Freshman pacing colt Suprizemeagain scored his sixth straight win Tuesday at Indiana Downs with an easy victory. The son of Western Hero won his $15,000 Indiana Sire Stakes preliminary leg by nearly 10 lengths for driver Trace Tetrick in 1:52.3. It was the 10th win in 11 tries for the Shawn Nessa-trained two year old.
Starting from post four, Tetrick and Suprizemeagain got away third in the field of seven as Star City Hero and Neil Coleman took command early. The heavy favorite wouldn’t sit long, assuming the lead before the :57.1 half. Once in front, Suprizemeagain steadily pulled away, extending his lead on the field to four lengths at three quarters before pacing a :28 final panel. Star City Hero finished second and Indy’s Z Tam was third. The colt, now a winner of nearly $140,000, is owned by Angie Nessa, Bart Seales and PBV Me ASAP Horse Stable.
In the second $15,000 division the Mickey Burke entry Evening Job, driven by Ricky Macomber, won by a length in 1:54.4. The Dream Work colt edged the Erv Miller-trained Mystical Valentine by a length. King Me and Ed Hensley were third. Evening Job is owned by Sylvia Burke, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and JJK Stables LLC.
In addition to the pacing colt contests, two splits were offered for freshman pacing fillies. Dr. Luel Overstreet’s Ag-N-Au Bluegrass collected the first $15,000 division in 1:55.1. Trent Stohler guided the winner for trainer John Merkel. The Whitefish Falls filly held off a closing JNB N Me by three-quarters of a length. Lifeinmargaritavil raced third.
Sapphire Martini kept a neck in front of Eash Racing Stable’s Roses For Mom to take the second split for driver Ed Hensley in 1:55.2. Trained by Ernie Gaskin, who is also a part owner of the Dream Work filly, Sapphire Martini was sent off as the favorite. Truly Dreamy and Jeff Cullipher finished third.