Lightly raced five-year-old pacer Always A Show delivered a harness racing career-best effort to win the Maxfield Drilling Pty Ltd Pace over 2200 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. Always A Show stepped brilliantly from the pole position to hold the front and from there it was little more than a procession. The Craig Hayes-trained and driven gelding settled well and traveled comfortably to the home turn the last time where Hayes called on the son of Always A Virgin for the supreme effort and he responded magnificently booting 10 metres clear. Me Mate Les burst from the pack in a late bid to chase the leader down but he fell short by almost four metres with Boutique Art 20 metres away third. Peter Staples
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 14, 2016 - He may not be a household name or a colt that people set a DVR to witness, but watch out world, On The Virg is on verge of stealing the harness racing spotlight all for himself. After all, who captures their first officially timed trip around an oval by the length of the homestretch and more? "He is such a nice colt," said conditioner Jim Daily. "You would not even know he is in the barn and he is so nice to drive. Josh Green called me after he won his first qualifier at Northfield by 40 lengths. I had a doctor's appointment that day, but after Josh called me up, I went up to Michigan and brought him home with me." Bred by Lavon Miller of Topeka, Ind., On The Virg is son of Always A Virgin and the Cam's Card Shark mare Modern Bobbi. Owned by Richard Lombardo, Howard Taylor, David Kryway and Eric Goodell, the gelding will attempt to place himself on center stage when he vies for the lucrative and prestigious victory in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on Saturday (Oct. 15). The 2-year-old will begin pacing from the coveted rail position as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Brett Miller gripping the lines. On The Virg will compete against a field of 10 rivals, but due to his previous performances, it appears only Rock N Tony (post two, Trace Tetrick, Erv Miller, 9-5) and Limited Edition (post 10, Sam Widger, Perry Smith, 5-1) have an opportunity to claim a championship crown as their own. "I have two very good colts and I'm not sure which one is better," Daily said. He was referring to Ohio Triple Crown victor Scotch McEwan, a son of McArdle and the Stand Forever mare Forever Ivy that has collected $213,462 on the racetrack. "They are just suit each program so well," Daily said. "On The Virg has so much speed and he is suited to a larger track like Hoosier." While the gelding has yet to net over $100,000 in career earnings, it appears to be only a matter of time before he leaves that milestone in his wake. On The Virg has banked $95,250 and sports a record of 10-5-1-1. His lifetime mark of 1:52, with a sparkling last quarter panel in :27 , was paced on Aug. 18 in an Indiana Sire Stakes elimination at Hoosier Park. "He is so fast it is easy to let him get into the race right off the gate," Daily said. "But you can do anything with him because he is so professional. He does not act like a 2-year-old. It's like he is an older horse. He behaves like a 4-year-old out there." With a premium draw and a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes triumph already on his resume, On The Virg is poised to place his name in the history books on Saturday night. "I think he is really going to show us something," Daily said. "He has a nice post and I feel like he is ready. He was a small horse when I bought him, but he has grown over the summer. He's still not a big horse, but he has filled out. He is a very talented colt and I'm looking forward to next year with him." The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts will be part of a stakes filled card at Hoosier Park on Saturday. With over $2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Indiana stakes season. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Story by Kim French, on behalf of the United States Trotting Association.
