillerich team. “The sky’s the limit with him. He has a King’s Crown blaze. That’s how he got his name.”

 

Graham was reunited with King Ice. He rode him last year at Kentucky Downs and sees some changes in him.

 

“I’ve been working this horse down at Fair Grounds this winter and he’s starting to come into himself,” added Graham. “I don’t think Kentucky Downs suited him, but that was last year, and he was still very immature. But he’s starting to come along.”

 

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 racing begins at 2:10 p.m. The Summer Saturday Racing Series includes four all-Quarter Horse dates July 22, 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.