10/28/2016 10:59PM

Hoosier: Burke barn bags four Circle City Stakes wins


Circle City Stakes divisions for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits were featured on Friday night's card at Hoosier Park, and trainer Ron Burke would win four of the splits.

Burke's first win came in the first $35,700 section for colt pacers when More Dragon (Chris Page) rallied past stablemate Matrix Of Luck (Ricky Macomber Jr.) to win by a quarter of a length in 1:51 4/5.  Granite (Mike Peterson) finished in third.

It was the seventh career win for More Dragon, a Dragon Again gelding owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Knox Services Inc., and David Wills.  He has earned $159,772 and paid $28.20 to win after being sent off at 13-1.

Page and Burke would come back for another upset in the opening $37,300 contest for pacing fillies as 8-1 Encore Deo got up out of the pocket in the lane to down 4-5 choice Can't Touch This (Todd Warren) by a length and a half in 1:53.  Shady Stella (Marcus Miller) checked in third.

Encore Deo is a Rock N Roll Heaven filly owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Jason Melillo, and Lawrence Karr.  She picked up her fifth career triumph, padded her bankroll to $182,726, and returned $19.40 to win.

Dayson (Macomber Jr.) was Burke's third victor as he easily won the second $41,700 Circle City contest for colt trotters.  He moved to the lead at the 56 2/5 half and kept the top spot all the way, defeating Taco Tuesday (Trace Tetrick) by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:53 3/5.  Mass Balance (Aaron Merriman) came in third.

A gelding by Conway Hall, Dayson competes for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables LLC., and Rossie Smith.  Dayson has 18 victories from 25 career tries, and he has put away $517,795.  Dayson was the 1-5 favorite and paid $2.40.

3-2 second choice Lakeisha Hall (Macomber Jr.) completed the Burke grand slam, rolling through panels of 27 2/5, 56 2/5, and 1:24 1/5 en route to a 1:51 3/5 score in the second $37,000 test for filly pacers.  She beat 3-5 choice Seventimesavirgin (John De Long) by three-parts of a length, snapping that filly's nine-race win streak, and Rocknroll Vision (Miller) finished third.

The victorious daughter of Third Straight is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Jack Piatt II.  She posted her 13th tally in her 19th career trip behind the gate, and the earner of $290,985 returned $5.00 to win.

Milligan's School (Miller) would win the first $42,000 Circle City division for colt trotters, putting up opening-half fractions of 28 1/5 and 58, turning away a first-over try by Kanthaka (Merriman) past the 1:27 4/5 three-quarters, and holding off a late surge of Bridge To Jesse's (De Long) to score by three-quarters of a length in 1:55 4/5.  Moneycounts De Vie (Jim Pantaleano) was the third-place finisher.

Julie Miller trains Milligan's School, a Yankee Glide colt, for owner Stroy Inc.  This was his tenth career victory, and he has now earned $528,726.  He paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite.

The biggest upset of the stakes occurred in the second $35,700 split for pacing colts when 44-1 shot Mystical Rock (Andy Shetler) rallied from sixth to first in the final quarter, beating runner-up Ideal Jimmy (Miller) by a length and three-quarters in 1:52 3/5.  Endeavor (Tetrick), who took the lead on the way to the 54 1/5 and brought the field into the lane, had to settle for third.

Mystical Rock is a gelded son of Rockin Image trained by Mervin Schmucker for owner Fix It Up Farm.  Mystical Rock is now a six-time winner in his life, and he has banked $224,762.  He returned $90.00 to win.

Chris Page would win another stakes event after guiding home Consolidator to a 1:54 4/5 decision in the first $40,300 tilt for trotting fillies.  She posted stations of 27 3/5, 56 3/5, and 1:25 4/5, then used a 29 second final quarter to prevail by a quarter of a length over Kestrel (Merriman).  Naughty Iii (De Long) was up for third.

Jim Arledge Jr. trains Consolidator, a Triumphant Caviar filly, for owner Green Acquisition Corp.  This year's Ohio Sires Stakes champion for the division, Consolidator is nine-for-14 overall with $339,953 in the bank.  She paid $3.40 to win as the 3-5 choice.

Synonymous Hanover (De Long) rounded out the stakes action with a 21-1 surprise in the second $40,000 event for trotting fillies.  She led at the 27 4/5 opening quarter and 58 second half, but was third at the 1:26 4/5 three-quarters as Nothing But Nice (Sam Widger) passed her for the lead and Goosebump Hanover (Macomber Jr.) challenged that foe first-over.  In the stretch Synonymous Hanover came back on, and she would pass Nothing But Nice to score by a quarter of a length in 1:56 1/5.  Race favorite Fawn De Savage (Dan Shetler) overcame an early break to rally and grab third.

Chris Oakes is the trainer of the victorious Andover Hall filly for owners Susan Oakes and Scott Bice.  Synonymous Hanover picked up her sixth lifetime win, and she now shows earnings of $155,568.  Synonymous Hanover returned $44.40 for the upset.