On an evening that featured wins by world’s fastest Standardbred Bulldog Hanover and mare Bella Bellini who defeated males in one of Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s marquee events, the supporting card was far from disappointing as many of the sport’s brightest stars sparkled at the Anderson, Indiana oval.
Hambletonian winner Cool Papa Bell and Hambletonian Oaks winner Fashion Schooner scored in their respective contests on a card that offered more than $1.5 million in purse money and some of the most talented horses in the sport.
Cool Papa Bell (Todd McCarthy) collected his second consecutive victory while handing the previously undefeated Ponda Adventure (Trace Tetrick) his first loss this season in the $90,000 Phil Langley Memorial in 1:53.1. Ponda Adventure was a game second and Delgado (Tim Tetrick) was third.
Ponda Adventure led the field for the first quarter in :27.1, but Cool Papa Bell was not content to remain in second for long. The son of Chapter Seven-Blk Thai Optional assumed command before the half-mile marker, clicking off fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.3. Ponda Adventure came down the lane with a full head of steam, but Cool Papa Bell would not be denied and used a :26.3 last panel to hit the line in front.
The loss was Ponda Adventure’s first of the year and snapped his 10-race winning streak.
Trained by Jim Campbell, Cool Papa Bell is owned by Runthetable Stables. The colt was bred by Belmar Racing and Breeding.
Cool Papa Bell’s record is 8-4-3 in 19 starts and he has banked $884,999.
He paid $3.20 to win.
Fashion Schooner (Tim Tetrick) defeated her stablemate Misswalnerfashion (Trace Tetrick) to win the $115,000 Moni Maker in a stakes record-equalling 1:52.3.
The win was Fashion Schooner’s fourth in a row and provided
The daughter of Walner-Broadway Schooner took control right after the wings on the gate folded and set fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:25.4. Misswalnerfashion sat in second for the entire mile and applied pressure in deep stretch on the inside while M Ms Dream did the same on the outside.
Fashion Schooner proved too difficult for her rivals to overhaul.
Competing as a homebred for Fashion Farms, the filly’s record is now 8-2-2 in 14 starts and she has earned $674,337 in purse money.
Fashion Schooner paid $2.20 to win.
Dexter Dunn and Talent Scout slid along the rail to defeat Jailhouse Dance (Michael Oosting) in the $100,000
Talent Scout is a daughter of Swan For All and Prettysydney Ridge. The filly is trained by Doug Rideout for owners Julie Rideout, Alan White, and Dave Gamble.
Bred by Atlantic Trot Inc. and Steve Stewart, Talent Scout improved her record to 6-2-1 in 14 starts and has earned $151,708.
The filly paid $4.60 to win as the public’s top choice in the field of nine.
Heart On Fire and Dunn parlayed a pocket trip into a 1:55.2 head triumph in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management division for two-year-old trotting fillies. Kayleigh S (Brian Sears) was second and Helpoftheseason (Peter Wrenn) was third.
The daughter of Father Patrick-Corazon Blue Chip is trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Crawford Farms Racing. She was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard Holdings.
Heart On Fire improved her record to 3-2-0 in six starts and boosted her bankroll to $154,870.
She paid $5.60 as the second choice.
Earthwindfire (Tim Tetrick) pulled away from her rivals in the stretch to capture the $200,000 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51.3. Sleazy Mama (Trace Tetrick) was second and Queens Reign (Oosting) was third.
Trained by Brett Pelling, Earthwindfire sat in second behind Nevertellmetheodds (Aaron Merriman) before following Vivians Dream (Jordan Stratton) in her take over of the lead behind splits of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:23.2.
When her driver gave the daughter of American Ideal-Road Bet her cue, she sailed by her competitors and strode to the finish line.
Owned by Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Tulip Racing, Earthwindfire was bred by Stephen Dey III.
The filly’s record is 3-2-0 in six starts, earning $228,075. Her time was a new lifetime mark.
Earthwindfire paid $4.00 to win.
Soaring Now and Joe Putnam led from gate to wire in the $140,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy for sophomore pacing males in 1:49.2. Mad Max Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was second and Rip Wheeler (Brandon Bates) was third.
Trained by Aaron Stutzman, the son of JK Endofanera-Sunflower set fractions of :26, :54.3 and 1:22.1. The colt never really encountered an anxious moment throughout his mile.
Owned by James Miller, Soaring Now was bred by Luckiana Farm. His record is 8-3-1 in 17 starts and he has earned $329,550.
He paid $3.00 to win.
Yannick Gingras and Ervin
A son of Captaintreacherous-Eloquent Grace, Ervin Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, James Simpson, and Weaver Bruscemi.
The colt was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and his record is 3-2-0 in seven starts. Ervin
He paid $20.60 and the final time was a new lifetime best.