CT: Indicator looking special, in more ways than one

Regardless of what he may accomplish during the remainder of his career, Indicator will always have a spot in trainer Vernon Greaves’s and jockey Megan Reap’s hearts. Reap, the conditioner’s wife, and Indicator teamed up to earn each of their first career wins April 11 at Charles Town.

Indicator, a Virginia-bred son of Limehouse trained by Greaves for owner Marshall Ann Meadows LLC, had finished second in each of his first two tries against maiden special company. But on April 11, one race after finishing second to well-meant first-time starter Pork Chop Pete, Indicator cruised home almost 10 lengths clear to give Reap the first riding tally in her 30th career mount.

“That was an exciting moment,” Reap said of crossing under the wire for her first career victory on the same night in which Indicator earned his diploma, also earning the apprentice jockey the customary greeting from her fellow riders upon returning to the jocks’ room – buckets of water over her head. “He’s a really nice horse to ride. He does everything easily. It was a moment that I will never forget and then, getting back to the jocks’ room, I got really drenched.”

Indicator could be pointed to a local allowance contest or perhaps the $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes for state-bred sophomores May 11. 

“He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him so far,” Greaves said of Indicator. “He’s run well in each of his three starts so far. He finished second in his first start [on February 24] and then was a really good second in his next start. But last time out he broke well, and he showed everyone what he’s capable of doing.”

Indicator had been overlooked at 28-1 in his career debut when second to 6-5 choice Hurricane Alert for trainer Ronney Brown, then came right back to be a sharp second behind Pork Chop Pete, who edged clear of the Greaves trainee to score in 52.26 on the same night in which Baytown Frosty captured a one-turn allowance dash for older males in 52.83.

With two very good performances under his belt, Indicator then returned three weeks later on April 11 and went off the 3-5 favorite with Reap aboard in another one-turn maiden special weight dash for state-bred boys. This time the race was over almost as soon as it started.


Indicator broke alertly to gain a clear lead before reaching the opener in 22.67 seconds before absolutely romping home under confident handling from Reap. Widening his advantage at each call, Indicator cruised to a 9 3/4-length score while getting the 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.80 over a fast, sealed main track.

Indicator won easily to break his maiden at Charles Town Races. Photo by Coady Photography.

Greaves has some options for his budding star. Locally, of course, there are allowance races, and the $75,000 Coin Collector Stakes for state-bred three-year-olds at Charles Town May 11.

Since the Limehouse gelding was bred in Virginia, he could also potentially compete in Virginia-bred events at Colonial Downs this summer. But Greaves said he’ll be just as happy to remain closer to home while both he and Indicator seek stakes success for the first time.

Greaves sports 164 training victories with earnings of nearly $3 million from over 1,350 starters. Three of his trainees, Nay’s Back, Morgan County and Prisoner Of Hope, each earned over $100,000 in their respective careers. 

Indicator could have the talent to match – or exceed – those runners.

“He came out of that last race really well, so we could find an allowance race for him here or try him in a stakes,’ Greaves said. “He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him so far, so we’ll see what’s next for him.”