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.
Leaving from post three, Surclasser settled seventh along the rail while Trace Tetrick sent Jersey As to take the quick lead and dictate fractions of :27 and :55. Joe Putnam had the slight betting favorite Abc Mercedes along the rail in the sixth. Jersey As continued to cling to the lead around the three quarter mile marker in 1:23 with Abc Mercedes and Putnam closing in. As the field turned for home, Surclasser came furthest from off the pace to reach the wire first by a neck over Abc Mercedes. Proud Yankee benefitted from a ground saving trip to finish third.
The 5-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse notched his second win in a row and sixth victory of the season. Trained by Ron Burke, Surclasser has bankrolled over $40,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Park Lane Deputy and Sam Widger were able to overcome a tough post position to upset a field of nine in the co-featured $24,000 Open Pace. Widger used the same off the pace tactics as he had the six-year-old veteran sixth along the rail through fractions of :26.1, :55.3 and 1:23.4 before coasting home a winner in 1:51.4. Park Lane Deputy was able to overcome Get It Now who endured a tough first over journey and early pace setter Allthatgltrsisgold. Get it Now held on gamely for second as Robin I Scoot rallied late in the stretch to round out the trifecta. The public’s choice, Washington Hanover, was unable to take advantage of a pocket trip and finished fourth.
Trained by Nelson Willis, Park Lane Deputy pushed his career earnings over $330,000 for owner Shirley A Le Vin. It was the third win of the season for Park Lane Deputy and also the third win on the night for driver Sam Widger.
“I was really happy with the trip we worked out, “Widger said of the race. “Although the post position is always a factor, I was pretty confident this horse would be good tonight. He has been good here before and Nelson (Willis) has done a great job with him.”
A duo of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (May 18).
Taking the rail route to victory, Sheza Cool Cookie was able to overcome a tough post and traffic trouble to win the fastest division of the stakes action in 1:53.3.
Starting from post eight in the 8-horse field, Sheza Cool Cookie and Sam Widger were not quick out of the gate, watching as Don Eash sent E R Sister to the lead through a :28.2 quarter mile time. The duo continued to lead the way to the half in :56.1 before seeing a challenge on the outside from Royal Passion and Trace Tetrick, who endured a tough first over journey. Soaring Honey, the heavy betting favorite, was nicely placed along the rail in fourth. As the field shifted heading into the last turn, Widger found racing room up the rail and Sheza Cool Cookie advanced nicely. Royal Passion was able to put a nose in front of the leader around the three-quarter mark in 1:25.1 with Soaring Honey following her closely second over. Using her rail position, Sheza Cool Cookie pushed by her rivals in the stretch to win by a neck in a lifetime best effort. Soaring Honey came on for second while American Girl staged a big rally late in the lane for the show. Sheza Cool Cookie paid $8.20 for the win as the public’s third choice.
The three-year-old filly has now hit the board in 9 of her 10 career starts while banking $96,200 for trainer Rod Lorenzo who co-owns the filly with Souren A Hovsepian.
Robert’s Ideal extended her win streak to three as she moved into stakes company for the first time this season with a 1:54.1 victory. Leaving from post four, driver Ricky Macomber Jr. settled the 2-1 second favorite along the rail in second as Tyler Smith had Lima Calliope setting the early tempo in :28.2. Macomber made his trademark move down the backside as he had Robert’s Ideal out and firing just past the half mile marker in :57. Insatiable Desire and Kayne Kauffman made a costly break trying to follow that cover. Springhouse Waltz was left no choice as Sam Widger pulled the betting favorite first over around the last turn through a third panel of 1:26.0. Robert’s Ideal sat comfortably on the lead as Springhouse Waltz staged her attack. Macomber pushed the pedal on Robert’s Ideal as the field turned for home and she responded, stepping away to win convincingly by a length and ¾. Springhouse Waltz found her best strides down the lane but only made up enough ground to finish a game second. Lima Calliope held on for the third place finish. Robert’s Ideal returned $6.20 to her backers.
