Big payday for Priceless at Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN — Indiana sensation Priceless collected her biggest payday of the season with a 1:51.1 victory in the $230,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stake for freshman pacing fillies on Friday (Sept. 20) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Driven by trainer Brandon Bates, the lass used a pocket trip to perfection, pacing home to a two length margin at the wire in a lifetime best performance.

“It worked out exactly the way I had hoped. When Tim (Tetrick) left (with favorite Beyond Ecstasy) I was ecstatic,” Bates said. “He cut some nice fractions in the race and it was pretty easy from there.”

The victory was the fifth in seven starts for the Rockin Image-Btwnyurheartnmine filly, bred by Mark Graber, Mervin Graber and Jacob Graber. Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung own the freshman, whom Hochsprung said could be headed to the Breeders Crown at the conclusion of the Indiana Sires Stakes campaign.

“I don’t know if we can beat them, but I’m probably going to give her a shot,” he said. “I told myself tonight that if we could beat this group, we’re probably going.”

Favorite Sherry Lyns Lady and Tim Tetrick battled back to nose out Rock Swan, driven by his brother, Trace, to take the $215,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stake for freshman filly trotters in a time of 1:54.2. Crucial rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Jim Campbell for Coyote Wynd Farms, the victory was the second in nine outings for the Father Patrick-Demoiselle Hanover 2-year-old.

“I saw him coming,” Tetrick said of his brother and Rock Swan. “He had a jump on me and I was just hoping I could catch him late, and I did. Mine was a little funny in the last turn and she cost me a couple of steps, but good horses overcome that and she got up there and got it done.”

Bred by Steve Stewart and Timot Stable Inc., Sherry Lyns Lady now possesses seasonal earnings of $264,154.

Century Farroh showed why he was favored in the $170,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. One of four supplemental entries into the race, the son of Mach Three claimed his 12th win in 14 seasonal starts, winning in 1:49.1. Crimson And Chrome raced second while Rockie Got Framed finished third.

Starting from the second tier, Sylvain Filion placed the colt on the front racing to a :54.3 first half. Once on the engine, he dictated the pace before going on to a one length score. Dr. Ian Moore, who trains the colt for Ratchford Stable NS, said that the lightly-staked horse could return to Hoosier Park this fall, and a supplement into the Breeders Crown is not out of the question, saying he deserves a shot on his home turf.

“I’ll talk to the owner tonight and we’ll see what he says. Basically, right now, this time of year with any horse it’s sort of week to week because he’s been going since the end of January, it’s been a long grind,” said Moore. “Every decision we make from here on in will be week to week.”

Sawyer’s Desire and Gingras used a :26.4 last quarter to get by favored Odds On Osiris to capture the $125,000 Elevation for freshman colt and gelding pacers in a lifetime best 1:51. Trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and breeder David Wills, the victory was the second of the season for the Real Desire-Ain’t That Funny gelding. Sent off at 8-1 odds, he paid $18.60.

Favored Evident Beauty, driven by David Miller, kept a neck in front of Grand Swan and Lewayne Miller in deep stretch to score a 1:53.3 triumph in the $135,000 Moni Maker for sophomore trotting fillies. The daughter of Trixton, bred by White Birch Farm, collected her seventh win in 12 starts, improving her seasonal earnings to $487,206. Her career tally now stands at $735,398 for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine Inc.

Live racing will continue at Harrah’ s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Sept. 21). With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit

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