Delaware, OH --- All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana-breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sire stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. The next three days contained 198 2-year-olds, 297 3-year-olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares. The top priced yearling and ultimate sale topper was an Always A Virgin sister to Indiana champion Color’s A Virgin. Brown Color was purchased from the Emerald Highlands consignment by Dan Shetler for $43,000. Next in line was an Ohio-bred Feelin Friskie colt from the Midland Acres consignment purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000. Spring Haven Farm sold a Total Truth brother to top Indiana colt Totally Kissed for $37,000 and Walnut Hall Ltd sold an Ontario bred Deweycheatumnhowe filly for $32,000. Broodmares were led by the young Andover Hall prospect, Ladyfinger 3,1:59.2f, that was purchased by Black Creek Farm in Indiana for $28,000 from Marty Wollam. Hoosier Standardbred Farm stepped up at $15,000 for Sexpot Hall in foal to Deweycheatunmhowe from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment. That farm also provided the top weanlings, a Conway Hall filly from the family of two $1 million earners and a Groton Hall half-brother to two 1:54 trotters, that each brought $20,000. Competitive racehorses are always in demand and five of them shared the spotlight at $20,000 each. Nidaros, a Muscle Yankee non-winners of two consigned by Kjell Magne Andersen, was purchased by Jeff Clark of Maryland. Indiana Sires competitor, Fancy Colt, left Emerald Highlands Farm on a bid from Red Shaw in Ohio. Competitive $20,000 claimer Darth Quaider was purchased by Steve Richard of Massachusetts. The rugged raceway mare Athleticlyinclined, with $278,575 lifetime earnings, was picked up by John Mungillo of New York from Burke Racing Stable LLC. And Dan Kennedy added the Open pacer Lost Jewels to his racehorses in preparation for the December opening of Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park. Complete sale results are available at www.bloodedhorse.com. The Blooded Horse Sale Company holds quarterly mixed sales at the home of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio The next sale is February 10-11, 2014. Entries close around January 10. by Dot Morgan for Blooded Horse Sale
Queenslander Shane Sanderson has added another string to his bow. Sanderson, who several years ago was the recipient of the Queensland Harness Racing Board's Chairman's Scholarship, has since gone on to a fine training career. 'Chief,' as he is known from his rugby league-playing days, prepared My Jellignite for a recent Albion Park win from the back row in the best time of the night, returning as 1:53.8 rate performance - faster even than Vegas Bound in the free-for-all. Sanderson in recent months has been dividing his attentions between his racing squad and a team of young pacers he has prepared for next month's 2YO Trialling Sale at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. Sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, the trials and subsequent sale of 50 youngsters will be held from 8.30am on Sunday, December 8, with a complimentary breakfast from 7.30am. Sanderson is the only Queensland-based preparer in the catalogue, and proudly points to his draft. "The highlight of my draft is a Real Desire half-brother to three winners of a combined 55 races, and more than $400,000, including Spiritual King (1:54.6) and Star Of Tara (3, 1:58.4)," Sanderson said. "There's a half-brother to Deejayangel, which went 1:58.4 at three, and there's a Shadow Play half-brother to the APG two-year-old heat winner, Jackatac. "I've brought all mine in for a month, then out for a month, then in for a month, so they're well-schooled, and I like an Always A Virgin half-brother to Maywyns Storm (3, 1:56) - he's been here before." The final cog in the five-strong Sanderson wheel is a Changeover colt from the young Safely Kept mare, Cyclone Dora, making him closely-related to Jazzam (1:53.6) and a number of other brilliant winners. Only sales graduates - and there are just 50 of them, so the odds are in your favour if you buy - are eligible to nominate for the rich late season two-year-old Group feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, over 2300 metres, at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, in late August 2014. As well as the sale, those on-course will be treated to an Industry Day of kindred bodies, a Garrards Horse & Hound Trade Display of equine-related goods and services companies, entertainment from local singer-songwriter Luke Koteras and two mini trot races. Pedigrees are available from www.nswhrc.com.au/triallingsale, while catalogues can be sourced from Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
