In a night filled with favored winners, Swartz Bros Elen broke the mold with a win in the latter part of the card at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The Indiana sired filly scored a win in the 12th race of the night in the $5,500 claiming event.
Guided by Jordan Ross, Swartz Bros Elen left the gate from the center of the track and secured the two hole as Marla’s Got Legs and Michael Oosting crossed over to the lead at the quarter in :26.4. From there Swartz Bros Elen tracked the leader to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.0 before finding racing room and striding away from the field, winning by two and one-half lengths in 1:54.2. Getoffmycloud and Mike Peterson, also a longshot who paid $30 to place, finished second over Bryce’s Lady and John DeLong for third.
Swartz Bros Elen paid $28.00 for the win. The Hypnotic Blue Chip filly is owned by Roger Wilkin and is trained by Justin White. Amos Schwartz bred the filly, who began her career last year on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit.
It was the second win of the season for Swartz Bros Elen, who earned a new lifetime mark in the race. She is now five for 17 in her career with more than $28,000 on her card. She is the last foal from the Camluck mare Big on Luk, who had a mark of 1:56.4 and $89,000 on her card during her racing career. Swartz Bros Elen is a half sister to Scwartz Bros Beaty, a daughter of Net Ten Eom with a mark of 1:52.2 and more than $100,000 on her card. Out of five siblings, Big on Luk produced five mares, three of which have marks and all five have raced.
Another mild upset winner was in the 13th race of the night as Rockin Deo and Michael Oosting completed the mile on top in 1:52.1. Morning Sunrise and Joey Putnam led the field early while Rockin Deo saved ground in fourth and waited for the stretch drive to advance. Rockin Deo kicked into gear in the stretch, winning by one and one-half length over Uncut Gem and John DeLong. Momentstruth and Trace Tetrick finished third.
Rockin Deo paid $12.60 for the win. The Rock N Roll Heaven nine year old mare is owned by Mark Gibbs and Charles Taylor, who also trains the horse.