Mystical Glance and Josh Clouse were one of a handful of horses that repeated as winners during the second session of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC) Wednesday, June 7 at the Converse Fairgrounds. The two-year-old filly turned in the fastest time of the six divisions in week one and turned right around for a dominant win in week two.
Starting from the outside post five, Mystical Glance and Clouse left the gate with authority but had to contend with other horses also seeking the lead. Freaky Sweet Pete and Michael Detweiler had the best shot to reach the lead from the inside while Vel Flight on Time and Mike Peterson stayed between horses into the first turn, pushing Mystical Glance three wide all around the turn.
Down the backside, Vel Flight on Time backed off and Mystical Glance was able to get to the lead before the quarter. From there, the filly never left her post, recording fractions of 1:02.4 and 1:33.2 before kicking it up a notch.
In the stretch, Mystical Glance rallied home by open lengths for the commanding win in 2:03.0. Hera and Matt Rheinheimer finished three lengths back in second over Freaky Sweet Pete. Mystical Glance, a two-year-old daughter of Luck Be Withyou, is owned by Scott Skinner and Todd Mathewson. Henry Graber Jr. trains the filly.
It was the first win on the card for Clouse who was fresh off his first career win in Week One of the ISFC. He later connected with Jailhouse Yankee to earn his first driving double of his career. The three-year-old trotting colt took the lead down the backstretch the second time and fended off challengers for the win in 2:03.1. Mr Knowitall and Doug Rideout finished three-quarters of a length back in second followed by Cantab Superstar and Gerald Miller for third.
Henry Graber Jr. also trains Jailhouse Yankee for owner Jerry Schwartz. The Jailhouse Jesse three-year-old made his second start of the season a winning one for his connections.
Clouse, an Ohio native, has had his trainer’s license for several years but just took out his driver’s license this season. He now has four career wins in three days of action on the ISFC.
Another impressive winner during the second session of racing at the Converse Fairgrounds was Where’s Drogon from the James Yoder Stable. The Freaky Feet Pete freshman colt led the field gate to wire for the win by more than 15 lengths in 1:59.0. Vel Mr Backfire and Clint Coy finished second over RJ’s Fireball and Mike Peterson for third.
Where’s Drogon is now two for two in his young career. James Yoder trains and drives the colt, who is part of the first crop by Freaky Feet Pete. Cheyenne Yoder owns the colt with her husband, James.
Other two-year-old pacers that were repeat winners from Week One included Notorious Luck, Rockinwithdave, Mister Hercules, and Chocluck Chip.