10/25/2012 4:40PM

Hoosier Park: Meet closes with four statebred stakes


Indiana-breds are the focus on the final card of the Hoosier Park racing season Saturday evening. A pair of $84,000 2-year-old events and a pair of $200,000 races for older horses highlight the 14-race program that also includes three Quarter Horse stakes. Both the Frances Slocum for Indiana-bred fillies and mares and the To Much Coffee for older horses had purses of $88,000 until they were boosted to $200,000 this year. Both will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.

Prince of Time will try to make amends in the To Much Coffee for his third-place finish in his last out when he goes postward as part of a full field of 12, including two entries. The Bob Gorham trainee finished third when sent out as the even-money favorite in the $87,000 Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore at Hoosier on Oct. 6. Two starts back, Prince of Time finished second in an open allowance race at Hoosier. He drifted out at the eighth pole and was disqualified and placed third.

Prince of Time, a 3-year-old, won the $200,000 Governor’s at Indiana Downs by 9 1/2 lengths three starts ago July 11. Fernando De La Cruz retains the mount.

Sneakin Away finished second in the Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore on Oct. 6 after leading at the top of the stretch. The muddy track may not have been to the liking of the Mike Lauer trainee, and with nice weather in the weekend forecast, some improvement can be expected.

Trainer Richard Kohnhorst sends out a powerful entry of Northern Candyride and Twice Mike. Northern Candyride won the 2011 To Much Coffee, and Twice Mike won the Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore in his last out Oct. 6.

Frances Slocum: Dreamin Big on a streak

Dreamin Big will attempt to win her fifth race in a row in the $200,000 Frances Slocum. Trained by Lauer, Dreamin Big sports a 9-4-5-0 record locally, including her last two wins in the Merrillville prep Aug. 1 and the Merrillville on Aug. 25, both going six furlongs. Dreamin Big is coupled with Glossed and Found, another Lauer trainee that is on the also-eligible list. Francisco Torres retains the mount on Dreamin Big.

Ain’t She a Saint will be looking for her second consecutive victory after winning the $88,000 Richmond at Hoosier on Oct. 6. Trained by Jeff Greenhill, Ain’t She a Saint came from far back to draw off and win by more than five lengths.

◗ Higher Logic will try to remain undefeated in the $84,000 Miss Indiana in the eighth race, the first of four Thoroughbred stakes on the card. Higher Logic won at first asking by 14 lengths on Sept. 13 for trainer Antonio Duran. In her next out Oct. 5, the 2-year-old filly won the Indiana Stallion by 5 1/4 lengths.

Ladystarturengine will be looking for her third straight win in the Miss Indiana, having won a 7 1/2-furlong maiden race Sept. 12 by more than nine lengths and then the City of Anderson on Oct. 6.

◗ Dread the Pirate will be looking for his third straight win in the $84,000 Indiana Futurity. The David Paulus trainee won his maiden Aug. 23. He came back to win the Crown Ambassador by nearly four lengths Oct. 5.