In an abbreviated field of six, Hanners sent Igottafeelinfran to the front from post four and solidified the lead at the first quarter mark in :27.4. Ritascape and Frank Davis benefitted from a pocket trip while House of Pleasure andfollowed intently in third. The heavily favored American Girl and opted for a trip off the pace and trailed the field in sixth.
Igottafeelinfran went uncontested down the backside and dictated fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1 while the rest of the field waited patiently in single-file order. Ross Leonard was the first to move to the outer flow as he sent Nutmegs Yankee on a long first-over bid. American Girl quickly grabbed the cover as the field began to tighten turning for home.
Igottafeelinfran looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced herself for the stretch battle as the rest of the field closed in. Hanners asked the four-year-old mare for more and she dug in gamely with a :26.4 final panel to best her rivals.
Blissful Romance and. staged a huge rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Nutmegs Yankee held on for third. As the publics' second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers.
The win was the first of the season from two previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 11 of 27 starts while amassing $268,401 lifetime. Trained by, the daughter of -Fran Anna was an Ohio Sire Stakes champion for the three-year-old pacing fillies division last year.
It was a driving triple on the night for driveras he also scored with Always A Angel and Penn earlier on the card for trainer Bobby Brower.
Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Highlighting the evening will be a $22,000 Invitational pace and a $22,000 Invitational trot. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park