ANDERSON — It might not have been a long time coming, since Hoosier Park was just in its second night of the season, but the win was a relief.
In Race 8, the night's Invitational Trot, Ricky Macomber held off a pair of challengers at the wire to win with Summer Indian.
Summer Indian is trained by Ron Burke, the nation's best for standardbreds a year ago. Burke's second trainer is Jamie Rucker. On the trip back to the barn to care for the winning horse, she was told it only takes one to get it going. She replied, "I'm glad to hear that."
That sentiment must have been correct because the Macomber/Burke combo worked in the very next race, again with a photo finish.
In the Invitational, things didn't go that well so some improvisation was needed.
"I wanted to get a spot not far off the lead and wait for cover," said Macomber. "But I had to go first and he had a rough trip."
He started the move with Summer Indian during the final strides of the backstretch. He pulled even with the leader, Good Sound Advice, exiting the turn and captured the lead going home.
But Good Sound Advice, driven by Peter Wrenn, battled back and Martz Time, driven by Trace Tetrick, was charging from behind on the outside.
"He was fighting them off all the way down the stretch," said Macomber. "It was the first time he had raced in four months."
The winning time was 1:57.3 in the only trot of he night's card. The payoff was $5.80, $3.60, $3.20. Martz Time was second in the photo and Good Sound Advice was third.
In the Invitational Pace, Jammin Joshua, driven by Sam Widger, held off a cavalry charge at the finish to get the winner's share of the $22,000 purse. The winning time was 1:53.4, the quickest of the night to that point.