Family Recipe and trainer-driver LeWayne Miller had all the right ingredients for an upset win in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Friday, Aug. 21. The sophomore son of Always a Virgin scored the fastest of two divisions on the card, winning in a new career best time of 1:49.4.
Family Recipe drew the rail and was able to get right out behind Island of the Sea and Trace Tetrick to follow along through fractions of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22.2. In the stretch, Miller pulled Family Recipe out of the pocket seat and rallied hoe for the two and one-quarter length win. Island of the Sea scored second place in a tight photo with Sawyer’s Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. for third.
Owned by Miller, Arnold Manders, Joseph Vieira and Never 2 Late Stable, Family Recipe paid $21.80, $5.20, $3.00 across the board. The gelding bred by Lyndar Stables earned his second win of 2020. The $32,000 yearling purchase has yet to finish worse than third in eight starts this season. Family Recipe now has in excess of $115,000 in earnings.
In the first division of Indiana Sires Stakes Crook Boyzz and Brandon Bates took control at the halfway point and never looked back, scoring the win in 1:50.1. Northern Cadilac and Joey Putnam finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second over Nassau Desire and Trace Tetrick for third.
The favorite of the field, Crook Boyzz paid $4.80, $4.20, $3.80 across the board for the win. Trained by Brett Selby, the gelded son of Always a Virgin earned his fourth win in nine starts this year. The time of the mile also gave him a new career best mark. With only two starts last year, Crook Boyzz has found his stride this season. He was purchased earlier this year by John and Robert Esposito and Selby. Wilbur Lengacher of Grabill, Ind. is the breeder on Crook Boyzz, who sold under the name of Toesinthewater at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale for $15,000.