A total of 12 Indiana Sires Stakes (ISS) Championships will flood the racing program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Friday, Oct. 11 featuring purses in excess of $2.4 million. The all-Indiana sired program gets underway at 6:30 p.m. for the 14-race program.
Kicking off the ISS Championships will be the $70,000 Mares Trot featuring the return of world champion Trotter of the Year Hannelore Hanover. The Swan for All mare, trained by Ron Burke, now has more than $3 million on her card with wins in 46 of 82 lifetime starts. Hannelore Hanover will start from post five as the early morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 with Yannick Gingras in the bike.
The first of eight $270,000 ISS Championships gets underway in the fifth race of the night, shifting the focus to three-year-old filly pacers. Trainer Shane Bowermaster will prepare five horses in the final, including Fully A Virgin, who has drawn a tough assignment from post nine. The Always A Virgin filly has won seven of her 15 starts this year with her quickest mile in 1:50.1 taken two starts back. A win in the ISS Championships would make her third victory in a row. Michael Oosting will guide the sophomore filly from post nine at odds of 3-1.
Grand Swan is the overwhelming favorite for the $270,000 ISS Championship for three-year-old trotting fillies. The Swan for All filly has earned wins in seven of 10 starts this season with earnings already over $229,000. LeWayne Miller trains and drives and they will start their journey from post three in the 12-filly final.
Two-year-old trotting fillies will be led by May Baby in the evening’s seventh race. A daughter of Guccio, she has only been defeated once in seven starts and will also begin from post three with trainer-driver James Yoder at the controls at odds of 3-5.
Two-year-old filly pacers will see a nice matchup between Priceless (post five) and Foxy Rigger (post nine). Foxy Rigger has a slight edge on the morning line at odds of 5-2 over Priceless at 3-1. Trained and driven by Brandon Bates, Priceless, a daughter of Rockin Image, has won five of eight this year with a career best time of 1:51.1. Foxy Rigger, by Riggins, has won seven of eight starts, also turning in a best time of 1:51.1. Trace Tetrick drives the filly. The hot matchup falls in the eighth race of the night with a post time of approximately 8:36 p.m.
TJ’s Top Pick, driven by Trace Tetrick, will head the field in the two-year-old colt and gelding trotting ranks from post eight at odds of 7-5 while Odds On Osiris, driven by Peter Wrenn, will head the field in the two-year-old colt and gelding pacing ranks from post three at odds of 2-1. Swandre the Giant (Gingras) heads up the sophomore trotting colts and geldings at odds of 7-5 from post three while Little Rocket Man (Tetrick) has been tagged the favorite for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. He begins from post six at odds of 5-2.