A plethora of Indiana sired horses hit the board Monday, Nov 7 at Saratoga Harness, including Topville Rhonda, who earned a victory in a hard-fought win during the afternoon card. Topville Rhonda was a winner in 1:59.3.
Topville Rhonda started her journey from post two and was one of four horses that left for the lead, including the rail horse Headlining and Luke Hanners. Headlining got away from the field by open lengths early on, posting the quarter in :27.3. Crazy Lucky, an Indiana sired daughter of Luck Be Withyou, came up to challenge early for Brett Crawford before taking a seat behind Topville Rhonda to save ground through the middle fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.1.
The challengers began to pounce heading to the three-quarter pole and Topville Rhonda, driven by Wally Hennessey, moved out so she would not be locked in. Horses moved three and four wide around the turn and just a couple of lengths separated the entire field for the stretch drive. Topville Rhonda emerged from between horses with a very short lead while Miss Carly Shay and Billy Dobson began closing on the far outside, but it was Topville Rhonda that timed the wire perfect in the “blanket finish” with five horses for the win by a head. Miss Carly Shay finished second over Shakira’s Song for third driven by Jim DeVaux.
Topville Rhonda paid $5.60 for the win. The four-year-old daughter of JK Endofanera is owned by Robert Kluchevitz of Massachusetts and trained by Christopher DuBois. It was her 26th start of 2022 and her career best time was taken last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 1:52.2. Topville Rhonda, a true Indiana sired mare from the Indiana sired brood mare Rock Me Mama, has $45,000 on her card.
Another Indiana winner on the day was Dirty Talk in the conditioned optional claiming race. Dirty Talk, driven by Shawn T. Gray, left the gate right alongside Zebs Watching and Leon Bailey and looked like at first she was going to let Zebs Watching go onto the lead but then held her opponent to the outside through most of the first turn before allowing her to move over to the lead by the quarter in :27.4. Dirty Talk continued to track Zebs Watching through the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.3.
Dirty Talk then moved to the outside and once she was at the top of the lane, she exploded to the lead, drawing away by five and three-quarter lengths for the win. Penthousepalace, a three-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin, was driven by Luke Hanners to make it an Indiana sired exacta. Ol Little Shiftand Brett Beckwith finished third.
Dirty Talk paid $14.00 for the win. The four-year-old JK Endofanera mare is now owned by Andy Gardner and FBP Racing Stable of New York and New Hampshire. Andy Gardner trains the mare bred by John McGill and Lavon Miller.
Meadowbrook Jenny also represented the Hoosier State with a win. The four-year-old Rockin Image mage, bred by Myron Frey, closed in the lane for a two and one-quarter length advantage in 1:56.3. HP Mary Sunshine and Shawn T. Gray finished second over Novella Seelster and Brett Beckwith for third.
Meadowbrook Jenny, driven by Leon Bailey, paid $5.30. She is owned by Room 4040 LLC Stables and trained by Andy Gardner. Myron Frey bred the mare.
Another Rockin Image three-year-old daughter also got a win as Way Too Sweet and Jordan DeRue were winners in 1:55.3 in the Bunny Lake Pace Final with a purse of $34,200. Also trained by Andy Gardner, the filly is owned by George Tackley and Wendy Storrier. She paid $23.80 for the win. Victory Hill Farm Inc bred the filly.