ANDERSON, Ind.-June 20, 2014 - Igottafeelinfran returned to her winning ways and captured the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 20. After a fifth place finish at this level last week, Igottafeelinfran staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to take nearly two seconds off her lifetime best and score in 1:51.3.
Guided by, Igottafeelinfran left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in second while American Girl and fired to the front through an opening panel in :26.2. American Girl's lead was short lived as she yielded the front to a determined Bombilla Hanover and at the half mile mark in :54. Hanners made his winning move as he sent Igottafeelinfran to the front around the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.4.
Bombilla Hanover began to tire on the front and as the field approached the final turn Igottafeelinfran had reached the leader's wheel. As the rest of the field was closing in, Igottafeelinfran was pulling away. Using a :28.4 final, Igottafeelinfran was able to hold off a hard charging Love This Place andto win by a head. Ritascape used her customary late surge to round out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers at the window.
The win was the second of the season from 11 previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 12 of 36 starts while amassing $296,121 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 double on the night for driveras he also scored later in the evening with Endeavors Dot Com for trainer Jr.
Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 21 with a 14-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