Q Cobra Jet proved that age is just a number Thursday, March 2, scoring a win in the evening’s opener, a $6,000 conditioned pace. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the 11-year-old Indiana sired gelding scored the upset in 1:54.0 after a big break from racing.
Starting from post three, Q Cobra Jet didn’t have much early speed and was content to get away in mid pack as Manamongstboys and Jordan Ross grabbed the top spot and set the first fraction of :27.1. Heading to the half Q Cobra Jet was flushed to the outside and caught cover behind Call Me Mr Flash and Josh Sutton at the half in :56.4.
Down the backstretch, Call Me Mr Flash began to tire and pushed horses behind him three wide, including Q Cobra Jet. Once he had clearance, Q Cobra Jet dug in gamely and rallied home in :28.3 for the win by a half-length over Manamongstboys. Indiana sired Sonic Star and Brandon Bates finished third.
Q Cobra Jet paid $32.80 for the win. The Jereme’s Jet gelding is owned by breeder Joyce Wehner.
It was the first win of the year for Q Cobra Jet in his seventh start. He has been owned his entire career by Wehner, who began his career as a three-year-old at Northfield. Following his seven-year-old season, he took a break from racing for three years and returned last year as a 10-year-old, racing limited starts at Scioto Downs with one win on the Ohio County Fair Circuit at Washington Court House. Q Cobra Jet now has 12 wins in 108 starts with more than $77,000. His career best time of 1:51.4 was taken as a six-year-old at Scioto Downs.
Another veteran winner from Indiana was on the Thursday card as Shes Gorgeous Lady and Brett Miller scored an upset in the $6,500 claimer for fillies and mares. The He’s Gorgeous mare got away second and followed race leader Always Be Lucy and Trace Tetrick through fractions of :27.3, :56.0 and 1:25.0. In the stretch, the nine-year-old timed her move just right to nip Always Be Lucy at the wire in the three-horse photo in 1:55.1. Always Be Lucy, also Indiana sired, finished a head back followed by Move Over Sis and Chris Page, who finished another neck back in third. Always Be Lucy and Move Over Sis, eight and nine, respectively, were both claimed from the race.
Shes Gorgeous Lady paid $42.20 for the win. She is owned and trained by Art Gregory Jr. and was bred by Hickory Hollow Stables of Spencerville, Ind. It was her first win since 2019. Overall she has 13 wins and a mark of 1:52.1 taken as a five-year-old at Scioto Downs.
Indiana sired winners Southside Kid, driven by Chris Page, and The Candyman Can, driven by Brett Miller, closed out the card with wins in the final two races. Southside Kid, an eight-year-old gelding by Skydancer Hanover, won in 1:52.4 while The Candyman Can, a six-year-old son of Rockin Image, was also a winner in 1:52.4.