A large amount of Indiana sired horses are racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and six of the 13 races Monday, Nov. 14 were won by horses from the Hoosier State. One surprise on the day was a win by the old timer Keegan Ho, who scored the victory by a nose in upper conditioned trotting action.
Driven by Fern Paquet Jr., Keegan Ho left the quickest from the center of the track and had the early lead before allowing race favorite and Sortie, driven by Marcus Miller, to cross over and lead the way before the quarter in :28.4. The leaders set remaining fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.4 before Keegan Ho moved out to challenge.
In the stretch, Keegan Ho was able to gain ground on Sortie and grab the win by a nose in 1:57.1. Sortie was second over Train and Anthony Napolitano for third.
Keegan Ho paid $20.00 for the win. The nine-year-old son of Mr Cantab is now trained by Jennifer Sansone for owner Greg Gardner of Michigan. Keith Hough and Lyle Schember of Michigan bred the gelding, who earned his fourth win of 2022. Overall, it was his 40th trip to the winner’s circle in 227 starts. His bankroll has now moved to more than $343,000 with his career best time taken as a seven-year-old in 1:53.3 at Pompano Park where he used to race under the care of Rick Plano.
Another Indiana sired horse who worked out a perfect two-hole trip was Brilliant Beauty and Ridge Warren in upper conditioned pacing action. Starting from post five, Brilliant Beauty got away second as Major Battle and Marcus Miller established the pace at :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Brilliant Beauty kicked into gear, pacing home in :27.4 for the win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. Major Battle was second over Valar Dohaeris and Ake Svanstedt for third.
Brilliant Beauty paid $22.20 for the win. The JK Endofanera four-year-old mare is trained by Tee Wine for owner Jemaxpo Racing Stable of Florida. Lyndar Stables bred the mare, who earned her sixth win of 2022 and her 15th overall. She now has more than $172,000 for her connections and her career best time remains at 1:51.3 taken at Harrah’s Hoosier Park last year.
Other Indiana winners on the card included Straight Up Cool (George Napolitano Jr., 1:54.0), Lets Ryde Girl (Ridge Warren, 1:54.0), Racer Dan (Marcus Miller, 1:58.0), and Latest Era (Ridge Warren, 1:53.0). Several other Indiana horses were included on the card and hit the board in various races. Last Monday, two horses previously trained by Doug Rideout were winners on the card as Hand Dover Dan and Crescent Beauty each scored wins on the card.