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Touch Of Steel untouchable in Indiana Sire Stakes
Saturday, May 27, 2006 - by Tammy Knox, Publicity Director, Hoosier Park

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Touch Of Steel continued his solid season Saturday, May 27 in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes action. The three-year-old gelded son of Lease On Life posted a time of 1:54.3, his fourth win in five outings for 2006. The evening was part of a special event which included a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach, former lead singer for the rock band Skid Row.

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Touch Of Steel was a winner in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes action Saturday night at Hoosier Park.
Starting from the inside, driver Elliott Deaton used just enough energy from Touch Of Steel to keep positioning. Nowthat’saplanman and driver Joe Putnam rallied to the lead from the outside, posting the first quarter mile marker in :28.1. Down the backstretch, Deaton tipped Touch Of Steel to the outside and easily secured the lead through the half and three-quarter mile marker in time of :58.0 and 1:27.2, respectively.

“The soft fractions were not surprising, because there were only six horses in the race,” said Deaton. “The race went as I expected it would. There are always some worries when a horse is charging on the outside in the stretch as Nowthatsaplanman did.”

In the stretch, it was a race to the wire. Touch Of Steel and Nowthat’saplanman sprinted away from the remainder of the field. Touch Of Steel held his ground, winning by one-half length. Sun Set Acres Troy and Jay Cross rallied up first-over to finish third.

Touch Of Steel increased his earnings to more than $19,000 with the win. He only started once as a two-year-old, but has proven a year made a difference in his performances. Don Cromer, 2005 co-leading trainer at Hoosier Park, trains Touch Of Steel for owners Gerri Tucker, Ciro Gentile, and Rodney Lorenzo.

“The group of owners were looking for a horse to claim in Florida and couldn't find the right one to claim,” said Cromer. “The owners originally bought him (Touch Of Steel) from trainer Troy Dobbins, who was training him in Alabama. I have been training him since the first week of April."

Intendto’s Majesty Upsets In Sires Stakes
By Ryan Hubbard
Intendto’s Majesty and trainer-driver Neil Coleman put up a surprising upset in the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacers Saturday, May 27 at Hoosier Park. Winning the third leg, Intendto’s Majesty paced to a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2 over a lighting fast oval.

“I am really shocked with the way he (Intendto’s Majesty) raced tonight,” said Coleman. “I just started training him this past Monday. I was only hoping to get a check in the race. I saw him race last year and he showed he could compete well.”

Heavy post-time favorite Hat-ies RC and driver Billy Downs took the first charge coming out of the starting gate. As expected, The Wrath Of Pan gelding led the field of eight to the opening quarter in :27.3.

Hat-ies RC received a nice breather going down the backstretch. Not being challenged, Hat-ies RC got to the half-mile marker in :57.0. His one and one-half length advantage continued around the far turn.

In the stretch, Hat-ies RC still led by three-quarters of a length over Townline Roll On and driver Don Eash, who was seeking position for the win. With one-sixteenth of a mile  to go, Intendto’s Majesty cleared and surged right to the front, grabbing the victory. Hat-ies RC finished second. Townline Roll On held on to finish third.

“I was really concerned about nobody wanting to go to the front,” said Coleman. “I was thinking gosh, things are going to get interesting after the half. When he (Intendto’s Majesty) cleared in the stretch, I knew he was going to have a great shot to win.”

Intendto’s Majesty returned $61.20, $8.60, and $6.00 as the 29-1 longshot. The win was his first of the season for owner James Shoffner of LaPorte, Ind. It was also his fifth overall career victory. The majority of his $90,946 lifetime earnings came in his freshman campaign where he bankrolled a magnificent $82,206.

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