The last yearling sale of the season drew a record crowd for the first day of the 66th Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Monday featured 346 yearlings including nearly 25% of the Ohio crop and 120 Indiana breds. There were also large numbers of Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York breds along with a handful of very scarce Kentucky breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sires stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. An Always A Virgin filly, Brown Color, topped the day at $43,000. Consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm the full sister to 2013 Indiana Champion Color’s A Virgin was purchased by Dan Shetler. Midland Acres brought a large consignment of Ohio breds by the leading sires Feelin Friskie and Chip Chip Hooray. Among those, Over Friskie, was purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000, Ed Telle signed the ticket on Feelin Shady for 34,000, and Lantern’s Chip went to Rich Lombardo for $32,000. The Spring Haven Farm consignment was led by a Total Truth brother to the top Indiana colt Totally Kissed at $37,000 and the Feelin Friskie filly Friskie Buckeye at $36,000, purchased by Kirk Nichols and Bruce Soulsby, respectively. Charisma Hall, a gorgeous Deweycheatumnhowe filly, was purchased by Michael Andrew of Maine from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment for $32,000. The Walnut Hall Ltd reduction also features a large, attractive group of weanlings and in foal mares on Wednesday. The Blooded Horse Sale continues Tuesday through Thursday with over 1100 horses, including 198 two year olds, 297 three year olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares. The catalogue and sale results are available online at www.bloodedhorse.com. by Jerry Haws for Blooded Horse Sale
With a busy weekend of two-year-old action in the books the countdown to one of Balmoral Park’s biggest events in history, American National Stake Night will begin in earnest. A pair of American National elimination tussles for freshmen pacers headlined the Saturday, Nov. 2nd action with 10 two-year-old pacing fillies battling for a purse of $18,530. The top eight finishers will return on Saturday, November 9th to battle for $115,000. Using a two-hole trip to perfection, driver Todd Warren guided the Roger Welch trained Always Electric to a one-length victory in 1:54.2. After being used hard to grab control of the proceedings Warren elected to allow a hard charging Shell Bell (Dale Hiteman) go after pacing through an opening quarter in 28.0. Sitting in the garden spot through middle splits of 56.4 & 1:26.0 the Roger Welch trained miss was locked and loaded as the field turned for home. Maneuvering his charge into the passing lane, Warren sent the daughter of Always A Virgin—Miss Yankee Doodle on her way and the filly responded beautifully as she swallowed up her rivals with a 28.1 final quarter to post her sixth win in 13 starts. Shell Bell held on for second while Thesleazyprincess (Mike Oosting) was third. Also gaining spots in the final were Jaded Dream, Boxed Chocolates, One Jazzy Lady, Game of Dreamers and Tough Rose. Another field of 10 was sent postward in the $17,330 colt elimination with the top eight again moving on to next week’s $113,000 final. Once again a perfect two-hole journey proved to be the winning ticket as the Chris Ryder trained Bushwacker zipped by his rivals in the lane to score by a deceptively easy length in a career best of 1:51.4 with Mike Oosting at the controls. Taking advantage of an inside starting spot Oosting positioned the son of Rocknroll Hanover—Dolphins Can Talk, who was a $135,000 yearling purchase, in the garden spot as Somesizesomestyle (Brett Miller) ripped through splits of 27.0, 54.1 & 1:22.1. Moving out of the pocket at the top of the lane Bushwacker overpowered the pace setter with an eighth of a mile to go then drew clear in the shadow of the wire for his second win in five lifetime starts. Somesizesomestyle held for second while Wicked Business (Travis Seekman) finished third. Also gaining spots in the final were Odds On Rhodonite, Archetto Hanover, Rocknroll Reality, Unlocked and Traffic Cop. State-bred trotters were in action on Sunday, Nov. 3rd as a field of nine diagonally gaited fillies met in the $10,000 Monee Stake. After struggling with breaking problems in two of her last three outings Dr. Patrick Graham’s Fox Valley Lotus was on her best behavior on Sunday and the filly showed the type of ability she has with a sharp 2 ½ length come from behind win in 2:00.4. Patiently saving ground as Bailey’s Wish (Dave Magee) put up splits of 30.0, 59.1 & 1:29.0 the daughter of Pizazzed—Love You More shook loose in the lane and zipped right by the pace-setter for her second win in 11 lifetime starts. Bailey’ Wish held on for second while Fox Valley Skylar (Dale Hiteman) finished third. The win helped push the Curt Grummel trainee’s career bankroll over the $50,000 plateau. by Tom Kelley for Balmoral Park
ANDERSON, Ind.—October 19, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the $1 million Hoosier Champions Night in front of a large enthusiastic crowd on Saturday, October 19. Four Indiana Sire Stakes Champions were crowned as the top freshman Indiana-sired colts and fillies converged onto the seven-eighths mile surface to contest four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals. Favorites fared well on the 14-race card. Bluehourpower and Andi’s Alana successfully defended their champion status with wins the in their $200,000 divisional finals. Andi’s Alana captured her second $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for two-year-old filly trotters as she staged a determine rally late in the lane to win in 1:57. Driven by Marcus Miller, Andi’s Alana was away a worrisome sixth while Summit City Flo and Andy Shetler dictated early fractions of :28.0 and :57.3. Tyler Smith gave Kween Mightus the green