Sweetasmusic captured the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (May 31) to remain perfect in sire stakes action this season and retain her four-for-four win streak.
Over a sloppy rated track, Sweetasmusic left from the rail for trainer/driver/co-owner Walter Haynes Jr. to wind up third along the rail through a :30.4 first quarter. She’s Country and Charlie Conrad led the field to the half with Antie M closely behind in second. She’s Country’s lead was short lived as Conrad yielded the front to the post time favorite, Sweetasmusic just before the half in 1:02.3. The daughter of Gut Instinct began to trot away from the field to reach the wire first in 2:01.3. She’s Country held on for the second place finish as Honeyinthepine trotted home evenly to get up for third. Sweetasmusic paid $2.40 to win.
It was the fourth consecutive victory in five seasonal starts for Sweetasmusic at Hoosier Park. Owned by Walter Haynes Jr and the Y-Not Racing Stable, the sophomore filly has bankrolled over $45,000 this year. As last year’s Indiana Sire Stakes Champion for two-year-old trotting fillies, she has made over $250,000 in her short career.
Blueridge Abigail and Pete Wrenn capitalized on a break by the heavily favored, Cincinnati Star to win in 2:03 in the second division of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Wrenn sent the Keystone Savage filly to command from post two and led through fractions of :29.4, 1:03.1, and 1:33.4. Lakeview Angel and Dan Shetler benefitted from a pocket trip in second. Cincinnati Star recovered well from her early miscue and was the first to reach the leader’s wheel around the last turn. After a hard fought battle down the homestretch, Blueridge Abigail dug in gamely to hold off Cincinnati Star and win by a neck. JS Foxy Lady and Jason Dillander rallied from off the pace to round out the trifecta. Blueridge Abigail returned $9.20 to her backers.
Trained by Jim Arledge Jr., Blueridge Abigail scored the first win of her sophomore season for owners Thomas King and Thomas Chadwick. With five career wins to her credit, Blueridge Abigail has bankrolled over $120,000 in career earnings.