Three divisions of the Tubby Trimble Series, a late closing event open to Indiana sired three-year-olds and up that are non-winners of $30,000 life, were contested at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (April 19).
Artychoke, trained by Art Gregory Jr., was the first divisional winner and one of four wins on the night for driver Sam Widger. The three-year-old gelding reached the wire in 1:54.4 with a closing panel in :28.4. The three-year-old gelding was sent out aggressively from post four but sat parked through opening splits of :29.1 and 57.1. Artychoke cleared to the front just after the half mile marker as Widger controlled the tempo through a three-quarter clocking in 1:27.0. Artychoke was able to hold off a late rally from both Skyway Poncho and Wilbur’s Z Tam who finised second and third respectively. Artychoke has now won three of five starts on the season as he has bankrolled over $18,000 on the year for his owner , Dennis Brightwell.
Royal Todd made his three-year-old debut a winning one as he took the second the division of the Trimble series in a lifetime best effort of 1:55.1. Sam Widger found the famed circle once again with the son of Royal Art as he mapped out a perfect ground saving trip to edge out their rivals by a length. Royal Todd is trained by Rod Lorenzo who also co-owns the gelding with Dobbins Standardbred, Inc. G’s O Pete and Ricky Macomber Jr. followed Royal Todd to finish second as S D Flightplan and Roger Cullipher held on for the third place finish.
Moveoutofmyway was able to take advantage of a miscue by the heavy betting favorite and the Jerry Landess series final winner, Our Lucky Chip, to take the third split of the late closing action with a final time of 1:54.4. Ricky Macomber Jr. sent the three-year-old gelding to the front from post five through a first quarter in :27.3. Our Lucky Chip, who was undefeated thus far in 2012, made a break down the backside to leave the race wide open. Macomber yielded the lead to Flightreactor and Sam Widger as they led the field of nine through a 1:27.2 three-quarter time. Macomber tipped Moveoutofmyway out from behind the leader to march home a winner with a :27.1 final panel. Flightreactor held on for a second place finish as Our Lucky Chip and Tetrick staged a big rally from the back of the field to finish third. Trained by Ron Burke, Moveoutofmyway posted his second win in three starts in 2012.
The Tubby Trimble series continues with another $12,500 preliminary leg and the $20,000 slated for Thursday, May 3rd.