Anderson, IN — A competitive field of sophomore trotting fillies provided for an impressive stakes performance on Wednesday (Aug. 28) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening’s program was highlighted by one $91,000 division for the 3-year-old trotting fillies in round six of Indiana Sires Stakes action. While the fight to the wire was a gritty one, it was Measuredperfection, driven by Trace Tetrick, who dug in for the win and with it, took home back-to-back Indiana Sires Stakes victories.
When the wings of the gate opened, Sam Widger pointed Kota’s Swan to the lead from post six. Sophia Lia with John De Long grabbed the pocket seat while Measuredperfection landed along the rail in third. The field continued in straight alignment through opening fractions of :27.4 and :57 while Measuredperfection waited patiently to make her game-winning move.
Once the fillies reached the third quarter in 1:26, Measuredperfection was out applying pressure to Kota’s Swan first-over while LeWayne Miller grabbed the cover and was second-over with Grand Swan. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan looked poised to strike but made a costly break, seemingly leaving it to a determined Kota’s Swan and a fast-charging Measuredperfection.
While Kota’s Swan wasn’t going to give up her lead without a fight, Measuredperfection dug in gamely late in the mile with a final quarter of :29 and crossed the wire just under a length ahead of the pack in 1:55.1. Utilizing a late charge, Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates powered home to get up for second while Kota’s Swan held on for third. Measuredperfection paid $3.20 to win for her backers at the betting windows.
“We got a really good position,” driver Trace Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “She was first up past the half but she still dug in late. It helps that she’s handy and does well no matter where she ends up. It doesn’t matter to her — she’ll race either way.”
Measuredperfection is a daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated and was bred by Concord Stud Farm. The Ron Burke trainee has now won eight of 18 lifetime starts and boasts a bankroll of $279,890 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva – Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi.
Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday (Aug. 29) with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the 2-year-old pacing fillies. Thursday’s card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12.
With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.