A showdown between two older Indiana bred claimers will ensue in the second race at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Tuesday, April 9. Southern Swagger, trained by Pete Redder, and King Lil Joe, trained by Andy Shetler, each won their preliminary rounds in the Catholic Cowboy claiming series. They are back to face each other in the $23,000 final.
Southern Swagger, driven by Sam Widger, has been selected as the slight favorite over King Lil Joe, who will be driven by Shetler. Southern Swagger, a six-year-old son of Always A Virgin, won his preliminary round in 1:53.1 while King Lil Joe, a son of He’s All That, scored his first win in his first start of 2019 in 1:52.4. Southern Swagger starts from post five at odds of 2-1 with King Lil Joe directly to his outside in post six at odds of 3-1.
The Catholic Cowboy is one of 10 races on the 11-race card Tuesday in the newly designed Claiming Challenge at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. First post is set at 6:30 p.m.