Stars Sprinkle Indiana StakesBelieve it or not, the stakes season has not ended in the world of harness racing. Some more big events are on the horizon as 2012 sheds its final layer of skin. This week, the focus is on the Midwest.
The $200,000 Indiana Pacing Derby finds seven ornery older pacers on the bill, three of them back from the Breeders Crown Open Pace, won by Bettor Sweet. That trio is Foiled Again, Razzle Dazzle and Foreclosure N. They came from posts 8, 9 and 10, respectively.
Trottin’ Colt Stars
The $260,000 Oliver Trotting Classic offers some glamour-boy trotters of national note another shot at a big purse. Hambletonian-favorite Uncle Peter is here, with trainer Jimmy Takter taking the reins. Critics have applauded Takter for being the best guide for the colt, who has been a finicky player all season, according to the trainer-driver. He recently qualified in 1:53 at Pocono to sharpen for this event.
The Circle Game
Circles Of Fillies
Eleven soph-filly pacers meet for the $67,400 Circle City mile. It’s a well-mixed group but one stands out for us: Blackjack Princess. She comes off some tough half-mile trips against tougher competition than she meets in this event. She could win on class alone with a strong, clear trip. Her win in the Shady Daisy at Tioga in September was no fluke, except she offered 21-1. We had been watching her and supporting her so we were not surprised. We won’t be surprised this time, either.