The Jack Myers Stable was on a roll Saturday, Aug. 8 as Indiana Sired Fair Circuit action continued at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland, Ind. Under the direction of trainer Jack Myers and driver Alex Udell, the stable won five races on the program.
The win streak began in the second race of the day as J-S Swan Returns was a winner among two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The Swan for All gelding rallied from the back of the pack in the second half to challenge Boom Pow and Charlie Conrad for the top spot. In the stretch, J-S Swan Returns drew away for the two-length win over Boom Pow. Skyway Poet and Clint Coy finished third.
It was the second win in five career starts for J-S Swan Returns. The time of 2:05.4 marked a new lifetime mark for the freshman trotter.
Udell and Myers were in the winner’s circle during the very next race as J-S Hopscotch was also a winner among freshman trotting colts and geldings. Starting from the second tier, Udell had to wait his turn before going after the front end, parked on the outside at the first quarter in :32.2. From there, the Mr. Web Page gelding took over and never looked back, opening up in the last half to win by seven and three-quarter lengths in 2:04.3. Mean Tweet and Doug Rideout finished second over Swan Diego and Lester Raber for third.
J-S Hopscotch is now three for five this season. His career best time of 2:00.3 was taken during a qualifier at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in late June.
Switching gears to the two-year-old filly trotters, J-S Miss Ashley and Udell took advantage of a two-hold trip behind Hi Janet and Lester Raber before pulling out and taking over in the stretch, winning by one and one-half lengths in 2:06.4. JL Dance With Me and Joey Putnam finished second over Hi Janet.
J-S Miss Ashley earned her second career win in five starts with the win. The mile was also a new career mark for the Guccio daughter.
J-S Siesta Tan joined J-S Miss Ashley as a winner in two-year-old trotting filly action in the very next race. The Guccio filly was parked during the middle half of the race before getting the advantage in the stretch, winning by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:04.0. Big Time Brooke and Matt Rheinheimer finished second followed by Molly’s Joan and Lester Raber for third.
J-S Siesta Tan is now four for five in 2020. Her mile at Portland also placed a new lifetime mark on her card.
The final win of the day for the Myers Stable was recorded in a division of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings near the end of the 23-race card. J-S Jasper got away second behind Fear the Tiger and Doug Rideout before moving out and around to set the final three fractions of the race. The Big Stick Lindy gelding trotted hope in :29 seconds flat to win by nine and one-half lengths. Italian Nobility and Bradley Ferguson finished second followed by Kazans Power and Joey Putnam for third.
Bred by Ben Wittmer Jr., J-S Jasper recorded a new best time for 2020 in 1:59.0. He is now three for seven this year and is nearing $50,000 in career earnings for the Myers-Udell partnership. His best time still stands at 1:56.3, a mark he took last year at two at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.