“Of course we’d like to race from off the pace this time of year,” said Jamie Rucker, who oversees all training responsibilities for the division of the Burke Stable racing at Hoosier Park. “But Ricky does what he has to do out there and luckily this filly responded very well.”
Sired by I Scoot Hanover, the sophomore filly has now won three of her seven starts this season as she pushed her lifetime earnings over $110,000. Trained by Ron Burke, Robert’s Ideal is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, E. Smith and Frank Baldachino.
Dontfusswithruss picked up right where he left off last year as he returned to victory in the first 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 15). The 2011 Indiana Sire Stakes Champion covered the one-mile event in gate-to-wire fashion, stopping the clock in 1:57.1.
Driven by Joe Essig Jr., the son of Elegant Man took control of the lead with ease from post seven as they reached the first quarter mile marker in :28. Allstate Norm and driver Sam Widger found a seat along the rail in second as Velten San Siro followed closely in third. The slightly favored, three horse entry trained by Lester Raber that included DC-Chug-a-lug, Martz Time, and Jolenes Pinehonker sat mid pack through the opening splits. Dontfusswithruss continued to dictate the fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.3 before ever being contested.
Reaching the final turn, the field began to tighten as Ed Hensley sent Jolenes Pinehonker first-over with stablemate, Martz Time, in tow and were only four lengths off the tempo-setter reaching the three-quarter mark. As the field turned for home, DC Chug-a-lug and driver Mark O’Mara charged hard from the back of the pack but to no avail as Dontfusswithruss dug in gamely to win the lion’s share of the purse and hold off the post time favorite. Dc-chug-a-lug finished second as Jolenes Pinehonker got up for the third place finish. Dontfusswithruss paid $1.20 to win as the public’s second choice.
After a sensational two-year-old campaign, the Melissa Essig trained gelding celebrated his first seasonal victory in his sophomore debut. Owned and bred by Jacalyn Beeman, Dontfusswithruss now sports a bankroll in excess of $230,000 as he won six of thirteen starts last year.
Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 16 with two $30,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
Indiana’s richest female pacer of all time made her return to the winner’s circle on Friday (May 11) in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Accompanied by Ricky Macomber Jr., the eight-year-old mare found racing room late in the stretch to score in 1:54.0 to win by a head.
Go On BB and stable mate Red S driven by Pete Wrenn were sent postward as the 4-5 favorites in the field of ten. Starting from post two, Go On BB was able to grab position behind the early race leaders Red S and Forever Showin Off with driver Charlie Conrad. Following along through fractions of :27.2 and :56.4, the seasoned veteran sat patiently for her to turn to strike as the field began to shift. Josh Sutton was the first to commit CR Hope to the outer flow as they reached the front heading into the last turn. The new race leaders quickly felt pressure from Gran Gabriel and Jason Dillander as they were able to put a nose in front at the three-quarter mark of 1:25.1. As the field began to fan out across the track, the veteran mare put her class on display as she was able to fight through heavy traffic and wear down her rivals to reach the wire first with a :28 closing panel. Forever Showin Off tracked the top two the entire mile to finish a game second while Cadie’s Gotta Gun benefitted from a second over trip from driver Tyler Smith to get up for the third place finish.
“BB’s getting older and we are trying to race her from off the pace now,” said Jamie Rucker, who oversees all training responsibilities for the division of the Burke Stable racing at Hoosier Park. “The trip worked out for her and tonight she did what she was supposed to do. My entire barn has been sick and was really sick last week so hopefully she’s better and on her way to making a comeback.”
Go On BB now sports a bankroll in excess of over $1.3 million in career earnings for Frank Baldachino, who purchased the mare as a yearling for trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Challo B B is now two for fourteen in 2012. Her career record of 1:50 was established as a four-year-old at The Meadows race track. Go On BB now has a total of 66 wins in 156 career starts and was Indiana’s first ever Indiana sired female millionaire.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a trio of Indiana Silver Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (May 10). Offering purses of $10,000 each, they were the featured event on the 14-race card.
