HOOSIER Park Racing and Casino hosted a stakes-filled card last night, with six divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires’ Stakes eliminations for two-year-old trotters conducted.
With two fillies’ and four colts’ divisions contested, this season’s crop of freshman trotters opened their series in impressive fashion.
Fawn De Savage kicked off the stakes action for the evening with a decisive win in 2:00.3. Trained by Kristin Shetler, the daughter of Keystone Savage used a well-timed rally late in the lane to score upon debut.
In the next division, Double D Angel used a pocket trip to find the winners’ circle in 2:00. Trained by Dan Perdue, the daughter of Mr Cantab broker her maiden at her second start.
The colts then grabbed the spotlight, with Justice As beginning his career impressively as he surged late in the lane to score in 1:59.3 in his split of the stakes action. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the gelded son of Justice Hall covered the final quarters in 27.3 seconds.
Sixty Minute Man then delivered as the heavily-backed favourite in the second elimination, scoring in 1:59.2 at his debut for trainer Erv Miller.
Fly Jesse Fly then maintained his unbeaten record from two starts when he stopped the clocl in 1:58.4 for trainer Ron Otto. The promising son of Jailhouse Jesse is owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto.
In the final division of the stakes action, Dreamstyle Herbie caused a major upset to score in 2:00. Dreamstyle Herbie found late racing room in the stretch to register his first win for trainer by Dave White.
Each elimination winner has earned a spot in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes’ Final slated for Friday, July 3 at Hoosier Park.
- EMILY GASKIN