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Don’t Get Mad Takes Indiana Derby

October 2, 2005

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) _ Don’t Get Mad used a strong closing surge to beat favorite and Preakness Stakes runner-up Scrappy T by three lengths Saturday in the Indiana Derby.

Scrappy T finished second, and Thor’s Echo nosed out Purim for third.

With the outside post position, Don’t Get Mad, ridden by Brice Blanc, broke well from the gate. Blanc then eased Stephen Got Even to the inside as Thor’s Echo and Felipe Martinez led the way through the first turn.

Down the backstretch, Don’t Get Mad made his move toward the leaders of the nine-horse race and was within striking distance.

In the final strides, the 3-year-old that finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby pulled away for trainer Ron Ellis and owner B. Wayne Hughes.

``He handled the track and the turns really well,″ said Blanc, who recorded the biggest purse _ $500,000 _ victory of his career. ``I kept him wide around the last turn, and I knew I had a ton of horse at the top of the lane.″

Don’t Get Mad, the second choice on the board, paid $7.20 to win the 11th annual Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park. It was a warmup for several of the horses before the Breeders’ Cup later this month. The win was his third in nine starts and he increased his career bankroll to more than $780,000.

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