Trainer Jeff Cullipher sent out a pair of Open pacers in the evening’s featured race Friday, April 30 and nearly got a dead heat performance by the two. Saying Grace N, driven by Trace Tetrick, was able to get a slim advantage at the wire over Brassy Hanover and Sam Widger for the win.
Starting from post three, Saying Grace N left alertly prepared to cut the mile but stablemate Brassy Hanover left from the center of the track with a little more speed, securing the top spot by the quarter in :27.0. Saying Grace N followed along through the half in :55.4 before feeling pressure on the outside as Little Rocket man and John DeLong began to close in on the outside. In the stretch, Saying Grace N found the room he needed to move out and challenge Brassy Hanover with Little Rocket Man tracking them closely. Pacing home in :25.4, Saying Grace N was able to get the win in the last stride by a neck over Brassy Hanover. Little Rocket Man, also pacing home in :25.4, finished third.
Saying Grace N was the longest shot on the board, paying $58.20 for the win. The eight-year-old American Ideal gelding is owned by Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC, who exported the gelding to the United States in 2019 and earned their 12th win with the veteran pacer. He has now won in excess of $160,000 while racing in the United States and his career mark of 1:48.4 was taken at six at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Prior to arriving in the U.S., Saying Grace N won 13 races in New Zealand. He didn’t start racing until he was four.