In less than a month, Lost In Time went from winning at an Ohio harness racing fair to capturing the $816,000at .
Thetrained son of came through with a huge performance to defeat nine other two-year-old pacers in harness racing’s richest race for rookies on Saturday evening.
Driven by, Lost In Time shot out from post-five and got away second to a fired up Hayden Hanover, who posted a :27.1 opening-quarter. Just as the field paced by the first-quarter marker, Zeron circled around to the lead.
Lost In Time’s lead was brief, as Doug McNair sent Stay Hungry from fourth to first well before the half. Stay Hungry posted a :55 opening-half and carried the lead around the far turn.
St Lads Neptune started a first-over bid at the half, which supplied cover for Twin B Tuffenuff and race-favourite Pedro Hanover. Lost In Time sat patient in the two-hole, while Stay Hungry paced by three-quarters in 1:22.4.
In the stretch, Lost In Time was angled out of the pocket and immediately surged by Stay Hungry and onto a 1:50.1 victory. Hayden Hanover found racing room late and came charging through for second, three-quarters of a length short to Lost In Time. Pedro Hanover fired from third-over to finish third, while Twin B Tuffenuff finished fourth.
“I knew last week heading into this week how great he was and if I got anywhere near the same effort we were going to be in good shape,” said Zeron about Lost In Time. “I wanted to control the pace, at worst sit in the two-hole and it kind of ended up that way and the two-hole trip worked out good.”
Owned by Mulinix, Denny Miller and William Rufenacht, Lost In Time was a $47,000 purchase at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The bay pacing colt, who finished second in his elimination, was making just his fourth career start on Saturday.
“Well I’m old fashion, I like to have them ready before I race,” said Mulinix. “When you just have one you can’t afford to take a chance and hurt them, so I just took my time and let them beat each other for a while and then we stepped in.”
Lost In Time’s only victory prior to the Metro was a 2:03.4 score in a $750 race at the Hicksville, Ohio fair on August 25. The fair start was also the first charted-line for the rookie, who then qualified at Hoosier Park before finishing second in a Kentucky Sires Stakes event prior to the Metro.
Saturday’s victory is extra special for Mulinix, as he finished second in the 2011 Metro Pace with Lost In Time’s sire, A Rocknroll Dance.
“That makes up for ‘Rock’,” said Mulinix. “With ‘Rock’ I didn’t have the experience then and he (gave) me the experience to do it with this horse. I had never raced at this level much in my life, but this was really exciting.
“I bought this horse just to show them that ‘Rock’ could do it and it worked out and I’m really thankful and actually quite humbled by the whole thing.”
Winning-driver Zeron is now a two-time Metro champion, as he piloted Artspeak to victory in the 2014 edition.
Lost In Time is now two for four with $425,875 earned for his connections.
A $2 win ticket on Lost In Time returned $8.20. The $2 Exacta with Hayden Hanover paid $184.20, while the $1 Trifecta including Pedro Hanover returned $368.30. The $1 Superfecta with Twin B Tuffenuff on the bottom paid $2,772.55.