Churita, the seven-year-old Indiana bred daughter of Airzoom Lindy, has been knocking on the door all season long at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The trotting mare pulled in an impressive win Saturday, July 6, winning the $20,000 Open Trot in a time of 1:53.1 for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Matt Rheinheimer.
Churita moved out quickly from behind the Todd Nixon starting gate and had the lead at the quarter mile marker in :27.3 before Donatover and Lewayne Miller moved to the front to set remaining fractions. Rheinheimer kept Churita right on his back and in the stretch, found the room needed to trot home in :27.1 for the win, one and one-half lengths over Donatover and Miller. Compelling and Verlin Yoder rounded out the top three.
Owned by Porterproffesionalservice of Michigan, Churita paid $10.00, $3.80, $2.20 across the board for her win. It was her 41st trip to the winner’s circle in 98 career starts as she closes in on $1 million in career earnings. Her career best time still stands at 1:51.4 taken at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 2018.
Churita now has four wins in 10 starts for 2019 with only two outings worse than third. She was bred by Devon Chupp of Shipshewana, Ind. She was from the first crop of Airzoom Lindy and was purchased for $3,700 from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale in 2013. Churita is the richest and fastest product of Airzoom Lindy.