06/30/2017 7:30PM

Hoosier Park: Indiana Sires Stakes featured on Friday card


A tight finish between top contenders Beckhams Z Tam and Rock N Tony headlined Indiana Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old colt pacers Friday night at Hoosier Park.

Racing in the third $20,000 division, Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr.) led at the 27 1/5 opening quarter but yielded to the bid of Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick) just past that marker.  Rock N Tony, who won the first $75,000 final for this group on June 2, hit the half in 55 2/5 and three-quarters in 1:23 3/5 over the sloppy going, but in the stretch Beckhams Z Tam re-emerged from the pocket to challenge again.  The two horses matched strides to the wire, but it was Beckhams Z Tam getting the nod by a nose in 1:51 1/5.  Luvnmysharkaway (Lewayne Miller) finished third.

Jamie Macomber trains Beckhams Z Tam, a colt by Always A Virgin, for owner Z Tam Stables LLC.  Beckhams Z Tam now has six career victories, and he has earned $78,361.  Sent off as the 9-5 second choice, Beckhams Z Tam paid $5.80 to win.

Back in the opening $20,000 flight it was even-money choice Meadowbrook Tiger (Tetrick) delivering the goods in 1:51 1/5.  He moved from third to first on the way to the 55 1/5 half and after a 1:23 2/5 three-quarters, he sprinted home in 27 4/5 to keep the closing bid of Dave And Dennis (Brandon Bates) at bay by a length and a half.  Sunset Braydon (Peter Wrenn) came in third at 114-1.

The victorious Shadyshark Hanover gelding is trained by Erv Miller for owners Ron Michelon and The Kales Company LLC.  Meadowbrook Tiger scored his eighth lifetime win and pushed his bankroll to $111,802.  He returned $4.00 to win.

The middle split also saw the favorite get the job done as Incredible Shark (Lewayne Miller) stopped the clock in 1:51 4/5.  He wrestled the lead away from Limited Edition (Todd Warren) beyond the 26 3/5 first quarter, then reached the half in 55 seconds flat.  23-1 shot Mitch Mc Bluegrass (John De Long) made a big first-over move from sixth in the third quarter and got a head in front of Incredible Shark at the 1:24 three-quarters, but the public choice battled back, regaining a clear lead and going on to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Mitch Mc Bluegrass.  Limited Edition held third.

Another gelding by Shadyshark Hanover, Incredible Shark is trained by Walter Haynes Jr. for owners Albert Mitchell, Rick Schrock Stable, and Robert Venable.  Incredible Shark has a record of 5-4-4 from 18 attempts, and he has put away $80,910.  He paid $4.40 to win.