Saint D'Aroak Shines Again at Hoosier Park
Saint D’Aroak once again showed her affinity for Hoosier Park as she captured the evening’s featured event, a $41,000 state bred allowance for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on August 16. The three-year-old daughter of Saint Anddan pushed her career earnings over the $100,000 mark for trainer Randy Klopp as she posted her third win in six starts over Hoosier Park’s oval.Saint D’Aroak has finished in the money in all six of her lifetime starts at the Anderson track.
With Daniel Coa back in the irons once again, Saint D’Aroak was in perfect striking position from the outset breaking from post eight. She stalked the early pacesetter, Sheza Cozy Gal under Fernando De La Cruz, through early fractions of :22.57 and :45.76. Slacker and Chris Russell held the rail in third while Cindy Sweet Cindy chased the pace on the outside in fourth. Saint D’Aroak and Coa began their quest for the lead as the field reached the three-quarter station in :58.70. Coming off the far turn, Coa angled the dark brown filly to the outside and she easily took over command in the stretch. Saint D’Aroak drew clear late and coasted home to a one and one half length triumph over Sheza Cozy Gal. Victoria Blu, ridden by Rodney Prescott, made a bid late in the lane to get up for the third place finish.
The winning time was 1:12.32 for the six furlong event contested over a sloppy rated track. As the public’s second choice, Saint D’Aroak returned $7.80 for the win.
“This filly likes the distance,” winning trainer Randy Klopp noted, “but seems to handle running short a little better. She won a stakes race here going short over a sloppy track last year, so I knew she could handle this race. I told Danny to ride his own race and he did. She’s been a really nice filly for us.”
Saint D’Aroak notched the first win of her three-year-old campaign and her third lifetime win in 11 starts. Owned and bred by Cynthia and Dennis Claramunt and Randy Klopp, Saint D’Aroak was victorious in the $84,000 added “The City of Anderson” stake at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino last year.