It was a big night for the Indiana stallion Muscle Massive as three of his offspring won three of the first four races on the card Wednesday, April 13 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. First N Line, Classy Tom and Double A Samantha were all winners and were part of the group of the top 15 foals by the trotter from the first Indiana crop last year.
Kicking off the night was a win by First N Line and Sam Widger. The duo sat patiently in the two hole early before moving out and taking over at the half in :59.0. First N Line continued to lead the way to the wire, winning in 2:00.0. Finish Strong and Bradley Ferguson finished second over Rojo Man and Doug Rideout for third.
First N Line paid $4.40 for the win. The filly is owned by Heather Haimes and trained by Terry Haimes. The sophomore trotter was bred by Kenneth Slabach. It was her first win of the year and sixth overall. The mile was also a new lifetime mark for the filly, who was purchased for $5,000 from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.
Double A Samantha and Michael Oosting were victorious in the second leg of the $9,000 Mya Tri Series. Starting from the inside post one, Double A Samantha got away in mid pack as Crescent Beauty and Doug Rideout made their way to the lead, obtaining their goal after the quarter in :29.3. From there, Sassy Babe and Charlie Conrad moved out and trotted around to the lead after the half in :59.0. Sassy Babe continued to lead the way to the stretch. Double A Samantha was flushed out first over and was on the outside ready to attack.
In the stretch, Double A Samantha hit another gear and trotted home in :28.4 for the win in 1:57.1. Sassy Babe was second one and three-quarter lengths back followed by Crescent Beauty for third.
Double A Samantha paid $7.80 for the win. The sophomore filly is owned by John Merkel and Daniel Smith. Merkel also trains the filly, who was a standout on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit last year. Double A Acres bred the filly, who earned her first win of 2022 in her third start. The win in the Mya Tri Series was a new career best.
The other winner by Muscle Massive was Classy Tom, who dead heated with Male Man in the second race. Male Man and Kyle Wilfong were the first leaders with Classy Tom taking over after the half. The two battled in the lane and could not be separated at the wire in the 2:00 mile. They were eight and one-quarter lengths ahead of third place finisher I’mnotalocaldude and Archie Buford.
Classy Tom, a three-year-old gelding, is owned by Black and White Stable and trained by Leander Schwartz while Male Man is owned by Lynn Wilfong, who also bred the four-year-old gelding. Brett Wilfong trains Male Man.