11/02/2005 12:00AM

Hoosier track report


Handle on Hoosier Park's simulcast signal reached record highs on consecutive nights last weekend as handle was more than $2.3 million on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Friday's card handled a record $2,323,182 from offtrack sources and a combined total of $2,369,847 from ontrack and offtrack. The following night eclipsed that mark, as a combined total of $2,422,170 was wagered on the live card. Both nights set handle records for Hoosier's 11-year history of Thoroughbred racing.

* A pair of tough geldings registered their third consecutive wins at the meet on Sunday when Firey New Love and Joanies No Phony each won as favorites.

Joanies No Phony has been the subject of a claiming battle since July, and the 8-year-old was claimed for the fifth time since then on Sunday. Scott Lake now takes over the training of Joanies No Phony, an Indiana-bred, for the Acclaimed Racing Stables. Trainers Don Horrell and Barb McBride had each claimed the horse twice this summer, with McBride the trainer of record for Sunday's race.

McBride also sent out Firey New Love for his sixth consecutive win this year when he wore down his entrymate, Moment of Song, to win a $5,000 starter by three-quarters of a length. A 4-year-old Florida-bred, Firey New Love was claimed for $8,000 in his first start at Hoosier this year by McBride for Charles Machamer.

* Mount Tora Bora also got his third win of the meet on Saturday night when he won a $5,000 starter in 2:22 for 1 3/8 miles. It was the first time the distance has been run at Hoosier Park. The distance starts deep in the backstretch and has a short run into the first turn on the seven-furlong oval.

* Apprentice rider Jaleina Farrell registered a riding triple on Saturday night as she prepares to compete in this Saturday's Female Jockey Challenge. Farrell will be among 12 female riders competing in five races designated for the challenge. She is the top apprentice rider at the meet and is seventh in the standings with 23 wins.