06/10/2009 11:00PM

Hoosier Kingdom perfect on track


Hoosier Kingdom will try to keep his perfect Indiana Downs record intact when he faces seven other Indiana-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings in the $70,000 Snack Stakes.

Trained by Ron Herrell, Hoosier Kingdom won a statebred maiden race April 21 by 6 3/4 lengths. He came back May 8 and won an entry-level allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths. That race was at the same six-furlong distance as the Snack. Leading rider Orlando Mojica was aboard for both victories and retains the mount.

There is plenty of early speed in the Snack, and the race should set up well for Tenmor. The Mike Lauer-trained gelding came from far back early in all three of his victories. One of only two stakes winners in the field, Tenmor won the Hillsdale at Hoosier Park on Oct. 12. Most recently, Tenmor won a second-level allowance locally on June 1. In that mile and 70-yard event, Tenmor was six lengths back early before rallying to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Leandro Goncalves will ride for the first time.

Check in Advance is the other stakes winner in the race, having won the Indiana Stallion Stakes on Nov. 23 at Hoosier Park. Trained by Lori Smock, Check in Advance has employed a just-off-the-pace style in her last two wins. Regular rider Fernando De La Cruz will be aboard.