It’s been a productive year for Nick’s Monster. The Indiana sired gelding scored his second straight win Thursday, March 9 in a step up to $25,000 claimers at Dover Downs. Since changing hands to his new connections, he has scored five wins at Dover since the first of November last fall.
Nick’s Monster got away third and pursued the top spot until he got it, putting Baron Chancey and Simon Allard at his back past the quarter in :27.0. From there, driver Tony Morgan kept Nick’s Monster alert and thriving on the lead, posting fractions of :56.0 and 1:24.2 before motoring down the stretch to the win. Nick’s Monster won by one and one-half length. Baron Chancey held on for second over Hundie N and Corey Callahan for third.
Nick’s Monster paid $3.20 for the win. The five-year-old son of JK Endofanera scored the win in 1:53.0. He is owned by Beaver Creek Farm LTD of Delaware. John Wagenhoffer trains the gelding, who is now on a two-race win streak. He now has three wins in eight starts for 2023 and has already made more than $42,000 this year. Overall, he has 17 wins in 58 starts and more than $171,000 in earnings. His career best time of 1:50.2 was taken last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park under trainer Dylan Davis before relocating to the East Coast where he was claimed in late October.
Daryl Miller’s Blue Bird Farm bred Nick’s Monster, who was part of the first crop by JK Endofanera and sold under the name Bluebird Goliath. He was the sixth highest priced yearling by the sire at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, bringing $44,000 through the ring. He is the first foal out of the mare Sha DeLight, who took a mark of 1:51.3 and made more than $182,000 during her career. She has a yearling filly by Capt Midnight named Bluebird Shadie that will be prepared for the sales this fall.
Another Indiana winner on the card was Jims Perfect Ten, an eight-year-old son of Net Ten EOM guided by Tim Tetrick. The gelding waited until after the quarter in :27.4 before circling around and taking over, leading the field to the finish in 1:51.4, winning by one-half length over Teton Sunset and Mike Cole. The Devils Own N and Pat Berry finished third.
Jims Perfect Ten paid $3.20 for the win. He is trained by Chuck Crissman Jr. for owners Rodney Long and Edward Mendez. Luckiana Farm bred the veteran pacer, who was claimed out of the race by D & B Racing Stable LLC.