08/11/2017 10:31PM

Hoosier Park: Check Six strikes again in Dan Patch Stakes

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Check Six comes to the inside of All Bets Off on his way to winning the Dan Patch Stakes

Check Six backed up his victory in the Sam McKee Memorial on Hambletonian Day with a career-best 1:48 1/5 mile in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday night at Hoosier Park.

Driver Yannick Gingras was aggressive in the early going from post nine, and he would get around Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) for command before the 26 second opening quarter went on the board.  Fellow Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) then moved first-over out of the fourth position, and he would become the leader prior to the 54 2/5 half-mile marker.

Dealt A Winner (Aaron Merriman) came first-over at All Bets Off after he cleared, and but the outside bid had stalled prior to the 1:21 1/5 three-quarters, with All Bets Off bringing the field into the stretch.

In the lane All Bets Off clung to the lead for much of the way, but Check Six rallied to his inside, and after an extended battle, it would be Check Six getting up for the victory by a quarter of a length.  All Bets Off had to settle for second, with Rock N' Roll World (John De Long) coming through the passing lane to get third.  McWicked (David Miller), the tepid 2-1 favorite, finished fourth, and Dealt A Winner wound up fifth.

"I didn't like it when I saw the sheet came out," said Gingras.  "Post nine is definitely not the greatest spot, but my horse has been sharp, and he showed up again tonight.

"I would have loved to have cut it, but the way it was shaping up going into the first turn I knew a couple of horses that had chances got away not too far back.  Maybe one of them was going to re-move, but I tried to keep it honest enough where two of them weren't going to come back.  When Matt came I was perfectly content to follow All Bets Off.  He's a great horse too."

Burke trains Check Six, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., William Switala, and James Martin.  This was his 18th career victory, and he has now earned $1,539,845.  He was sent off at 5-1 and paid $13.40 to win.

"He never says anything, maybe two or three times a year he might call you about a new horse," stated Gingras about his relationship with Burke.  That's what's great about Ronnie.  He doesn't call you to give instructions, he doesn't call you to congraulate you, and he doesn't call you to complain.  I'll take that."