Jalepenowiner and Mike Peterson secured their spot in next week’s $25,000 Governor’s Cup Championships at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The two-year-old trotting filly earned her second win on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Frankfort to complete the 13-week series leading up to the championships.
Starting from post one, Jalepenowiner wasted no time getting to the lead, and held that position by open lengths through fractions of :32.2, 1:04.0, and 1:35.3. The lead increased for the daughter of Colie’s around the final turn and the filly trotted away with the win by 21 and one-quarter lengths in 2:08.4. BJ Jennifer and Chad Clark stayed on the trot to finish second over Glidene Muscle and Jay Cross, who recovered from a break to finish third.
Jalepenowiner is owned by Roger Wilkin and trained by Justin White. Amos Schwartz bred the filly, who completes the series with 216 points to rank fourth on the list of eligibles for the Championship.
Jalepenowiner earned her second career win in nine starts. She has only missed the board twice in her career with her other win, a 2:07.0 clocking at Shelbyville, her best. Wilkin acquired the filly this past spring, just in time for the “Quest for the Governor’s Cup.” The sire, Colie’s, stood his last season in Indiana in 2021. He stood in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio before coming to Indiana in 2017. Overall, he only has 49 registered foals with 26 starters from that lot. The dam, Oaklea Vanilla, has seven foals, five of which are racing age, including Jalepenowiner. Of her four foals by Colie’s, all raced, including Swartz Bros Susie and Swartz Bros Donna.
The other division of two-year-old trotting fillies was won by Jolie’s Kate and Brad Ferguson. The Dover Dan filly, also owned by Wilkin, sat in the two hole and moved out in the stretch to pass up Youmeandwhiskey and Walter Haynes Jr., and fended off Pauline’s Tereva and Gerald Miller, who moved in for second. The time of the mile was 2:12.1.
Justin White also trains Jolie’s Kate for Wilkin. She was bred by Ervin Graber. It was her first win on the ISFC and her first career trip to the winner’s circle. Wilkin also acquired the filly this spring just before the ISFC got underway.
The second day of action at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Frankfort will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The Governor’s Cup Championships are set for Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.