Anderson, IN --- Speed Trap, with Sam Widger at the lines, shattered the Hoosier Park track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.4 in the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Tuesday (Oct. 1).
Notching his fifth win of the season, Speed Trap bested his lifetime mark by nearly four seconds and became the fastest pacing male in Indiana Sire Stakes history with the 1:50.4 score.
|Speed Trap was a winner in a Hoosier Park track record time of 1:50.4.|
In just the seventh start of his freshman campaign, Speed Trap defeated a field of seven to lower the track record by one and one-fifth seconds. The previous record of 1:52 for 2-year-old pacing geldings was established by Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on Sept. 11. The 1:50.4 victory also marked the 20th track record that has been re-established over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths-mile oval in 2013.
Leaving from post two, Speed Trap was unhurried from the gate as Next Thing Smoke’N and Tyler Smith left alertly from the rail to get the first call in :26. Always At My Place and Jason Dillander battled early for position and settled for a pocket trip while Totally Kissed and Brad Hanners followed suit along the rail in third.
Next Thing Smoke’N continued to dictate fractions of :54.3 and remained uncontested through the three-quarter station in 1:22.4. Always At My Place was head strong in second and was tipped to the outside as the field turned for home with Always B Miki and Ed Hensley in tow. While the battle on the front ensued, Speed Trap loomed large in the background.
Utilizing his customary late charge in the lane, Speed Trap was able to find racing room late in the stretch and power home in :26.3 to win by a length. Always B Miki battled gamely to finish second while Sling Shot Shooter and Trace Tetrick finished third. Slightly dismissed at 8-1, Speed Trap returned $19.00 to his backers at the window.
Trained, owned, and bred by Stanley Miller, Speed Trap has now won five of seven lifetime starts while finishing second twice. From the first crop of United Ace out of Cyber Cities, Speed Trap sports a lifetime bankroll of $47,675.
“He was a little small at the start of the season so I backed him off for 30 days,” Miller noted after the race. “I always knew he was a nice colt, but I didn’t know he had that kind of speed in him. I just hope he stays this good for the rest of the season. He has been a pleasure to race.”
Speed Trap will look to make his next start in the third leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes slated for Wednesday (Oct. 9) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings will culminate with a $200,000 final on Saturday (Oct. 19) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will conclude on Nov. 9.