After winning his elimination of the $24,000 Indiana Sires Stakes last week, Fiftydallarbill is back and ready to tackle the best sophomore trotting colts in the state for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Thursday, Aug. 30 at Hoosier Park. The Swan For All colt will be seeking his fifth straight win in the race.
Owned by John Barnard and trained by William Crone, Fiftydallarbill came into 2018 off a stellar season at two, polishing off his season with a win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown last October. After taking the winter off, he has returned better than ever, scoring six wins in nine starts so far for the season. His new career mark was taken at Pocono Downs earlier this summer in the $75,000 Earl Beak Jr. Memorial consolation in a time of 1:52.1 with Driver Brett Miller at the controls.
Fiftydallarbill will begin his race from post three in the 10-horse lineup. He has been tagged as the 6-5 morning line favorite with regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike.
The biggest contender that will try to unseat Fiftydallarbill is Katkin American, trained by Verlin Yoder and driven by James Yoder from post eight. The son of Guccio has only been worse than second one time in eight starts this year and picked up a best time of 1:52.3 at Hoosier Park in June. Owned by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. of Jonesville, Mich., Katkin American is the second choice of the field at odds of 2-1.
The entire field for the Indiana Sires Stakes final, in post position order with driver and odds includes: J S Peyton (Alex Udell, 20-1); Lion Safari As (Todd Warren, 12-1); Fiftydallarbill (Trace Tetrick, 6-5); Batting Stats (LeWayne Miller, 25-1); Wings Up (Sam Widger, 25-1); Mayfair Well (Dale Hiteman, 25-1); Got The Groove (John DeLong, 4-1); Katkin American (James Yoder, 2-1); River Otter (Robert Taylor, 15-1); and Wham Bam Guccio (Ricky Macomber Jr., 25-1).
Fiftydallarbill’s connections also have a horse in the second race of the night Thursday, Aug. 30 in the $19.500 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old trotting colts. Crone sends out Admiral Dewey from post five with Tetrick in the bike. The Elegant Man gelding has won four of his 12 starts for 2018 after being unraced as a two-year-old. Barnard co-owns the trotter with Kevin Kline of Urbana, Ill., who will seek the win as the favorite of the field at odds of 9-5. Post time for the Indiana Sires Stakes consolation is estimated at 6:48 p.m.