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Mark Evers and Sugar Nips - new track record

07:46 AM 11 Jun 2011 NZST
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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Sugar Nips and harness racing driver Mark Evers established a new track record for older pacing mares Friday, June 10 in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo stopped the timer at 1:50.4, eclipsing the old mark established by Shania and driver Tim Curtin in 1998.

Starting from post seven in the 10-horse lineup, Sugar Nips used early speed to get away third as Aqua Artist and Tyler Smith were the first to arrive on the front. Native Hotspur and Sam Widger were not going to settle for anything but the front and made the top spot by the quarter-mile marker in a time of :25.3. Native Hotspur put a couple of lengths between herself and Aqua Artist and still had the call at the halfway marker in :54.4. Francie’s Dream and Peter Wrenn were the first to pull to the outside at this point, creating a second row of challengers behind them.

Smith was able to keep Aqua Artist in behind Native Hotspur until halfway through the turn before being forced out of his two-hole position. There was just enough time for Evers to also tip out from the inside and follow Aqua Artist to prepare for the stretch drive home.

After passing the three-quarter mile marker in a time of 1:24.0, Sugar Nips was able to gain control of the field and paced home to the wire, winning by two and one-quarter lengths. Dutz’s Charm and Trace Tetrick rallied home the quickest of the field to finish second on the outside while Aqua Artist held her ground for third.

In addition to being a new track record, the victory was a personal best for Sugar Nips, who is owned by Velocity Standardbreds of Lebanon, Ohio. Evers also serves as the trainer of the six-year-old Cambest mare, who has earned in excess of $220,000 during her career. Sugar Nips is now two for six in 2011 and has only missed being among the top three one time this season.

Tammy KNOX

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