Night Pro made his third consecutive trip to Hoosier Park’s winner circle as he completed the Jerry Landess series sweep winning the $15,000 final of the late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, April 17.
The three-year-old colt notched his fourth consecutive victory in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.1 as he pushed his career earnings over $15,000.
Barley Pop and Trace Tetrick left the gate alertly from post three to control the early fractions through a first quarter clocking in :28.0. Using much the same strategy as weeks past, Night Pro and Pete Wrenn were content to sit along the rail in third before making their move to the front down the backside. Bullwinkle and Kayne Kauffman benefitted from a pocket trip as the field remained in single file line through the half mile time in :56.4. Barley Pop continued to lead the field of ten as Pete Wrenn gave Night Pro the green light approaching the final turn. Shooters Dream and Roger Cullipher were well placed second over as they reached the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Pete Wrenn urged Night Pro to the front, and the son of Pro Bono Best responded with a :27.3 final panel to win going away by nine lengths. Shooters Dream was able to take advantage of a perfect trip to finish second while Endeavors King and Tony Hall rallied from off the pace to finish third. Heavily backed at the windows, Night Pro returned $2.80 for the win.
“I didn’t want to rush him tonight,” Pete Wrenn noted. “I just wanted to float out of there and stay out of trouble. He relaxed down the backside and was able to get a breather before I ever had to ask him to do anything. He’s an extremely smart colt and looks like he has a future ahead of him.”
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 the multiple stakes winning mare, Midnight Jewel.
“He’s an extremely smart colt,” Decker said. “People ask me why I’m not driving him and I tell them it’s because Pete (Wrenn) has about 8,000 more wins than me. He is the one that should be driving a colt like him.”
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through 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.
The weather is cold outside, but it is heating up here at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with great food, great drinks and intense gridiron action. Hoosier Park is football-fan central this season with the advent of the new Bud Light Sports Zone. Every Sunday since the season’s kick off, fans have touched down in the Terrace Lounge for live football action on the lounge’s six big-screen televisions. Come enjoy all the sights and sounds of game day without the hassle. The Sports Zone makes viewing even easier with the NFL Redzone channel, allowing fans up-close views of all the end zone action from around the league. Plus, the Terrace Lounge is a Wi-Fi hotspot allowing fans to track fantasy stats without missing a play. To top it off, the Sports Zone Bar & Grill offers up stadium eats like spicy wings, zesty chili dogs, yard-long drafts and more!
Bud Light Sports Zone is the ultimate destination for live football action this season and now includes Thursday night games. Now open two-days-a-week, the Sports Zone is sure to satisfy even the most avid superfan. Whether you support our Boy’s in Blue, or just love the game of football, come out to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Bud Light Sports Zone to get in the game.