Hoosier Park takes center stage on Saturday night

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Ted Black

September 25th, 2015

Two days after Wiggle

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It Jiggleit captured the Little Brown Jug to secure his status as the top standardbred of either gait or any age this year, several of the sport's best trotters and pacers will convene at Hoosier Park in Indiana for a quartet of open stakes.

While Wiggle It Jiggleit is the future book favorite to take home the harness horse of the year title in 2015, one past horse of the year winner will go postward in the 13th race on the Hoosier Park card this Saturday. Bee A Magician (Brian Sears), the 2013 harness horse of the year, arrives fresh off a determined score in the $520,000 Maple Leaf final at Mohawk Raceway last weekend and is expected to go postward as the 6-5 favorite from post nine in the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday night.

A five-year-old mare trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, Bee A Magician has won nine of 13 starts this year and finished second four times and she boasts a stellar 40-11-3 slate and lofty $3.5 million bankroll from 60 lifetime outings. Bee A Magician went undefeated during her sophomore campaign in 2013 en route to being horse of the year, but she struggled during her four-year-old campaign. Nevertheless, Bee A Magician is back in peak form this year and looms the horse to beat in her latest tangle with male rivals.

But those looking to beat Bee A Magician tomorrow night could side with Wind Of The North (Dave Palone), Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) or Master Of Law (Brett Miller). Wind Of The North ventured to Sweden earlier this year for the Elitlopp, but has little success there. Natural Herbie thrives over this oval and peaked at this time last year a nd he was a good third in the Maple Leaf last weekend. Master Of Law is hampered by post 10, but this Jimmy Takter trainee could pose a late threat.

One race earlier on the card, a pair of talented sophomore pacing colts will be in the spotlight in the $110,000 Jenna's Beach Boy. Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) has won 11 of 21 starts and earned over $1.1 million this year for trainer Joann Lonney-King and is rated as the second-best three-year-old colt pacer in the land. He has won three straight heading into this event after finishing second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Battle of the Brandywine. He was also third behind 'Wiggle' in the Meadowlands Pace, but he beat him in the North America Cup final at Mohawk.

Three spots to his outside is Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick), the dominant force in the Indiana Sire Stakes this year. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete has won nine of 10 starts this year after posting nine wins in 10 starts last year and his lone setback this season came against Wiggle It Jiggleit in an ISS final. Freaky Feet Pete is the top sophomore pacing colt on the grounds and likely one of the best in the country despite his lack of open stakes experience, but he will get the acid test in attempting to upend Wakizashi Hanover in the Jenna's Beach Boy.

One race earlier on the card the two-year-old colt pacers will be on display in the $150,000 Elevation Stakes. Trainer Tony Alagna will send out Highland Beachycove (Dave Palone) and American Passport (Scott Zeron), who are better than the combined record of one win in 11 starts would suggest. American Passport finished second in his elimination for the Metro Stakes here, but was hampered with post 10 in the final and settled for ninth and could have chosen a prime spot to garner the first win of his career.

Two races earlier on the card in the second division of the $127,500 Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old filly pacers, Call Me Queen Be (Zeron) will likely go postward as the favorite having won three of five starts and banked over $175,000 this year. She was most recently second in her PASS final at the Meadows. But Maryland-bred Yankee Moonshine (Gingras) has raced well in her first eight career outings, notching two wins and earning over $75,000 and could be primed for a mild upset in this spot.

Two races earlier in the first division of this event, Darlinonthebeach looks like the obvious choice although she sports only one win in six starts to this point in her brief career. In her most recent outing, Darlinonthebeach was second to LA Delight in the $500,000 She's A Great Lady final over this track and rates the 4-5 choice her for trainer Nancy Johansen of JK She'salady fame. Lyons River Pride (Gingras) owns a 2-4-0 slate and $70,000 bankroll from nine starts, but this Burke trainee certainly merits respect in this spot.

Then several races earlier in the second, the $200,000 Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old filly trotters, Womans Will (Andy Miller) looks the one to beat for trainer Julie Miller, having won four of seven starts and banked nearly $150,000. But a trio of freshmen filly trotters trained by Jimmy Takter all look like upset prospects. Sunset Glider (Gingras) has a 1-2-2 slate from five starts and was third in the Jim Doherty final at the Meadowlands. Hollywood Hill (Takter) has won three of seven starts and was a good second in the Kindergarten at Lexington, while Gifted Lady (Brett Miller) has won twice in eight starts and was fourth as the 2-1 choice in the Lexington.