Jolenes Pinehonker overcame a tough post position to capture the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday (May 29). Starting from post eight with driver Mark O’Mara, Jolenes Pinehonker reached the wire in a lifetime best effort of 1:58.0 to score his third win of the season.
As part of a three-horse trained entry, Jolenes Pinehonker patiently sat behind stablemates Martz Time and Dc-Chug-a-lug who led through opening splits of :28.3 and 1:00.1. Ricky Macomber Jr. had a Royal Peck well placed in fourth. O’Mara gave the three-year-old son of Pinetucky the green light just before the half and Jolenes Pinehonker secured the lead as the field made the turn for home. A Royal Peck and Ricky Macomber Jr. joined the outer flow and were first over through the three-quarter clocking in 1:29.2. The bettor’s second choice, Dontfusswithruss, was third over following live cover from Josh Sutton and My Muscleman. O’Mara and Jolenes Pinehonker were able to hold off any threats as they saved the best for last and powered home with a :28.3 final panel to earn the win by two lengths over Martz Time and Pete Wrenn. Dontfusswithruss was able to get up for the third place finish in the final strides of the mile. Jolenes Pinehonker paid $3.80 for the win.
Owned and trained by Lester Raber, Jolenes Pinkehonker picked up his fourth lifetime victory in his 17th outing. The victory was also his third win in four starts of his sophomore career. The brown gelding now has career earnings in excess of $55,000.