What is better for sports than a good, old-fashioned rivalry? Nothing beats choosing your favorite of the two rivals to cheer them on, to defend them in debates on who is the better of the two.
Rivalries don’t only happen at the highest level of competition. There is one developing at the stakes level in Indiana right now between two incredible fillies: Unbridled Class and Expect Indy.
Expect Indy was born on February 21, 2013. She was bred by Lake Shore Farm, a foaling and breeding operation located just 30 minutes north of Louisville in Scottsburg, Indiana. Her sire, Mr. Mabee, was a stakes winner. Her dam, Jet N’ Expectation, was sired by graded stakes winner Valid Expectations. Her pedigree boasts the great Storm Cat, Secretariat, and Northern Dancer. The filly spent three years grinding in the Allowance and Claiming levels, occasionally picking up wins and often finishing on the board. On August 22, 2018, a five-year old Expect Indy finally felt glory with a win in the Richmond Stakes.
Expect Indy started 2019 with a seventh place finish in an optional claiming race at Laurel Park. Her connections then took her back to Indiana Grand, the track in which she had found most of her success. Thus, a good year began.
Unbridled Class was bred (and is still owned by) L.T.B Inc. and Hillerich Racing. She was the product of graded stakes placed Unbridled Express and winner Miss Carmelite (daughter of stakes winner Mutakddim). The grey filly was born on February 17, 2015. Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew, Seeking The Gold, and other great champions appear in her pedigree.
The filly quickly made a name for herself, breaking her maiden on her fourth try in August of 2018. It was the same month that Expect Indy was winning a stakes race for the first time. She spent the rest of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 laboring in the Allowance level at Indiana Grand and Fair Grounds.
On July 13, 2019, Unbridled Class made her stakes debut, finishing second in the Mari Hulman George Memorial Stakes. It was time for her and Expect Indy to meet.
Shelby County Stakes:
On August 21st, Expect Indy and Unbridled Class were slated to meet in the Shelby County Stakes. Unbridled Class was the betting favorite, Expect Indy was the second choice.
At the top of the stretch, it looked like the race was all Unbridled Class’. Jockey Rodney Prescott was asking Unbridled Class for everything she had and the filly was pouring it on. But, Expect Indy was looming behind her and charging.
Moments before the girls reached the wire, Expect Indy put her head in front of Unbridled Class to win the race. It would be the first of their three meetings.