Indiana-breds Highlight Hoosier Card

State-breds compete in a pair of six-figure stakes.

October 13, 2012

Indiana-breds got the chance to shine on Saturday at Hoosier Park as the track offered a pair of rich stakes, the $106,800 Hoosier Park Classic Stakes (R) for older horses and the $111,100 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds.

In the Classic, Brian Gunder’s Fillemup Phil, who finished third in last year’s renewal of the race, sprinted to a one-length victory with Oscar Delgado up for trainer Danny Lang. The 5-year-old gelding by Brookstone Bay covered 400 yards in :20.292 to notch his second stakes victory.

This marked the 10th career win from 23 starts for Fillemup Phil, who was bred by Guy Trolinger. The gelding has only finished off the board three times in his career and has now banked $272,691.

Daniel Cooter’s Lovemelikethat, a three-time stakes winner who had hit the board in 17 of 18 prior starts, finished second as the 3-1 favorite. Randy Thompson’s homebred Air Born Leader crossed the wire third.

The Sterlie Bertram Memorial went to Alberto Valadez’s Heza Door Prize, who got up to win by a head after breaking his maiden in the trials. Cesar Carrilo rode the First Prize Perry gelding for trainer Jorge Gonzelez and stopped the timer at :18.190 for 350 yards. Heza Door Prize had earnings of $3,838 before the race and earned another $61,105 for his effort.

Randy Thompson’s Successful Dash, a gelding by Cartel Success who won the QHRAI SSA Derby (R) earlier in the meet, put in a strong effort to finish second. Dezenzo finished third for owner Randy Smith.