After successfully sweeping the Miss Windfall Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Royal Passion extended her dominating win streak with a harness racing triumph in the second $12,500 leg of the Bill Thompson series on Tuesday (April 24).
The Rod Lorenzo trained filly is now a perfect five for five in her sophomore season as she bested her lifetime mark to 1:55.4.
Walter Haynes Jr. sent Nucs Southern Bell to the front powerfully from post nine as they led the field of ten through splits of :26.2 and :55.4. Tetrick and Royal Passion sat contently along the rail in third while Electric Tigress and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. reaped the benefits of a pocket trip in second.
Tetrick asked the three-year-old filly to make a bid to the front as the field headed into the last turn and they never looked back. Reaching the three-quarter marker in 1:26.1, Royal Passion romped home to win by a length and a half over a closing Electric Tigress.
Jodi Girl and Sam Widger also closed hard late in the stretch to get up for the third place finish. Royal Passion paid $3.00 to win as the heavy betting favorite. The daughter of-Nukalar Passion is owned and bred by Dobbins Standardbred Inc. and has career earnings of over $29,000.
In the second division of the late closing action, E R Sister was able to reach the winner’s circle in 1:56.3 after a tough first over trip. Pete Wrenn sent Bittersweet Best to the front to dictate fractions of :27, :57.4, and 1:27.1. The Don Eash trained and driven E R Sister benefitted from a pocket sitting trip as the bettor’s choice, Springhouse Waltz, sat fourth along the rail.
The field remained in single file line as they approached the final turn. Eash was the first to commit as he tipped the daughter of-Dragonshine out from the rail to make a run at the leader down the long Hoosier Park stretch.
E R Sister responded with a :29.1 closing panel to win over Springhouse Waltz by three-parts of a length. Bittersweet Best held on gamely for the third place finish after a taxing trip on the front end.
E R Sister has now recorded two wins on the year as she increased her lifetime earnings over the $20,000 mark for her owners, Eash Racing Stable Inc. E R Sister returned $9.60 for the win.
The Bill Thompson series continues with the $20,000 final slated for Tuesday, May 1st at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
By Emily GASKIN for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino