Mclass has been at the head of the stable for the Dave White barn over the past few years and he just added another win to his credentials during Saturday night action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Starting from post three, Mclass got away in mid pack for driver John DeLong and let the dust settle with Wixx Hanover and Chad Clark setting the first fraction of :28.0. Mclass was then out and rolling to the lead and was on the outside at the half in :58.1 before sliding over to the inside to lead the way around the final turn.
In the stretch, High Queen Anne and Jared Finn came up to challenge from their first over journey and took the lead, but Mclass fought back, scoring the win by a neck in 1:55.1. May Baby and James Yoder came charging hard at the end to finish third.
Owned by Ted Engel, Mclass paid $5.80 for the win. The six-year-old son of Bluto was bred by Abraham Miller and won his first race of 2022. Overall, he has 9 wins and moved his career earnings to over $112,000 with the win. His career best time was set as a four-year-old in 1:54.3 and then matched it last year at five.
Mclass was part of the first crop of Bluto and was purchased for $11,000 from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. The Donato Hanover stallion only stood four seasons in Indiana and his last crop that included 11 registered foals are three-year-olds this year. The fastest foal of Bluto is the same age as Mclass and the gelding, named Gotwuteverittakes has a mark of 1:52.3 with earnings just under the $300,000 mark. He is still racing and has been timed in 1:51.4 this year at The Meadowlands. Mclass is the fourth richest and is one of four with earnings over $100,000 for Bluto.
Another impressive trotter on the Saturday card was Bluebird Maverick, who won the final race of the night. Guided by Sam Widger, the Swan for All four-year-old gelding went straight to the lead from post one and never looked back, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:54.1, a final quarter in :29.2. Pilgrims Image and Jordan Ross finished second over Miss Smead and Bradley Ferguson for third, a pair of contenders on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit.
Bluebird Maverick paid $7.40 for the win. He is owned by Robert Reeser, John Johannsen and Holly Case. Reeser trains the trotter, who was bred by Blue Bird Farms’ Daryl Miller and Kenneth Bontrager. It was his second win of 2022 and just one tick off his career best time of 1:54.0 taken last year at three. Overall, he has seven wins and more than $181,000 in earnings.