Two-year-old trotting fillies were in action Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Connersville. Two of the top three in the current standings towards the Governor’s Cup Championships were winners on the day, including Starlit Chloe and Doug Rideout in the first division.
Starlit Chloe trotted right out for the lead and secured the top spot easily in the first turn. The Helpisontheway filly continued to move down the backstretch in full command past the quarter in :34.3 and half in 1:07.0. Heading to the three-quarter mile marker, Starlit Chloe moved out to an open length advantage as Better for All and Mark Herschberger followed in second.
Although Better for All did close the gap some in the stretch, Starlit Chloe was in full control at the wire in 2:10.3. Better For All was a comfortable second followed by Quevega and Jay Cross for third.
Starlit Chloe is owned by Julie Rideout, Dr. Alan White, and John Graber. John Wagler bred the filly, who earned her third win of the season. She was a $10,250 purchase last fall from the Northern Indiana Yearling Speed Sale, the second crop of Helpisontheway.
The other division of two-year-old trotting fillies was won by Swan So Fine, another multiple winner on the ISFC this year. Trained by Leander Schwartz, Swan So Fine and Michael Detweiler rallied out to an early lead by open lengths and never looked back, pulling away to a 21-length advantage at the wire in 2:07.2. Paulines Tereva and Mark Herschberger finished second over Jolie’s Kate and Brad Ferguson for third.
Swan So Fine, a daughter of Swan for All, is owned by Black and White Stable. The filly was bred by Roman Stoll. She now has four wins in nine starts and has only missed the top three once in her career.
In the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings division, Swanouttaseven earned his second win on the ISFC this year. Guided by Don Cincebox, the Swan in a Million turned in a gate to wire effort for the win in 2:09.2. Speedy Knickers and Chad Clark finished second over Easter Jack and James Reed for third.
Swanouttaseven is owned and trained by 87-year-old Robert Wyman of Nappanee. Aaron Bontrager bred the gelding, who recorded a new lifetime mark in the effort.