Double A Goldrush and driver Tony Hall got the first leg of the $15,000 Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley Series rolling with a big performance Tuesday, March 1 at Miami Valley Raceway. The duo scored the win by six lengths in the five-eighths mile dash.
Starting from the inside post in the seven-horse field, Double A Goldrush got good positioning early with Shine All the Way and Dan Noble also surging to the lead on the outside, only to make a break at the quarter in :27.0. Several horses got tangled up in interference, giving Double A Goldrush the opportunity to get away from the field, leading the way by seven lengths at the half in :55.3. In a rush to get home, Double A Goldrush continued his dominance all the way to the wire for the win in 1:30.0. Thruway and Josh Sutton finished second over Pilgrims Image, another Indiana sired horse, who finished third with Trace Tetrick in the bike.
Double A Goldrush paid $5.40 for the win. The eight-year-old Elegant Man gelding is owned by Michael and Laura Lee and Terry Leonard. Double A Acres bred the Indiana sired trotter, who is trained by Ross Leonard.
Double A Goldrush is now three for four this season. His career best time of 1:53.0 was taken as both a five-year-old and a six-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Overall, he has 34 career wins in 146 career starts with purse earnings over $366,000. The Leonard Stable has had him his entire career and the gelding has been impressive since starting his career in 2016, winning four of nine starts at two and only missing the board once in nine starts.
Double A Goldrush was one of 17 yearlings sold by Elegant Man at the 2015 yearling sales. He was the second highest priced foal, bringing $14,000 through the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale ring. The dam of Double A Goldrush is Casual Chick, a daughter of Yankee Glide. She is also the dam of Kota’s Swan, winner of more than $232,000 with a mark of 1:54.2 and Double A Cash Hall, who has a mark of 1:53.0 and earnings of more than $400,000. She is still producing foals with a Dover Dan three-year-old named Double A Soprano and a yearling colt this year by Swan In A Million.