Mystical Image turned in a magical performance in the ISA Elite Day at the Indiana State Fair Monday. A total of 12 races for the Elite Series were held before heavy storms and rains raced through Central Indiana Monday, Aug. 29.
The lone division for three-year-old filly pacers going for a purse of $10,400 included four fillies seeking the title. Running on Faith, who set a track record at Connersville in her last start, and Mike Peterson moved out for the early lead to set fractions of :27.0 and :57.0 before Mystical Image and Jacob Fox pulled from their two-hole position to challenge at the three-quarters in 1:26.0.
At the head of the stretch, Mystical Image and Running on Faith started a battle and were soon joined by Hotshot Betsy and Doug Rideout. The trio of fillies came down the stretch with Mystical Image getting the edge by a half length in 1:55.0. Hotshot Betsy was second over Running on Faith.
Mystical Image is owned by Fox along with Mystical Marker Farms, the filly’s breeder. The Always a Virgin sophomore earned her fourth win of the season. The mile also marked a new career best for the filly, who now has six career wins and $30,000 on her card. Fox trains the filly.
It was a Doug Rideout kind of day during the ISA Elite races. Rideout was the driver and trainer of six winners on the day, including five two-year-olds. Rideout trainees won both divisions of the two-year-old filly pace with Here We Go BB winning her division in 1:59.1 and Rockin Ruthie winning her division in 1:59.2. Sheila Parcher owns Here We Go BB, a daughter of Tellitlikeitis while Julie Rideout and Clint Coy own Rockin Ruthie, a daughter of Rockin Image.
Other winners for the Rideout barn include Rockinforreal in the two-year-old colt and gelding pace (1:57.2) and Help Dust and Mr Knowitall in the two divisions of the freshman trotting colts and geldings in 2:02.0 and 1:58.3, respectively.
Rideout closed out his day with a win in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding lone division. Hand Dover Dan was a winner in 1:56.3 over stablemate Lonestar Fashion and Clint Coy, also trained by Rideout. Fly Like a Plane and Jordan Ross finished third.
Julie Rideout and Gracie Rosson own Hand Dover Dan, last year’s freshman trotting colt and gelding champion on the ISFC. The mile was a new career best for the Dover Dan son, who now has 14 career wins and nearly $60,000 in earnings.