Anderson, IN – Can anyone dominated the older trotting ranks in the USA these days?
Apparently not, but they will bang heads again tonight at Hoosier Park in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic Free-For-All trot. The all-star field is a co-headliner of an excellent racing program that Hoosier Park has put together along with Captaintreacherous beating up on a field of local three-year-olds in a $50,000 Open Pace plus two $138,000 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies.
In addition to the open stakes, the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts will be contested on the card that has more than $750,000 in total purses on the line.
The Centaur Trotting Classic is the 10th race on the program and of the only horse really missing in the lineup is Intimidate, who beat most of the field in their last start and recently won again at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.4.
Market Share is the mild 5/2 morning line favorite. The $2.1 million Hambo winner has seemingly lost his Midas touch as of last, failing to win in his last four starts for trainer Linda Toscano but he still gets a nice check in every start, just has not won a race since late July. Market Share starts from post three for driver Tim Tetrick.
Arch Madness is the class of the field with lifetime earnings of nearly $4 million. The world traveler started off 2013 with a bang, finishing second in the prestigious Elitiloppet in Sweden but only recently won for the first time this year with a 1:52.3 victory. He will go from post one for driver Peter Wrenn.
The third multi-million dollar winner in the field is Wishing Stone from post two for driver Yannick Gingras. A career winner of $2.1 million is also having a good season with five wins, two of them in his last three starts winning Invitational and Open Trots at Harrah’s and Pocono Downs but can’t seem to nail down the big races like he did earlier this season.
Uncle Peter from the Jimmy Takter Stable is another contender but drew outside in post eight for driver Dave Miller and he has been right in the money every week but is another one that can’t seem to nail down the wins when facing the best in North America.
Rounding out the field are My MVP (post 4), Upfront Billy (post 5), Guccio (post 6), Appomattox (post 7), Rompaway Beau (post 9) and Undercover Strike (post 10).
The very next race 11 is the $50,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old’s and that has lured Captaintreacherous, who despite not going in the Little Brown Jug, still needs to keep sharp as he preps for Lexington’s Red Mile. The “Captain” takes on predominately local horses. He is the generous 3/5 morning line favorite while his nearest rival at 9/1 is Duel In The Sun, who starts from the rail for driver Yannick Gingras and is coming off a 1:52.3 victory at Tioga Downs.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com