Anderson, IN — Indiana-sired two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (July 23), as the evening’s 14-race card was highlighted by four divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the freshman pacers.
Rogers Image (John DeLong) stole the show after they recorded a national season’s record for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:51.2 clocking in the first division. It was also a good night for trainer Brian Brown who teamed up with leading driver Trace Tetrick to score two wins in stakes action.
Rogers Image opened up the stakes action in a big way when he paced to a 1:51.2 winning mile in the opening division and scored his maiden breaking win in fashion. Delong allowed Roger’s Image to settle off the gate and found a spot along the rail in seventh. When the field straightened away down the backside, DeLong decided it was time to move and Rogers Image quickly ranged up to grab command. Employing a :27.1 final quarter, Rogers Image got the win by nearly a length over JK Going West (LeWayne Miller). The 1:51.2 clocking established a new national season’s mark for two-year-old pacing colts on a seven-eighths mile oval.
Trained by Ron Burke, the son of Rockin Image-Remi’s Rocket recorded his first win of the season from two outs. Rogers Image increased his lifetime bankroll to $13,750 for his ownership partnership of Burke Racing, J&T Silva, Purnel & Libby, Ras Racing, and Weaver Bruscemi.
Trainer Brian Brown sent out his first winner of the evening in the second division of the ISS action as What’s Your Beef utilized a sharp gate to wire effort to score in 1:51.4. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, What’s Your Beef scored his third straight win and established a new lifetime best in the process.
Leaving from post four, What’s Your Beef (Trace Tetrick) grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.4 and went on to dictate middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:24.4. Using a :27 final panel, What’s Your Beef was able to hold off a late surge from Virgo (Miller) to get the win.
The son of JK Endofanera-Kats Treasure is now three for three in his young career. What’s Your Beef pushed his lifetime bankroll to $22,500 for owners W. Donovan, J. Sbrocco, K. Nichols, and Jaf Racing.
PBR Street Gang (Tetrick) tallied the second win for Team Brown after he scored his maiden breaking win in the third division of the stakes action with Tetrick in the bike. PBR Street Gang left just enough to grab a pocket seat and waited patiently to make his move late in the lane. Tetrick tipped PBR Street Gang from behind the leader and he used the long Hoosier Park homestretch to his advantage to get the win in 1:52.2.
The son of JK Endofanera-Love You Always scored the first win of his career from two-lifetime outings. With the win, PBR Street Gang increased his lifetime purse earnings to $11,850 for owners Country Club Acres, J Sbrocco, M. Leeman, and L&H Mgmt Services.
Madeline’s Blk Jack (Ricky Macomber Jr.) played the role of favorite and looked every bit the part of a 1-5 shot scoring in his split of the stakes action. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Madeline’s Blk Jack made his game-winning move down the backside and never looked back. Using a :26.3 closing kick, Madeline’s Blk Jack coasted to the wire, under a hand drive from Macomber, and finished five lengths in front of his competition.
With the win, the son of JK Endofanera-Honey’s Luck remains undefeated in two starts. The 1:52.2 clocking established a new lifetime best for the colt. Madelines Blk Jack is owned by Madeline Farms and trained by Jamie Macomber.
Stakes action will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with an action-packed 14-race card on Friday, July 24. Friday’s racing action will be highlighted by the $100,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies slated as the seventh race on 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.