It was an invaluable season for Priceless in 2019. The Rockin Image filly won seven of 11 starts, earned in excess of $347,000, and took a career best time of 1:50.2, the third fastest for the sophomore class heading into 2020. As a result, Priceless is among the top five fillies for this season highlighted in the “Sneak Preview” of “Hoof Beats” in the April issue.
Trained and driven by Brandon Bates, Priceless showed early on that she was going to be a force to reckon with, winning her first three starts. Purchased by Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung for $38,000 from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, Priceless ended her season with a start in the Breeders Crown. After winning her elimination, she finished eighth in the final.
According to the story, which leads off with a two-page photo of Priceless, Bates notes, “She’s doing great. She’s grown a little, filled out some more, still has a great attitude, and we’re looking forward to the season with her.”
In addition to her assignments in Indiana, Priceless has been paid into several Grand Circuit events, including the Mistletoe Shalee, the Bluegrass, and hopefully will polish off the season with a start in the Breeders Crown, which returns to Harrah’s Hoosier Park in late October.
Joining Priceless on the top 10 list of sophomore pacing fillies is Foxy Rigger, the daughter of Riggins who won seven of nine starts and in excess of $219,000. Ranked 10th, she is right behind Priceless in time with a best record taken in 1:51.1 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Owned by Country Club Acres, L & H Management Services, Lombardo/Green Racing, and Tim Lane, all of Ohio, Foxy Rigger is trained by Brian Brown.