It was a day of winners by sire Luck Be Withyou and what a finish it was in the first division of the three-year-old filly pacers for the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC). It was Stop 2 for the second series of the ISFC at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Four horses hit the wire together for a dramatic finish that provided a dead heat between Incredible Luck and JD’s Queen Bethany. Both fillies are by sire Luck Be Withyou.
The race started with Rockin Ruthie and Brad Ferguson stepping out of the gate from the far outside for the lead. They moved to the front without a saddle pad and led the field to the quarter in :28.3. Kruisen Kristen and Jay Cross were settled in second followed by Incredible Luck and Alexandra Sarkine. Incredible Luck pulled out just before the half and rushed up to challenge Rockin Ruthie at the half in :58.0. Both horses battled around the final turn and horses behind them began to fan out to get in position for the stretch drive.
In the lane, Rockin Ruthie was not giving in on the inside. Incredible Luck was not giving in from the center of the track, and JD’s Queen Bethany and Mike Hollenback were taking advantage of a second over trip to begin to challenge. On the far outside, Lucky Bid and Jordan Ross were just getting geared up. On the inside, Kruisin Kristen and Jay Cross found room between horses and started to attack. In the end, four horses were across the track in the four-horse photo separated by only a few noses. After several minutes of deliberation and looking at photos, it was determined as a dead heat between Incredible Luck and JD’s Queen Bethany. Lucky Bid finished third just a nose ahead of Kruisin Kristen.
Incredible Luck is owned and trained by Larry Poindexter while JD’s Queen Bethany is owned by Vern Fisher and Caleb Miller. Hollenback trains the sophomore filly. The time of the mile was 1:56.0, which equaled JD’s Queen Bethany’s best effort. She now has three career wins for her connections. Incredible Luck earned her fourth win of the season and her seventh overall. Her career best was taken last year at two in 1:53.1 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
In the two-year-old pacing ranks, Trainer Scott Linville presented a new filly on the ISFC as a winner. Hosskat, driven by Mike Peterson, won the first division of the freshman pacing fillies in 1:57.4. The Luck Be Withyou filly timed her move just right, nabbing Chill the Wine and Doug Rideout right at the wire by a head. Lickcreek Molly and Brad Ferguson finished third.
Hosskat is owned by Allan Schmucker Jr. and Lucas Graber. After making her racing debut at Converse in the first session of the ISFC, the filly went to Harrahs Hoosier Park for trainer Henry Graber Jr., taking a mark of 1:54.4 before returning to the ISFC for the second session.
Linville and Peterson also teamed up for a win with Two Twenty in a division of the colt and gelding pace. The Check Six colt, owned by Linville Racing, turned in a gate to wire effort for the win in 1:57.2. Hey Freaky and Jordan Ross finished second over Vel Simple Shooter and Clint Coy for third.
Two Twenty earned a new lifetime mark in the effort. It was his fifth win in 12 starts for him this year.