My Sweet Shiela and driver Robert Taylor made quick work of the nine horse field as they made the front just past the half and never looked back. Dictating fractions of 1:00.2 and 1:32.1, My Sweet Shiela remained uncontested as the field turned for home. Trace Tetrick was the first to commit as he had Dock A Da Bay first over. My Sweet Shiela began to sprint away from the rest of the field as she posted a :28.2 final kick to win by three lengths in 2:00.3. Bacfromthedge and Rick Farrington staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish as Dock A Da Bay held on to finish third. Sired by Southwind Elian, My Sweet Shiela posted her first win of her sophomore debut. Owned by La Bella Vita Stables, the brown filly bankrolled over $58,000 in eight starts last year. My Sweet Shiela paid $5.20 to win.
This Kid Cant Wait made her first start for a new stable a winning one as she captured the second split of the stakes action in a lifetime best 1:59.4. Driven by Trent Stohler, who recently took over the training duties of the three-year-old filly, This Kid Cant Wait left alertly from post eight to reach the lead through an opening panel of :29.0. Stohler opted for the pocket trip as Josh Sutton had Js Miss Linda aimed for the front just past the half mile marker in :59.4. This Kid Cant Wait tipped from the pocket down the homestretch to easily overcome Js Miss Linda and win by six lengths in 1:59.4 Pretty Ann Savage found late racing room and made her way through heavy traffic to finish a game third for driver Robert Taylor. This Kid Cant Wait paid $9.20 to win.
The final division for trotting fillies was won by American Idol and Ron Wrenn. Tabbed as the public’s second choice, the Super Ben Joe sophomore filly wired the field to find the finish line in 2:01.4. D K Sadie and Iwill Bd Leader rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Ron Wrenn, the chestnut filly earned her second win in five starts this season. American Idol returned $5.60 to her backers.
Indiana Sire Stakes Action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 11 with six $10,000 divisions of the Silver Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies.
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.
The Rainmaker and driver Trace Tetrick surprised a field of ten in the featured $24,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (May 4). Just as the duo crossed the wire, bad weather set in and a heavy rain shower commenced across the track. Despite the weather conditions, The Rainmaker was able to split rivals late in the stretch to win by a head in 1:52.3, a season’s best effort.
Leaving from post four, Tetrick and the eight-year-old mare settled along the rail in fourth as the bettor’s second choice, Hoponit and Josh Sutton, rallied to the lead. Hoponit led the field through a blistering opening quarter of :26.1 before they were pressed by Red S and driver Ricky Macomber Jr., who found the front at the half mile time in :55.1. Keene Supreme was the first to reach Macomber’s wheel and posed a threat first over on the outside as the field headed into the last turn.
In the stretch, Sutton pulled Hoponit from the pocket to re-take the lead. Hoponit kept digging in gamely and eventually took control of the race, only to find another battle brewing as The Rainmaker found racing room late. The Rainmaker crossed the wire in front of her rivals to hold off a hard charging C R Hope who benefitted from a second over trip from driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Hoponit held on gamely to finish third. The Rainmaker paid $14.00 to win.
“This mare can be a little aggressive so I knew I wanted to take her off the gate easy,” Tetrick said of his drive. “I just wanted to let things work out and hopefully get a good trip on the end of it. That was a really good finish with three mares across the track, but I was really happy with the way this mare dug in and fought to the wire tonight.”
Owned by Charles E. Stein of Cortland, OH, The Rainmaker surpassed the $170,000 mark in career earnings. The daughter of Space Shuttle-Ragamuffin Hanover now has 14 career wins and second for the year under the conditioning of Jim Arledge Jr.
Allthatgltrsisgold returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casinos winners circle for the second time this season while Abc Mercedes recorded his third win in a seasons best performance in their $24,000 respective features on Wednesday (May2).
Allthatgltrsisgold appeared to be back to his previous form as driver Josh Sutton sent the five-year-old horse to the front from post four. The duo made early work of the field as they led through opening splits of :26.2 and 56.0. Ricky Macomber Jr. was the first to commit his horse, Get It Now, as he pulled first up down the backside with Willy Mucha and race favorite, Washington Hanover in tow. Sutton pushed on the accelerator after the half as they sprinted to a three-quarter clocking in 1:23. Allthatgltrsisgold continued the fast tempo as he powered home in :28 to win by a length and three-quarters over Bluecreek Abner who benefitted from a ground saving trip along the rail. Robin I Scoot and driver Sam Widger found racing room late in the stretch to finish out the trifecta. Allthatgltrsisgold returned $14.60 to his backers.