Cranbury, NJ - The world's fastest pacer, Always B Miki, who recently reset the time standard in harness racing to 1:46, leads a group of 39 eligible harness racing pacers for the $400,000 Breeders Crown Pace slated for Friday, Oct. 28, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Always B Miki, the defending Breeders Crown Pace champion, is one of a record six Breeders Crown champions among the eligible pacers: the 5-year-old son of Always A Virgin is joined by Freaky Feet Pete (2015 sophomore pacing champ); Foiled Again (2013 Open Pace); Luck Be Withyou (2013 freshman champ); McWicked (2014 sophomore champ); and Traceur Hanover (2014 2-year-old-colt pace champ). Both Freaky Feet Pete and McWicked have called it quits this season. Also eligible is the sensational Shamballa, who was just 1-1/4 lengths back of Always B Miki in that historic 1:46 mile, and also defeated both divisional leaders Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit in a 1:47.1 score in the U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 6. Shamballa is driven by the red-hot Scott Zeron, who is having a career year at age 27, having just won the Triple Crown of Trotting with Marion Marauder. Zeron has more than $800,000 in Crown earnings though he is still seeking his first title. One of four Breeders Crown events slated for the Meadowlands on Friday, Oct. 28, the Crown Pace will be featured in a one-hour live broadcast on SNY (SportsNet New York) from 9-10 p.m. (EDT). The battle for division supremacy may very well come down to the Breeders Crown, as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit is not eligible to the program which has stallion eligibility as its cornerstone. The $400,000 Breeders Crown Pace carries a supplemental tag of $50,000, and supplements are due Monday, Oct. 17, at the Meadowlands race office. The starting fee is included in the supplemental amount, and at least 50 percent of the supplemental money, minus the normal starting fee, is added to the purse of the individual events. Horses eligible to the Breeders Crown events must enter by 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, also at the Meadowlands race office. Elimination events, if necessary, will be raced on Friday, Oct. 21. A complete listing of all eligibles to the 12 events and more information on the conditions of the race can be found at www.hambletonian.com.
Always Be Miki fastest harness racing horse in history 1:46 26.1 - 52:2 - 1:19.4 - 1:46 LEXINGTON, KY-- Making his move for the top midway down the backstretch, Always B Miki set fast fractions before driver David Miller implored him through the stretch, advancing to win the $138,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at The Red Mile in an all-time record mile of 1:46. Always B Miki got away third as Shamballa was sent to the lead through a :26.1 opening quarter. David Miller showed Always B Miki the whip and he rushed first over to claim command to the half, timed in :52.2. He continued his sprint around the far turn, passing three-quarters in 1:19.4 before being chased home by Shamballa and All Bets Off in the stretch. A five-year-old horse by Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki won his 27th race in 50 starts, earning $2,296,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and paid $2.10 to win. "It's a moment I'm never going to forget," Jimmy Takter said. "You don't get horses like this for long, and it's definitely emotional to be around him. I can't wait to see him as a stallion. His personality and everything about him will be well-received through the sport. He's not the easiest horse because he had a lot of injuries, but what this horse overcame every single day nobody else did. "He has the Breeders Crown and TVG Final; those are the only two races left for him." "I really thought the three-quarters was maybe a little too slow," David Miller said. "But like I've said: he's an incredible horse and does incredible things. I couldn't be happier with him." Always Be Miki - World Record Circling by Frost Damage Blues and Lady Shadow as they battled around the far turn, Praire Sweetheart advanced to the front and defeated her older rivals to win the $112,500 Allerage Farms Filly & Mare Pace in 1:49.1. Lady Shadow set the pace, going fractions of :26.4 and :54.4 before receiving pressure from Frost Damage Blues, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two matched strides through a 1:22.2 third-quarter before Frost Damage Blues took the top. Lady Shadow retreated at the pylons while Prairie Sweetheart moved three wide, powering by Frost Damage Blues at the eighth pole. Prairie Sweetheart finished in front of Bedroomconfessions and Venus Delight, who stormed down the center of the track to finish second and third respectively. Prairie Sweetheart, a three-year-old filly by Royal Millennium out of the Masterman mare Taylors Lady, remained undefeated in 12 starts with her lifetime-best win. She has earned $155,024 for owner Let It Ride Stables Inc. and trainer Ross Croghan. Driven by Matt Kakaley, she paid $14.80 to win. We recently purchased her," Ross Croghan said. "I got a call from a friend of mine up at Pocono, and he said 'I just saw a filly that looked fantastic.' I watched the replay, and I had to agree with him, so I watched her again the next week, and the next week, and I just thought this filly has something special. "We actually purchased her the day before I was going to leave for the [Little Brown] Jug. I was going to be away for a month and I didn't want to be away from her for that amount of time, so I brought her with me. "We gave her a qualifier here last week just to see how she was and Matty [Kakaley] said she was super and that there were two seconds up her sleeve if he ever wanted to use it," Croghan also said. "I spoke to the owners, and they're both here