09/25/2015 8:44AM

Hoosier: Tetrick versus Tetrick in Jenna's Beach Boy

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Freaky Feet Pete has won 18 of 20 career starts.

Six rich stakes races adorn the Hoosier Park Saturday night program with none more compelling than the $110,250 Jenna’s Beach Boy, which features a match-up between top 3-year-olds Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete.

The Grand Circuit-competing Wakizashi Hanover comes to Indiana to face Freaky Feet Pete on his home soil and the only track on which he has ever competed. Both horses enter Saturday’s race with a strong record and a man named Tetrick in the bike.

For Wakizashi Hanover, he has won nine of 15 races in 2015 including the North America Cup at Mohawk in June. He will be steered by the more famous Tim Tetrick, a perennial leader on the national earnings leaderboard each year.

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Freaky Feet Pete has won all but one of his 10 starts this year, with his only defeat coming in his seasonal debut to divisional leader Wiggle It Jiggleit. Younger brother Trace Tetrick gets his usual assignment behind the winner of 18 of 20 career races.

“It’s fun,” said the Tim Tetrick about facing his brother in a big race. “As kids we trained horses together, but you’d never dream that we’d race and do it for money like that. I definitely got the inside draw, so I get to maybe beat him a little bit.

“I’m sure there will be some trash-talking, but it is all in good humor. If I win or he wins, he’ll congratulate me or I’ll congratulate him.”

While the Tetrick brothers will have a say in the outcome, it all mostly comes down to the two sophomore male pacers. Wakizashi Hanover enters the 12th race with a winning streak of three while somewhat down in company from the week-in week-out battles with Wiggle It Jiggleit earlier in the summer. In the Pennsylavnia Sire Stakes final at Pocono two starts back he clocked a strong 1:48 1/5 mile.

“He’s been wrapped up winning and very confident,” said Tim about the recent victories. “It can only help him when he’s winning and doing it that easily. When you don’t have to go to the well to get the job done they usually come out of it better.”

As easily as Wakizashi Hanover has dispatched his rivals of late, Freaky Feet Pete’s victories have been even more impressive. He has won his last four races by an average of six lengths and paced a career best 1:48 2/5 in victory on August 15.

“I’ve watched him,” said Tim about the competition. “I thought last year as a 2-year-old that he was the best in the country. This year he has done nothing but win. He got beat one time in his first start of the year when ‘Wiggle It’ was tight and he wasn’t. He only got beat by a half-length while parked the mile. He’s the real deal.”

Wakizashi Hanover will start from post six inside of Freaky Feet Pete in the nine-hole.

The Jenna’s Beach Boy forms a $10,000 guaranteed Pick Four with two other stakes—Elevation and Centaur Trotting Classic—that kicks off in race 10. The Elevation is the bulkiest field of night with eleven 2-year-old colts and driver Scott Zeron likes his chances with American Passport.

Winless in six career starts, American Passport was aimed high and performed valiantly with second-place finishes in the Nassagaweya and Metro eliminations. Unfortunately he drew post 10 in the $513,750 final and never got involved.

“He’s a really nice horse and he has really quick speed, but he drew post 10 in the Metro,” said Zeron.

After a few weeks off, American Passport qualified at The Red Mile to sharpen up for the Elevation. While the time was a reasonable 1:54 4/5 in the third-place finish, the colt by American Ideal made two breaks during the mile with Chris Loney in the bike.

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“They said there were leaves all over the track and he was jumping over the top of them,” said Zeron about the miscues.

Zeron was listed to drive three horse in the field and had good things to say about the horses he shunned.

“Highlandbeachycove was my favorite 2-year-old training down,” said Zeron, who does a lot of driving for trainer Tony Alagna. “He is kind of coming into himself right now. And Bottom Deals is a pretty good horse, too.”

The Elevation is race 11 on the 14-race card which gets underway at 5:15 p.m.