10/15/2016 10:29PM

Hoosier: Indiana's best compete on Super Night

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Driver John De Long celebrates Seventimesavirgin's victory

Nearly $2 million in purse money was up for grabs on Indiana Super Night Saturday at Hoosier Park.  There were eight Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, plus finals for older trotters and pacers.

Three-year-old pacing Seventimesavirgin (John De Long) came into the night having swept all five of her eliminations and finals this year, and she added the $220,000 Super Final to her haul, rallying by leader Can't Touch This (Todd Warren) out of the pocket in the stretch to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:50 3/5.  Rockin Rum Springa (Ricky Macomber Jr.) was up for second, ahead of Can't Touch This.

“This is a special one for us,” said De Long, who also trains Seventimesavirgin. “My mom is a cancer survivor and to have her here with us to enjoy this moment means the world to me. This is definitely a family affair.”

Seventimesavirgin, an Always A Virgin filly, is owned by breeder Jesse De Long.  This was her 17th victory from 25 career starts (12 wins in 13 attempts this season, and she has now earned $436,140.  Sent off at 2-5, she paid $2.80 to win.

Driver Brett Miller was in town for the festivities, and he would win both pacing colt finals.  First up was 2-year-old gelding On The Virg, who moved to the lead past the 28 1/5 opening quarter and led from there to score by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:52 4/5.  Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick) was the runner-up, and 99-1 shot Southern Flight (Dale Hiteman) was fourth-placed-third after original third-place finisher Dave And Dennis (Tyler Smith) was moved back to sixth for interference.

“Leaving the gate I could tell not a whole lot of people were leaving,” Miller said after the race. “With the soft fractions I knew I had to make my move and when I saw the half-mile time pop up, I had a lot of confidence in my colt.”

The winner is an Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi (Cam's Card Shark) gelding trained by Jim Dailey for owners Richard Lombardo, Howard Taylor, David Kryway, and Eric Goodell.  On The Virg scored his sixth win from 11 efforts, and he has now banked $205,250.  A 2-1 shot, he returned $6.00 to win.

Miller came right back in the 3-year-old colt pace with Uncmprmising Z Tam, who led through fractions of 27, 55 1/5, and 1:22 3/5 on his way to a 1:50 2/5 victory.  He beat runner-up Downthehighwy (Macomber Jr.) by 3 3/4 lengths, with Matrix Of Luck (Tetrick) back in the third spot.

Wilbur Eash trains Uncmprmising Z Tam, a gelding by Shadyshark Hanover, for owner Z Tam Stables LLC.  This was the seventh win of his career, and he has now put away $241,288.  Bet down to the 9-5 favorite off a 6-1 morning line, Uncmprmising Z Tam paid $5.80 to win.

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also picked up a pair of Super Final wins, scoring in both 2-year-old trots.  Ultimate Encore was his first champion in the $216,000 event for freshman colts, as he rallied on the outside in the stretch to prevail by four lengths in 1:58.  Swan Chase (Rick Plano), who provided cover for the eventual winner, wound up second, and Dream Of Elegance (Hiteman) collected third.

Ultimate Encore, an Encore Encore-Southwind Ultima (Self Possessed) gelding, is trained by Jeff Edwards for the ownership group of Denise Dennis, Dolne Farm Services LLC., and John Johannsen.  Ultimate Encore now has a pair of triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate, and he has pocketed $153,400.  Dispatched at 9-1, Ultimate Encore returned $20.00 to win.

“I’ve never driven the horse before and didn’t get a chance to talk to Jeff (Edwards) before the race,” Wrenn Jr. said after the victory. “I looked at the program and knew I wanted to get a trip with him, especially since the front end hasn’t been holding up tonight. I was able to fall in line and come second-over and the colt responded. He really raced strong tonight, he’s a very nice colt.”

Wrenn Jr. was back in the winner's circle after guiding rookie filly trotter Satin Dancer to victory.  She was on top through stations of 27 4/5, 57 3/5, and 1:27 4/5, then held on in the final strides to defeat 86-1 outsider Jessi Lind (Rick Farrington) by a neck in 1:59 1/5.  Hoosier Wiggles (De Long) took third.

A daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred (Credit Winner), Satin Dancer is trained by Byron Hooley for owner Summit Pacing Acres LLC.  Satin Dancer, who beat open company in a Standardbred division at the Delaware County Fair last month, has won in eight of her 15 tries, and she has banked $237,933.  The 6-5 wagering choice, Satin Dancer paid $4.60 to win.

“Anytime you have a 2-year-old, you have to be nervous,” Hooley said in the winner’s circle. “She’s been a nice filly all year, a fun filly to have in the barn. Ronnie (Wrenn Jr.) just started driving her a few starts ago; he’s done a really great job with her. He gets along really well with her and said she’s like a Cadillac to drive.”

