A parade of stars made its way to Hoosier Park on Friday evening for a long list of big money events including the Caesar’s Trotting Classic, the Jennas Beach Boy, the Elevation, the Kentuckiana Stallion Management, the Moni Maker and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby.
Here's a complete recap of what transpired in those marquee events:
$200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic – Free-For-All
A search party was needed to find Marion Marauder in the early going of this mile, but the APB was called off in deep stretch when he came storming home to win in 1:52.4 for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Paula Wellwood.
I Know My Chip chopped out the first quarter in :26.2 before passing the baton to Hannelore Hanover in the backstretch. She cruised through facile middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25.2, but she came up empty in the lane. Marion Marauder, who was tracking cover from third over in the late stages of the mile, tipped out and powered to the lead in the closing strides. He defeated JL Cruze and Homicide Hunter.
“We never tell Scott how to drive, he knows this horse so well and always takes care of him,” trainer Paula Wellwood noted in the winner’s circle. “We don’t worry about the trip much because he can take a lot of air; he’s just a great horse.”
The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover won for the sixth time this season and for the 20th time in his career. Jean Wellwood and her grandson, Devin Keeling, share ownership on the career winner of $3,261,677.
$177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby – Free-For-All
Lazarus N went the top and couldn’t be headed en route to his second win on North American soil since joining forces with trainer Jimmy Takter.
Yannick Gingras put the pedal down early with Lazarus N and together they zipped by the opening quarter in :26. A second quarter in :29 had them at the half in a very sensible :55, and the next quarter was stepped in :28 to get them down to the three-quarter pole in 1:23. Gingras fired up the jets in the lane and Lazarus N kicked home in :25.4 to win over a late charging Mcwicked in 1:48.4. Donttellmeagain was third.
“He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight,” said trainer Jimmy Takter. “We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park.”
“He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park,” Yannick Gingras said. “He is definitely back to himself.”
The six-year-old son of Bettors Delight-Bethany, who was sent off as the 6-5 choice, improved his 2018 record to 4-3-1 from nine starts for Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, KY. The 37-time winner has banked $3,054,050 to date.
$172,000 Moni Maker – three-year-old filly trot
Manchego manhandled the foes she faced, and in doing so racked up the 19th win of her career for trainer Jimmy Takter.
Yannick Gingras got away in mid-pack with the heavy favourite while Custom Cantab hustled the field past the opening quarter in :27.3. Manchego swept to the lead for Yannick Gingras in the backstretch, and she whacked out middle panels of :56.2 and 1:25.2. A :27.3 final quarter sealed the deal for Manchego who powered home for the 1:53 score. Custom Cantab was next best, with Seviyorum taking home the show dough.
“This is very meaningful for me as this race is named after one of the most wonderful mares I have trained,” said Jimmy Takter. “But this filly is quite special too.”
The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic improved this year’s record to 7-3-0 from 11 assignments for Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman.
$155,000 Jennas Beach Boy – three-year-old colt pacers
Always A Prince torched Hoosier Park’s oval in 1:48.3 one week ago, and he proved that performance was no fluke thanks to a 1:48.4 follow-up score for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Tyler George.
The three-year-old son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess was treated to a ground-saving trip behind Jimmy Freight in the early stages. Jimmy Freight led the field to the quarter pole in :25.2, and he was the leader at the half in :55 before being overtaken by Rockinbeach. The new leader wheeled the field past the three-quarter pole in 1:22 with Jimmy Freight already back out and driving. Tetrick angled Always A Prince off the rail in the lane and Always A Prince sailed to the lead and drew away. He defeated Shnitzledosomethin and Jimmy Freight.
It was the 15th win of the season from 18 trips to the track for Always A Prince, didn’t race as a rookie. Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH share ownership on the career winner of $274,000.
$236,000 Kentucky Stallion Management – two-year-old filly trot
Woodside Charm is now 5-for-5 to start her career following a dominant score in front-stepping fashion for trainer/driver Verlin Yoder.
The daughter of Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover rolled to the lead from Post 8 and sliced out splits of :27, :58.1 and 1:27.3 before firing home in :27.2 to win in 1:55 over Special Honor and Starita.
Yoder also owns the undefeated filly who pushed her lifetime earnings to $209,158 with the win.
$207,000 Kentucky Stallion Management – two-year-old filly pace
With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the winner’s circle after two consecutive losses with a statement triumph in the $207,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories used a pocket trip to pass Zero Tolerance (David Miller) in mid-stretch to boost her resume to 5-1-1 from eight starts over her freshman year.
Zero Tolerance ($2.10) was second and Pace Baby Pace (Matt Kakaley, $6) was third.
Warrawee Ubeaut is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva Stables, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The final time was 1:51.3.
$120,000 Elevation – two-year-old colt and gelding pace
Proof took charge in the backstretch for driver Scott Zeron and cruised to an easy victory in 1:52.
The Brian Brown trainee got away fourth while Loutenant shot to the top and hit the opening quarter in :26.4. Zeron had Proof on the move quickly in the backstretch, and in a matter of strides they found themselves in charge of the tempo. Stock cut out middle panels of :56.1 and 1:25 before storming home in :27 to win over Loutenant and Pure Rock.
Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA owns the son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred who now boasts a 5-2-0 record from seven starts. The $60,000 payday bumped his bankroll to $272,591.