Tubby win with a trace
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Js Finance, piloted by Trace Tetrick, accelerated down the stretch to earn a victory in leg one of the Tubby Trimble Wednesday, May 9. The win is the first of the season for the son of VP Finance, and a career best time of 1:55.2. Joe Mama, with Walter Haynes Jr. in the sulky, finished 2 1/4 lengths back in second.
“He is a nice horse,” said Tetrick. “I won with him last year at Indiana Downs, and I’ve liked him ever since. He’s had some bad breaks this year, but tonight he had a great trip.”
Monroe\'sflying Jet and Mike Peterson used an explosive beginning to take command of the field from the far inside. Picking up behind the leaders was Js Finance and Tetrick from the third post position, with Kentucky Kindness and Jay Cross finding position just behind in third. Monroe\'sflying Jet led the field of pacers to an opening fraction of :28.
With no horses up to challenge the leaders, Monroe\'sflying Jet and Peterson continued to lead the way past the half-mile marker. J’s Finance and Tetrick continued to hold cover one length behind in second, with Kentucky Kindness leading the outer flow in third. Js Finance, in his fourth start of the season, looked poised to strike every step of the way. Tetrick had the 3 year old in ideal position throughout the mile.
Kentucky Kindness took a small advantage entering the stretch, with Js Finance right there challenging from second. Junior Jesse and Don Eash pulled to within three lengths, and in position to make a bid for the wire. Js Finance, with direction from Tetrick, closed the final quarter-mile in :27.1, pulling away from the field of seven 3 -and 4-year old Indiana-bred pacers.
“Larry (Rheinheimer) did a great job getting him ready for tonight,” added Tetrick. “He had a lot of pace this week. He’s really improved from last week.”
Larry Rheinheimer trains Js Finance and Jack L. and Sue Ann Myers of Bristol, Ind. own. The win is the second in eight career starts for the 3 year old. Rounding out the top-three finishers were Junior Jesse and Eash.
Harvey Six fought back gamely in the stretch to take the first round of the Tubby Trimble Series. Driven to the winner’s circle by Jeff Nisonger, it was the first career victory for the 3-year-old gelding, pacing the mile in 1:55. The time was the fastest of the two non-betting divisions held over a fast track.
“He (Harvey Six) raced really well tonight,” said Nisonger. “We changed some things on him this week, so he has a new training style. We tried to turn him out this week also. He is showing some really big improvements.”
Harvey Six started from the gate in post position four in the field of seven starters. He was able to get away in the pocket to the second spot around the first turn.
Passing the third-quarter in 1:26, Harvey Six fell back as far as fifth after coming off of the top of the stretch. Cutting between horses in the lane, the Dream Work product gunned it home.
Using a final panel of :28.1, Harvey Six and Nisonger rallied to pass leader Hoosier Alibi and driver Joe Essig Jr. The late move proved to be the key one as the duo got to the wire just in time to win by a final margin of three-quarters of a length. Hoosier Alibi held on to finish second. Kentucky Lukas, with driver Jay Cross, rounded out the top three.
“I wanted to try to stay up close in the race,” said Nisonger. “It was just hard after they were going :26.4 in the first quarter. I knew I needed to get out in the stretch to try to win. This group went a really good mile. In the long run, it worked out.”
Harvey Six is one for five this season, including one second-place finish and two third-place outings. He finished fifth in the $12,000 Jerry Landess Series last month at Hoosier Park. The Indiana-sired horse is owned by the Big Hat Stable of Bradford, Ohio. He is trained by Steve Livingston. (Hoosier Park)