The last week of racing for the 2023 season kicked off Thursday, Dec. 7 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Several longshots were recorded on the evening, including Jasmine and LeWayne Miller in the conditioned claiming event. It was the first win of the year for Jasmine and her second overall.
Jasmine and Miller began from post eight but that didn’t deter an early move toward the leaders. She was parked on the outside in mid-pack through the first fraction of :29.1 set by Moon Ryder and Marvin Luna. Jasmine was persistent for the lead and reached that spot after the half in :59.2. From there she was then challenged from the outside by Youknowyoudid and Mike Peterson, who had followed her to the front end.
After Youknowyoudid made a break, Jasmine got the jump on the rest of the field and had a two-length advantage into the stretch. In the end, Jasmine was a winner by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.4, a final quarter in :29.3. Moon Ryder finished second over Jesse’s Love Bug and Brad Ferguson, who closed in for third.
Jasmine was the third longest shot on the board, paying $61.40 to win. The Helpisontheway filly is owned by Cheyenne and James Yoder. Susan Miller trains the trotter, who was bred by Oakwood Farms. The filly only made 10 starts as a two-year-old, hitting the board in Indiana Sires Stakes action and scoring one win in 1:58.4. After racing on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit this season for the Yoders, she tried her luck at Cumberland Run in Kentucky and came back to Indiana and joined the Miller barn, winning her third start for the team.
Another big longshot trotter on the night was guided home by trainer-driver Brad Ferguson. Silent Queen, a daughter of Pinetucky sat patiently near the back of the pack before rolling home in the stretch to score the win in 1:57.4, a final quarter in :28.0. Savannahs Dream and Michael Oosting finished second over Kate’s Girl and Jordan Ross for third.
Silent Queen paid $52.80 for the win. The sophomore trotter is also owned by Ferguson, who recently acquired her. It was her third win of 2023 and her fourth overall. She was making her return to the track after a two month break from racing.