04/21/2016 8:07AM

Hoosier: Freaky Feet Pete set to return Saturday

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Freaky Feet Pete is the 2-5 morning line favorite for his 2016 debut.

Freaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old pacing colts, will make his much anticipated seasonal debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 23.

The now 4-year-old son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will look to tackle five other rivals in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite in the evening’s 11th race. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete will be driven by his regular pilot, Trace Tetrick.

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A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book 3-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete has had two qualifying outings at Hoosier Park in 2016. In his first qualifier, Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of 27 2/5, 56 1/5 and 1:24 3/5 before kicking home in 27 4/5 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52 2/5 in less than favorable weather conditions. His second qualifier came last weekend at Hoosier Park where he finished 13 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and stopped the timer in 1:51 4/5.

“He was very strong,” Tetrick noted after the qualifier. “I think he’s grown up some, he is definitely ready to get back to work; he loves his job and seems as strong as ever.”

On Saturday, Freaky Feet Pete will start from post six and look to put an end to the two-race win streak put together by the Dylan Davis trainee, Fearless Diablo. Fearless Diablo has captured back to back wins in Hoosier Park’s featured pace, most recently scoring in 1:51 3/5.

Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. In fact, he’s only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth. Indiana’s 3-year-old pacing colt of the year will likely make another start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21.

Saturday’s 14-race card at Hoosier Park is set to get underway at 5:45 p.m.  

--edited release (Hoosier Park/Emily Gaskin)