Veteran Pacer Tellmeaboutit hasn’t lost a step. The Indiana sired gelding earned the honor of winning the fastest mile of the meet thus far at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Friday, May 12 in the $22,000 Open Pace.
Starting from post five, Tellmeaboutit drove out for the lead and was joined by Mac’s Big Boy and Trace Tetrick. Michael Oosting settled in behind Mac’s Big Boy, who went onto the lead after the quarter in :26.1. Mac’s Big Boy continued to set the pace through the half in :53.4 and was joined by Tellmeaboutit on the outside heading to the three-quarters in 1:22.0.
In the stretch Tellmeaboutit and Mac’s Big Boy went head to head in a heated battle. It wasn’t until late in the stretch that Tellmeaboutit began to get a slight advantage, winning the race by one length. Mac’s Big Boy finished second over Town Gossip and John DeLong. The top three finishers all paced under the 1:49 time barrier and every horse in the race paced under the 1:50 time barrier during the fastest mile of the meet thus far.
Tellmeaboutit paid $4.40 for the win. The seven-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis is owned by longtime owner of Alvin Miller, Twila Harts. Miller co-owns the standout and also trains. Lavon Miller is the breeder on Tellmeaboutit.
It was the first win of the season for Tellmeaboutit, who now has 27 wins in 90 starts. Overall, he has more than $825,000 in earnings with a career best time of 1:47.4 taken last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He has spent his entire career with the Miller Stable, based out of Converse Fairgrounds in Converse.
As veteran pacer Tellitlikeitis made his way to the winner’s circle, so did a rookie on the pari-mutuel circuit. Lil Joe IV, who has experience racing on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit last year, was a winner in the $8,000 Non Winners of 1 for driver Brad Ferguson. The Luck Be Withyou colt, owned by Turrondus Smith and trained by Terry Haimes, sat in the two hole before closing in during the stretch drive for the win by a neck in 1:53.0. Solution and Dale Hiteman finished second over We Be Jammin and Ricky Macomber jr. for third.
Lil Joe IV paid $14.80 for the win. The sophomore pacing colt earned his first win of 2023 and his sixth overall. His mile was also a new career best. The colt won five races on the ISFC last year and now has more than $39,000 on his card.