07/08/2016 10:15PM

Hoosier Park: Fillies impress in Indiana Sires Stakes action

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Seventimesavirgin picked up a new lifetime mark in winning her Indiana Sire Stakes final

After a week’s worth of stakes action, the pacing fillies took their turn in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they played host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for both the 2- and 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the 2-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors.

The 3-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the stakes action for the evening and it was Seventimesavirgin (John DeLong) who delivered as the heavy betting favorite to score in a new lifetime best of 1:51 1/5. Using the Hoosier Park passing lane to her advantage, Seventimesavirgin notched her second consecutive victory and made it a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action.

Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin protected her inside position, but Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger also left alertly to grab the first call in 26 1/5. There was then was a bit of give and go as DeLong sent Seventimesavirgin back out to the front, but just as she grabbed command at the half in 54 2/5, Topville Cadillac and Tyler Smith were up to take the lead.

Topville Cadillac continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23 3/5, but the rest of the field was closing in. Seventimesavirgin sat patiently in the pocket before DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane, and she powered home, using a 27 1/5 final quarter to get the win. Seventimesavirgin finished three lengths in front of a hard-charging Aux D Lox Bluegrass, while Topville Cadillac held on for third.

“The trip never works out like you think it will,” DeLong said with a smile in the winner’s circle. “She raced very well.  She doesn’t like having to wait, and she always wants to go, but she loves to pace home. She’s just awesome.”

Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is also trained by John DeLong and notched her fifth victory of the season from six starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $182,240 lifetime while winning 10 of 18 lifetime outings.

A little later on in the evening, Rockin Serena and Trace Tetrick powered off cover to score as the longest shot on the board in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off at odds of 44-1, Rockin Serena was able to overcome post position nine and used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to score in a new lifetime-best of in 1:55. The victory was also one of five winners on the program for Hoosier Park’s leading driver Trace Tetrick.

Owned by Kales Co., Dolne Farm Services, S&R Racing Stables, and Wrenn Racing, Rockin Serena is trained by Melanie Wrenn and notched her first win from two starts. The daughter of Rockin Image-Day Lily Hanover has now earned $37,900 lifetime for her connections.

--press release (Hoosier)--