light and she reached the front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.4 as the field began to tighten. Miller was able to find late racing room and Andi’s Alana responded with a :29.1 closing kick to win by three lengths. Kween Mightus held on for the second place finish while Jesse’s Con, guided by Pete Wrenn, trotted evenly for third. As the publics’ choice, Andi’s Alana returned $5.20 at the windows. “I was definitely a little worried coming around the last turn,” Miller noted of the race. “I was hoping to get out a little earlier but everything ended up working out. She did everything I asked of her and was game all the way to the wire. She’s been a great filly to drive.” Owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman, Andi’s Alana notched her eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. Sired by Swan For All, the freshman filly now sports a bankroll of $314,525. Bluehourpower followed suit in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts as he was able to overcome a tough trip to score in 1:52.2 and notch his second Indiana Sire Stakes final win. Guided by Sam Widger, Bluehourpower was sent from the gate alertly to land along the rail in fourth through the opening split in :27.3. Doctor Carter and Trace Tetrick struck the front through the half in :55.3 but were quickly pressured on the outside by the heavily favored Speed Trap and Ricky Macomber Jr. Speed Trap led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1. Heading around the final turn, Bluehourpower and Widger began the first-over journey and were strides apart with the tempo-setter at the top of the stretch. Using a :28.1 final panel, Blue Hour Power finished three lengths in front of Always At My Place and Brad Hanners. Always B Miki and Ed Hensley rounded out the trifecta. Sired by Sand Shooter, Bluehourpower is owned and trained by Wilbur Eash. The two-year-old gelding has now won four of 11 seasonal starts while amassing $234,844 in purse earnings. In the two-year-old pacing filly final, Color’s A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp front running effort to score in 1:54.3. Leaving from post seven, Color’s A Virgin was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Dillander gave his filly the green light and she dictated fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.4 before ever being contested. Trace Tetrick drove the other part of the Brian Brown trained-entry in the field with Candy’s A Virgin and they were the first to take aim the leaders. The stable-mates were matching strides down the lane but Dillander asked Color’s A Virgin for more and she responded with a :27.4 final quarter to get the win. Candy’s A Virgin finished second while U R It BB and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. With Nat A Virgin and Brad Hanners finishing fourth, the top four finishers in the two-year-old filly final were sired by Always A Virgin. As the bettors’ choice, Candy’s A Virgin returned $4.20 to her backers at the window. Owned by Emerald Highland Farms, the two-year-old filly notched her fifth win in nine seasonal starts while sending her bankroll over $211,000. The homebred filly has been on the board in eight of her nine lifetime starts and extended her win streak to two. The odds-on favorite, Rose Run Parker, delivered as expected for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. as he stopped the timer in 1:57.4, taking his division of the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for freshman trotting colts. Rose Run Parker moved out from fifth and cleared to command just past the opening panel in :28.4. Macomber would rate the seven time winner past the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.3. In deep stretch, Rose Run Parker began to put his talent on display and trot away from the field. Justice Jet followed intently from the pocket and the top duo separated themselves from the field with Rose Run Parker getting the upper hand at the wire. Double A Cash Hall and Trace Tetrick came from well off the pace to round out the trifecta. Heavily favored at the windows, Rose Run Parker returned $4.20 to his backers for the victory. “He has been a great colt to train all summer,” assistant trainer Jamie Rucker noted in the winner’s circle. “He didn’t pull the ear plugs tonight and I think that just speaks to the talent this colt has. I know we are really excited to race him next year and we are hoping for big things in his future.” Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won eight of 10 lifetime outings. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, the freshman colt has earned $208,500 this season for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Haas. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist
