07/20/2017 11:44AM

Polar Vortex wins Ellen's Lucky Star Stakes; Mind Reader takes Snack

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Polar Vortex wins the Ellen's Lucky Star Stakes by half a length over Marina's Legacy.

Polar Vortex’s best game is two-turn turf racing, and while playing it against fellow Indiana-breds for the first time Wednesday, she rallied nicely from the back of the pack to win the $105,200 Ellen’s Lucky Star Stakes at Indiana Grand.

Polar Vortex raced last of eight down the backstretch of the one-mile Ellen’s Lucky Star as 5-2 second choice Midnight Blvd set splits of 24.32 and 47.89 seconds while pressed by 9-5 favorite Marina’s Legacy. Defining Hope made a run at the quarter pole, followed by Whistle Stop, but jockey Richard Bracho played his hand on Polar Vortex well after straightening for home, and the filly finished best on the far outside to get up by a half-length over Marina’s Legacy, who had fended off her earlier challenges.

Polar Vortex was timed in 1:36.45 over a firm course and paid $23.20 to win. Marina’s Legacy was second by three-quarters of a length over Defining Hope.

Tim Glyshaw trains Polar Vortex for Brian and Aaron Reed and Keith Wexler, the group that also bred the 3-year-old filly, a daughter of Johar and the Kitten’s Joy mare Lying Czars. Polar Vortex ran her record to just 2-1-0 from 14 starts, but two of her three previous two-turn turf races – non against Indiana-breds – had produced competitive showings, and Polar Vortex, despite her price, was well spotted Wednesday.

Mind Reader best in Snack

Mind Reader has enjoyed his move to Indiana. A modest maiden claimer this winter and spring at Santa Anita, Mind Reader, moved to Indiana Grand to take advantage of his Indiana-bred status, finished second by a head in the $105,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes on June 21 and on Wednesday won his turf debut in the $105,500 Snack Stakes.

Sent out for the first time Wednesday by trainer Randy Matthews, Mind Reader was ridden by Deshawn Parker, who gave Mind Reader a cozy outside stalking trip after breaking from post 10. As Gifted Justice, Evader, Shezaguy, and Hot Suspect (all of whom finished at the back of the field) dueled through splits of 23.50 and 47.41, Parker had Mind Reader three wide but covered up and traveling comfortably.

Retrospection, who had been racing behind Mind Reader, made a strong, wide move around the turn, pulling alongside Mind Reader, positioned one path closer to the rail. Retrospection’s momentum waned at the eighth pole, but Mind Reader stayed on strongly, pulling two lengths clear at the finish as Retrospection edged Express Lane for second by a neck. Mind Reader got his mile in 1:36.80 and paid $8.60 as the second choice behind 2-1 favorite Retrospection.

Mind Reader, owned by M and M Racing, is by Gemologist and out of the Tactical Cat mare Adore You. His record stands at 7-2-1-2.