Lazarus N and Yannick Gingras put on another top notch show at Hoosier Park Friday, Sept. 21, winning the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in a time of 1:48.4. The six-year-old Bettor’s Delight stallion earned his 37th career win with the effort and his second victory in four starts since being imported from the Australian circuit.
Lazarus N made the top just after the quarter in :26.0 seconds and held the field to his heels, winning the race by a neck over a hard charging late closer McWicked and David Miller in 1:48.4. It took a :25.4 final quarter by Lazarus N to earn the win with McWicked pacing home a final panel in :25.0. Donttellmeagain and Tim Tetrick were clocked in :24.3 in the stretch to finish third.
Owned by Taylor Made Stallions, Lazarus N is trained by Jimmy Takter. It was one of two wins on the card for Takter and one of four wins on the card for Gingras.
“He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight,” said Jimmy Takter in a press release from Hoosier Park. “We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park.”
Earlier in the evening, Always a Prince, the standout three-year-old Indiana sired pacing colt, stepped up once again to earn another win in 1:48.4, matching Lazarus N’s effort. The Always A Virgin gelding, trained by Tyler George, sat patiently in the three-hole for Trace Tetrick before moving out and around horses in the stretch and pacing home in :26.1 for the win by two lengths in the $155,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy. Shnitzledosomethin, another Indiana sired son of Fred and Ginger, and David Miller finished second over Iowa bred Jimmy Freight and Louis Roy for third.
Always A Prince is owned by Carl and Melanie Atley and is now 15 for 18 in 2018 after being unraced at two. He is currently on a four-race win streak.