ANDERSON, Ind.—October 2, 2013—For the third time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval on Wednesday, October 2, marking the 21st track record that has been re-established throughout the 2013 racing season. Nat A Virgin, with Brad Hanners at the lines, became Hoosier Park’s newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:52.4 in the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. In just the sixth start of her freshman season, Nat A Virgin used a determined rally late in the lane to defeat a field of ten and score her third win of the season. The previous track record of 1:53 was established by U R It BB and Brett Miller in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on September 11. Leaving from the rail, Nat A Virgin was away a worrisome seventh while the rest of the field battled for early position. Always Dee One and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.4 but their lead was short lived as Sam Widger had Tough Rose out and firing. Tough Rose dictated fractions of :56.1 and 1:25 before the rest of the field closed in. As the field rounded the final turn, Hanners tipped Nat A Virgin three-wide and she responded with a :27.2 final panel to win by two lengths. U R It BB battled gamely to finish second while Color’s A Virgin got up for the third place finish. As the heavy betting favorite, Nat A Virgin returned $4.20 to her backers at the window. Sired by Always A Virgin, the freshman filly scored her second consecutive victory after posting a win in a late closing event at The Red Mile in a lifetime best effort of 1:52.2 last week. Trained by Bobby Brower, Nat A Virgin has now earned $28,066 for her connections of Dustin Jones Stable Inc., and William Jones. The third round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies is slated for Wednesday, October 9 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will conclude on November 9. By Emily Gaskin
Mach It So was a last-minute addition to the Little Brown Jug field, but trainer Nifty Norman thinks the gelding fits in nicely among the 19 horses entered in Thursday's pacing classic. Held at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio, the $552,551 Little Brown Jug is the second jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown and requires a horse to win twice to be declared the champion. The top three finishers from three elimination heats advance to the second heat. If a first-round winner also wins the second heat, he is declared the winner. If another horse wins, then a four-horse race-off is held to determine the winner. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos defeated Gallo Blue Chip, George Scooter and Profita. Mach It So, who has won eight of 12 races this year and earned $336,751 for owner Bamond Racing, is in the second of the three first-heat divisions. He will start from post two with driver Scott Zeron and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line, behind Lucan Hanover from the stable of trainer Casie Coleman. Incidentally, the 24-year-old Zeron last year became the youngest driver to win the Jug, with Coleman-trained Michael's Power. "He's a good little horse," Norman said about Mach It So. "He won't get embarrassed. I think he fits in there pretty good. It helps when you draw inside like that. He's not the best horse in there, but I think he's good enough to get in the final and good enough to get a check in the final. "You need a lot of luck in that race, it doesn't matter how good a horse you've got. The best horse doesn't always win." Jeffrey Bamond and his son Jeffrey Jr. purchased Mach It So in a private sale last September. Mach It So, a son of Mach Three-Beach Dancer, is a half-brother to 2009 Woodrow Wilson Pace winner Windfall Blue Chip. Originally, the connections were going to skip the Little Brown Jug, but reconsidered when it was announced that top contenders Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach would bypass the race. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year who has won seven of eight races this year, captured the first jewel in the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, on Sept. 2. Mach It So is the leader in points in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series for 3-year-old male pacers, where he is 4-for-4 this season, and Norman wanted the horse to race prior to the Sept. 28 Super Final. "We weren't intending on going, but then a couple (horses) dropped out - like Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach - and the owners like to go to the race, so I said let's go," Norman said. "We've got to race him somewhere, so we might as well race him for $500,000." In his most recent start, Sept. 7, Mach It So was fourth in a division of the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Mach It So was in last place on the final turn, more than nine lengths from the front, but came home in :26 to finish three lengths from winner Fool Me Once. "He was really good," Norman said. "He just got a little bit held up, his cover wasn't that great, but the horse himself was very good. He finished up really strong." Norman doesn't anticipate Mach It So having difficulty getting around Delaware's half-mile oval. On Aug. 28 in a sire stakes event, Mach It So won at half-mile Grand River Raceway in a track-record 1:51.4. "He can get away from the gate good when you want him to," Norman said. "I think he'll be fine." by Ken Weingartner for HRC RIGHT TOUCH HOPES TO FEEL RIGHT AT HOME Delaware, Ohio, is almost home for 3-year-old pacer Right Touch. The gelded son of Always A Virgin-Touch Of Bogart was born and raised just 45 minutes east of the track, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, at the farm of his breeder and co-owner, Carolyn Brechler, and the family's Knox Services Inc. Right Touch has post four in the first of three Little Brown preliminary heats at odds of 6-1. He's coming off two straight wins, including a career-best 1:50.1 