by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
Anderson, IN — The Hoosier state’s freshman trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Oct. 5) as the evening’s 14-race card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the 2-year-old competitors.
The evening’s action kicked-off with the 2-year-old pacing colts and it was Egomania who continued his winning ways to sweep the final round of the stakes action with a win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated “good,” Egomania went wide around the last turn but recovered well to get the win by a neck over a hard-charging Frontier Telephras and Lewayne Miller. As the public’s second choice, Egomania returned $9.20 to his backers at the betting windows.
With the win, the son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude notched his fourth win from 10 seasonal outings. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Egomania sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win for his connections of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and John Fodera. The 1:51.4 clocking also equaled his lifetime mark established earlier this season in stakes action at Hoosier Park.
The 2-year-old trotting fillies were up next and it was Kissesforall who turned in her own gritty performance to get the win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. With trainer Verlin Yoder handling the driving duties, Kissesforall was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to track down the pace setting Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane to score in 1:56.1. Yoder also co-owns the filly with Eleven Star Stables. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Kissesforall returned $5.20 at the betting windows.
With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie recorded her second consecutive victory and fourth win of the season from 11 trips behind the gate. Kissesforall has now amassed $94,300 in lifetime purse earnings.
The biggest upset of the evening was found in the final division of the stakes action as Pansy’s Image and Peter Wrenn pulled the 40-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off as the second longest shot on the board, Pansy’s Image was uninvolved through the early stages of the race but found late racing room to track down her heavily favored stablemate, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetrick, to get the win by nearly two lengths. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, Pansy’s Image established a new lifetime best and gave trainer Shane Bowermaster a training double on the evening’s 14-race card. Pansy’s Image lit up the toteboard and returned $82.80 to her backers.
The homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Pantidepressant has now won four of nine lifetime outings while pushing her career bankroll to $74,050. Pansy’s Image is owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm.
With the wins, each of the stakes winners solidified their spots in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for Oct. 12 at Hoosier Park. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night has been tabbed as “Hoosier Champions Night” and will serve as the richest night of racing offered this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. Four $50,000 finals for the older competitors will also compliment the evening’s program.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Oct. 6) with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.