Two-year-old trotters were back in action for Indiana Sires Stakes Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. A newcomer came on the scene with a big mile to score the first of three divisions on the card.
Talent Scout, with John DeLong in the bike, rolled out to the lead early from the center of the track and kept the field behind him through fractions of :28.0, :58.0 and 1:27.0. In the stretch, several horses began to challenge led by Jailhouse Dance and Michael Oosting, but no one could get close enough to Talent Scout, who was a winner by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.2, a final quarter in :27.2. Jailhouse Dance finished second over Just Show Up and Trace Tetrick for third.
Talent Scout paid $41.60 for the win. The Swan for All gelding, owned by Julie Rideout, Dr. Alan White and Dave Gamble, is trained by Doug Rideout. Atlantic Trot Inc. and Steve Stewart bred the gelding, who now has five wins in 13 starts this year. His mile in Sires Stakes action was a new career best for the double eligible gelding in Indiana and Kentucky. It was his first win in Indiana. To date, he has raced at seven different locations in his young career with his other four wins in the Kentucky Proud Series for two-year-olds, winning the $50,000 final at The Red Mile in late July. He was a $14,000 purchase last fall from the Lexington Select Yearling Sale.
In the other two-year-old colt and gelding divisions, Texsong Soprano and John DeLong were winners in 1:57.3. The Text Me colt, owned by Joe and Daryl Yoder, is trained by Missy Essig. The third winner in the division was won by Full Strength and Ricky Macomber Jr. in 1:56.2. The Helpisontheway gelding, trained by Jamie Macomber, is owned by M & M Racing and Douglas Bixler. He was bred by Peninsula Farm Inc. of Kentucky.
In one of the filly divisions, Yo Beth D added another win to her resume. Starting from the inside post, Trevor Smith sent the Helpisontheway filly straight to the lead with a big opening quarter in :27.0 before the rest of the field began to catch up.
In the stretch, Yo Beth D held strong with Helpoftheseason and Peter Wrenn closing in quickly at the wire. Yo Beth D held on for the win by a nose in 1:55.1 over Helpoftheseason. Naturdays and Matt Krueger finished third.
Yo Beth D paid $3.60 for the win. She is trained by Todd Luther and was recently acquired by Black Magic Racing LLC. John Schmucker bred the filly, who is five for seven in her career with her best mile timed in 1:54.3 in August.