in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes championship at Hoosier Park on Sept. 11, after four consecutive second-place efforts. He has five wins in 12 starts this year and career earnings of $448,404, made primarily in Indiana-bred company. Vegas Vacation, trained by Casie Coleman, is the 2-1 favorite in his Jug heat, followed by Jimmy Takter's Rockin Amadeus, who won last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. "We'll find out Thursday if he's up to it, but we're all Buckeyes that own him so that's something you always look forward to - the Jug," said trainer Ray Paver, a Columbus native who is part of the ownership group, along with Circleville's John Rhoads Jr. "We don't know if we'll ever have another chance to get to it, so we might as well put him in." Paver says Right Touch's strengths include his diverse racing style. "You can really race him any way, but he's actually better coming off cover," Paver said. "He explodes coming out of a hole so I'm hoping he has one of those :25.4 quarters (his last quarter in a second-place finish at Hoosier on Aug. 21) on Thursday. "He races any way you can, it doesn't matter to him if he's on the front or coming from behind or first up. He likes looking at a horse, so I just play it by ear and see what happens when the gate folds." Paver will have to be on the lookout for what other horses do in the race, but beforehand, it's a different type of horse power he'll have to be alert for. "He doesn't like tractors," Paver said. "He goes to the outside fence and wants to buck and kick by them." $58,939 First Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Eddie Sweat-Dan Noble-Edward Zubkoff, Jr.-20-1 2. Lonewolf Currier-Dave Palone-Kevin McDermott-4-1 3. Rockin Amadeus-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5-2 4. Right Touch-Ray Paver-Ray Paver-6-1 5. Vegas Vacation-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-2-1 6. Wake Up Peter-Ron Pierce-Tony Alagna-8-1 $58,939 Second Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Ilikeitrealhot-Matt Kakaley-Ron Potter-15-1 2. Mach It So-Scott Zeron-Nifty Norman-4-1 3. Emeritus Maximus-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-8-1 4. Lucan Hanover-David Miller-Casie Coleman-5-2 5. Beach Memories-David Miller-Brian Brown-6-1 6. Word Power-Jody Jamieson-Larry Remmen-5-1 7. Urbanite Hanover-Tim Tetrick-John Williamson-12-1 $58,939 Third Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Twilight Bonfire-John Campbell-Danny Collins-5-2 2. Resistance Futile-Andy Miller-Blair Burgess-10-1 3. Sunfire Blue Chip-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2-1 4. Johny Rock-Andy Miller-John Butenschoen-4-1 5. Odds On Equuleus-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-8-1 6. Only The Lonely-Matt Kakaley-Nick Surick-15-1 by Ellen Harvey for HRC
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 11, 2013-Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 20th season of live Standardbred racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night on Wednesday, September 11. Eight new Indiana Sire Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured a 14-race card boasting record purses over the $1.8 million mark. The Anderson track played host to four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers and four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals two-year-old trotters and pacers. The evening was highlighted by two track record performances, marking sixteen track records that have been re-established over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval this season. "Tonight was a celebration for Indiana harness racing," Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. "We brought the best of the best together to compete for record purses. We continue to be impressed with the quality of horses that are being bred in Indiana and the track records and competitive racing we watched tonight are a direct reflection of that improving quality." U R It BB became Hoosier Park's newest track record holder with a 1:53 victory in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With Brett Miller at the lines, U R It BB was able to find late racing room deep in the stretch to track down the bettors' choice, Color's A Virgin and Jason Dillander, to win by a nose. Trained by Ron Burke, the freshman filly lowered a 14-year-old track record of 1:53.1 that was previously held by Musical Dreamer and driver Don Irvine Jr. "This filly raced really tough tonight," Miller noted of his mount. "They didn't tell me much about her coming into the race but when we got behind the gate she felt good and it didn't look like anyone was leaving. I was able to get good early position and coming around the last turn, I knew if I could find room, I had enough horse to win. When I asked her for more, she dug in all the way to the wire." From the second crop of Always A Virgin, U R It BB notched her second win from seven seasonal outings and pushed her career bankroll over $120,000 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. The two-year-old pacing colts did not disappoint and followed suit with a track record performance in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final when Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. found the wire in 1:52. Dismissed at the windows at 14-1, Bluehourpower rallied from well off the pace to notch his third win of the season. