The Guccio sons were out in full force at Saratoga Harness Sunday, March 5. The card, featuring all trotting events, had numerous Indiana sired winners, including a pair by the Indiana sire Guccio. Katkin Morgan and Havana Ooh Nana scored wins on the card and were joined by Summit City Sonny, a son of Dover Dan, who scored the win over Mystical Somolli, also a son of Guccio, during the day.
Katkin Morgan was an impressive winner with Luke Hanners in the bike. The six-year-old gelding was parked to the quarter in :28.4 before sliding over to the lead position and setting the tempo. After the half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.0, Katkin Morgan went to work, drawing away from the field for the win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.0. Worth a Whisper and Alek Chartrand finished second over Cash N Chrome and Brett Crawford for third.
Katkin Morgan was the favorite of the field, paying $2.60 for the win. He is now owned by Mahlon Stoltzfus and trained by Andrew Byler. Brett Boyd Racing Inc. of Michigan bred the gelding, who now has a win and a second in two starts for 2023.
Overall Katkin Morgan has 11 wins in 48 career starts. He had limited starts as a two-year-old and missed his entire three-year-old campaign before returning at four and scoring a career best time of 1:54.0 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park under the direction of James Yoder. The one-time Indiana Sires Stakes contender raced for the Boyd’s and later ventured to Pocono Downs and won his first start before changing hands in August of his four-year-old season. He was acquired by Stoltzfus, sold for a short time, and returned to Stoltzfus last spring. He is a full brother to the standout trotter for the Yoder Stable, Katkin American, who has a mark of 1:51.2 and more than $300,000 in earnings. The family also includes Katkin and Coke, who has a mark of 1:55.2 and earnings of more than $225,000. The latest foal out of the Davanti mare Katkin is Katkin Courageous, a filly who is a two-year-old in 2023 by Dover Dan.
The other Guccio winner on the Sunday card was Havana Ooh Nana, driven by Jay Randall. The six-year-old mare sat up close early on before being shuffled back and then moving to the outside around the final turn. Havana Ooh Nana kicked into gear in the stretch and never gave up, getting the win by a nose over Amazing Sevens and Jim DeVaux at the wire in 2:00.2. Lucky Sevens and Leon Bailey finished third.
Havana Ooh Nana was a mild upset winner, paying $21.40 for the win. She is owned by Jeff Hayes of California and was bred by James Bafia and Eugene White. Misty Carey trains the trotting mare, who scored her first win in 2023. Overall, she has 14 wins and $72,000 in earnings with her career best time of 1:56.2 taken at Vernon Downs at the age of four.
Indiana was also represented by Summit City Sonny, a gate to wire winner for Leon Bailey. The Dover Dan four-year-old trotter won in 1:57.0 by one and one-half lengths over the Guccio gelding Mystical Somolli and Phil Fluet. Getting Messi and Billy Dobson finished third.
Summit City Sonny, who started out under the direction of Byron Hooley, paid $10 for the win. He is now owned by Jesse Mcassey and Adam Friedland. Mcassey trains the Freeman Bontrager bred gelding, who is now three for four in 2023. His career best time of 1:57.0 was taken as a two-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. This is his first year racing out of Indiana as he was sold following his win in the Governor’s Cup Championship for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings last August.