enjoying the week in Lexington, so they opted to pop up with the supplement and watch the race, and it worked out in our favor." Prairie Sweetheart Flanagan Memory fanned off cover and trotted down the center of the track to take the $101,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot in 1:51.2. Jl Cruze was sent to the lead, clearing early race-leader Muscial Rhythm through a :27.2 opening quarter. After a :55 half, Jl Cruze braced the challenge of Obrigado into the far turn. They were stride for stride after a :21.4 third-quarter before Jl Cruze reemerged to the lead. Crazy Wow, tracking Obrigado from second over, edged three wide and trotted by Jl Cruze to take the lead before Flanagan Memory and Brian Sears rushed down the course to grab command. Crazy Wow took second, while Jl Cruze held third. A six-year-old horse by Kadabra out of the Yankee Glide mare Classy Stacy, Flanagan Memory won his 18th race in 65 tries, compiling $1,163,070 for owners Liette Flanagan and trainer Rene Dion. He paid $5.00 to win. "I was real happy to be third over," Brian Sears said. "I was just hoping Mark [MacDonald on Obrigado] went out a little bit and didn't wait too long for Ake [Svanstedt on Centurion Atm] to make a decision. This horse loves to finish up in the last quarter, so we were in a good position." "He has gotten better and better through the years. I was fortunate to drive him a year ago and win the [John] Cashman at the Meadowlands. He was a little disappointing in Canada a couple of weeks ago [in the Maple Leaf Trot], but I'm glad we're going in on a positive note; we have the International Trot coming up." Flanagan Memory By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 25, 2016 - The majority of the members of the Hoosier Park audience were in attendance to witness a show of superb speed and unrivalled power. They certainly received what they traveled to the Anderson harness racing oval to witness, as Always B Miki paced yet another tour-de-force in a facile triumph in the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. "I think he and Wiggle It Jiggleit are horses before their time," said David Miller, who steered the 5-year-old stallion through his mile. "They are just not like any other horses we have seen before. We will see other horses that come along like them as time goes on with their speed and how far they can carry it, but right now they stand alone." The overwhelming public selection at 1-9, Always B Miki and Miller left from the rail and went straight to the front. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were right on their heels from post position three as those two horses clicked off a first-quarter mile of :26.2. Miller and Always B Miki pulled comfortably away from Freaky Feet Pete to lead by a length at the half-mile pole in :55. At that juncture, Dealt A Winner with Aaron Merriman at the controls and Always At My Place in rein to Ricky Macomber Jr., made their bids for the front, with Dealt A Winner passing Freaky Feet Pete to take second and locking the 4-year-old stallion in the pocket. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, the six horse field entered in the stretch with Always B Miki and Miller still reigning supreme. As they were set down for the final push to the wire, Freaky Feet Pete's only option for victory was the passing lane, while it appeared Dealt A Winner and Always At My Place, had far too much real estate to cover to even draw even with the leader. Tetrick and Freaky Pete punched through the inside to give chase and despite a :25.4 final quarter panel on their part, it was simply not enough to relegate Always B Miki to their rearview mirror prior to the finish line. Miller and Always B Miki crossed the finish line in 1:48.2. Like Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki came home in :25.4, yet it appeared the stallion could have went much more swiftly if Miller had truly asked for what remained in reserve. After a valiant effort, Freaky Feet Pete was second with Always Bets Off rushing from sixth to claim the show position over the fading Dealt A Winner. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, world and Indiana champion Always B Miki, is conditioned by Christina's husband Jimmy. The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper, paid a paltry $2.10 for a trip around the Anderson oval that truly demonstrated his hooves step in rarefied air, with the exacta paying $4.20 and the trifecta $18.00. After the winner's circle festivities were complete, Miller solemnly stated what over recent months is beginning to become very obvious. "I have driven a lot of very good horses over the years," he said. "I've been doing this for a long time, but this horse has to rank up there with the best of them and he may be the best." **By: Kim French, for Hoosier Park**
Columbus, OH --- When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of harness racing fans during his two-year career. When the horses crossed the finish line, however, all those in attendance had shifted their adulation to honor the effort of his winning rival, Always B Miki, for not only had they been privy to witness greatness, but they were present for a world record equaling performance of 1:47, that will surely become an integral component of the sport’s history. That time equaled the all-age mark for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval set by Sweet Lou in 2014 and equaled by Always B Miki in both the Ben Franklin elimination and final earlier this year. Those miles all came at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “He’s a big horse alright,” said his pilot Brett Miller in the winner’s circle immediately after handing over the lines. “He has so much power. You just can’t let him get too into himself.” When the superb field of nine left the gate, Always B Miki, who