Lyndy’s Navigator’s timing was just right. The two-year-old filly turned in her fastest mile of the year in the $10,000 final of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC) second series held at Converse Fairgrounds Saturday, Oct. 8. Driven by Mike Peterson, the freshman filly posted a time of 2:03.3 for the win, the quickest of any trotter on the program, including the three-year-olds.
Lyndy’s Navigator had the inside post in the eight-filly finale and trotted away from the starting gate on top to lead the field into the first turn. She was on top by more than three lengths at the quarter in :30.0 and was able to get a bit of a breather heading to the half in 1:01.3. From there, she was solid, turning in a three-quarter time in 1:31.2 and moving into the lane.
Midway through the stretch, Peterson gently tapped Lyndy’s Navigator to keep her focused on the wire and she trotted home for the win by two and one-half lengths. Cash in the Bank and Clint Coy, who started from the second tier, held their ground for second over Jailhouse Garland and Gerald Miller for third.
Lyndy’s Navigator is a homebred owned and raised by Jeri Kieninger. Jack Kieninger trains the Big Stick Lindy filly, who earned her second career win after racing on the ISFC all season. Her previous win was at Shelbyville in late August with Peterson also in the bike. She now has more than $12,000 on her card as a two-year-old after competing all over the state in the ISFC.
Kieninger, the former president of the Indiana Standardbred Association, and his wife Jeri live in the northern part of the state. However, they support racing at all the venues of the ISFC, including a trek to the other end of the state in Corydon each year. The filly had three previous third place finishes heading into the second series final.
The quickest pacer on the day was also a two-year-old driven by Peterson. Attaboy Lloyd started from the second tier but quickly scooted out in the two-hole behind Lastminutedecision and Jordan Ross, who started from post one. They sat in the two hole as fractions of :28.2, :59.0 and 1:28.2 were placed on the board. Checks Onthe Beach and Chad Clark was parked the entire way and sat outside Attaboy Lloyd for most of the mile.
In the stretch, Attaboy Lloyd found the racing room he needed and surged forward, pacing home in :30 seconds to claim the title in the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings final. Lastminutedecision finished second over Lil Joe V and Jay Cross, who moved up into third. The time of the mile was 1:58.3.
Attaboy Lloyd closed out his freshman ISFC campaign on a four-race win streak for owner-trainer Scott Linville of Goshen, Ind. The gelding from the first crop of Check Six improved his overall yearly tally to seven wins in 15 starts and more than $22,000 in earnings. His previous best time before the final was 2:01.3 taken at Goshen in mid-September.
Other final winners on the day included Pink Ruby in the two-year-old filly pace in 2:01.3 for trainer-driver Jay Cross, Dover Glide in 2:05.3 in the two-year-old colt-gelding trot for driver Logan Loney and trainer Donna Loney, Hotshot Betsy in 1:59.1 in the three-year-old filly pace for driver Doug Rideout and trainer Doug Geesaman, Vel Gorgeousforeal and Bradley Ferguson for Larry King in the three-year-old colt and gelding pace in 2:00.1, Dover Dance and Greg Runyon, who also trains, in the three-year-old filly trot in 2:03.0, and Dovernout in the last final, the three-year-old colt and gelding trot, in a time of 2:03.4 for trainer Holli Gardner.
The ISFC is now completed for the 2022 season. Year-end award winners will be recognized at the annual ISA Banquet. Watch for a location and date to be announced soon for the event.