Glorious Virgin sets mark with Indiana SS final
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Glorious Virgin, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in the third round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday.
With a final time of 1:50.4, Glorious Virgin re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies and also added a national season’s record to her already impressive resume. The previous track record of 1:51 was established by Youaremycandygirl in an elimination of the Breeders Crown last fall. The 1:50.4 victory also equaled the fastest mile recorded by a two-year-old this season, regardless of track size or sex.
Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Glorious Virgin was unhurried from the gate while stablemates Pansy’s Image and Pure Maid were hustled out early for position. Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. reached the first quarter in :26.2 but would quickly yield the lead to the heavy post time favorite, Glorious Virgin, just before the half.
Glorious Virgin clicked off fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.4 and looked strong on the front with a two-length lead. As the field rounded the final turn John DeLong had Lady Capulet applying pressure first-over but Glorious Virgin wasn’t finished.
Utilizing a:27 final panel, the Shane Bowermaster trainee from the Brian Brown Stable kicked home and coasted on to the wire under a hand drive, finishing two lengths to the good. Fillies from the Brown Stable completed the superfecta in the field as Pure Maid finished second, Lady Capulet was third and Fully A Virgin and Peter Wrenn rallied well for fourth place honors. As the 1-5 favorite, Glorious Virgin returned $2.40 at the betting windows.
"I really think she could be one of the top three fillies I’ve ever sat behind," Tetrick noted after the victory. "At this stage in the game, she’s better than any filly I’ve driven. She’s a true professional, getting handier with every start and just has unbelievable talent."
With the win, Glorious Virgin made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action for freshmen fillies and extended her win streak to four in the process. The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now won five of six lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $114,000 for Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm.
Three-year-old trotting fillies were also featured in stakes action on the evening’s 13-race card and it was Black Mamba As and Todd Warren who pulled the 16-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Taking advantage of hot, early fractions, Black Mamba As used a well-timed rally late in the lane to score in a new lifetime best of 1:53.
Black Mamba As recorded the third win of the season from ten seasonal starts for trainer Anette Lorentzon and snapped a five-race win streak for the heavily favored Custom Cantab, who had to settle for second-place honors. The homebred daughter of Lionhunter-Happy Year is owned by Acl Stuteri and has now amassed $138,900 in lifetime purse earnings. (Hoosier)