10/22/2014 11:58AM

Hoosier: Top Burke 3-year-olds compete in Circle City

JK Endofanera has won 9 of 14 races this year and is closing in on $1 million in earnings.

There are no sky-high purses being offered on Friday night at Hoosier Park, but trainer Ron Burke is still sending arguably his top pair of male 3-year-old pacers in split divisions of the Circle City. Both Jk Endofanera and Limelight Beach figure to be odds-on favorites come post time as they follow the yellow brick road to the Breeders Crown on November 22 at the Meadowlands.

JK Endofanera has put together a strong 2014 campaign with victories in the North America Cup, Tattersalls, and American National. He sits second on the earnings leaderboard in his division at $921,145, just $39,251 behind McWicked, who starts on Saturday in the $500,000 Messenger at Yonkers Raceway.

With only a $30,000 purse, the Circle City would seem to be a strange spot for a horse with the talent of JK Endofanera. But trainer Ron Burke is looking at the big picture.

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“This is basically a training mile for the Monument Circle (10/31 at Hoosier),” said Burke. “We could have trained him in (1):53, but we rather race him in 1:50. He has been really good his last three starts and I think he just needed to race a bit more. He’s a big strong horse that needs to work.”

The 3 Brothers Stable-owned JK Endofanera starts from post two in race nine with Matt Kakaley scheduled to drive against a field of six others including the Burke-trained At Press Time.

Limelight Beach was on a roll coming into the American National at Balmoral Park on October 11. He had won three straight races including the Little Brown Jug, but made an uncharacteristic break as the 4-5 favorite that night.

“Yannick (Gingras, driver) said [Limelight Beach] saw something on the track and jumped over it. It is just a blip on the radar,” said Burke of the unfortunate break at Balmoral.

Limelight Beach, also driven by Kakaley, enjoys racing on the front and figures to control the action versus his six foes. Owned by Burke in partnership with Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable, and Wingfield Brothers, the gelding will set sail from post five in the 12th race on Hoosier’s 14-race card. He will be joined in the race by uncoupled barn-mate Hemingway from post two.

Rounding out the Burke contingent in the colt and gelding rounds of the Circle City are Somesizesomestyle (post three) and Somestarsomewhere (post four) in the second division, race 11 on the program. Although both colts have earned over $100,000 in 2014, neither has set the world on fire. Somesizesomestyle has been “getting better and better” according to Burke, but his stable-mate just can’t seem to get in gear.

“He’s been my biggest disappointment this year. I really thought he was our best colt,” said Burke, who admitted that his team just can’t figure the colt out.

Burke also starts Sayitall BB, Paydaze On The Way, and Stucklikeglue in filly pacing divisions of the Circle City, and Rose Run Parker in a colt and gelding trot.

The Hoosier Friday card features 10 Circle City races for sophomores of both gaits and sexes. First race post time is scheduled for 5:15 PM.