Following a second-place finish in the first heat, Filibuster Hanover (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) went wire to wire to take the $401,472 Little Brown Jug final, besting Funknwaffles and Miso Fast (BC-Roll With Joe) in 1:50 on Thursday, Sept. 21, leading into a weekend of stakes action across the continent. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Joseph Di Scala Jr., Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, he paid $12.00 to win.
The day prior, Caviart Ally (BC-Bettor’s Delight) won both her heat and the $163,950 final of the Jugette in 1:51.3 over Blazin Britches (BC-Rock N Roll Heaven) and Obvious Blue Chip (BC-Roll With Joe). Owned by Caviart Farms, trained by Noel Daley, and driven by Andrew McCarthy, she paid $5.60 to win.
Hoosier Park hosted more “Crown” contenders on its Friday, Sept. 22 program, starting with frosh male pacers in the $125,000 Elevation Stakes, taken by Closing Statement (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) in 1:50.4 over GD Western Girl and General Dolan (BC-Rockin Image). Owned by Val D’Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz, trained by Joe Holloway, and driven by David Miller, he paid $4.00 to win.
Basquiat (BC-Cantab Hall) rode the pocket to a 1:53.4 victory over Custom Cantab and Hey Blondie (BC-Cantab Hall) in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. She competes for owner Order By Stable, is trained by Jimmy Takter, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. She paid $14.00 to win.
Rallying from second over, Sunshine Delight (BC-Credit Winner) advanced to a 2-length victory in the $160,000 Moni Maker, trotting in 1:53.1 over Future Secured (BC-Cantab Hall) and Treviso (BC-Muscle Massive). The sophomore filly is owned by James Wilhite Jr., trained by Staffan Lind, and driven by Brett Miller. She returned $16.00.
Going first over, Rainbow Room (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) won as the favorite in the $200,000 Kentuckiana Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, going in 1:52.2 over Majorsspeciallady (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) and Strong Opinion (BC-Well Said). Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Val D’Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz, trained by Joe Holloway, and driven by David Miller, she paid $2.80 to win.
Huntsville won the $160,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy in 1:49.1 going wire to wire over Sports Column and Beckhams Z Tam (BC-Always A Virgin). Owned by trainer Ray Schnittker with partners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $3.00 to win.
Lunging first over after pacesetting stable-mates Rockin Ron and Check Six (BC-Somebeachsomewhere), All Bets Off (BC-Bettor’s Delight) won the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in 1:49 over Missile J (BC-American Ideal) and Manhattan Beach (BC-Somebeachsomewhere). Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and The Panhellenic Stable, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Matt Kakaley, he paid $16.60 to win.
Homicide Hunter bested 1-5 favorite Hannelore Hanover (BC-Swan For All) in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, winning by one-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:51.2. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, trained by Chris Oakes, and driven by Brett Miller, he paid $14.20.
Mohawk Racetrack capped the weekend stakes with the $816,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 She’s A Great Lady, taken by Lost In Time (BC-A Rocknroll Dance) and Youaremycandygirl (BC-American Ideal) respectively.
Lost In Time, conditioned by owned James Mulinix for partners Denny Miller and William Rufenacht, was steered by Scott Zeron, besting Hayden Hanover (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) and Pedro Hanover. He paid $8.20 to win.
Youaremycandygirl, owned by William Donovan, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Louie Philippe-Roy, bested Kendall Seelster and Come See The Show (BC-Somebeachsomewhere). She paid $82.70.
This Is The Plan (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) took the $50,000 Metro Pace Consolation in 1:51 over Pro Beach (BC-Somebeachsomewhere) and Phil The Thrill (BC-Western Ideal). Owned by trainer Chris Ryder with partner Robert Mondillo and driven by Tim Tetrick, he paid $4.00.