ANDERSON, Ind. —
What made the finish among the strangest of the night was what happened to American Flight preparing for the race. When the horse was warming up early in the evening, a shaft broke on the cart and the horse lost its balance and went down on its side on the track.
The horse remained prone for several minutes while drawing attention of track workers. He finally rose to his feet and moved away, none the worse for wear.
The winning time was 1:52.1. The win paid $25.20, $9 and $5.40.
In Race 9, with a $200,000 purse for 3-year-old colts and geldings, favorite Night Pro, driven by Jason Dillander, won for the 10th time in 12 races. The winning time was 1:50 and the payoff was $4.60, $2.80 and $2.20.
“I knew he had a lot of heart,” said Dillander. “We hadn’t really raced him that hard. I didn’t know we were going that fast.”
In the Champions for Charity Celebrity Race held just before the night’s card began, Gunner from Q-95 rallied in the home stretch for the victory.