Fresh off her quickest time among all two-year-old trotters in the first round of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC) last week at the Converse Fairgrounds, Misty Mills and James Yoder scored another win and once again, turned in the quickest time of all two-year-olds during the “Quest for the Governor’s Cup” Thursday, June 8. The duo rallied to their second straight win in 2:04.1.
Misty Mills shot to the lead like a rocket and was on top by four lengths at the quarter in :31.3. She continued to trot an even mile through the middle fractions of 1:03.0 and 1:33.4 before picking up the tempo in the final quarter, trotting home in :30.2 for the win by three and one-quarter lengths. Betsy Crickets and Doug Rideout finished second over Star Pilot and Matt Rheinheimer for third.
Misty Mills is owned by Cheyenne and James Yoder. James handles the training duties for the You Know You Do filly, who is a product of Mast Standardbreds. She is part of the second crop of You Know You Do and was not sold at public auction. She is the second foal of the Cantab Hall mare Myrrh. Her older sister, who is now three, is Myrll Vally and has a mark of 1:57.3 with more than $55,000 on her card. She just qualified at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, winning her qualifier in 1:58.0 for trainer Darryl Lyons.
A freshman trotting colt, Lynnly’s Lucky Al, and a freshman trotting gelding, Woodside Hank, turned in the quickest time of 2:04.3 in their division. Both were also repeat winners from Week 1 of the ISFC.
Lynnly’s Lucky Al and driver Josh Clouse took advantage of their pole start and moved to the top with ease, leading the first half in :30.2 and 1:01.1 before being overtaken by Camelot Prince and Derek Hooley at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:32.4. Lynnly’s Lucky Al was back out to challenge and trotted home in :31.3 for the win by two and three-quarter lengths. Camelot Prince was second over Easter Jack and Logan Loney for third.
Lynnly’s Lucky Al, a Swan in a Million colt, is owned by Martin Wickey. Henry Graber Jr. trains the Chapel Ridge Farm graduate.
Woodside Hank and Doug Rideout had a similar trip, leading the field gate to wire for the win by one-half length, a final panel in :30.4. Dover in Action and Chad Clark finished second over A Blue Million and Michael Detweiler for third.
Woodside Hank, a son of Swan for All, is owned by Twoforone Stable. Rideout also trains the gelding, who was bred by Lester Beechy.
Fresh off his track record setting performance, Coaches Corner and Derek Hooley turned in the fastest time of the day in the three-year-old colt and gelding ranks. Starting from the second tier, the Always a Virgin gelding was delayed getting to the lead as Vel What a Star and Jay Cross set early fractions before being joined by Coaches Corner on the outside just after the half.
Coaches Corner took over around the final turn and rallied home to a three and one-quarter length win in 1:55.0, a final quarter in :28.0. Vel What a Star finished second over Rockinforreal and Clint Coy for third.
Coaches Corner is owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC. Byron Hooley trains the gelding, who only won one race as a two-year-old. He is now two for eight on the year and on a two-race win streak in the ISFC.