It was a night ruled by upsets at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the track played host to two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday evening’s 14-race card. The fillies have now completed round four of their six round series.
Lorraine Smoke scored her maiden-breaking win in fashion as driver James Yoder guided the filly to an 85-1 upset — the biggest upset of the evening — in the first division. Uninvolved throughout much of the mile, Yoder moved the filly to the outside late in the lane and she found a :26.1 closing quarter to scorch past her rivals. Stopping the timer in 1:53.2, Lorraine Smoke was able to stick a nose in front of the heavily favoured JJ Endofanera and driver John DeLong steps before the wire.
A daughter of JK Endofanera — Rebid, Lorraine Smoke recorded her first lifetime victory for trainer Yoder and co-owner Cheyenne Yoder from nine starts. She paid $173.80 to win.
The second division stayed with the upset trend as Ms Quick Sand and Brandon Bates converted a pocket trip into a 26-1 upset score. Stopping the timer in 1:53, Ms Quick Sand sat the pocket and then was able to track down the favoured pacesetter Trick Of The Light and driver Michael Oosting. Goo Goo Won and Lewayne Miller rounded out the trifecta. Ms Quick Sand returned $54.20 at the betting windows.
Trained by Ken Rucker, who co-owns the filly with the Panhellenic Stable Corp., Ms Quick Sand recorded her second win from seven lifetime starts. The 1:53 victory was also a new lifetime best for the daughter of Always A Virgin — Sand Pleasure. The victory was also one of four winners on the evening’s 14-race card for driver Brandon Bates.
The upset winners in the stakes action also resulted in the late pick-5 sequence going unsolved. A $3,269 carry-over will kick-start the early pick-5 sequence with a $15,000 Guaranteed pool in Races 1-5. Indiana Sires Stakes action will also continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 10 with the two-year-old pacing colts highlighting the evening’s 14-race card.