"A Different Kind of Horsepower"


When not shooting unlimited hydroplane racing, photographer James Crisp takes pictures at other sporting events. On Saturday in Lexington, Ky., he found this story that will interest all hydro racing fans. Story and pictures by James Crisp:

Former Pay N Pak hydroplane owner David Heerensperger's horse "Indyanne" won the 28th running of The Thoroughbred Club of America "Win and You're In Filly and Mare Sprint Division" race on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.David and his wife Jill were happy as they entered the winner's circle after their 3 year old filly with jockey Robby Albarado aboard bested a field of 8 winning the Grade III, $300,000 race.The stable colors worn by Albarado were orange and yellow- a scheme not totally unfamiliar to hydro fans.As the celebration and interviews wound down I briefly spoke to Mr. Heerensperger."Congratulations" I said as we shook hands, adding "I was a big Pay N Pak fan when I was growing up". Looking at me with a mix of surprise and curiosity I added "I'm from Owensboro originally" to which Jill replied, "Oh yes, Owensboro is nice." (The winged wonder won the 1974 Kentucky Governor's Cup in Owensboro.)Not being able to resist I said to David "You know, you should get back into boat racing" which he answered with a wistful "oh.....". I quickly added "There is some good equipment out there for sale" to which he replied "Yeah since Bernie died there is some nice equipment out there". I stated that I thought that while that gear was gone there was some other equipment available. "I think there may still be something in Bernie's barn" he added as the conversation wound down and he headed on to a post race celebration.The win qualifies Indyanne for the Breeder's cup to be held this fall in Santa Anita, Ca. For those foreign to horse racing, the Breeder's Cup is a collection of races similar in stature to the Gold Cup, World Series or Superbowl with total purses exceeding $25 million.Regardless of what they race, it would seem the Heerensperger's commitment often leads to the winner's circle.

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