Forever Showin Off and Charlie Conrad swept by their rivals late in the stretch to pull of the 15-1 upset in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (May 25). Forever Showin Off prevailed for the second time of the season in the Open ranks at her home track as trainer-driver Charlie Conrad placed the 8-year-old mare in the pocket early before tracking down the bettor’s second choice late in the mile.
Forever Showin Off began her journey from post four in the ten-horse lineup. Josh Sutton sent last week’s race winner, Hoponit, to command through early fractions of :26.3 and :56.4. Gran Gabriel made a bid to the front just past the half as the rest of the field began to follow suit. Forever Showin Off remained along the rail in third with the heavy favorite, Moonlite Delite, first over through a three-quarter clocking in 1:25.3. As the field turned for home, Conrad was able to move Forever Showin Off into the outer flow and tip three wide to coast home a winner in 1:53.4. Carmen O and Terry Cullipher found racing room late in the stretch to get up for the second place finish as the betting favorite, Go On Bb, and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Forever Showin Off returned $32.80 to her backers.
With 27 career wins, Forever Showin Off has now earned over $265,000 for owners and breeders, Roselea Conrad and Fred Schroeder. The daughter of Allamerican Ingot improved her seasonal mark with the victory while her lifetime best remains at 1:51.4, a record she set last year at Indiana Downs.