Anderson, IN — Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled card on Friday (Aug. 30) as the Indiana Sires Stakes season pressed on with two $50,500 divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings and two $68,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighting the evening’s 13-race card.
Familiar faces found the winner’s circle as all of last week’s divisional round winners repeated in their respective divisions, and three of the four winners delivered as the heavy betting favorite.
In the opening division, Rockie Got Framed turned in a gritty 1:49.3 performance to record back-to-back stakes wins in the 3-year-old pacing colt division. With regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky, Rockie Got Framed moved first-over around the final turn and used a :26.2 final quarter to hold off the post time favorite, Shamwow and LeWayne Miller, by a head. Pacesetter Tellmeaboutit and Mike Oosting held on for third.
Sent off as the public’s second choice at 2-1, Rockie Got Framed returned $6.20.
“The trip didn’t work out at all like I thought it would,” Macomber noted after the victory. “The last few starts though, he’s showed that he loves to fight horses off. We made a few equipment changes in the last few starts and he’s really turning into a tough race horse. He loves to fight them off.”
With the win, Rockie Got Framed posted his fifth win from his last six starts and eighth victory from 16 starts this season. Owned in partnership by Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stable, the gelded son of Rockin Image and Carousel upped his lifetime bankroll to $166,606. The Jamie Macomber trainee’s 1:49.3 clocking equaled the lifetime best he established against stakes company last week. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms.
Odds On Osiris kicked off the stakes action for the 2-year-old competitors and won with authority, stamping himself as one of the top freshman colts in the Hoosier state. With Peter Wrenn in the sulky, Odds On Osiris turned a pocket trip into a 1:51.4 victory and made good on his 1-5 odds. Employing a :26.2 final panel, the Melanie Wrenn trainee finished two lengths in front of Always And Again and Trace Tetrick to record his third straight victory. Stellar BB and Robert Taylor used a ground-saving trip to get up for third.
Odds On Osiris returned $2.60.
“He’s really coming into himself,” Wrenn said. “He’s starting to get really handy. You never know with these young colts going these big miles week in and week out but as long as he keeps coming back with these type of miles, that’s what you want.”
Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Fox Stake Champion, has now won three of five starts this season and pushed his lifetime earnings to $89,365. The gelded son of Rockin Image and Antigua Hanover is owned by Odds On Racing and was bred by Merlie Schwartz.
Little Rocket Man looked every bit the part of a 6-5 favorite in gate-to-wire effort to capture his stakes split for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.1. Trace Tetrick fired Little Rocket Man away from the gate and dictated the pace before fighting off a late surge from White Hair Rocks and John DeLong to win by a head. Pure Rock and Rick Plano used a pocket trip to round out the trifecta.
Little Rocket Man returned $4.40.
“Well, I didn’t necessarily want to be on the front,” Tetrick admitted after the win. “That’s the way the race worked out and it ended up working out for us. He did all the work. He raced super again, he shows up every week.”
Trained by Melissa Essig, Little Rocket Man recorded his second straight stakes win and 10th victory from 13 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Rockin Image and GT Miss Royal owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman pushed his lifetime bankroll to $125,380 with the win. Unraced as a 2-year-old, Little Rocket Man was bred by Victory Hill Farm.
Clever Character used similar front-pacing tactics to capture the final stakes split for 2-year-old colts and geldings in dominating fashion for driver Dale Hiteman. Stopping the timer in 1:52, Clever Character left alertly from post six to grab the lead just before the half and never looked back.
Kicking home in :26.4, the Timothy Smith trainee held off a fast closing Sawyer’s Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. to win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Sawyer’s Desire was forced to settle for second, while High Impression and Sam Widger used a pocket trip to finish third.
As the 3-5 favorite, Clever Character returned $3.40.
“He’s the type of horse that makes you look good no matter how you drive him,” Hiteman said in the winner’s circle. “He’s got extreme speed and, knock on wood, has been healthy all season.”
With the win, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis and Ruby Delight posted his second consecutive stakes victory his and fourth trip to the winner’s circle in six starts this season. Owned and trained by Timothy Smith, Clever Character now sports a lifetime bankroll of $95,375. He was bred by Freedom Hill Farms.
Friday’s stakes action wrapped up a week’s worth of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park. The 2-year-old competitors have now completed round four of their six-round series while the sophomore division has completed round six of their eight-round series. All of the evening’s divisional winners earned points for the season-culminating $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for Oct. 11 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Live racing will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Saturday (Aug. 31) with a 12-race card. Post time is 6:30 p.m.