Caption This wins again
The 4-year-old gray gelding, whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, was facing many of his rivals from last year’s Indiana Sire Stakes competitions for 3-year-old pacers. It was the final of the John Dutton Memorial series on Friday night for older pacers with a purse of $25,000 at Hoosier Park in Anderson. Most of the time last year, many of these same horses beat Caption This.
However, 2022 is a different story.
Starting from post 4, Caption This’ co-owner and driver LeWayne Miller sent the gray to the lead at the quarter-mile mark and he stayed there the remainder of the race. Biding his time around the far turn, when the field straightened for the homestretch, the gray lengthened his stride and paced strong through to the wire, with no other horses able to catch him. He tripped the timer in 1:51:2.
The other local connection to visit the Hoosier Park winners’ circle came on Thursday night when Charlie Conrad drove the 3-year-old filly pacer Need to Breathe, from the Mike Hollenbeck stable of Converse, to her second straight victory. This race was a beginning leg of the Go on BB pacing series for fillies, named for one of the most famous mare pacers ever in Indiana history.
The Conrad stable picked up three paychecks last Wednesday night at Hoosier Park with their 3-year-old trotting gelding Patrick’s Confession finishing fourth, 3-year-old filly trotter Sassy Babe finishing second and the older pacer Seaside Hill finishing third.
On Thursday night, Conrad’s 3-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom was sixth in her race.
At Oak Grove Racing and Gaming near Fort Campbell, Ky., the Brock Stable of Louisville raced four horses over the opening two days of the meet.
On Sunday, the aged pacer Winyard Hanover was fifth in his race in 1:55:2. On Monday, 3-year-old pacing filly Misdinosis Bluegrass, owned by Luel Overstreet of Henderson, Ky., but trained by Don Brock, won the first start of her career in 1:57:1. The filly showed real promise.
Also on Monday, the Brock stable recorded a couple of last-place finishes. The 6-year-old pacing gelding Hayswood Ron, owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon, paced his mile in 1:56:4 but couldn’t finish ahead of any of the other horses. Same goes for the 3-year-old pacing filly Girl Giggles, who couldn’t stay pacing and finished in 2:04:4. All these horses will try again over the Kentucky oval this week.