Ponda Solution and Luke Ebersole had the solution for the win in the $8,800 conditioned trot Wed. Dec. 20 at Northfield Park. The duo pulled away from the field for the win in 2:00.0.
Ponda Solution had to wait to get involved in the race as she started from the second tier in post nine. A mad dash took place for the early lead with three horses across the track around the first turn. Shake Your Pamper and Jason Thompson were widest of all at the quarter, passing three-wide by the marker in 28.3 before crossing over to lead the way. Once on the lead, Swan’s Flight and Keith Kash Jr. were out and moved around to get the lead at the half in 1:00. Heading to the half, MT Bella was back out and moving forward for driver Pierce Henry, which prompted Ponda Solution to also move out and get more aggressive for the final stretch.
Ponda Solution eventually passed Shake Your Pamper in the final turn. The Helpisontheway filly then kicked into gear, trotting home in :29.3 to win by five and one-quarter lengths. Mt Bella and Pierce Henry finished a comfortable second followed by TT’s Diva and Elliott Deaton for third.
Ponda Solution was one of the favorites of the field, paying $5.80 for the win. The Larry Clabaugh trained filly is owned by Treelane Stables of Indiana. Pond-A-Acres bred the sophomore, who earned her first win of 2023 and her second overall. Her career best time of 1:56.2 was taken earlier this year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, where she has spent the majority of her career.
Ponda Solution was part of the Pond-A-Acres consignment. She was a $14,000 purchase from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. She is out of the Credit Winner mare Mystical Starlight, who raced and many tracks during her career in stakes action and won $750,000. Her career best time of 1:53.1. She is the dam of Diamond Starlight and Jack Rabbit Slims, who have both been winners in Indiana.