Many horses are showing they are coming back stronger than ever in 2020 and one of those is Emma Town Bud. The three-year-old son of Big Stick Lindy rallied home to a 14-length win in qualifiers earlier this week at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Trained by Byron Hooley, Emma Town Bud and Michael Oosting got away from the gate in second as PM Acres Brigade and Don Eash set early fractions of :29 and :59.1. Around the turn, Emma Town Bud got into gear, soaring by to take the lead and trotting the final quarter in :26.0 for the win. PM Acres Brigade finished second while I Thank You and Trace Tetrick finished third.
An Indiana Sires Stakes winner from 2019, Emma Town Bud is owned by Summit Pacing Acres. The gelding completed his freshman season with three wins and four seconds in 12 starts to earn a total of $127,000. His best time at two was a mile in October at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 1:54.4. Emma Town Bud was bred by Mervin Lehman of Topeka, Ind.
Another impressive trotter from the Tuesday, May 26 racing program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park was Pretzel Party from the Jeff Edwards Stable. The three-year-old Mr Cantab filly set all the fractions, pulling away to a 15 and one-half length lead at the finish in 1:56.2. Driven by John DeLong, Pretzel Party had 14 starts as a two-year-old and her qualifying win marked a new career best for owners Denise Dennis and John Johannsen. She was bred by Hoosier Standardbred Farm in Montgomery, Ind.