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Macombers win two medals in ISS for two-year-old racing fillies

Anderson, Ind.—July 10, 2024— Two-year-old racemares kicked off the Indiana Sire Stakes trotting season with three first-leg events on Thursday (July 10) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.

The driver-trainer duo of Ricky and Jamie Macomber secured victories in each of the top two divisions with Loveyoucookie (Captain North) and Flirty Girl JK (JK Endofaner-Mcflirty) before Kaks The Boss (JK Endofaner) and driver Kyle Wilfong took the win in the final division under trainer Jeff Cullipher.

Loveyoucookie races to victory in the fastest of the three ISS races in a time of 1:53.4 with driver Ricky Macomber Jr. (Photo by Dean Gillette Photography)

Starting from third in the $47,000 first division, driver Ricky Macomber Jr. earned a spot on the starting grid while Kyle Wilfong sent Lastchanceforlove to the front in the quarter in :27.4. The order remained unchanged at the front through the half in :57.0 before the leading duo began to pull away slightly from the pack in the three-quarter in a 1:26.3.

Macomber burst out of the pocket, turning for home, quickly taking a two-length lead with one-eighth of a mile to go, with 4-5 favourite Tarshish (Jay Cross) now chasing. Bouncing home in :27, Loveyoucookie cruised to a 2-3/4-length victory over Tarshish in a lifetime best of 1:53.4, Donut Lady (John De Long) outpacing her rivals on the track to finish third. Loveyoucookie returned $10.40 to her supporters at the betting windows.

LOVEYOUCOOKIE REVIEW

Loveyoucookie, who has made it through her first two starts, is now perfect and owned by Doug Overhiser. Loveyoucookie is a daughter of the Rockin Image mare Bluebird Love and was bred by Daryl Miller.

Team Macomber came back in the next race to win the $46,500 second division with JK’s Flirty Girl. Starting from the sixth post, Macomber finished fourth while 4-5 favorite Always A Card came out on top from the barrier to reach the quarterfinals first in :28.3. Macomber pulled a right-hand line on the straight to roll to the front just before the halfway point in :57.3 before leading the field to three-quarters unchallenged in 1:27.

Turning for home, JK’s Flirty Girl quickly responded to several Macomber shots, sprinting away 2-1/2 lengths at the halfway point. JK’s Flirty Girl stopped the timer in 1:54, crossing the line three lengths ahead of Always A Card, Infatuation (John De Long) completing the trifecta in third. JK’s Flirty Girl returned $4.20 as the bettor’s second choice.

JK’S FLIRTING GIRL REVIEW

JK’s Flirty Girl, who has also been unbeaten in her young career, is jointly owned by Jamie Macomber and James Stonecipher, the mare’s breeder.

In the $47,000 third division, Kaks The Boss broke through to claim her first victory in her second outing with driver Kyle Wilfong aboard.

Kaks The Boss crashes on the first over to win his first race in 1:54 with driver Kyle Wilfong (Photo by Dean Gillette Photography)

Tiffany Blue (Marvin Luna) took an early lead from the outside post of the eighth before handing control to Rocky Dude (Trace Tetrick) through the quarter in :28 as Kaks The Boss moved from fourth. Rocky Dude had the advantage through the half in :57.3 before Wilfong rolled onto Kaks The Boss first and led the way to the leader’s circle through the three-quarters in 1:26.4.

Entering the straight, Kaks The Boss continued to harass the stubborn Rocky Dude before taking command by half a length in the eighth pole. After taking command, Kaks The Boss sprinted past Tiffany Blue and Wunderkindbluechip (Mike Oosting) by 2-3/4 lengths to finish in 1:54. Kaks The Boss paid $5.80 to win in the windows.

KAKS THE BOSS REPEAT

Owned by Pollack Racing LLC with trainer Jeff Cullipher, Kaks The Boss earned her first victory after finishing second to Loveyoucookie in her career debut. Bred by Victory Hill Farm, Kaks The Boss is a daughter of the Captaintreacherous mare, Girl Boss.

The 14-race card on Thursday (July 11) at Harrah’s Hoosier Park highlights three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in their first part of the Indiana Sire Stakes. Thursday’s card includes a $11,631.93 carryover in the Jackpot Pick 6 (Races 8-13), plus a $10,000 guarantee in the Late Pick 4 (Races 11-14) and Hoosier High 5 (Race 14). First entry for Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

For more information on the 2024 live racing season, guests are encouraged to visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.

To see the full race results, click here: US Trotting Results.

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