Jasmine had her ears up as she coasted under the wire for a win Sunday, Jan. 28 at Miami Valley. With LeWayne Miller in the bike, the four-year-old Indiana mare earned the win with a big final quarter, scoring the victory in 2:00.1 over a good track surface, which had been plagued with rain.
Starting from post seven, that’s exactly where Jasmine got away as White Diamoness and Trevor Smith rallied out for the first lead. Fractions of :29.4 and :59.3 were posted on the board which prompted some action to the outside. Creatine Storm and Trace Tetrick moved out, giving Jasmine the cover she needed to also move out and begin her descent on the leaders. With action moving to the outside, it also flushed Indiana sired Jailhouse Garland and Tyler Smith to the outside in first-over fashion.
Around the final turn, horses were stalling on the outside, so Creatine Storm moved three wide, and Jasmine followed. When the forward movement still wasn’t moving as quickly as hoped, Miller tipped Jasmine four-wide, and the filly was up to the task. She trotted around her opponents and was in perfect striking distance at the head of the stretch.
Jasmine and Creatine Storm matched each other for the first portion of the stretch drive before Jasmine pulled away, winning by one and one-quarter length, a final quarter in :29.2. Creatine Storm was a comfortable second over Smokeymountainreign and Richard Dingledine, who moved up for third.
Jasmine paid $32.20 as the surprise winner of the race. The Helpisontheway mare is owned by Cheyenne and James Yoder. Susan Miller handles the training duties of the Indiana mare with strong ties to the Yoder family.
Jasmine’s mother, Big Wheel is a half-sister to Yoder’s standout trotting mare May Baby. She began her racing career on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit for trainer Tom Luther and went on to win 19 races and more than $100,000 in earnings before retiring from the track. She was purchased by Oakwood Farms, who bred and raised May Baby. Jasmine is the first foal from Big Wheel. She now has three wins with her career best time coming at Harrah’s Hoosier Park at the end of the season in December in 1:57.4. Overall, she has $35,000 on her card. She was part of the first crop by Helpisontheway and was the second highest priced yearling from that group, fetching $38,000 at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.
May Baby is still owned by the Yoders, who have a farm in Upland, just north of Harrah’s Hoosier Park. She is currently racing at The Meadowlands, and had a start the night before Jasmine’s win at The Big M. She was a winner at The Meadowlands in her first start of 2024. Overall, the Indiana sired champion has more than $700,000 on her card with a career best mark of 1:52.2. Now seven, she has 25 career wins.