Owned by Jeff and Maria Kings Victory Hill Farm of LaGrange, Ind., Alltrhatgltrsisgold now has two wins in four starts for 2012. The son of Cams Card Shark is approaching the $700,000 mark in career earnings for trainer Bobby Brower, who has conditioned the horse his entire career.
Abc Mercedes rebounded with a win in the $24,000 Open Trot after a second place finish to Haulin Laser in the Open division last week.
With a costly break behind the starting car from Haulin Laser, Abc Mercedes was unhurried out of the gate from post seven. Driver Joe Putnam guided the heavy betting favorite to find a spot along the rail in fourth through an opening quarter in :27.4. The duo was not content to sit as they began their journey to the front just past the first quarter. Starry Knight and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. reluctantly yielded the lead just before the half. Abc Mercedes led the field of nine through a half mile time of a leisurely :58.2.
Dave Magees hand was forced to pull Whit first up as the field strolled through easy first half fractions. Putnam controlled an even pace through the three-quarter time of 1:27.2 as his seven-year-old gelding began to put his raw ability on display. Opening up by nine and a half lengths, Abc Mercedes was well in hand through the wire to score in 1:55.3 with a final quarter in :28.1. Rompaway Beau yielded for a trip along the rail as he was able to get up for the second place finish. Magee and Whit managed to hold on for third honors. Abc Mercedes paid $4.80 to win.
The win for the seven-year-old gelding marked his 52nd career victory for owner, Larry Miller of Springport, Ind. Sired by Abc Garland, Abc Mercedes is approaching the million dollar mark as he surpassed $900,000 in career earnings with this win.
Skyway Poncho swept by his rivals late in the stretch to win the $20,000 Tubby Trimble Final, a late closing event open to Indiana sired three-year-olds and up that are non-winners of $30,000 life, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (May 3) to score his second career victory. Driven By Tyler Smith, the duo rallied late to win their first start of 2012 after finishing second in both of the preliminary legs of the series.
Ricky Macomber Jr. urged Moveoutofmyway out of the gate quickly as they charged to the front from post four, the bettor’s second choice, A Sweet Ride, also left the gate alertly to settle second along the rail. Sam Widger had his sights set on the lead as he had the betting favorite, Royal Todd, out and battling for position through an opening panel of :28.3. Royal Todd’s lead was short-lived as Qb Killa and Pete Wrenn forced Royal Todd to take a seat in second and led the field through a half mile time of :57.1. Skyway Poncho and driver Tyler Smith sat mid pack for much of the race while the action continued on the front. Under urging from Hensley, A Sweet Ride powered up and pressured the leader to reach the front and find the three-quarter mile marker in 1:25.1. The field began to fan out across the track as Smith sent Skyway Poncho three-wide around tiring cover. The three-year-old gelding opened up by two lengths on the field and pressed on to the wire, winning by 2 ¼ lengths in a lifetime best effort of 1:54.1. Wilbur’s Z Tam battled gamely for second as Royal Todd and Sam Widger got up for the third place finish. Skyway Poncho paid $5.20 to win and the exacta including Skyway Poncho and Wilbur’s Z Tam paid $105.00.
“It looked like there was a lot of early speed in this race so I was hoping we could get a good trip off the pace,” Smith noted. “My colt has a tendency to get steppy so I have to be careful with him. He would’ve won last week but I got to asking a little too much from him and he made a break at the wire. He’s a green colt but has already shown he has plenty of ability, I was really happy with him tonight.”
Sired by Panspacificflight, Skyway Poncho has now won two of six lifetime starts and nearly doubled his lifetime earnings with the win as he pushed his bankroll over $20,000. Owned by Geis Enterprises, The Erv Miller Stable, and Harvey Eisman, Skyway Poncho is trained by Erv Miller.