Indiana Gold Sires Stakes for 2YOs get underway
August 07, 2013
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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a quartet of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sires Stakes on Tuesday as the 2013 crop of freshman pacing colts and fillies opened their series in impressive fashion.
The fastest mile of the night was produced in the opening round for 2-year-old pacing colts as Always B Miki stormed home a winner in 1:53.1, a lifetime best performance. With Pete Wrenn at the lines, Always B Miki was able to overcome a miscue at the start to win by 5 1/2 lengths in front of Next Thing Smoke'n and Tyler Smith. The 1:53.1 score was just one second shy of the Hoosier Park's track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched his second win from three seasonal outings while sending his bankroll over the $20,000 mark for his connections.
Doctor Carter followed suit in the second split and was piloted by Trace Tetrick to a 1:53.4 lifetime best score. Sired by Total Truth, Doctor Carter was able to take advantage of a pocket trip and hold off a late charge from Keiths Studio Art to notch his third victory of the season. As the public's second choice, Doctor Carter returned $11.60 to his backers at the window. Trained by Steve Carter, Doctor Carter has now won three of four lifetime outings while earning $25,000 lifetime.
Indiana's 2-year-old pacing fillies were also out in full force and made a good showing through two $30,000 divisions. Always Dee One and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied from well off the pace to score in the opening division in 1:54.3. Dismissed at 10-1, Always Dee One found her best strides late in the lane to win by two lengths over Victoria Ivy and Jason Dillander. Trained by Ron Burke, the rookie filly notched her maiden breaking win from three seasonal outings. Sired by Always A Virgin, Always Dee One has now earned over $19,000 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Frank Baldachino.
Color's A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp, front running score to pull the upset in the final division of the action for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Trained by Brian Brown, the daughter of Always A Virgin cruised around Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval in 1:54.4 to score her maiden breaking victory. Using a: 27.3 final panel, Color's A Virgin held of a late charge from Tough Rose and Sam Widger to finish a length in front of her rivals. The rookie filly has now earned over $18,000 from two starts for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. (Hoosier Park)