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, the gelded son of Sand Shooter established a new lifetime best mark and lowered the track record by a full second. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was 1:53, a mark set by Next Thing Smoke'N and Tyler Smith in the last leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action on September 3, 2013. "He's been such a nice colt to train all winter," Eash noted in the winner's circle. "He is a real easy going colt that I think races better from off the pace. The trip worked out for him tonight and he was able to find racing room when he needed it, I couldn't be happier with him." The freshman trotting counterparts opened up the million dollar night and did so in impressive fashion. Andi's Alana and Lewayne Miller overcame a tough trip to score in 1:57.1 in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All became the sport's newest $100,000 earner and notched her sixth win from seven seasonal outings for owners Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman. The two-year-old trotting colts were up next and it was Justice Jet and Ed Hensley who pulled a 10-1 to upset to score in 1:57.3. Trained by Roger Welch, the gelded son of Justice Hall battled gamely in the stretch to score his sixth win from eight seasonal outings. Welch and Hensley teamed up once more to find the winner's circle with Always About Katey scoring in a lifetime best effort of 1:51.3 in the three-year-old filly pacing ranks. An Indiana Sire Stakes champion at two, Always About Katey used a sharp, front running effort to defend her title and notch her fourth win of the season. Right Touch and Ray Paver also defended their title and scored a second Indiana Sire Stakes championship trophy when they rallied home a winner in the $200,000 final for three-year-old pacing colts in 1:50.1. The Verlin Yoder-trained trotting duo of Lady Blitz and Natural Herbie were heavily backed at the windows and did not disappoint as they found the winner's circle in each of their respective finals. Owned, trained, and driven by Verlin Yoder, Lady Blitz was home a winner in 1:55 in the three-year-old trotting filly final and just two races later, Natural Herbie followed suit in 1:55.2 in the final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 12 with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Photos: 1) U R It BB and Brett Miller winning the $200,000 final for two-year-old pacing fillies 2) Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. winning the $200,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts. Photos Courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.—September 4, 2013— Right Touch rattled off a sharp, front end effort in the featured event, the final $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes preliminary leg for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 4. With driver, trainer, Ray Paver at the lines, Right Touch was able to upset the heavily favored, Night Pro, to score his fourth win of the season in 1:52. In an abbreviated field of five, Paver left no room for error as he sent Right Touch off the gate alertly to grab the first call in a leisurely :28. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Sweet Talkin Satin and Trace Tetrick followed intently in third. Night Pro and Pete Wrenn opted for an uncharacteristic trip off the pace and were fifth along the rail as the field approached the second station in :57.3. Right Touch continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.2 before feeling a threat on the outside from Sweet Talkin Satin who was in hot pursuit first over. As the field turned for home, it was an all-out sprint for the wire. Right Touch appeared to have saved his best for last as he powered home in :26.3 to win by two lengths. Sweet Talkin Satin battled gamely to finish second while Night Pro found himself with too much ground to make up on the end of the mile and had to settle for a third place finish. Right Touch returned $11.40 to his backers at the window for the victory. Sired by Always A Virgin, Right Touch has now won four of 11 outings while amassing over $130,000 this season. An Indiana Sire Stakes champion at two, Right Touch has now won nine of 21 lifetime outings while bankrolling over $350,000 for his connections of Knox Services, Ray Paver, and John Rhoads. Right Touch will be aimed at the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will highlight the 2013 Standardbred season on Wednesday, September 11 with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, an evening with purse totals topping the $1.1 million mark. This action-packed Wednesday night of racing will feature the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old events. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:30 p.m. