Monty’s Mission and LeWayne Miller accomplished a big final quarter to take home the lion’s share of the $10,000 purse in the Non Winners of 2 Trot Wednesday, May 17 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The duo covered the mile in 1:56.1.
Starting from post four as the second longest shot on the board, Monty’s Mission was laid back at the start, getting away in seventh as Over the River AS and John DeLong set the first fraction in :27.3. Energysource and Doug Rideout rallied out and around to take over before the half in :57.3 and the outer flow finally formed heading to the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Monty’s Mission stayed inside as long as he could and when the stretch arrived, he was the widest of all.
Monty’s Mission went to work picking off horse one by one until he reached the wire, a half-length winner over Dan Oh Mite and Michael Oosting. Astrology, another late closer driven by Atlee Bender, finished third.
Monty’s Mission paid $42.20 for the win. The three-year-old son of Helpisontheway is owned by breeders Martin Schmucker and Alvin Miller. Mike Hollenback trains the trotter, who was making his second start of 2023.
After racing limited times last year at two, Monty’s Mission picked up a new lifetime mark in his latest win. He has one other winning effort last year at two, also at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Monty’s Mission is the third foal from the ABC Garland mare Monmouth, who took a mark of 1:57.4 and made just under the $50,000 mark. She also has a double gaited trotter named Thunder Romps, who is currently racing on the pace after taking a trotting mark of 2:00 last season. He now has a pacing mark of 1:55.0. The family also has a yearling filly this season by Dover Dan named Alimony SE.
Another longshot winner on the night was Great Image from the T Tetrick barn. After traveling in mid pack, Great Image was flushed out heading to the three-quarters and became a threat in the stretch. Great Image paced home gamely in :28.0 for the win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. Aviator and Rick Plano finished second over Dance Monkey and Joey Putnam.
Owned by L. Reid, Great Image paid $63.20 for the win. The 10-year-old Rockin Image gelding, bred by J. Glass and Glass Equine LLC of Kentucky, earned his first win of 2023. He now has 26 wins in 159 starts with his career best time of 1:49.4 taken as a four-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.