The 3-year-old filly trot Super Final was a blowout win for Fawn De Savage (Dan Shetler).  She rattled off panels of 28 1/5, 56 3/5, and 1:25 3/5, then trotted home in 29 1/5 to win by 10 1/2 lengths in 1:54 4/5.  Nothing But Nice (Sam Widger) was second, ahead of You Me And Rosie (Darrell Wright).

“She had plenty of ability at two,” Shetler noted in the winner’s circle. “But like most fillies, just needed to grow up and mature. I always knew she would be a nice filly we just had to take our time with her.”

Shetler also trains Fawn De Savage, a Keystone Savage filly, for owner Fawn De Mon Farms.  She made her 11th appearance in the winner's circle from 31 career attempts, and she has now earned $330,396.  The 2-1 second choice, Fawn De Savage returned $6.00 to win.

Goose`s Weedie (Widger) rallied home in 29 seconds off a third-over trip to prevail in the 2-year-old filly pace Super Final, stopping the clock in 1:54 4/5.  Rock Me Gorgeous (Brandon Bates) was second, a length and a quarter behind the winner, and Sand Madeline (Brett Miller) checked in third.Linscott PhotographyGoose's Weedie sweeps by the field

The victorious daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Nonstop To The Top (Hi Ho Silverheel`s) is trained by Mike Hollenback for owner/breeder Charles Kline.  This was her second career triumph from 13 starts, and she has now banked $151,650.  Dispatched at 8-1, Goose's Weedie paid $18.20 to win.

“It really was an ideal trip for her,” Hollenback said. “She’s a small filly and doesn’t seem to like the front-end too much so it worked out for us. She’s always been a nice filly and she showed it tonight.”

The 3-year-old colt trot also saw an upset, with 13-1 Born To Thrive (Rick Plano) utilizing a 28 second final kicker to go from seventh at three-quarters to first at the finish line, which he found in 1:54 4/5.  Fly Jesse Fly (Tetrick) was the runner-up after a first-over bid, and Topville Avatar (Hiteman) was up for third at 58-1.

“It’s hard to be confident with the caliber of horses we were racing against in here tonight but this is a nice colt,” Plano commented. “I just bought him a few weeks ago, I made a few changes and he’s really responded well to everything I’ve done. He’s a nice colt that I think is only getting started.”

Plano is also the trainer of the winner, a gelded son of Swan For All, for owners John Campagnuolo, Victor Contento, and Maryann Plano.  Born To Thrive is now five-for-28 in the win column during his two seasons on the racetrack, and he has put away $151,933.  He returned $29.00 to win for the upset.

The older pacing males went for a purse of $70,000, and 2-5 favorite and pocket-sitter Night Pro (Widger) forged his way by a stubborn and game Always At My Place (Macomber Jr.) in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:50 2/5.  Rockin Ron (Tetrick) finished third.

Dale Decker owns and trains the victorious 6-year-old Pro Bono Best stallion.  This was Night Pro's 37th career win, and he has now banked $647,682.  He paid $2.80 to win.

The Rheinheimer family of Freaky Feet Pete fame won the $50,000 mare pace with Wild Wanda (Macomber Jr.), as she rallied from third-over at three-quarters to score by a quarter of a length over Nora Rockwell (Marlin Fry) in a 1:52 4/5 mile.  White Metro (Widger) was third as the 2-1 favorite.

Jamie Macomber trains Wild Wanda, a 5-year-old Palone Ranger mare.  Wild Wanda made her 23rd career appearance in the winner's circle, and she now shows earnings of $324,115.  She returned $8.60 to win.

Macomber Jr. also took the $56,000 older male trot with Rose Run Parker.  The 1-2 favorite, Rose Run Parker came first-over before three-quarters, then wore down leader Allgrooveallthtime (Tyler Smith) late in the going to score by half a length in 1:54.  Call For Justice (De Long) rallied to collect third money.

A 5-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Rose Run Parker is now a 38-time winner in his life, and he has earned $787,390.  He paid $3.00 to win.

J-s Maple (Widger) was fifth and eight length behind leader Churita (Tetrick) at three-quarters in the $50,000 mare trot, but a 29 3/5 final quarter got J-s Maple to the wire first, defeating Churita by a length and a quarter in a 1:56 1/5 effort.  E R Ellie (Tyler Stillings) came in third as the 4-5 favorite.

Jack Myers owns and trains J-s Maple, a 4-year-old Malabar Maple mare.  This was her 18th lifetime tally, and she has now pocketed $135,919.  Sent off at 10-1, J-s Maple returned $23.60 to win.

--quotes courtesy of Hoosier Park--