A trio of Indiana horses swept the trifecta Monday, Sept. 4 in the $8,000 conditioned pace at Scioto Downs led by Imarealroknbugatti and Tyler Smith. The win was the third on the card for Smith and it equaled his lifetime mark for Imarealroknbugatti.
Imarealroknbugatti went straight for the lead when the gate opened and was on top before the field hit the first turn. Several others horses left also and began looking for holes behind the leader. Imarealroknbugatti had Smith lying almost parallel to the ground with a big hold as they passed by the quarter in :26.4 and continued to lead the way to the half in :55.3 before feeling any pressure on the outside. Around the final turn, Beach Party and Brady Galliers were first over, forcing Nassau Desire to move three wide for the stretch drive.
In the stretch, Imarealroknbugatti was still in full control of the race and began to pull away from the field. Nassau Desire had the most momentum on the outside and was joined by Northern Angle and Austin Hanners, who had remained along the rail the entire way until the stretch. In the end, Imarealroknbugatti was a three-length winner in 1:51.1, a final quarter in :28.1. Nassau Desire finished second in a close photo with Northern Angle. All three horses are Indiana sired.
Imarealroknbugatti paid $9.20 for the win. The five-year-old Rockin Image gelding is owned and trained by Jessica Millner. Perry Smith bred the pacer, who now has 14 career wins. Overall, he has more than $140,000 on his card and has now paced in 1:51.1 the past two seasons with his first recorded at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He has been with Millner since the first of July.
Imarealroknbugatti is a half brother to the standout pacer Ima Real Ladys Man, who has a mark of 1:49.2 and more than $379,000 in earnings. The family has a yearling colt this year named Ima Real Brute by JK Endofanera and a weanling colt by Tellitlikeitis named Imarealdapperdude.
A few races later, another Indiana sired horse made it to Scioto’s winners circle as Pacific Pearl and Brett Miller scored the win in the $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Also by Rockin Image, the four-year-old wired the field in a time of 1:53.4, a three-quarter length winner over Scenic Adventure and Trevor Smith. Anns Marina Delray and Jeff Nisonger finished third.
Pacific Pearl paid $5.20 for the win. She is owned by Dennis and Laura Putman. Dennis also trains the product of Lyndar Stables and Frontier Farms, who was unraced at two. It was her first career win for her connections in her 11th career start after only starting once as a three-year-old last season.
Another Indiana winner was $10,000 claimer Let’s Rhyed driven by Josh Sutton. Bred by Rhys Helt, the Rockin Image five-year-old moved first over and took over at the top of the stretch, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.2. Hitman Hill and Brady Galliers finished second over Make a Statement A and Trevor Smith.
Tessa Perrin owns and trains Let’s Rhyed since being claimed out of his last start by her. He paid $6.40 to win and now has 22 career wins and more than $138,000 on his card. His career mark remains at 1:51.3 taken last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.