Tellmeaboutit, the veteran war horse from the Alvin Miller Stable, picked up a win in the featured $22,000 Open Pace Friday, June 30 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The Indiana sired all-star earned the win in a time of 1:49.1 with driver Michael Oosting at the controls.
Starting from post four, Tellmeaboutit went straight to the lead, establishing fractions of :26.3, :55.4 and 1:23.3. In the stretch, the highly talented Sectionline Bigry and Joey Putnam were looming large and making a big charge forward. Tellmeaboutit dug in gamely and paced home in :25.3 to hold on for the win in 1:49.1. Sure Thing Herman and Atlee Bender finished third.
It was the second win of the year for Tellmeaboutit. The seven-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis has been owned his whole career by Alvin Miller and Twila Harts, the same connections behind another veteran Indiana pacer Rocket Fuel. Tellmeaboutit now has 28 career wins in 94 career starts with earnings inching toward $850,000. His best win time of 1:47.4 was taken last year as a six-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He has won multiple races every year during his career and has marks of 1:49.0 or faster since he was a three-year-old. Earlier this year, he won in 1:48.3 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Earlier in the night, a division of the Nadia Lobell was held as part of the Grand Circuit lineup at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Six three-year-old filly pacers lined up for the event with Sweet Amira and Peter Wrenn grabbing the early lead before fillies moved three wide in the final turn to get into position for the stretch drive. Strong Poison and Ronnie Wrenn were widest of all and fought hard down the lane to gain the advantage by a neck at the wire in 1:48.0, a final quarter in :26.3. Southwind Bella and Brandon Bates finished second over Mcseaside and Trace Tetrick for third.
Strong Poison paid $12.00 for the win. The Always B Miki filly is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, J & T Silva Stables LLC, and Knox Services Inc. Ron Burke trains the filly, who was bred by Steve Stewart and Charles and Julie Nash of Kentucky.
It was a new track record for three-year-old filly pacers at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, which dodged rain showers that sped through Central Indiana Friday night and provided a fast track for the evening. Strong Poison was making her 2023 debut in the Nadia Lobell. The Indiana mile was also a new career best for the filly, who hit the board in 11 of 14 starts last year at two, including a third place finish in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. She is now closing in on $500,000 in career earnings.