Allthatgltrsisgold returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's winner's circle for the second time this season while Abc Mercedes recorded his third win in a season's best performance in their $24,000 respective features on Wednesday.
Allthatgltrsisgold appeared to be back to his previous form as driver Josh Sutton sent the 5-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. 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 King's Victory Hill Farm of LaGrange, Ind., Alltrhatgltrsisgold now has two wins in four starts for 2012. The son of Cam's 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 Magee's 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 7-year-old gelding began to put his raw ability on display. Opening up by 9 1/2 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 7-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.