ANDERSON, Ind.—May 28, 2013—Three divisions of three-year-old pacing colts lined up behind the starting gate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25 to square off in the first round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action. Night Pro and driver Jason Dillander romped home a winner in the fastest division on the night with a final time of 1:51. The three-year-old colt turned in an impressive performance to score his first Indiana Sire stakes victory and extend his win streak to seven, in a lifetime best effort.
Leaving from post eight, Night Pro was unhurried out of the gate and landed along the rail in fourth while Astreo’s Love and Don Eash were the first to get a call through a quick opening panel in :26.3. Nitro, the heavy betting favorite, opted for a trip off the pace and settled along the rail in fifth for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Touchdown Mindale and Lewayne Miller were well placed in the pocket second while Full Code and Doug Rideout followed intently in third. The brisk pace continued down the backside with Astreo’s Love reaching the half mile mark in :55. Dillander gave Night Pro the green light and was aimed at the leader as the field approached the final turn. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. followed suit and drafted second over through a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1. As Astreo’s Love began to tire on the front, Night Pro found a :26 final quarter to power home a winner two lengths in front of his closest competitor. Nitro battled gamely to finish second while Astreo’s Love held on for third. As the public’s second choice, Night Pro returned $6.20 to his backers.
Unraced at two, Night Pro is trained and owned by Dale Decker of Temperance, MI. A $14,000 yearling purchase, the black colt is the first foal from World Champion, Midnight Jewel. Sired by Pro Bono Best, Night Pro has now earned over $30,000 from seven lifetime starts.
In the second division of sire stakes action, Right Touch and Ray Paver returned to their winning ways as they took advantage of a pocket trip to win in 1:51.2. Right Touch, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion at two, found a :27.1 final panel to overtake Sweet Talkin Satin and Doug McNair in the stretch. Sired by Always a Virgin, Right Touch notched his second win of the season from two starts. Trained by Ray Paver, the three-year-old gelding has now amassed over $230,000 lifetime.
Kanaris and Tyler Smith got up in the final strides to win by a neck in the opening round of the sire stakes action. Dismissed at 30-1, Kanaris found late racing room to beat Fancy Colt at the wire in 1:52.1. Trained by Joe Seekman, Kanaris notched his first win of the season and fifth lifetime victory. Sired by Panspacificflight, the three-year-old gelding has earned over $75,000 lifetime.
The Indiana Sire Stakes Gold level action for three-year-old pacing colts will continue on Saturday, June 8. The $200,000 final is slated for Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9.
Photo: Night Pro and Jason Dillander in the $30,000 Indiana Sire Stakes. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.