That’s My Leroy used a big move in the final turn to score a win in the claiming event Friday, Jan. 13 at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows. The time of the mile was 1:55.3
That’s My Leroy was already signaled to move to the back of the pack at the start from driver Jack Killeen as Party Whip and Dave Palone was the first leader. His time on the top was limited as Olliestrikesfame and Andrew Naser passed by the quarter on the outside in :27.3 before reaching the top spot. Olliestrikesfame continued to lead the way to the half in :56.0 and that’s when That’s My Leroy decided it was time to try to make up some ground on the top spot. The Indiana sired gelding moved to the outside from his next to last position and was able to flush out some cover heading to the three-quarters in 1:25.1. However, when the cover was not taking him forward, he was forced to move three wide and then four wide in the final turn to get around stalled traffic on the outside.
In the stretch, That’s My Leroy was on a mission and went right on by the entire field to take over the lead. He was well under wraps at the wire, winning by two and one-half lengths over Party Whip. Cecil Casanova and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. finished third. Party Whip was claimed from the race.
That’s My Leroy was making his second start of 2023. He paid $19.20 for the win. Jason Shaw trains the son of Net Ten EOM for owner Calvin Hoover. Northern Lane Farm bred the gelding.
That’s My Leroy now has 15 wins in 57 starts with more than $56,000 in earnings. His career best time of 1:54.1 was taken last year at The Meadows. He has been with his current connections since August of 2022.
That’s My Leroy began his racing career on the Iowa Fair Circuit under the direction of trainer Curtis Carey. After a few starts at Oak Grove, he made his way to both Illinois and Ohio to race, but never made a stop in Indiana. He has been stationed at The Meadows for the past six months.
That’s My Leroy is from the final crop of Net Ten EOM, born in 2018. He was acquired by his first trainer through a private transaction.
Also a winner on the Friday card at The Meadows was My House for driver Dave Palone. The six-year-old son of Rockin Image started from the second tier and was delayed in his bid for the top spot, but was on the move at the quarter in :28.2 and secured the top spot by the half in :56.3. My House repelled all challengers and held on for the win by one-half length in 1:53.2, a final quarter in :28.3. Torrin Hanover finished second over Ilderton Am and Justin Walters for third.
My House is owned by Lavern Yoder and Janie Hartley of Indiana. Duane Miller bred the mare, who is trained by Angela Coleman.