Two-year-old trotters were out in full force Saturday, July 1 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Trainer Doug Rideout scored wins in both the filly and colt/gelding divisions. Uncle Archie won his division while Full Coverage handled the field of fillies.
Uncle Archie and Rideout began their journey from post five and pursued the lead as Hoosier’s Help and Robert Taylor had the early advantage inside. Uncle Archie was persistent, taking over after the quarter in :29.2. Once on the lead, he was ahead by open lengths through the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.0. Uncle Archie kicked into another gear in the stretch and rallied home in :28.1 for the win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. CS Flying Co-Pilot and John DeLong rallied home from the back for second while Brookview El Zorro and Atlee Bender also closed for third.
Uncle Archie paid $9.80 for the win. The Swan for All gelding is a homebred and owned by Dr. Alan White. The win was his fourth in five starts for 2023. His latest win established a new lifetime mark. His prior three wins were recorded on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC). Uncle Archie is the latest foal from White’s standout brood mare Honorable Mother, who has produced 13 foals, eight of which have raced.
Uncle Archie is the first Swan for All cross, and he is a half brother to Uncle Leo (1:55.3, $183,000) and Honorable Daughter by Malabar Man who has a mark of 1:55.1 and nearly $1 million on her card. She is also a successful brood mare, producing the standout trotter Honor and Serve, who has a mark of 1:53.1 and more than $441,000 on his card and now stands at stud.
Among the two-year-old fillies, Rideout called upon leading driver Trace Tetrick to guide Full Coverage to her latest win for owner Julie Rideout and Pure Cotton Stables. Starting from post three, the Swan for All filly had a perfect line to get to the lead early, setting fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:30.1. She trotted home in :28.0, fending off a late charge by Jewel’s Cup and John DeLong for the win by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.1. Fletah and Atlee Bender finished third.
Full Coverage also paid $9.80 for the win. She is now three for four in her brief career and her time of 1:58.1 was also a new lifetime mark. She won her debut on the ISFC before scoring a win in her last start at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. She is now on a three-race win streak.