Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Tellitsassymae and Sam Widger stole the show after they recorded the fastest mile of the season for 2-year-old pacers, regardless of gender or track size, with a 1:51.1 triumph in the featured event of the evening. In gate-to-wire fashion, Tellitsassymae recorded her third win of the year and established a new lifetime best in just her third career start.
Handed the tough, outside post position nine, Widger wasted no time and sent the filly away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1. Imonlytellinyaonce and James Yoder grabbed the pocket seat with Rockinbeach and Todd Warren next in line third.
Tellitsassymae clicked off fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.3 but Trace Tetrick had the heavily favored Glorious Virgin on the attack, first-over as the field approached the final turn. LeWayne Miller had Chasing Madi well placed second-over and Imonlytellinyaonce looked poised to strike from the pocket.
Tellitsassymae employed a :27.1 closing quarter to put away Glorious Virgin and hold off an impressive late surge from Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by three-parts of a length. Pure Maid finished second while Glorious Virgin rounded out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Tellitsassymae returned $13.40 to her backers at the betting windows.
"She did all the work," Widger noted after the victory. "I just pointed her in the right direction. She crossed right over and did everything I asked. She was awesome."
Trained by Ernie Gaskin, the daughter of Tellitlikeitis-My Girl Maddie has now won three of three lifetime starts while bankrolling $52,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Tellitsassymae is owned in partnership by Henry Blackwell and Darla and Emily Gaskin.
Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday with the first of five $75,000 finals for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In addition to the stakes action, Hoosier Park has announced three signature wagering opportunities providing remarkable value to horseplayers for Thursday's 13-race card.
With a carryover in excess of $12,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer a $35,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for the Thursday night program. In addition, the Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Wednesday, resulting in a $24,052.60 carryover and will feature a $75,000 Guaranteed Pool on Thursday. This is in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool offered on Thursday nights in Races 3-6.
The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the ninth race and will continue through the thirteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the ninth race, is 8:58 p.m. (EDT).
The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features an industry low takeout of 12 percent with a 20-cent minimum wager.
The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:10 p.m. (EDT).
Free past performances for the sequences will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. (Hoosier Park)