Anderson, IN — Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings took their turn in the spotlight in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Saturday (July 18) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Two divisions brought 21 Indiana sired competitors ready to battle in their second round of stakes action.
The standouts were Odds On Osiris with Peter Wrenn who equaled his lifetime mark and Caribbean Escape with John Delong with an impressive rally in the stretch. Not to be outdone by the pacing colts, Majestic Player A captured the $15,000 Open Trot and equaled the track record for older trotters, clocking a 1:51.1 victory with Sam Widger in the bike.
Odds On Osiris kicked off the stakes action for the evening in the $34,000 opening division as he took the lead from the coveted post five. As the gate opened, he was followed by Dry Creek Sam with Robert Taylor and Island Of The Sea with Michael Oosting. Clocking fractions of :25.3 and :54.3, Odds On Osiris remained unchallenged until the third quarter in 1:24.1 when Dry Creek Sam was attacking on the outside.
The two matched strides down the stretch while Clever Character with Dale Hiteman was also winding up from behind. When the clock stopped in 1:50.3, it was Odds On Osiris who reached the wire first, equaling his best time. Roll With Time with LeWayne Miller arrived late on the scene for second while Clever Character finished third. Odds On Osiris paid $3.60 to win.
“It’s been an interesting year, but he’s exactly where I was hoping he’d be at this point,” Wrenn noted after the victory. “That was a nice mile and I was very impressed with his class tonight.”
Odds On Osiris, the son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover brought his lifetime bankroll to $366,895 with his eighth lifetime win. He is owned by Odds On Racing and was bred by Merlie Schwartz.
Division two, for a purse of $36,570, brought a full field of 11 but that didn’t deter Caribbean Escape from rallying late to score his second straight stakes victory.
Using similar tactics from his first round victory, Caribbean Escape was uninvolved in the early tussle as Sawyer’s Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. followed the wings of the gate for the lead. Caribbean Escape showed his stamina, as he was second-over through the first quarter in :26.1 and remained there through the half in :54. Always And Again with Ken Holliday wanted their turn on the front and led the field into the final turn.
As the field turned for home in 1:22.2, Always And Again was still on top while Caribbean Escape joined the cavalry charge toward the wire from third over. DeLong tipped Caribbean Escape late in the lane and he dug in gamely to put a neck in front and stop the clock in 1:51. Caribbean Escape paid $9.60 to win. Northern Cadilac and Joey Putnam closed from the clouds to finish second while Family Recipe and Lewayne Miller got up for third.
“With the eight hole in an 11 horse field, I figured we would have a tough trip,” DeLong noted. “We needed speed up front and that’s exactly what happened. This horse has come a long way in a short amount of time.”
Trained by K. Dean Glispie, who also co-owns with Barbara Schlagetter and Gail Potter, Caribbean Escape added a third lifetime win to his record. Bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, the son of Bring On The Beach-Caribbean now sports a lifetime bankroll of $46,142.
Grabbing the spotlight before the ISS races was 6-year-old trotting gelding Majestic Player A. After sitting last for much of the mile, Majestic Player A used an incredible stretch rally to get up in the final strides to score his ninth straight victory. With the 1:51.1 clocking, Majestic Player A not only established a new lifetime best but also equaled the track record at Harrah’s Hoosier Park for older trotters. Trained by Walter Haynes Jr., Majestic Player A remains undefeated in three starts at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Tuesday (July 21) with two divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies kicking off their stakes season.
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. 21, highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown Oct. 30 and 31. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.