commenced pacing from post six, was the 4-5 favorite but Wiggle It Jiggleit at 8-5 was also receiving his share of support at the windows. Shortly after the starter allowed the horses to begin the mile, Eric Goodell sent Luck Be Withyou to the lead from post position five. Wiggle It Jiggleit and his regular reinsman Montrell Teague were not content to allow that competitor to cut the mile and made their move to the front from post position eight. Miller and Always B Miki had their own designs on the lead. The crowd was gasping at the sheer speed displayed by the pacers as Luck Be Withyou had laid down a scorching :25.2 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggleit brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand before Always B Miki procured the lead on the outside by the half-mile marker. The Jimmy Takter trainee appeared to pay the price for that effort when :53 flashed on the timer. As Wiggle It Jiggleit sat second, Always B Miki still maintained a head advantage after three-quarters in a sizzling 1:19. Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared poised to come through on the inside and overhaul Always B Miki down the lane, but the 5-year-old stallion would not be denied. After a nip and tuck battle between these two champions, Always B Miki prevailed. Several hundred feet from the wire, he repelled the bid of Wiggle It Jiggleit and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Luck Be Withyou raced exceptionally well to be third, while Freaky Feet Pete, who had a very tough trip, finished fourth. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, the son of Always A Virgin paid $3.80 to win, with Wiggle It Jiggleit paying $3.00 to place and Luck Be Withyou $3.60 to show. The exacta was $8.00 and the trifecta $50.60. Normally not one to show much emotion, Takter posed with a picture with his charge absolutely beaming. When asked to discuss the heroic feat Always B Miki had just produced, he acknowledged how scintillating it was to be associated with a horse with this much ability. He also noted, however, for the stallion to consistently provide the sport with a number of 1:47 miles this season, it does require much more than natural talent. “It is not an easy thing to keep a horse at that kind of level for a long period of time,” he said. “This is a very special horse.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin solidified her divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks in the Hoosier state as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, and remain flawless in stakes action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2. With a final time of 1:51, Seventimesavirgin coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths to the good and give driver John DeLong, who also trains the sophomore filly, one of his six driving wins on the program. Leaving from post three, DeLong eased Seventimesavirgin away from the gate to settle along the rail in third while Can't Touch This and Dale Hiteman got the first call through the first quarter in :26.2. Seventimesavirgin made her customary move to the front down the backside and when she reached the front at the half in :55, she never looked back. It wasn't until the three-quarter station in 1:24 that Seventimesavirgin began to separate herself from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin's lead was ever-increasing as Can't Touch This and the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Using a :27 final panel, Seventimesavirgin found the wire six lengths in front of Dalianna and Ross Leonard who rallied late in the lane. Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy post time favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.10 at the betting windows. "She's just awesome," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle after the victory. "She loves to pace home and loves her job. The ear plugs were still in at the wire tonight and she had plenty left in the tank. She's something special, not only to drive but for my family. We're lucky to have her." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her ninth victory of the season from ten starts. Her only loss of the season came earlier in the season in a conditioned event for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park where she finished fourth. Seventimesavirgin remains undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season and has now amassed $277,240 lifetime while winning 14 of 22 lifetime outings. The victory was one of six winners on the program for driver John DeLong who is currently second in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park behind Trace Tetrick. DeLong also found the winner's circle with Im So Handsome for Hoosier Park's fractional ownership group, First Turn Stable. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Im So Handsome stopped the timer in 1:52.2 to notch his fourth win of the season from 27 outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 3 with a 14 race card highlighted by the $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invite Pace. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin
