ANDERSON, Ind.—April 10, 2015—The reigning three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Color’s A Virgin, returned to action on Friday, April 10 and made her 2015 debut a winning one as she captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Color’s A Virgin scored her first victory against older mares in 1:53.3 and gave driver Trace Tetrick one of his six wins on the 13-race card.
Leaving from post four in a talented field of six, Color’s A Virgin and Tetrick resumed their previous racing tactics and raced from off the pace early, to secure a spot along the rail in fourth. Tim Curtain sent Wings away from the gate firing and the duo reached the first quarter in :27.4. Stable Eyes and Tim Clevenger benefitted from a pocket trip while Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn were next in line, third. Pertty Music and Ed Hensley, back to back winners at this level, sat at the back of the pack for much of the mile.
Wrenn gave Miss Millie the go-ahead down the backside and she secured the lead just past the half in :57. Unable to wait any longer, Color’s A Virgin began her first-over bid approaching the final turn with American Girl and Sam Widger in tow.
As the field reached the third station in 1:25.3, Color’s A Virgin had worn down the tiring leader and began to put her talent on display as she paced away from the field. Using a :28 final panel, Color’s A Virgin coasted on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick to finish a length in front of American Girl who was a game second.
Miss Millie rounded out the trifecta while Pertty Music had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for fourth. As the heavy betting favorite, the Dan Patch award-winning mare returned $3.60 at the windows.
“The race didn’t work out exactly like I thought,” Tetrick noted after the race. “I didn’t want to be first-up for her first start back but that’s the way it worked out and she overcame it. She did everything I asked and was well within herself at the wire.”
“Brian (Brown) told me she came back well,” he continued. “Tonight, I could tell she’s matured and handled the lay-off well. She’s just a great, great mare.”
Color’s A Virgin won 13 of 18 starts in 2014 and earned $532,622 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. She captured seven of her last eight starts, including the $178,862 Juggette on September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Trained by Brian Brown, the four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color now sports a lifetime bankroll of $754,822. The winner of 19 career outings has been nominated to races such as the TVG Mares Pace, The Lady Liberty and The Golden Girls for her four-year-old campaign. Tetrick noted she would likely make her next start at Hoosier Park before heading to Miami Valley Raceway.
The victory was one of six wins for Hoosier Park’s current leading driver, Trace Tetrick and four training wins for Brian Brown. Brown and Tetrick also teamed up to score with Fits Well and Win The Gold early in the card. Tetrick also found the winner’s circle with Landonfitz for trainer Charlie Stewart and Pleasing Paisley for trainer Tyler George. The Brown, Tetrick combination would strike once more with Do U Mind in the last race of the evening for the Emerald Highlands Farm.
Our Lucky Chip completed the Jerry Landess Series sweep as the three-year-old colt rattled off a sharp front end effort in 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 Thursday (Apr 12).
Adam Short attempted to control the fractions as he sent Cage Fighter to the front from post six through a first quarter clocking of :27.3. Using much the same strategy as weeks past, Our Lucky Chip and driver Trace Tetrick settled in to the third spot along the rail only to make their move to the front down the backside. The heavy betting favorite led the field of ten through a half of :57.2 with the pocket sitting Cage Fighter two lengths behind . Ricky Macomber Jr. was the first to commit as he gave Wilbur’s Z Tam the cue to go first up heading into the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking 1:25.3, Our Lucky Chip demonstrated his ability once again as he opened up on the field to reach the wire well in hand in 1:53.0. Wilbur’s Z Tam held on to finish second as Sam Widger and Artychoke rallied late to finish third. Winning by three and a half lengths, the son of Art’s Chip marched home in :27.2.
Trainer Jason Miller, who purchased Our Lucky Chip as a weanling for his partnership with Bradley Roller of Wabash, IN, said his colt still has some learning to do.
“He was a touch hesitant off the gate last week and I think that was just from inexperience,” Miller noted. “I told Trace he would be better this week and he was. I was really happy with the way he raced tonight.”
Our Lucky Chip is now three for three in 2012 and five of six in his limited lifetime outings. With over $18,000 bankrolled, Our Lucky Chip will be aimed toward the Indiana Sire Stakes beginning in early May.
“I was really confident in my colt tonight,” Tetrick said of his mount. “I wasn’t sure who was going to make a run at him but the race worked out in our favor. He felt very strong at the wire and I was really happy with the way he raced.”
Watch for a cyclone of dust and drive found only on Hoosier Park’s oval of speed!
Once again the Fab Five Standardbred Drivers return to Hoosier Park for an unforgettable Standardbred meet. This year will be a tough one for the celebrity drivers as Peter The Wolf Wrenn returns the reigning champion and three new challengers enter the fight.
Trent Stohler, aka The Bachelor, will catch your eye at first glance. Blessed with good looks and style, Stohler is sought after both on and off the track. Brandon Big Ticket Bates earned his title because he’s never afraid to take on a long shot or a hard-to-handle horse and drive it to the wire. Most of Brandon’s winners pay double digits. Outlaw Josh Sutton brings passion and intensity to the sport of Standardbred racing. Josh was on a winning streak in 2006 before he headed West. He returns to Hoosier Park determined and ready to reclaim his territory.
Check back throughout the season for special guest updates from drivers and the latest information on the 2011 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Standardbred Season!