Northern Network rallied to an impressive win Monday, June 12 at Ocean City Downs. The Indiana sired gelding won the Ocean Club Amateur Drivers event in a time of 2:05.0.
Northern Network and Wyatt Long left the gate from post five but so did several other horses to his inside, leaving him two and three wide all the way around the first turn. Ohhlooookatchuuuu and Steven Robinson had the first lead before Northern Network was able to clear at the quarter in :28.0. Classic Pro and Adrian Wisher Jr. were also hung to the outside early and tried to follow Northern Network to the lead, but they stalled and could no gain any ground on the outside.
Northern Network put open lengths between him and the rest of the field through middle fractions of :57.0 and 1:26.3. Around the final turn, he was five lengths ahead at times and powered into the stretch. Although he was getting tired in the lane, so were the rest of the field. Northern Network completed the mile for the win by one length over Whata Treasure and Kubi Erzene. Ohhlooookatchuuuu finished third.
Northern Network paid $6.00 for the win. The chestnut son of Net Ten EOM is owned by Brian Callahan and trained by Katie Callahan. Martin Schmucker bred the gelding, who earned his second win of 2023.
Northern Network started off his career on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit. He won four of his first five starts with Jordan Ross in the bike for trainer Robert Taylor. He returned at three and won the Governor’s Cup Stakes at the Indiana State Fair before winning one race at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, changing hands, and relocating to Yonkers Raceway.
Overall, Northern Network has 14 wins in 62 career starts. His career best was his win in the Governor’s Cup at three in 1:52.3. He is closing in on $100,000 in career earnings.
Northern Network is a son of Lets Go BB, who made more than $135,000 during her racing career. He is a half brother to BB Lucky Boy, with a mark of 1:49.1 and still racing. The family has a two-year-old this season named Vertical Speed by Stevensville.
Earlier in the evening at Ocean Downs, another Indiana sired mare was a winner. Alloutaflight and Roger Plante Jr. got away in third before being flushed out at the three quarters and grinding her way home for the win in 2:00.1. Hawaiian Cando and Jared Moyer finished second over another Indiana sired horse, Sweetascantab, who finished third for driver Ray Robinson Jr.
Alloutaflight, a five-year-old daughter of Swan for All, is owned by Carolin Oglesby and trained by Clyde Oglesby Jr. Lynda and Bob Stewart of Kentucky bred the trotter, who now has three career wins. It was her first win of 2023.