The one-time Indiana Sires Stakes champion Tookadiveoffdipper was a winner Monday, Nov. 27 at Hawthorne Racecourse in upper conditioned pacing action. The veteran racehorse scored the win by open lengths in 1:55.0, proving he still has what it takes to win races.
Tookadiveoffdipper and Casey Leonard left the gate in the petite field in search of the lead as the favorite of the field. So did Caviart Richmond and Robert Smolin with Brandon Hanover and Todd Warren in between horses. The trio entered the first turn together before Brandon Hanover was able to cross over to the lead with Tookadiveoffdipper crossing over in front of him after the quarter in :28.2. Tookadiveoffdipper kept the pace even to the half in :56.3 as he worked his ears back and forth watching for any challengers from behind.
Around the final turn, they were three in and two out led by Julerica and Brandon Bates first over. In the lane, the earplugs came out and Tookadiveoffdipper took off, rallying home to a four and one-quarter length advantage at the wire for the win. Fellow Indiana sired Marshall Malone and Travis Seekman tipped off Julerica to finish second. Julerica finished third.
Tookadiveoffdipper paid $4.00 for the win. The nine-year-old son of Always a Virgin is owned by Jane Cross and is trained by Jim Eaton. Van Otterloo Stables of Iowa bred the gelding, who won his fifth race of 2023. He has been a warhorse for Cross, who has been part of his ownership since his three-year-old season. He now has 199 career starts with 51 wins and more than $681,000 in earnings. His career best time of 1:49.2 was taken at Dayton Raceway as a four-year-old.
Tookadiveoffdipper began his career on the Iowa Fair Circuit where he won four races and was never worse than third in 11 starts at two. From there, he eventually moved to Indiana and won 11 races as a three-year-old and was a high-end performer year after year in the Midwest before relocating to the East Coast and racing in the higher classes at Yonkers Raceway. He’s back in the Midwest now and started off in Northfield before coming back home to Illinois earlier this year.
Cross, a native of Olney, Ill., owns and operates Cross Harness Supply, which has been a staple on the Illinois fair circuit for more than two decades. Her portable tack trailer can be found at all the fairs, serving horsemen with all equipment and lineament needs. Cross has a store as her main base in Olney where she also handles a lot of the embroidery needs for the harness racing industry.