Anderson, IN — Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Tuesday (Sept. 15) card with a quartet of Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for freshman trotters and it was a night ruled by favorites as the post time favorite delivered in all four divisions. The 2-year-olds completed the fifth round of their six round series and secured valuable points for the $250,000 Super Finals slated for Oct. 16.
Illini Earl and Trace Tetrick made quick work of the $39,500 first division for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings to score as the 2-5 favorite. Stopping the timer in 1:55.1, Illlini Earl finished 4-1/4 lengths in front of his competition, established a new lifetime best and recorded his second consecutive victory.
The Walter Haynes Jr. trainee made every call a winning one as he dictated fractions of :28.2, :58, and 1:26.3 before trotting strong to the wire. Owned in partnership by Jeff Fought Racing and Brian Carsey, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Maevey Gravy has now won two of five lifetime starts. Illini Earl sports a lifetime bankroll of $31,550.
Trace Tetrick was back in the winner’s circle just a few races later after steering Swift Swanda to a front-stepping 1:55.2 victory in the $38,500 first division for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Sent off as the heavy post time favorite, Swift Swanda made her game winning move down the backside and never looked back. Utilizing a :28.2 final quarter, Swift Swanda was able to hold off a late surge from Country Girl Charm and LeWayne Miller to get the win by 4-1/2 lengths.
Owned in partnership by Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company, the daughter of Swan For All-Cheetah Hall equaled her established best and recorded her fifth from seven lifetime outs with the victory. Swift Swanda has now earned $76,617 and is trained by Erv Miller.
Breckenridge and Dan Shetler continued their winning ways to score in 1:56.1 in the $42,400 second division of the stakes action for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Utilizing his customary front-stepping tactics, Breckenridge dictated fractions of :28.2, :58.1, and 1:27.3 before holding off a late surge from Swingforthefences and Peter Wrenn to get the win by a neck. The 1:56.1 clocking was a new lifetime best for the freshman colt and his third consecutive victory in stakes action.
The homebred son of Class Included-Dazzling Miss is owned in partnership by Dan Shetler and Dojea Stables and has now bankrolled $87,132 in career earnings. Breckenridge has won four of seven lifetime starts.
In the $38,000 final division for 2-year-old trotting fillies, the 1-5 favorite Shirley Goodness quarter-moved to command then stepped home in :28.2 to equal her lifetime mark of 1:55.4. The daughter of Swan For All-Stirling Debutant was guided by Peter Wrenn to a 4-1/4 length victory for trainer Melanie Wrenn.
Shirley Goodness recorded her fourth win of the season from six starts. Owned in partnership by Bill Beechy, Bradley Maxwell, and Kenneth Frieder, Shirley Goodness now sports a lifetime bankroll of $54,620.
Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday (Sept. 16). The evening’s 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program.
The 2020 live racing season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park will feature 111 racing programs and follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the season. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will be conducted through Nov. 21. For more information on the live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.