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Earl's Glider glides to 11th in ISS final

September 11, 2010
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Earl's Glider stretched his win streak to 11 on Saturday night, cruising to a 1:57.1 victory in the $230,000 Indiana Sire Stakes (ISS)  final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Indiana Downs. Earl's Glider's victory at odds of 1-9 put an end to a string of longshots that prevailed in the first three ISS finals on the program that offered total purses of nearly $2 million.
 
Earl's Glider, a gelded son of Earl Of Stormont purchased over this past winter by trainer-driver Peter Wrenn's wife, Melanie, in partnership with Art and Dan Courtemanche, continued his domination over his peers in Saturday's final. With Wrenn sitting chilly in the bike and turnng around several times to keep watch over the competition, Earl's Glider clicked off fractions of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:28.4 before drawing clear down the stretch to win by open lengths over runner-up Dakota's Final and driver Sam Widger. Earls Dreamofglory was third for Trace Tetrick.
 
Unbeaten in his 11 starts this year, Earl's Glider also collected a $25,000 bonus for capturing the Hoosier Homerun, which included his victories earlier this year in the ISS final at Hoosier Park and a race at the Elkhart County fairgrounds. His earnings in 2010 ballooned to $383,000 with his win, not including the bonus money.
 
Say Your ABC's opened up the early parade of longshots in ISS finals action with a 22-1 upset in the first race on the night, the $200,000 final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Widger was in the bike behind the daughter of ABC Garland as she defeated ABC Easter (Dan Shetler) and Bar Lady (Wrenn) with a career-best 2:00.1 effort.
 
Lynn Wilfong bred and owns Say Your ABC's, who is trained by Brett Wilfong. The win was her sixth of the year in 12 starts, increasing her earnings to $153,258.
 
The second race was the $100,000 ISS final for aged mare trotters and Yourcomindown, half the Swartzentruber-owned, Wagler-trained entry with Wigwam Baby, posted a 1:57.3 victory at odds of 11-1. Finishing second was the Andy Miller-driven Ripken's Red, with CJ's Super Secret and Dave Palone third.
 
A 5-year-old daughter of Evangelism, Yourcomindown won for just the second time in 18 starts this year whie equaling her career mark. Her career earnings now stand at $126,338.
 
Miller's trip to Indiana Downs paid off big-time in the $200,000 ISS final for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters as he directed Bluebird Elian to a 26-1 upset score in 1:58.3. Although it appeared in midstretch Bluebird Elian might have to settle for second behind C-O-To Bluegrass, when that odds-on choice made a sudden break it paved the way for the big surprise.
 
The win was a maiden-breaking one for Bluebird Elian in her fourth career start. She finished second in her previous ISS start, seven lengths behind the winning C-O-To Bluegrass. The daughter of Southwind Elian is trained by Erv Miller, and owned by the Ervin Miller Stable, Leland Mathias and John Carver. She now has earnings of $112,000.
 
GD Lana, half of the favored Dan Perdue-trained entry, surged past Dark Alley Sally in the final strides to win the $200,000 ISS final for 3-year-old pacing fillies in a lifetime best 1:53.4. Ed Hensley sat behind the Kilowatt filly for the first time, racing off the pace as Dark Alley Sally (Josh Sutton) and Straitequilanite, the other half of the entry, traded turns on the lead through fractions of :27.4, :55.4 and 1:24.1. In the stretch, GD Lana turned on the afterburners, rocketing home in :28.2 and passing a weary Dark Alley Sally to win by three parts of a length.
 
Owned by Lewis Dickerhoof, GD Lana collected her second win in nine starts. The victory pushed the filly’s career earnings to $159,525.
 
The upsets continued in the $200,000 final for 2-year-old colt pacers as 7-1 Flight Elal soared to a 1:53.2 triumph. The Panspacificflight homebred, trained by Jim Dailey, was driven to his fourth career victory by Dave Palone. The gelding was followed by Paco Labrook (Trace Tetrick), while favorite GD Airliner crossed the wire third by was placed fourth.
 
Bred and owned by Ohioans Pacey Mindlin and Kenneth Cohen, Flight Elal was in contention throughout, dashing home in :27.4 to earn the victory. Yet to miss the board in five previous starts, the filly knocked more than a second off her career best. The win boosted Flight Elal’s seasonal earnings to $145,875.
 
Second choice Dollys Joy continued her sensational season, picking up a 1:56 score in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for freshman filly pacers. With Sam Widger in the bike, the Pilgrims Punch-Neils Joy 2-year-old annexed her fifth victory in seven outings, finishing three and one-half lengths ahead of Six Mile Annie (Tetrick). Socoteur Bluegrass, part of the favored Luel Overstreet-owned entry, finished third with Wrenn in the sulky.
 
Fourth at the half (:56.3), Dollys Joy grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and paced to victory for owners Brian and Charles Stephens. Brian Stephens bred the filly, now a winner of $167,375 this season.
 
Marky Mike rewarded his backers in the $200,000 final for 3-year-old colt pacers. At 25-1, the Mark Johnathan gelding followed favorite Royal Woods near the back of the pack as the action was fast and furious on the lead. Farrington bided his time through fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.1. When Royal Woods and Ricky Macomber Jr. looked to blast to the front in the stretch, Farrington and Marky Mike followed suit, kicking home in :28.2 to win by a neck.
 
Marky Mike is owned by Dan Bowermaster and Alroy Chow. Bowermaster trains the gelding, now a winner of $179,825 this season. The gelding improved his career earnings to $237,075. The winning time established a new lifetime mark.
 
Like her stable mate earlier in the program, sophomore trotting filly Msnaughtybynature completed the Indiana Sires Stakes sweep with a 1:57.3 victory in the $200,000 final. Trained and driven by Wrenn, the Scramble Ranger filly was sent off as the favorite, taking command after a :58.4 opening half and cruising home to a three-length advantage. Malia O and Widger were second, followed by Hoosier Jodi.
 
The 10th victory of the season for  Msnaughtybynature pushed her career earnings to nearly $600,000. Now a four-time ISS finals champion, the filly is owned by Melanie Wrenn and The Kales Company.
 
Favorite Freddyscooter closed with a lightning-fast :26.3 final panel to win the $100,000 final for older stallion and gelding. Driven by Tetrick for breeder, trainer and co-owned Steve Brannan, the I Scoot Hanover 5-year-old reached the wire in 1:51.2. Robin I Scoot, tabbed as the second choice, finished two and three-quarter lengths back for Wrenn. Rob V, the second of three Brannan pupils entered, finished third.
 
A former Indiana Sires Stakes champion, Freddyscooter earned his second seasonal score. The gelding has earned $421,455 during his career, with $94,810 banked this season. Brannan owns the pacer in partnership with Frederick Shiery.
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