In what seemed like the hunch bet of the year, Miss Indiana went off as the 3-10 favorite in Friday night's $74,450 Miss Indiana Stakes at Hoosier Park. While the race was not named for the favorite in the field of 2-year-old fillies, the possibility of Miss Indiana winning the Miss Indiana was too good for the bettors to pass up.
But Amanda's Crown and jockey Mike Morgan had other ideas, however, and the 11-1 shot rallied to post a 3 3/4 length triumph over 15-1 longshot Connies Travels. Miss Indiana, meanwhile, dueled with 48-1 shot Maladrie through early fractions of 22.35, 45.71, and 58.65 but could not sustain that pace and faded to finish sixth. Meladrie did hold on for third.
The winner, an Indiana homebred for Swifty Farms, completed the six furlongs in final time of 1:12.15. The daughter of Crown Ambassador - Absolutely Amazing , by Crusader Sword is trained by Stephen Dunn.
Amanda's Crown paid $24.40, $10.80, and $16.60; Connies Travels was worth $13.00 and $19.40, and Meladrie paid $12.20.