09/22/2017 9:22PM

Hoosier: Quick turnaround proves no problem for All Bets Off in Hoosier Park Pacing Derby


Fresh off a third place finish in the Quillen Memorial on Monday at Harrington Raceway, All Bets Off returned to Hoosier Park on Friday and put in a powerful performance in capturing the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for driver Matt Kakaley.

Trainer Ron Burke had the inside track with three from his solid stable starting from the inside, and Rockin Ron, the even-money favorite, wasted little time in taking control into the opening bend for Yannick Gingras, ahead of stablemate Check Six and All Bets Off, who got away in third.

Rockin Ron controlled the pace with fractions of 26 1/5 and 54 4/5, and it appeared as if the pace was perfect, but Kakaley with All Bets Off was not content to sit in racing in third and pulled past the half, even though the move would tug second choice McWicked into the race.

All Bets Off didn't look behind, instead he set his sights on the leader and once passed the 1:23 three-quarter station, the son of Bettor's Delight disposed of his stablemate and was never threatened, drawing off with a 26 second final quarter in the 1:49 mile. All Bets Off was winning for just the fourth time this year in 20 starts as a 7-1 offering.

Missile J made an alert leave and was able to slip through along the inside for the place spot, with Manhattan Beach finishing third.

"He raced super at Harrington," said Kakaley following the race, "So I was looking forward to this race."

Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable, All Bets Off has now won over $2.7 million during his career.

"He's the consummate race horse," said Baldachino in the winner's circle. "If there was one horse who could do it (race twice in four days) he could."