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Fillemup Phil Tops Hoosier Classic

Fillemup Phil headlines Hoosier Park Classic.

October 12, 2012

Brian Gunder’s Fillemup Phil, no worse than third in every out this year, looks for his fifth 2012 win in his eighth start when he heads the $100,000 Hoosier Park Classic on Saturday.

Also in the card is the $100,000 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old Indiana-breds.

While Fillemup Phil (Brookstone Bay-Miss Reminence by Premiership (TB)) has been very hot this year after a winless 2011 and now is after his first stakes win of the year. His best stakes effort was a second in the $109,000 Woodard Stakes on June 30 at Indiana Downs.

Fillemup Phil, trained by Danny Lang, won the first of two trials by a nose over second-fastest qualifier Lovemelikethat (Likenothinyoueversaw-First Smart Stride by First Smart Money). Fillemup Phil was timed in :20.122 for 400 yards while Lovemelikethat was given a :20.129 mark.

That was the third-consecutive second-place finish for Daniel Cooter’s Lovemelikethat and in each race she was the favorite and narrowly beaten, the largest margin being a neck. Lovemenlikethat won last year’s Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) and the QHRA of Indiana Derby.

In this year’s Sterlie Bertram Stakes, Alberto Valadez’s Heza Door Prize (First Prize Perry-Rectitude by Heza Fast Man) is an interesting prospect. He is making just his third career start and only his second out this year. He was overlooked at 11-1 in his trial and responded with a half length win for trainer Jorge Gonzalez in :17.911 for 350 yards, the fastest time from three trials. In his sole 2011 out, Heza Door Prize was fourth in a Hoosier Park allowance race.

Conversely, the Randy Smith-owned and -trained Dezenzo (Ivory James-Hooked On Leveaux by First Down Leveaux) and Randy Thompson’s Successful Dash (Cartel Success-Rita Anns Dash by Dash For Cash) both come into the Sterlie Bertram off winning streaks.

Dezenzo took an August 18 allowance by 1 1/2 lengths and then was the second-fastest qualifier at :17.952 with a neck score in the September 29 trials.

The Thomas Mosley Jr.-trained Successful Dash has won his latest three starts, including the August 18 QHRA of Indiana Stallion Service Derby (R). He won his September 29 trial by a half length at 3-10 odds with the third-fastest time of :17.964.