One of the most impressive performances on the Wednesday night (Aug. 31) harness racing program at Running Aces came in a $7,200 conditioned-claiming event for pacers, when Lil Orphan Elmer ($3.40), a 4 year old gelding by Always a Virgin, who, just 3 nights after posting a new life’s mark of 1:54.1 on Sunday night, turned in a fantastic encore this evening by lowering that very mark to 1:53.3 with a commanding score by 7¾ lengths. Tonight “Elmer” and trainer/driver Mooney Svendsen took control of things early, with a sweeping move from 4th at the quarter pole to the lead at the 3/8, he then proceeded to widen his advantage from there, pacing a back half in :55.3 and final stanza in 27.4 which left the competition reeling. This was the fifth start for his current ownership connections of Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal, who purchased him in a private sale in early August, and the ultra-sharp pacer now sports 6 wins and $31,091 this season. Another terrific display of talent was put forth by Dash Point Hanover, a 5 year old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, who pulled off a 21-1 upset ($44.20) this evening with a very gutsy effort, hung nearly every step of the mile first-over, only taking the lead when it counted… at the wire in 1:53 to top the field in the $8,000 conditioned pace. Tonight’s tally was his fourth win of the season, and established a new mark for him as well, besting his previous lifetime best mile by one fifth of a second for Lessee/Trainer/Driver Jim Marino. Aubrey’s Jesse ($4.20), a 3 year old trotting filly by Jailhouse Jesse, posted her second straight lifetime mark in a row with her 2:00.1 victory tonight, (her third of the season) with Nick Roland in the sulky for Trainer Joel Mc Danel and Owner’s Mr. Carrol D & Rick Huffman in a $4,500 conditioned event. She now sports 8 wins in 11 lifetime starts. Driver Jim Marino posted a driving double on the program. The next card of live Harness Racing Action at Running Aces is the annual “Night of Champions”, which goes post-ward on Saturday, September 3rd at 6:00 pm CDT, with over $250,000 in total purses on the night. It is the closing night of the 2016 Live Racing season, and we will crown all of the Minnesota-Sired Champions for 2016. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer
ANDERSON, Ind.-August 26, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin turned in a dominant performance to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, her split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, August 26. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated sloppy, Seventimesavirgin recorded her fifth consecutive win at Hoosier Park and remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. Driven and trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin grabbed an early spot along the rail in second while Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.1. DeLong gave his filly the green light down the backside and she ranged up to take the lead just past the half in :56.4. At the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1, Seventimesavirgin's looked strong and the front as her lead was ever increasing. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin began to put her talent on display and pace away from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Seventimesavirgin finished six lengths in front of Dalianna and LeWayne Miller. Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her eighth victory of the season from nine starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $239,740 lifetime while winning 13 of 21 lifetime outings. DeLong also captured the first division of the stakes action for sophomore pacing fillies behind Can't Touch This for trainer Roger Welch. In a near gate to wire effort, Can't Touch This dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before kicking home in :27.4 to win in 1:53. Also sent off as the post time favorite, Can't Touch This returned $5.80 at the betting windows. Owned by W. DeLong, W.DeLong, D. Riccolo, and J. DeLong, the daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika recorded her fifth win from ten seasonal starts. Can't Touch This has now bankrolled $262,005 lifetime while winning 12 of 26 career outings. With the victories, Seventimesavirgin and Can't Touch This earned their spots in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies slated for Friday, September 2 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with a $200,000 Super Final for each division at Hoosier Park on October 15. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 27 with a 13-race card that will start at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Chicago in concert after live racing. Saturday's 13-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.-August 24, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 24 card with a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and it was Hoosier Park's leading harness racing driver, Trace Tetrick, who teamed up with trainer Erv Miller to sweep both divisions. It was the third round of five $75,000 preliminary finals offered throughout the stakes season for the freshman fillies. Hah ChaChaCha made amends for last week's second place finish in the eliminations to pull the 7-1 upset and score in a new lifetime best of 1:53.3 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Tetrick made his game winning move down the backside and Hah ChaChaCha did the rest to finish two lengths in front of her next closest competitor. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Hah ChaChaCha settled along the rail in sixth while Amazing Arya and John DeLong were setting the early tempo. Amazing Arya dictated fractions of :26.4 and :55.2 but Jason Dillander had the heavy post time favorite, Firstup, out and firing. Firstup grabbed the lead just before the third station in 1:24.3 but her lead would be short-lived as Hah ChaChaCha made a sweeping move to the lead and never looked back. Always Giggling and Andy Shetler staged a determined rally late in the lane but would have to settle for second place honors while Pretty Image and Dale Hiteman were third. Hah ChaChaCha returned $16.