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Hi Ho, it's an ISS mark

May 23, 2004

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Hi Ho Molly set an Indiana Sire Stakes record and came within one-fifth of a second of a national season's mark Friday (May 21) in the $12,000 first division of ISS action at Hoosier Park. The 3-year-old Hi Ho Silverheel's filly paced to victory in 1:52.

The Ernie Gaskin-trained sophomore entered Friday's contest off a third-place finish in 1:54.3. Leading driver Don Irvine Jr. was in the bike, guiding Hi Ho Molly to victory by a seven-plus length advantage. Bluebird Wanda was second and Ragin Rachael finished third.

"The race went far better than I expected. I was looking for Bluebird Wanda to come up for the lead, but she never did," said Irvine. "I never expected to go in 1:52."

Hi Ho Molly is co-owned by Alan Kirschenbaum of California and Steve Katz of Kentucky. The winning time was one-fifth of a second off Rainbow Blues' 1:51.4 national season's mark for a one-mile oval, set April 15 at the Meadowlands.

The evening's other division was won by Eash Racing Stable's Mayflower's Song. The Pilgrims Punch filly paced to victory in 1:53.4.

The $80,000-estimated final will be held Saturday, May 29, as part of a card that features the $500,000-estimated Hoosier Cup. Total purses for the evening will reach $1 million.
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