08/25/2017 10:00PM

Hoosier Park: Meadowbrook Tiger roars in Indiana Sires Stakes final

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Meadowbrook Tiger and John DeLong pulled the slight upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings

Meadowbrook Tiger, with driver John DeLong in the bike, turned in a gritty performance to find the winner’s circle on Friday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:50 2/5, the Erv Miller trainee made amends for his second-place finish in the eliminations last week by taking the fourth round of the stakes action for the sophomore pacing colts.

Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Meadowbrook Tiger away from the gate firing to grab a pocket seat behind the pace-setting He’s A Popper and Peter Wrenn. He’s A Popper dictated snappy first-half fractions of 25 3/5 and 54 2/5 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Luvnmysharkaway and LeWayne Miller were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the challenge the leader first-over as the field approached the final turn.

He’s A Popper continued to call the shots as the field reached the third station in 1:23, but the rest of the field was closing in quickly. Luvnmysharkaway was able to wear down the leader but the taxing mile began to take its toll.  Meanwhile, DeLong was able to find late racing room and Meadowbrook Tiger exploded from the pocket to surge past the leader. Using a 27 1/5 final panel, Meadowbrook Tiger was also able to hold off a late charge from Incredible Shark and Todd Warren to get the win by a head. Beckham’s Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr., sent off as the heavy betting favorite, had too much to ground to make up at the end of the mile and were forced to settle for third place honors.

Sent off at odds of 5-1, Meadowbrook Tiger returned $12.20 to his backers at the betting windows for the slight upset.

With the win, the son of Shadyshark Hanover-Rain Dance Jessica recorded his sixth win from 12 seasonal outings and sent his seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Meadowbrook Tiger is owned in partnership by Ronald Michelon and The Kales Company and has now amassed $191,369 in lifetime purse earnings.

--press release (Hoosier Park)--