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Making his first start around two turns and looking for a third straight victory in succession, Juddmonte homebred DRAGOON GUARD (c, 3, Arrogate–Filimbi, by Mizzen Mast) was sent for the lead from his outside draw and made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s GIII Indiana Derby at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Pegged at 7-2 on the morning line and sharing the grey/roan coloring that runs rampant in his pedigree, Dragoon Guard was given a positive ride from Florent Geroux and led his rivals into the first turn as Informed Patriot (Hard Spun) chased from second, with favored GI Santa Anita Derby hero Stronghold (Ghostzapper) in the box seat from third. Clicking off even fractions of :23.74 and :47.24, it can be argued that Dragoon Guard landed the deciding blow through the next internal quarter mile, going from the 4 1/2-furlong pole to the five-sixteenths in a crisp :23.53. Dragoon Guard was firmly in front as they hit the stretch and Stronghold was pulled out to offer whatever he had left to give, but the grey colt spurted away to win off as much the best. Dragoon Guard is the 23rd stakes winner and 14th graded winner for the much-missed Arrogate. Lifetime Record: 4-3-1-0. O/B-Juddmonte (KY); T-Brad Cox.

 

Dragoon Guard steps up to win the G3 Indiana Derby under @flothejock for trainer @bradcoxracing and owner @JuddmonteFarms!

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— TwinSpires Racing (@TwinSpires) July 6, 2024

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