barn crew

The Rey Hernandez Stable at Indiana Grand includes (from left) Juan Orantes, Jose Hernandez, Efvin Sanchez, Rachel McLaughlin (on-air racing personality at Indiana Grand making the presentation) and Rey Hernandez.

The Rey Hernandez Stable has been selected as the Barn Crew of the Month for September at Indiana Grand. The award is presented by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) along with Texas Corral of Shelbyville.

Although they have raced here in the past, the Hernandez Stable is spending their first season stabled at Indiana Grand. Based out of the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, Ky., Hernandez divides his time between his main barn in Kentucky with 35 horses and his string of 10 in Indiana. Jose Hernandez oversees operations in Indiana as the assistant trainer.

“The team does a really good job,” said Hernandez, who is averaging a 49 percent win average this season. “I’m very happy with them, they are working very hard and keeping everything neat and tidy. That’s all a trainer can ask for. We are very happy to be part of Indiana Grand’s backstretch this season.”

Hernandez, who had a brief career as a jockey with 26 wins, took out his trainer’s license five years ago. He still exercises a lot of the horses under his care in addition to running the day-to-day operations as the trainer.

One of the best performers this year in Indiana has been Choctaw Bingo, who has won four of eight starts. Thanks to the efforts of the Hernandez team, including Juan Orantes and Efvin Sanchez, the filly has earned more than $60,000 this season.

The Hernandez barn received a $200 gift certificate to Texas Corral, located north of Shelbyville. In addition, a banner will hang on their barn to signify the great work the team has done to keep the horses and the shedrow in great shape this season. The crew was recently recognized in the winner’s circle at Indiana Grand with a special ceremony for winning Barn Crew of the Month.

The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is now in progress and continues through Thursday, Nov. 11.

A special Indiana Champions Day highlighting the state’s top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses will be held Oct. 30, beginning at noon. More information about the 2021 racing season is available at www.caesars.com/indiana-grand.