Anderson, IN — A pair of Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies were showcased at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday (Aug. 27) and brought forth impressive performances. Somethingbeautiful and Hot Mess Express each won their respective $40,500 divisions with authority and delivered as heavy favorites.
After suffering the first loss of her young career in the last round of stakes action, Hot Mess Express rebounded gamely and was the fastest divisional winner with a 1:52 open-length score. With driver Sam Widger at the lines, Hot Mess Express made her game winning move down the backside and never looked back.
Leaving from post two, Hot Mess Express settled along the rail in third while DP Spookytooth and Mike Oosting reached the front through the opening quarter in :27.1. Widger gave Hot Mess Express the green light and she powered up to take the lead just before the half in :55.2.
With a two length lead at three-quarters in 1:24, Hot Mess Express simply paced away from her competition. With a :28 final panel, Hot Mess Express coasted to the finish under a hand drive from Widger to finish 6-1/2 lengths in front of Uncut Gem and Joey Putnam. Sassy Cindy and Peter Wrenn rallied well late to finish third. Hot Mess Express returned $2.10.
The daughter of Panther Hanover and My Heart Was True recorded her fourth win from five lifetime outings. Hot Mess Express pushed her lifetime bankroll to $56,125 for trainer Jamaica Patton and owner Sam Bowie.
In the opening stakes division, Somethingbeautiful continued her winning ways with a dominant 1:53 performance with regular pilot LeWayne Miller in the sulky. Somethingbeautiful switched up her tactics and opted for a trip off the pace to deliver as the 1-9 favorite.
Somethingbeautiful eased off the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth while a host of others left aggressively. Ever Rocking and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :28 and led the field to the half in :56.4.
When the field reached the three-quarters in 1:25.2, Miller had Somethingbeautiful first-over and on the attack. Somethingbeautiful used a :27 final quarter to sprint past her competitors and finished five lengths to the good. Baci Baci and Ricky Macomber Jr. rode the pocket to finish second while Skyway Brittney and Sam Widger rounded out the trifecta. Somethingbeautiful returned $2.10.
Somethingbeautiful remains undefeated in four lifetime starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin and Summer N Sand is trained by Dylan Davis and owned in partnership by Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Richard Lombardo. Somethingbeautiful now sports a lifetime bankroll of $64,500.
Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Aug. 28) with two $42,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening’s 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool on the last race of the program. Post time is 6:30 p.m.