Four divisions of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting colts and geldings were the featured attraction Tuesday (May 8) at Hoosier Park Racing Casino as they played host to four divisions on the 13-race program.
My Muscleman took advantage of a perfect second over trip to score in 1:59.4 in the opening and fastest division of the Sire Stakes action with driver Josh Sutton aboard. The Rocky Balboa-Malibu Marley gelding trotted out of the gate evenly to find himself fifth along the rail. Pete Wrenn had the public’s second choice, Italian Stallion, on the front dictating fractions of :28.4 and :59.2. Ricky Macomber Jr. made his signature brush to the front down the backside with Kid Formula to lead the field of nine through the three quarter clocking in 1:30.4. Trace Tetrick had Fair Bizness out and firing as they were first up around the last turn with My Muscleman and Sutton in tow. As the field turned for home, My Muscleman powered home :28.2 to score his first win of the season in 1:59.4.
“This was a really nice colt last year,” Sutton said of his mount. “He always has a good closing kick and with it being his first start back I wanted to sit back and let him trot home on the end of the mile. He felt good at the top of the stretch so I knew he would be good tonight, I was really happy with the way he raced and hopefully he just keeps getting better.”
Moveman, driven by Brandon Bates, capitalized on a break by Ideal Tachycardia late in the stretch to capture the second $10,000 division, stopping the clock in 2:00.2. Trained by Maria Howard who co-owns the three-year-old gelding with Brian Carsey, Moveman edged out Dukeofhazards to win by a nose in his first win on the season, also a lifetime best effort. Dukeofhazards and Ross Leonard finished second as This Kid Rocks and Bobby Brower were a closing third. Sired by Semper F Hall, Moveman has now won 11 of 17 lifetime starts and bankrolled over $35,000 for his connections.
“He’s a pretty well mannered colt,” Bates said of the chesnut gelding. “He can leave or you can sit with him. The raced worked out just the way I was hoping it would and I was really happy with the way he raced tonight. “
Wayland Ivy, second choice in his $10,000 split of the stakes action, won going away for driver Trace Tetrick in 2:00.4. Winning by five and three-quarters lengths, The Cj’s Secret-Wolf’s Tamara gelding overcame the bettor’s choice, Themilkmen’skid, late in the lane to score his first win of his sophomore debut. Joe Putnam and Themilkmen’skid held on to finish second as Mr. Balboa rallied late to get up for the third place finish.
Josh Sutton found the winner’s circle for the fifth time on the night in the final division of stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts as he steered A Royal Peck to victory over Elian’s Express and driver Sam Widger. Trained and owned by Tobias Troyer, A Royal Peck scored his second win of the season as he established a new lifetime mark of 2:00. Hillcrest Romeo and Ross Leonard took advantage of a second over trip to round out the tri-fecta.