After an impressive victory earlier this season in Hoosier Park's signature event, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational, Bolt the Duer will return to Hoosier Park once again with an eagerness to defend his Hoosier Park winning streak. The 4-year-old son of Ponder will get the opportunity to visit Hoosier Park's winner's circle once more on Friday as he faces nine other rivals in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Mark Macdonald has been enlisted to drive the Pete Foley trainee and has been tabbed 5-1 on the morning line.
Last year, Bolt The Duer became the fastest horse in history on a five-eighths-mile track with a 1:47.4 world record in the $500,000 Adios final at The Meadows. He also won the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final at The Red Mile in 1:48.2, the $415,820 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers in 1:51.2, and capped his sophomore season with a 1:51 triumph in the $130,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park.
"He has really stepped up this year,” MacDonald noted of his mount. "He is a very handy horse to drive that can race from anywhere. He can go a quarter in 25 seconds and then back it down to 31 seconds, so I like my chances.”
While looking to score the fifth win of his 2013 campaign, Bolt The Duer ships to Hoosier Park after a fifth-place finish in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace on Oct. 19. Bolt The Duer will start from post 2 in the 10-horse field and will be joined by some of the top rated horses in North America.
The 2013 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby field boasts career purse earnings over $16 million combined and includes six millionaires and six world champions.
Joining the familiar cast of entrants is Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse, who will look to score his third win in this event for trainer Ron Burke. Foiled Again and Yannick Gingras were victorious in the 2011 and 2012 edition of the race, formerly called the Indiana Pacing Derby, and setting the track record at Indiana Downs with a 1:49.1 performance last year. Enlisted as the morning line favorite at 2-1, Foiled Again will start from post 6 with Gingras in the bike.
"I think this is the best field of horses ever assembled in Indiana harness racing history,” Hoosier Park's racing secretary Scott Peine noted. "Given the success of our 2013 meet, Friday's entire card is great way to celebrate the progress that Hoosier Park has made over the years and its' commitment to the sport of harness racing.” (Hoosier Park)