Enoch, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, provided a slight upset in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 23.
With a final time of 1:49.2, Enoch recorded his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and established a new lifetime mark in the process.
Tetrick elected to use off-the-pace tactics with Enoch as he was uninvolved in the early stages of the going to settle along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front but would have to work for position as New Talent and Todd Warren also left aggressively. Night Pro was able to grab the lead through a snappy opening panel of :25.3 while New Talent opted for the pocket seat.
Night Pro continued to call the shots down the backside as the hot pace continued through the second station in :53.2. As the field approached the final turn, John DeLong had Shooters Dream on the attack first-over and Enoch quickly grabbed the cover through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.3. Night Pro was still in charge turning for home but the torrid pace was beginning to take its toll.
Shooters Dream was able to wear down the leader but Enoch was poised to strike. Using a :26.2 final panel, Enoch coasted on to the wire a length in front of his competition. New Talent rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second-place honours. Shooters Dream held on for third.
Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Enoch returned $10.80 to his backers.
Trained by Ron Burke, the four-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-Kiennas Angel has now won three of seven seasonal starts. Recording his 10th lifetime victory from 32 outings, Enoch pushed his lifetime bankroll to $134,740 for his owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura, and Frank Baldachino.
It was a Trace Tetrick early double as he also found the winner’s circle in the second race of the evening behind Gerries Sport for trainer Tyler George. Stopping the timer in 1:49.1, Gerries Sport recorded his fourth seasonal victory and also a new lifetime mark.
(With files from Hoosier Park)