He really is that good, and that’s the Total Truth.

Total Truth, a lightly raced, but suddenly unbeatable 3-year-old colt, held off the field twice in winning the $450,000 Hoosier Cup Saturday on the final night of live standardbred racing at Hoosier Park.

This win, combined with the win just a week ago in the North America Cup, made Total Truth the sport’s newest millionaire.

Yannick Gingras drove Total Truth to both wins. He was a bit concerned about the quick mile turned in the qualifying heat.

“Anytime you turn a 1:50 it’s got to take something out of him,” said Gingras. “I thought if I could get an easy trip, I’d be all right.”

So Gingras took the lead from Dave Panlone, driven by Dave Palone, going down the backstretch just before the half-mile pole. “I thought that would be the best way to get a break.”

Total Truth maintained his lead down the long stretch.

“At the five-eighths pole I knew I was the winner,” said Gingras. “The horse that was first over (Western Guy driven by Andy Miller) wasn’t making a move on me.”

The winning time was 1:51 and paid $3, $2.60 and $2.10.

Western Guy did pass them all but one and finished second. My Boy David, guided by Ricky Macomber Jr., was third.

“He’s a real sweetheart,” said Gingras of the winner. “He can start and go whenever you need him to and that’s important in a big race like this.”

In the first elimination heat for the Hoosier Cup, Miller piloted Western Guy to a win in 1:51.3. The win paid $7, $3 and $2.60.

Real Mean Art was second, Sea Dragon third, AB’s Beach Boy fourth and Eagle Real One fifth. The top five moved on to the final.

Two of the morning line favorites, Joe To Go and Sandro Hanover, failed to make the top five.

Total Truth didn’t shock anyone by winning the second heat, but the time of 1:50.1 was a bit of an eye-opener.

Dave Panlone was second, followed by My Boy David, Winbak Dimensions and Western Shore. There were no favorites left behind in this race as the three who didn’t qualify all had odds of 10-1 or more.

In Race 1, when Michael Peterson drove Mayflower’s Song to a win, it clinched the training title for Greenfield’s Don Eash. It was the 35th training win of the season for Eash, who captured his fourth Hoosier Park training crown in the last five seasons.

ABC Glory continued its perfect season with a win in the Indiana Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old fillies. Driven and trained by Joe Putnam, ABC Glory won all nine of its starts this season. The winning time was 1:57.1, a stakes record.







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