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She had to work hard tonight off of that trip," Tetrick noted after the victory. "We made a bridle change after her elimination last week and she responded gamely tonight. There was a head wind and the conditions weren't ideal but she raced great." With the win, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Miss Atm notched her fifth victory from nine lifetime starts. Owned by Shim Racing LLC, Hah ChaChaCha has now bankrolled $73,313 for her connections. Coming off the victory in the pacing filly final, Miller and Tetrick were holding a hot hand in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies and Foxy Swan delivered as the 3-5 post time favorite. Foxy Swan solidified her divisional dominance in the two-year-old trotting filly ranks as she scored an easy two length victory and second $75,000 final win on the season. Driving confidently from the start, Tetrick pulled Foxy Swan just past the half and she maintained a clear advantage all the way to the wire. Stopping the timer in 1:58, Foxy Swan used a :29.2 final quarter to hold off a late charge from Doug Rideout and Ajessia. Donnas Dream and Robert Taylor rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Foxy Swan returned $3.80 at the betting windows. "She raced great," Tetrick said. "She got to sit in for a good portion of the trip and was strong all the way to the wire. Erv (Miller) and his team have been doing a great job keeping them sharp all season." Owned by the Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click has now won four of seven lifetime outings. With the win, Foxy Swan sent her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark as she has now amassed $107,286 lifetime. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Three $20,000 eliminations for the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters will also compliment the 14-race card for Thursday. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin
Freehold, NJ --- Older male pacer Always B Miki is the unanimous No. 1-ranked horse in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The harness racing 5-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin won last week’s William R. Haughton Memorial, defeating a field that included No. 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit and No. 7 Freaky Feet Pete. Three-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank moves to No. 3 in the rankings, coming off his victory in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Four-year-old female trotter Hannelore Hanover also moves up, to No. 4, thanks to beating the boys in the Hambletonian Maturity. Meadowlands Pace winner Control The Moment joins the Top 10 at No 8. Also new to the rankings is Golden Girls winner Lady Shadow, at No. 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 9 – 7/19/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (35) 5ph 8-6-2-0 $560,887 350 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit 4pg 14-9-3-2 $673,667 285 2 3 Southwind Frank 3tc 5-4-1-0 $390,779 217 6 4 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 10-9-1-0 $460,105 209 7 5 Pure Country 3pf 8-5-1-2 $546,702 160 5 6 Betting Line 3pc 6-5-1-0 $492,030 151 3 7 Freaky Feet Pete 4ph 9-5-2-1 $327,802 147 4 8 Control The Moment 3pc 7-3-1-1 $527,063 146 -- 9 Racing Hill 3pc 7-2-4-1 $624,202 72 8 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 11-5-1-1 $315,733 67 -- Also: Resolve (29); Marion Marauder (27); Obrigado (12); Broadway Donna (8); Caprice Hill, Rockeyed Optimist (7); Bee A Magician, Mel Mara (6); Shamballa (4); Bit Of A Legend N, JL Cruze, Missile J (3); Magnum J, Rockin Ron (2); Maestro Blue Chip, Shake It Cerry (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After two rounds, Always B Miki remains the undisputed champion of the Free-For-All pacers. The 5-year-old again affirmed his standing as the king of what has become harness racing's glamour division, improving to 2-0 in the second high-profile matchup with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete. Always B Miki took command down the backstretch with a powerful brush past Wiggle It Jiggleit and went on to a three-quarter length victory over 39-1 shot Shamballa in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial Saturday night at The Meadowlands. And it was another world record--his third straight--pacing the 1 1/8 miles in 2:01.1 as the 2/5 favorite in the 12-horse field. Always B Miki ($2.80) posted a fourth straight win, improving his season mark to 6-2-0 in eight starts for trainer Jimmy Takter and the ownership team of Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. "He's just a fantastic horse to do what he does," Jimmy Takter said. "He's gone through a lot. It takes a special horse to come back from all the injuries he had. It gets me very emotional every time I see him race." The most surprising aspect of the Haughton was the determined showing by Shamballa, who ranged up first-over to challenge Always B Miki and hung in gamely right to the finish. Wiggle It Jiggleit, stung by a :25.3 opening quarter while forced three-wide as he worked his way to the front from post 10, finished third. Freaky Feet Pete was fourth. The stage for the Haughton was set in the Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 2. Always B Miki won that first meeting, a 1:47 mile equaling the world record. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the defending Horse of the Year, bested Freaky Feet Pete last weekend in the Graduate over the sloppy track at Big M, a race restricted to 4-year-olds. Returning after the week off, Always B Miki delivered another dynamite performance as the leader in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll again cemented his grip on the top spot. By Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 8, 2016 - After a week's worth of stakes action, the pacing fillies took their turn in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they played host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for both the two and three-year-old pacing fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. The three-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the stakes action for the evening and it was Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who delivered as the heavy betting favorite to score in a new lifetime best of 1:51.1. Using the Hoosier Park passing lane to her advantage, Seventimesavirgin notched her second consecutive victory to make a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action. Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin protected her inside position but Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger also left alertly to grab the first call in :26.1. It was a bit of give and go as DeLong sent Seventimesavirgin back out to the front but just as she grabbed command at the half in :54.2 Topville Cadillac and Tyler Smith were up to take the lead. Topville Cadillac continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 but the rest of the field was closing in. Seventimesavirgin sat patiently in the pocket before DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane and she powered home using a :27.1 final quarter. Seventimesavirgin finished three lengths in front of a hard-charging Aux D Lox Bluegrass while Topville Cadillac held on for third. "The trip never works out like you think it will," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle. "She raced very well, she doesn't like having to wait, she always wants to go but she loves to pace home. She's just awesome." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is also trained by John DeLong and notched her fifth victory of the season from six starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $182,240 lifetime while winning 10 of 18 lifetime outings. A little later on in the evening, Rockin Serena and Trace Tetrick powered off cover to score as the longest shot on the board in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off at odds of 44-1, Rockin Serena was able to overcome post position nine and used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to score in a new lifetime best of in 1:55. The victory was also one of five winners on the program for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Owned by Kales Co., Dolne Farm Services, S&R Racing Stables, and Wrenn Racing, Rockin Serena is trained by Melanie Wrenn and notched her first win from two starts. The daughter of Rockin Image-Day Lily Hanover has now earned $37,900 lifetime for her connections. With the wins, both Rockin Serena and Seventimesavirgin also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9 with the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 7, 2016 - Fly Jesse Fly, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7. Fly Jesse Fly turned in a near gate to wire performance to hold off the heavy betting favorite, Bridge To Jesse's, to score in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Fly Jesse Fly was sent away from the gate firing but he would have to work for his position as Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream also left aggressively. J-S Livethedream found the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but Fly Jesse Fly continued his mission to the front and grabbed command at the half in :57.1. J-S Livethedream benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were content to sit along the rail in fifth. Fly Jesse Fly went unchallenged to the third station in 1:25.2 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Bridge To Jesse's was underway with Lil Day Drinkin and Walter Haynes Jr. in tow but he would have his work cut out for him. Tetrick asked Fly Jesse Fly for more and he responded with a :28.4 final quarter to finish three lengths to the good. Bridge To Jesse's rallied nicely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors while Lil Day Drinkin rounded out the trifecta. As the 5/2 second choice, Fly Jesse Fly returned $7.00 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his fourth win from eight starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $85,275. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won seven of 21 lifetime outings. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts also produced a mild upset on the evening as On The Virg and Eric Goodell scored in 1:53.2, a new lifetime best. Also using gate-to-wire tactics, On The Virg notched his second lifetime victory and made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts after scoring in his elimination last week. Saddled with the outside post nine, On The Virg left aggressively but would be caught wide as Always A Shark and Doug Rideout protected their inside position. On The Virg would reach the front at the opening quarter of :27.1 and dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before coasting home a winner. Using a :27.4 final quarter, On The Virg coasted to the wire to win by a length over Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. Incredible Shark and Sam Widger also rallied gamely in the lane to round out the trifecta. On The Virg returned $12.80 for the win and Meadowbrook Tiger, the heavy betting favorite, was off the ticket. Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A. Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi scored his second win in 2 lifetime starts. On The Virg has now earned $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Fly Jesse Fly and On The Virg also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 8 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old pacing fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 1, 2016 - White Metro returned to her winning ways as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 1 at odds of 6-1. After a third place finish at this level last week, White Metro and harness racing driver Jason Dillander staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3, just missing her lifetime mark established earlier this season. Sparks were flying early as Tyler Smith sent Rock The Look away from the gate firing but a host of others also left aggressively. Rock The Look got the first call but her lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite, American Girl, dialed in and aimed to the front. American Girl grabbed the lead just past the quarter in a brisk :25.4 and would continue to call the shots through middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.2 while the field remained in single file order. Unable to wait any longer, Dillander gave White Metro the green light and she began the long first-over grind with Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. As the field turned for home, American Girl looked strong on the front but would have her work cut out for her down the long Hoosier Park stretch with the rest of the field closing in. Just as White Metro reached the leader, Wild Wanda tipped off her back and fanned out across the track. Dillander asked his mount for more and White Metro dug in gamely to wear down American Girl and hold of Wild Wanda to prevail in a tight photo. Despite her best efforts, American Girl was forced to settle for second place honors while Wild Wanda rounded out the trifecta. White Metro returned $14.80 to her backers at the betting window. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, White Metro scored the fifth victory from 12 starts this season while bankrolling $208,107 lifetime. Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the four-year-old daughter of Metropolitan-Bye Bye Peachy Pie notched her 15th career victory from 49 outings. The evening also featured three divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two and three-year-old pacing fillies on the 14-race card. It was the opening round of stakes action for the two-year-old competitors and second round for the sophomores. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for their respective division slated for Friday, July 8 at Hoosier Park. Can't Touch This and Dan Shetler turned in the fastest division for the three-year-old pacing fillies as they took their split in 1:51.2. Trained by Roger Welch, Can't Touch This notched her second win of the season from four starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. The daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika has now earned $213,354 lifetime for her owners W.C. DeLong, W.P. DeLong, D.A. Riccolo. Hah ChaChaCha produced the fastest mile of the three splits of eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies after using a near gate-to-wire effort to score in 1:55.1 with LeWayne Miller in the bike. It was the second consecutive victory from two starts for the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Miss Atm. Trained by Erv Miller, Hah ChaChaCha has now earned $15,000 lifetime for her connections at Shim Racing, LLC. It was also one of four victories on the evening's card for driver LeWayne Miller. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 2 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Saturday's 14-race card will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and three divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the sophomore pacing colts. In conjunction with the live racing action on Saturday, the 2nd annual Hoosierfest Community Carnival returns to Hoosier Park for three fun-filled, action-packed days of rides, games, fair food and amusement. The carnival is located in the South parking lot at Hoosier Park and all ages are welcome. Guests can enjoy full-day, unlimited ride passes for only $25. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.-June 30, 2016 - On Saturday, July 2 the dream of being a Standardbred race horse owner will come true for 50 people, courtesy of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While much of the harness racing world will be focused on the numerous stakes races around the country on Saturday, 50 first time horse owners will have their attention directed to the seventh race of the program at Hoosier Park as Boogie Nights makes his debut appearance for Hoosier Park's new ownership club. Boogie Nights is a six-year-old gelded pacer who has made $74,949 in lifetime purse earnings. Sired by one of Indiana's leading pacing sires, Always A Virgin, Boogie Nights has won 12 of his 83 lifetime starts and took his lifetime mark of 1:52 at the age of four. Boogie Nights has had 13 starts while earning $10,010 in 2016. Claimed out of a $10,000 race last Saturday at Hoosier Park, the brown gelding has now been entrusted to trainer Jeff Cullipher who has been assigned the training duties for First Turn Stable. With Jason Dillander in the bike, Boogie Nights will start from post eight in the field of nine and has been tabbed 6-1 on the morning line. "First Turn Stable's 50 new owners are about to experience something probably to a person they never dreamed of; that being the thrill of watching their very own horse race," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Best of luck to all of them!" The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was recently launched at Hoosier Park and designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership for a one-time, $250 buy-in. Members of First Turn Stable will be treated to the on-track perks of racehorse ownership while experiencing firsthand the economics of what it takes to own a Standardbred racehorse. Updates for First Turn Stable will be posted weekly and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members. Hoosier Park's 14-race card on Saturday will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace and three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts. The first race will line up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park