Fastest Qualifier Delivers in Hoosier Park Classic Final
ANDERSON, IND. – October 13, 2012 –Fillemup Phil turned in another dominating performance and remained unbeaten in three starts to win the $100,000 Hoosier Park Class Final on Oct. 13 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The brown gelding by Brookstone Bay set the fastest qualifying time of :20.122 for 400 yards in the trials on Sep. 28 and posted a clocking of :20.292 to win by a length in the final and notch his fifth win over Hoosier Park’s surface.
Ridden by Oscar Delgado for trainer Danny Lang, Fillemup Phil broke a step behind Lovemelikethat and Shanley Jackson, but the five-year-old gelding quickly found another gear en route to the wire. Fillemup Phil sustained a late closing charge from the heavy betting favorite, Lovemelikethat and Shanley Jackson who finished a game second. Air Born Leader and Garardo Garrido, also a trial winner, overcame being bumped at the start to finish third. Fillemup Phil didn’t disappoint as the bettors’ choice as he returned $6.40 for the win.
“He broke hard,” Delgado noted of his mount. “Everyone got a clean break but he is a big horse so he may have been a step behind some of them. The last 100 yards he was just running away from them, he just kept getting stronger and stronger as we went on. He was on his game today.”
Bred in Indiana by Guy Trolinger, Fillemup Phil notched his fifth victory in eight starts this season while bankrolling over $100,000. In his last Hoosier Park outing, Fillemup Phil won an allowance event on Sept. 8 with Delgado in the irons, once again. Out of the Premiership mare, Miss Reminice, the brown gelding is owned by Brian Gunder.
“This is just a nice horse,”winning trainer Danny Lang noted. “He likes a lot of attention and a lot of care. Brian (Gunder) gave me a great opportunity to train this horse and he’s been racing really great for us.”
The Hoosier Park Classic Final was just one of the ten Quarter Horse races offered on the afternoon card. Tagged as Wild West Days, the all Quarter Horse card featured Wild West themed activities, giveaways, and fun for racing fans.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino through Oct. 27.