There seems to be plenty of harness racing competition amongst the babies thus far, as was evident Thursday, July 1. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted the second leg of The George Sholty Series, designated for two-year-old colts and geldings. The one-mile trot holds a purse of $15,000.
After winning the first leg of the series last week, Dream Kid and Ricky Macomber were the favorites at the gate. Looking for back-to-back wins, the duo jumped out early to grab the lead and set the tempo most of the way, creating fractional marks of :29.0, 1:00.0, and 1:29.3 before giving way to Uncle Freddie and C-O-To Bluegrass (pronounced Carbon Dioxide Bluegrass.)
After starting from post position five, Dan Shetler had Uncle Freddie trotting in third for much of the race, following Dream Kid and long shot Eight O'clock Rock, driven by Jim Dailey. It was just before the three-quarter pole that Shetler let Uncle Freddie go.
Thegelding moved past Eight O'clock Rock and set his sights on Dream Kid. Once they passed the final eighth of a mile marker, they had taken the lead and held off a strong closing effort by C-O-To Bluegrass to earn the victory.
Mark O'Mara and C-O-To Bluegrass had a field best final quarter time of 0:27.3, which was enough to move past Dream Kid for a second place finish. Macomber didn't let Dream Kid give up, hanging on for third.
Uncle Freddie beat out a handful ofsired trotters to earn the trip to the winner's circle. appears to be the premier first crop sire in Indiana for two-year-old trotters up to this point in the 2010 season.
The mile by Uncle Freddie in a time of 1:58.1 marks the fastest in the nation for any two-year-old gelding trotter. The previous record of 2:01.0 was set by KT Tag I'm It at The Meadows. The time also makes Uncle Freddie the fastest two-year-old ever sired by. also has a four-year-old son currently racing at Hoosier Park (Dojea Delight) that has an equal mark taken earlier this spring.
"He (Uncle Freddie) is a nice horse and he is just getting better," said Trainer John Merkel. "He hasn't been as fast as that other colt (Dream Kid), but tonight he had a good trip. He has always been good gaited and always trotted well from the get go."
The same three horses finished in the top three last week and will look to further their competitiveness next week. If this group of young trotters can continue shaving time off of their mile, they should be thrilling to watch throughout the rest of the season.