Anderson, IN — Grand Circuit action has once again returned to Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino with Circle City action highlighting Friday night’s 14-race card (October 28). The favorites reigned supreme with impressive efforts in the 3-year-old stakes, but it would be Cash Infusion who stole the show with a record-breaking performance in the second filly trot.
Starting from post seven in the pack of eight, Atlee Bender would choose to lead Cash Infusion through the middle of the pack in fifth as Anthony McDonald cut a hot opening split of :26.4 with Purple Aura under fire from Funky Wiggle and Kyle Wilfong. Funky Wiggle cleared on the straight and lightly tapped the breaks to the tune of :56 midway through as Bender hit the gas with Cash Infusion and started his walk first. Cash Infusion took the lead on the far corner, passing Funky Wiggle at the three-quarter half-length station in 1:24.4.
Bender kept the pedal down in the stretch as Cash Infusion split up the field behind the power of a final quarter of :27, scoring the victory by five lengths in 1:51.4. Jusmakinyalook and Jordan Ross rallied to the rail for second place, with Brickhouse Babe and Trace Tetrick completing the trifecta.
The time of 1:51.4 was a new track record for 3-year-old filly trotters; the previous record was 1:52 set by Next Level Stuff in the 2020 Breeders Crown Finals.
Coached by Erv Miller, Cash Infusion picked up her fourth win in 18 starts in 2022 for owners Bill Donavan, Purnel & Libby, Joe Sbrocco and George Ducharme Stable. With the Circle City score at $31,300, the daughter of chapter seven-Swing Anna Cash has now banked $164,058 this season and is just under a quarter million for her career.
Circle City’s $31,000 premier split for 3-year-old filly trotters kicked off the bidding in the evening, this time with world champion Bluebird Dove picking up her second win in a row.
Starting from post two in the field of seven, Bluebird Dove and pilot Peter Wrenn waited patiently from third while Luv Lorelei and Robert Taylor set the first splits. Bluebird Dove waited to see the passing lane in the stretch before exploding with a :26.4 last quarter to take the victory by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53 over Luv Lorelei, Angelonia and Trace Tetrick finishing third.
It was the eighth win in 17 season starts for the 3-year-old coached by Melanie Wrenn. Owned by David McDuffee and L&L Devisser, Bluebird Dove has taken in $226,306 for its career. Bluebird Dove is an Indiana-raised daughter of Swan For All-Goosebump Hanover and was bred by Daryl Miller.
New York-born Patsville would also repeat herself in stakes action, this time taking the only $61,500 split for 3-year-old filly leaders after a score in the Pegasus Stakes last time out.
John DeLong landed the perfect pocket trip through the mile as JK’s Rollin Baby and Atlee Bender set the pace through the mile before DeLong sailed Patsville through the lightning lane with a :27 last quarter to score by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3 on Coastal with Brett Miller and JK’s Rollin Baby.
With the score, Patsville is a five-of-16 winner in 2022 and has now banked $207,354 on the season for owners William and Patrick DeLong. Trained by Tabatha DeLong, Patsville was bred by Ross Bonafield and is a daughter of Huntsville-Major centerpiece.
Continuing the trend of the evening, Pegasus Stakes winner Sweet Boy Ben followed up his win with another win, scoring in the $30,000 Premier Division for trotting sophomore colts. Driven by Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s greatest driver of all time, Trace Tetrick, Sweet Boy Ben sat in the middle of the field throughout the mile as Rose Run Xtra cut the mile in the opening stages as the favorite 1-5.
Sweet Boy Ben and Tetrick went on the offense first on the far corner, rushing forward and never looking back down the stretch with a :27.3 final quarter to claim the victory by 1 -3/4 lengths in 1:54 on Swan Flyer with John DeLong and Jeff Cullipher stablemate Tug And Coop with Aaron Merriman.
Sweet Boy Ben picked up his third win of the season on his 19th start and his fifth win of his career for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher who also trains the gelding. With the score, the gelding son of Swan For All-Blue Muse earned $91,141 in 2022 and $141,582 for his career.
Tetrick swept the 3-year-old trotting colts, winning the $30,000 second split with the nearly invincible Ponda Adventure. Starting second, Ponda Adventure settled into third early on as Erv Miller’s teammate Abruzzo and Atlee Bender set scorching opening fractions of :26.3 and :54.4. Ponda Adventure and Tetrick ventured to the outside on the far corner and went on the attack, engaging the leader at three quarters in 1:24.
Ponda Adventure would do what he has done the majority of his career and dug deep with a :28.2 last quarter as Dover In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. popped up from the backfield before heading off just short of the wire, securing victory for Aventure Ponda in 1:52.2. Dover In Motion would be disqualified from second to fourth place, which would put Delgado and John DeLong second and Caviar Gold with Aaron Merriman would go third.
Owned by Engel Stable of IL, Louis Willinger and Jerry Graham, the 1:52.2 score is a lifetime best for Ponda Adventure, which has yet to finish worse than second in 25 career starts. The Circle City score was the 20th career win for Ponda Adventure, who has now banked $357,069 in 2022 and $628,537 for his career. Ponda Adventure is a gelding son of Swan For All-Wildflower and was bred by Pond-A-Acres.
The evening ended with another repeat bet winner, with Yourwishisgranted on the road in pace with the 3-year-old colts at $61,500.
Driver Michael Oosting wasted no time getting Yourwishis tuned on the engine, working hard three deep into the turn before clearing out and never looking back from there. The castrated son of JK Endofanera dug deep into the lane, fending off the seated pocket Sure Thing Herman and Atlee Bender and Barry’s Berries with Brett Miller to score in a best time of 1:49.4.
Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Yourwishisgranted entered the Pegasus Stakes 1:51.3 on October 21. Yourwishisgranted is now a three-time winner in 17 starts in 2022 and has earned $73,340 on the season for owner Bill Huggins. Bred by Indiana’s top breeder, Victory Hill Farms, buying a $22,000 yearling from Onawish Hanover netted him $133,540 for his career.
The racing action continues at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 29 with a 14-race card beginning at 6:15 p.m. Saturday night also includes Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s annual Fright Night at the races. Guests are encouraged to come to the track for Trunk or Treating, live entertainment, food trucks, as well as the horse costume contest in the front paddock which begins at 5:30 p.m.
For more information on Fright Night at the Races and the 2022 live racing season, customers are invited to visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.