Anderson, IN — Three-year-old pacing colts & geldings were on display on Friday, September 18 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the sixth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action.
The night saw victories from both a heavy favorite and a longshot, proving the competitive nature of the division. Odds On Osiris fulfilled the role of post-time favorite, winning his first start back at Harrah’s Hoosier Park after Grand Circuit action. Dojea Gizmo provided one of many upsets on the evening’s card in the second division after a near gate-to-wire score for his first Indiana Sires Stakes win.
In the first split of the stakes action, Odds On Osiris (Peter Wrenn) made a triumphant return to Harrah’s Hoosier Park, crossing the wire in 1:50:1, a little over a length to the good. Odds On Osiris followed through as the 1-5 favorite, paying $2.60 to win.
When the gate opened, Odds On Osiris settled into a spot midpack, letting his competitors set the fractions. Crook Boyzz (Brandon Bates) led the field through an opening quarter of :26:2. Wrenn gave Odds On Osiris the go-ahead soon after, moving second-over and surging past the leaders. Crook Boyzz still called the shots at the half in :55:2, but his lead wouldn’t last long.
Odds On Osiris was out and powered up to take command at the third quarter in 1:23:2. As the field turned for home, Crook Boyzz appeared ready to battle but Odds On Osiris was too strong and dug in to get the victory leaving Crook Boyzz to settle for second. Always And Again (John De Long) rallied well late in the stretch for third.
“We decided to add Lasix because he did bleed a bit in the North American Cup,” trainer Melanie Wrenn revealed after the win. “He’s been a consistent athlete. At two we tried to find how he likes to race best but this year he has really found his way to race.”
Odds On Osiris has now won 10 of 17-lifetime starts, boasting a lifetime bankroll of $576,425 for owners Odds On Racing. The son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover was bred by Merlie Schwartz.
Rounding out the stakes events for the night was Dojea Gizmo providing the 15-1 upset for driver, trainer Dan Shetler. Equaling his lifetime mark of 1:51, Dojea Gizmo made his game-winning move down the backside to score his fifth-lifetime win.
As the wings of the gate opened, Family Recipe with James Yoder surged to the front through the first quarter in :27:2. Dojea Gizmo was ready to attack and was on top by a length at the half in :56:4. Dojea Gizmo continued unchallenged through third quarter in 1:24:3.
As the field turned for home, Doeja Gizmo felt Family Recipe (James Yoder) digging in behind him. The pair ended up matching strides for much of the stretch but it was Dojea Gizmo who came out on top. Family Recipe held on for second. Clever Character (Ricky Macomber Jr.) recovered from a break at the start, rallying late for third. Dojea Gizmo paid $32.40 to win with the upset.
“We didn’t really race him as a two-year-old,” Shetler noted in the winner’s circle, “but I always knew he had that speed. He’s incredibly versatile and durable.”
The son of Tellitlikeitis-Postmark, Dojea Gizmo has now won five of 18 starts. He sports a lifetime bankroll of $74,343 for owners Dan Shetler and the Dojea Stables, who also bred the gelding.
With Friday’s Pick-4 sequence going unsolved, producing a $5,447.69 carryover, the Pick-4 pool will be guaranteed at $10,000 for Saturday’s 14-race card . Racing action will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 12 with both an Open Trot and an Open Pace. 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 November 21, highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown October 30 & 31. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.