Indy Downs hosts six ISS contests
September 01, 2009
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Stakes action was abundant Monday, August 31 at Indiana Downs as the Shelbyville track played host to a half-dozen Indiana Sires Stakes contests for trotters and pacers. Sophomore colt trotters Who’s Unreal and Bar One captured their respective $25,000 divisions, which were offered as non-betting contests after being cancelled Friday evening, August 28. J Rs Star picked up another win in ISS action for sophomore filly trotters, and three $25,000 splits for freshman filly pacers were held, with Third Straight progeny taking two divisions.
Dennis Putman’s Prague gelding Who’s Unreal kicked off the non-betting portion of the card with a four-length victory for driver Jay Cross. The sophomore moved from fourth to take command after a :57.2 opening half and never looked back, securing his fifth win of the season in a lifetime best 1:57.4. Get To Trottin’ and Ricky Macomber trotted second while CW Ted Lunar, driven by Ross Leonard, was third. The gelding, out of Arnie’s Exchange mare The Lady’s Unreal, was bred by Harry Yoder, and has earned $123,500 this season.
Bar One and Peter Wrenn dashed home in :28.2 to claim the second $25,000 division Monday in a time of 1:58.3. The Above The Bar gelding finished nearly three lengths in front of Joe Cat and Dan Shetler. I’llshowuhow and trainer Brandon Bates hit the wire third. Owned by Double Ee Meadows and the Running Wild Stables, Bar One improved his record to four wins in 13 starts in 2009. A winner of nearly $70,000 this season, the trotter established a new lifetime mark for trainer Bill Smith.
Trainer Verlin Yoder swept the top two places in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes leg for sophomore filly trotters as J Rs Star collected a 1:56.3 victory while stable mate ABC Ez Credit finished half a length back in second. Steel Away, guided by Sam Widger, finished third. Cross moved the New And Notable filly to the lead from post four before being shuffled briefly by ABC Ez Credit. The veteran retook the lead racing to the half (:57.4) and remained in front until the wire. It was the fifth seasonal win for the filly, which has earned $146,640 during the campaign, and equaled a lifetime best effort, set last week in ISS action.
Bluebird Regal continued her dominance in the freshman pacing filly division, winning Monday night in near wire-to-wire fashion in 1:56.1. Driven by trainer Dan Shetler, the Third Straight two year old earned her fifth win in as many starts for owners Paul and Phillip Svehla, raising her earnings to $52,114. Anightwithwilma and Widger raced three and one-half lengths back in second while Lil Miss Alibi and Don Eash secured third.
Townline Kenya and Wrenn triumphed by a half length in the second split. The favorite grabbed the lead racing to the half and received every call from there, stopping the clock in 1:56.1. The Kilowatt freshman, out of Storm Damage mare Bullville Kenya, added her fifth seasonal win for owner and trainer Mark Hipsher. Hoponit, driven by Eash, placed second and Miss Sweetness (Macomber) hit the board in third.
Dark Alley Sally and Trace Tetrick kicked home in :27.4 to push in front in the final strides and win the $25,000 third division by a head in 1:56.3. Kilo Dream was relegated to second as Fakeutu Bluegrass paced a length back in third. Sired by Third Straight, the Steve Carter-trained filly earned her third win in four starts with a lifetime best effort. Out of Precious Bunny mare Main Street Madam, Dark Alley Sally has earned $26,600 this season.