IG photo

Spiess Stable and Randy Klopp teamed up for a great season of racing at Indiana Grand in 2021.

Spiess Stable and Randy Klopp teamed up for a great season of racing at Indiana Grand in 2021. The duo polished off the season with a win on closing night to bring their total win count to 31 to earn their first Leading Owner title.

Horses owned by the partnership finished in the money 59 percent of the time and earned in excess of $621,000. Top horses from their stable include Short Summer Dress, winner of four races, including the IU Hoosier Stakes earlier in the season and the seven-year-old veteran Polo Art, who also won four of six starts.

“Roger (Spiess) was willing to spend money to buy the horses to race this year,” said Klopp on his successful season with Spiess Stable. “Indiana Grand kept open last winter and that helped us. We appreciate all the opportunities to race that we have in Indiana.”

Spiess is a longtime owner and breeder in Thoroughbred racing. He is from Swanton, Ohio in the northwest corner of the Buckeye State and graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. After a successful career as a veterinarian, he retired last year and is focused on his horses.

“We breed a few horses, but my interest is in racing more than breeding,” added Spiess.

Spiess and Klopp teamed up earlier this fall to buy the sale topper in the annual ITOBA sale, a yearling filly from the first crop of Bucchero. They already have eight yearlings ready to go into training for next year and several other horses turning three that have never raced, setting them up for potentially another great season in 2022 in Indiana.

The 20th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is set to resume Tuesday, April 19 and run through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Racing will be held Monday through Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with Thursday racing beginning at 3:30 p.m. A total of 12 Saturday racing programs will be held in 2022.

For more information on events and racing, go to www.indianagrand.com.