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Caption This wins leg of Landess Memorial

Caption This wins leg of Landess Memorial
Caption This wins leg of Landess Memorial
Trainer/driver and part owner LeWayne Miller guides Caption This to victory Friday night at Hoosier Park. Photo by Dean Gillette

The top finish by a horse with local connections at Hoosier Park this past week came Friday night when the gray 3-year-old pacing gelding Caption This, making only his second career start, won his leg of the “Jerry Landess Memorial” for owners LeWayne Miller, Nathan Yoder and Hayswood Farm of Corydon. Miller is also the trainer and driver of the horse.

Combined with his second-place finish in the first series leg the week before, this win propels the horse into the final of the Landess memorial, to be raced Friday at Hoosier Park. This series marks the debut of a horse who did not race as a 2 year old.

Like any young racehorse, Caption This has lots to learn but appears to have the ability to take on quality horses and to finish races with a rush. His time for the mile last Friday was 1:53:2 with a last quarter in 26:0, his fastest effort to date. For the past month, including workouts, qualifying races and “real” races, each successive mile time has been faster than the previous one.

Hoosier Park racing last Wednesday night included seven horses from the Conrad Stable competing in various races. The 3-year-old trotter Boom Pow was third in his race, and the 3-year-old pacing colts Jack Wacker and Ultimaroca were second and fourth, respectively, in their races.

Others racing included Bludhaven, who was seventh in his race, Just for Us, who was eighth in another race, and Topville Celebrity and Onoitsmymothernlaw, who raced against each other and finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

The 3-year-old filly Soul Kitchen and her older brother, Rockin TJ, both natives of Lanesville, having been born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm, picked up nice checks last week for their Ohio owners.

Soul Kitchen was second in her race at Miami Valley Raceway north of Cincinnati, and Rockin TJ was second in his race at Hoosier Park.  Also at Miami Valley, the pacer Seaside Hill, from the Conrad Stable, was fourth in his race.