Ellianna R and LeWayne Miller beat the boys and earned their first career pari-mutuel win Saturday, Dec. 2 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The Indiana sired filly cruised home for the win in 1:57.1, a new lifetime mark for the sophomore trotting filly.
Ellianna R was tagged as the early morning line favorite and got away third as Zions Realy Chilly an Marvin Luna took over early, establishing the tempo at the quarter in :27.4. Ellianna R took advantage of a second quarter and rallied up to take over at the half in :57.4. From there, she got a breather to the three-quarters as longshot New Guy in Town and Kyle Wilfong approached on the outside.
In the stretch Ellianna R turned her speed dial up a notch, trotting home in :29.2 for the win, fending off New Guy In Town at the wire by three-quarters of a length. Zions Realy Chilly held his ground inside for third.
Ellianna R paid $7.60 for the win. The three-year-old daughter of Swan in A Million is trained by Susan Miller for owner John Lengacher Jr., who also bred the filly. She has six career wins now in 34 starts after spending the early part of her career on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit. Coming into her win at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, her career best was 2:00.2 taken earlier this year at Converse.
Ellianna R is the fifth of six foals from the Master Lavec mare Let-Er-Rumble. The family has four winners in five foals of racing age. There is also a yearling filly this year by Crescent Fashion named Jayceesprite who will see action next year as a two-year-old.
Later in the card, Kobe’s Gigi and John DeLong were easy winners in the $22,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. The duo got away fourth before taking over at the half and traveling home for the win, a final quarter in :26.3 over the good track. Kobe’s Gigi was a winner in 1:52.2, two lengths ahead of Elektra A and Trace Tetrick with The Pantheist A and Atlee Bender finishing third.
Kobe’s Gigi paid $2.60 for the win. The JK Endofanera mare, who won an elimination of the Breeders Crown this fall and finished third in the final for older pacing mares, is trained by Missy Essig. Leander Schwartz and Black and White Stable own the mare bred by Harvey Fry.
Kobe’s Gigi now has 16 career wins in 54 career starts. Her bankroll has surpassed $625,000 and her career best time of 1:48.3 was taken last year at The Meadowlands.