07/11/2012 6:05PM

Indiana Downs: It Happened Again wins Golden Bear in debut for Amoss on closing day of meet


It Happened Again waited patiently on the outside of horses until upper stretch and then blew by a compact field of six older horses to win the $100,000 Golden Bear, one of six stakes on the Wednesday evening closing card of the Indiana Downs meet.

Running for trainer Tom Amoss for the first time, It Happened Again was unhurried while the field set relatively slow fractions of 25.06 seconds, 50.12, and 1.14.31 in the 1 1/16-mile race. When jockey Leandro Goncalves shook the reins at the 6-year-old gelding, he responded and drew off to win by six widening lengths.

Amoss was very happy with the performance.

“The pace was a crawl so I was a little worried,” he said, “but he overcame that and so I thought he ran a really big race."

Post-time favorite Fast Alex finished second under Shaun Bridgomahan, 2 1/4 lengths in front of longshot Thunder Affair in third.

The running time over a fast Indiana Downs track was 1.44.59. It Happened Again returned $5.20 to win.

Indiana Distaff: Miz Ida shakes free late

In the other open stakes of the night, Miz Ida needed every inch of the Indiana turf course to get up in time to win the $125,000 Indiana Distaff for trainer Steve Margolis.

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan had Miz Ida back and along the inside in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies early in the one-mile event. After rallying on the turn to get within a few lengths of the leader, Miz Ida was caught in behind horses in the stretch and it was unclear if Bridgmohan could get her angled out in time. Miz Ida altered course to the outside in the final furlong and got up by a hard-fought neck in the final jump.
"I wasn't worried," Margolis said. “Shaun knows her very well and so it was left in his hands as to where to be. We have won a lot of races together, I was confident he would get her up before the wire."

The plan before the race was to have the filly farther back than she had been in her most recent races.

"We decided to try a new strategy and try to keep her farther back off the pace than she has been,” Margolis said. “It worked out well."

Run a Risk was second, two lengths in front of Cozze Up Lady in third. Miz Ida returned $12.80 to win and was timed over a firm turf course in 1.36.92.

In the four Indiana-bred stakes on the card:

* In the first of four Indiana-bred stakes on the card, Northern Candyride was kept just off the pace in the $84,000 A.J. Foyt by jockey Rodney Prescott and then rallied into the stretch to win by two lengths. Dr. Mark was a late charging second and Hoosier Kingdom was third. Northern Candyride is trained by Richard Kohnhorst and returned $8.60 to win. The running time for the 1 1/16 miles over a firm turf course was 1.43.49.

* Yeardley under Fernando De La Cruz led from start to finish to win the $200,000 Indiana First Lady. Trained by Walter Abner, Yeardley dueled in the stretch but held off Ain't She a Saint to win by three-quarters of a length in the mile and 70-yard event for older fillies and mares. Long shot Angels Trace (59-1) was third, 5 1/4 lengths back. Yeardley returned $19.20 to win and was timed over a fast track in 1.44.55.

* Prince of Time came from just off the early pace to win the $200,000 Governor's for older horses. Trained by Bob Gorham and ridden by Fernando De La Cruz, Prince of Time won by 9 1/2 lengths over Senor Rain who was 1 1/2 lengths in front of Flashy Kid in third. Prince of Time returned $23.20 to win and ran the mile and 70yards in 1.42.97.

* Dreamin Big came from just off the pace as the odds-on favorite to win the $84,000 Florence Henderson for older fillies and mares on the turf. Keeneland Act was second and Princess gone Wild was third. The running time over firm turf for the 1 1/16 miles was 1.44.08. Dreamin Big returned $3.20 to win for trainer Mike Lauer and jockey Francisco Torres. The margin of victory was a half-length.