Sophomore filly trotter Mya Tri raised her undefeated streak to 17 starts Wednesday, July 16 as part of Indiana Downs’ opening program. The Sara Haynes trainee won handily in the $15,120 first leg of Indiana Sires Stakes competition, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. ABC Mercedes captured the $12,000 ISS division for three year old colt trotters in 1:56.4.
Mya Tri started from the second tier in a bulky field of 11, getting away safely in sixth at the quarter (:28.3). Driver and co-owner Walter Haynes Jr. wasted little time brushing to the lead and taking control at the half (:58.2). Once on the front, the Pining Fora Tri filly reached the top of the stretch with a five-length advantage. The sophomore, yet to taste defeat in her career, trotted home in :29.4 to win by nearly four lengths. Lakeview Star finished second while ABC Valentine finished third.
Bred by Bob Wientjes, also a co-owner, Mya Tri increased her career earnings to $205,300.
ABC Mercedes kept his unblemished sophomore record intact with a two and three-quarter length score Wednesday at Indiana Downs. Driven by Mark O’Mara for trainer Joe Putnam, the ABC Garland gelding added his sixth seasonal win for owner Larry Miller. Brandon’s Secret, driven by Don Irvine Jr., raced second and American Flyer, the other half of the Putnam entry, was third.
ABC Mercedes has bankrolled just shy of $200,000 in career earnings.
O’Mara, leading driver at the Shelbyville track in 2006, bagged four races on the opening night card. Besides the victory behind ABC Mercedes, the trainer and catch driver also guided Hawaiian Alibi, Storm Damage freshman Got ‘Er Done and Stagedoor Left to the winner’s circle. Don Irvine Jr. collected three wins on the 12-race card.