Two Indiana sired pacers are currently among the nation’s top 6 by wins for 2023. Coaches Corner, a son of Always a Virgin, and Little Rocket Man, a son of Rockin Image, are tied for third and sixth, respectively in the rankings by most wins this year in North America.
Coaches Corner is currently racing out East at both Harrah’s Philadelphia and Yonkers Raceway. The three-year-old gelding earned a win Monday, Nov. 27 at Yonkers in 1:52.3 in the $19,000 conditioned pacing event. Guided by Joe Bongiorno, the sophomore is owned by Jeff Fought Racing and Brian Carsey. Black Creek Farm and Hickory Hollow Stables bred the gelding trained by Per Engblom.
The win Monday at Yonkers was the 17th of the year in 26 starts for Coaches Corner. He only won one race last year at two while racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He is now 18 for 38 overall with more than $123,099 on his card. His career best time of 1:50.3 was taken earlier this fall at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Coaches Corner was campaigned at the beginning of the year by the Hooley Stable. He was the sale topper in the Blooded Horse Summer Sale at $65,000 and was purchased by Carsey and Fought. Prior to the sale, he was a winner in the Classic Pace at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds and the Governor’s Cup Championship at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Another standout on the national standings is Indiana’s iron horse Little Rocket Man. Trained by Ken Rucker, the seven-year-old has 15 wins this year in 25 starts. He is Indiana’s latest millionaire and now has 52 career wins. His quickest mile was recorded as a four-year-old in 1:47.2, which at the time equaled the track record at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He nearly matched that mile earlier this year at Scioto Downs in 1:47.3.
Little Rocket Man is owned by Russ Beeman and Jack Freeman. Victory Hill Farm bred the standout gelding, whose last start Nov. 17 was a win in the $22,000 Open at Harrah’s Hoosier Park under the guidance of John DeLong.
The top horse in the nation for wins is Dunkin’, who has 21 wins in 40 starts. The three-year-old Ohio bred son of Pet Rock has a record of 1:50.4 taken at Scioto Downs and more than $200,000 of his $249,000 bankroll has been accumulated this season. He is owned and trained by Betty Clegg and has turned in a majority of his starts on the Ohio Fair Circuit this year.