09/10/2016 9:48PM

Hoosier: Limited Edition surprises favorites in Indiana Sire Stakes final

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Limited Edition paid $25.60 to win in the Indiana Sire Stakes final

Limited Edition and Sam Widger pulled a stunning 11-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Stopping the timer in 1:52 2/5, Limited Edition found late racing room to score his maiden breaking victory and give driver Sam Widger one of his four wins on the program.

Leaving from post four, Widger sent Limited Edition away from the gate firing, and he grabbed the early lead through an opening panel in a snappy 26 3/5. On The Virg (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), the heavy post time favorite, grabbed a pocket seat while Meadowbrook Tiger and Ross Leonard were next in line in third.

On The Virg made his move to the lead down the backside and took command just past the half in 56 seconds. As the field reached the third station in 1:24 3/5, On The Virg continued to call the shots, but Meadowbrook Tiger was applying pressure first-over, with Rock N Tony and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow.

On The Virg was able to hold off Meadowbrook Tiger, but his biggest threat was patiently waiting to strike from the pocket. Widger moved Limited Edition to the passing lane, and he exploded past the leaders with a 27 2/5 final quarter to get the win by two lengths. Rock N Tony rallied for second while On The Virg held on for third place honors. Limited Edition returned $25.60 to his backers at the betting windows.

“He’s always been a nice colt,” Widger noted after the victory. “We’ve just had some tough racing luck here and there. Tonight, the trip worked out perfect for us and he (Limited Edition) raced awesome.”

Trained and owned by Perry Smith, the son of Rockin Image-Modern Way notched his first victory from seven seasonal outings. Establishing a new lifetime mark with the win, Limited Edition has now amassed $56,550 lifetime.

--press release (Hoosier Park)--