O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:54.3 in the fourth round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday.
After establishing a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 in her elimination last week, O So Easy bested that time to re-establish the track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies, a mark of 1:54.4 set by Princess Aurora in Grand Circuit racing action last season.
In just the ninth start of her freshman campaign, O So Easy used a gate-to-wire effort to defeat nine other rivals and score her fourth consecutive win of the season. Her 1:54.3 victory also marked the fifth track record that has been re-established at Hoosier Park throughout the 2017 live racing season.
Leaving from post eight, O So Easy left alertly with the wings of the gate but would have to work for position as Sam Widger and Lisa's Famous Filly also left for position from the inside. O So Easy would grab command just before the first stop in a snappy :26.4 and continued to call the shots through middle splits of :55.4 and 1:24.4.
As the rest of the field struggled with the quick fractions, O So Easy looked strong on the front and her lead was ever-increasing turning for home. O So Easy coasted on to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick who staged a big rally late in the lane but were no match for the winner. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn used a ground saving trip to secure third place honors. As the 4-5 heavy betting favorite, O So Easy returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows.
"I was just going to try to float out of there but I asked her to go behind the gate and it took me a while to get her settled back down," Yoder, who also does the training duties, noted after the win. "She came back to me and I was able to get her quieted down so that helped. As soon as she heard those horses coming around the last turn, she took right back off.
"I was just trying to get to the wire first," he continued. "I knew we were going a pretty good mile but I didn't think it would be a track record."
The rookie filly has now won seven of nine lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $168,650 in lifetime purse earnings. (Hoosier Park)