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. by Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 6, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a quartet of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Tuesday, August 6 as the 2013 crop of freshman pacing colts and fillies opened their Indiana Gold Sire Stakes series in impressive fashion. The fastest mile of the night was produced in the opening round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts as Always B Miki stormed home a winner in 1:53.1, a lifetime best performance. With Pete Wrenn at the lines, Always B Miki was able to overcome a miscue at the start to win by five and a half lengths in front of Next Thing Smoke’n and Tyler Smith. The 1:53.1 score was just one second shy of the Hoosier Park’s track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched his second win from three seasonal outings while sending his bankroll over the $20,000 mark for his connections. Doctor Carter followed suit in the second split of the Indiana Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts and was piloted by Trace Tetrick to a 1:53.4 lifetime best score. Sired by Total Truth, Doctor Carter was able to take advantage of a pocket trip and hold off a late charge from Keiths Studio Art to notch his third victory of the season. As the public’s second choice, Doctor Carter returned $11.60 to his backers at the window. Trained by Steve Carter, Doctor Carter has now won three of four lifetime outings while earning $25,000 lifetime. Indiana’s two-year-old pacing fillies were also out in full force and made a good showing through two $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions. Always Dee One and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied from well off the pace to score in the opening division in 1:54.3. Dismissed at 10-1, Always Dee One found her best strides late in the lane to win by two lengths over Victoria Ivy and Jason Dillander. Trained by Ron Burke, the rookie filly notched her maiden breaking win from three seasonal outings. Sired by Always A Virgin, Always Dee One has now earned over $19,000 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. Color’s A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp, front running score to pull the upset in the final division of the sire stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies. Trained by Brian Brown, the daughter of Always A Virgin cruised around Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 1:54.4 to score her maiden breaking victory. Using a: 27.3 final panel, Color’s A Virgin held of a late charge from Tough Rose and Sam Widger to finish a length in front of her rivals. The rookie filly has now earned over $18,000 from two starts for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies will continue on Tuesday, August 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The second division for the two-year-old pacing colts will be the featured attraction on Wednesday, August 21. Both of the four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 7 with a 14-race card highlighted by one division of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. by Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 3, 2013—Sweet Talkin Satin shattered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.2 in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Saturday, August 3 in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin overcame a tough first-over trip to establish a new track record and set a new lifetime best mark in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was 1:50.3, a mark set by Beeeeyouuuuuu and driver Brad Hanners on June 14, 2008 and a mark that Sweet Talkin Satin equaled three starts ago. Leaving from post four, Sweet Talkin Satin was sent off the gate enough to grab position along the rail in third as Don Eash sent Astreo’s Love to the front from post six. Astreo’s Love led the sire stakes field to the first quarter in :26.2 while Right Touch brushed to the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. The heavy betting favorite, Night Pro, opted for a trip off the pace and was along the rail in seventh. Right Touch continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1, but would quickly feel pressure on the outside by Sweet Talkin Satin. Tetrick asked the gelded son of Always A Virgin for more and he responded with a :26.1 final panel to win by three lengths in front of Right Touch who battled gamely for second. Virgil and Ed Hensley rallied from seventh to finish third. Pulling the upset, Sweet Talkin Satin returned $11.00 to his backers. Trained by Tom Tetrick, Sweet Talkin Satin notched the fourth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal starts. Coming off a third place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final, Sweet Talkin Satin sent his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark for owners James Ainsworth and William Boden. The sophomore pacer has been a model of consistency in 2013 having finished on the board in 11 of his 12 seasonal outings. The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 10 at Hoosier Park. The four leg series will culminate with the $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 6. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. by Emily Gaskin
Many might’ve thought that losing two stallions a couple of months out from the new stud season would be a real blow for Wai-Eyre Farm. Especially when one of them was Christian Cullen, and the other was his millionaire son Gotta Go Cullen. But the old saying ‘When one door closes, another opens’ rang true for the leading Canterbury stud farm – so when Pepper Tree Farm came calling, Wai-Eyre’s Darryl Brown was more than happy to join forces with highly-regarded Australian stud. “We’re very excited,” Brown says. “Pepper Tree have got a superb line-up of young stallions. They’re sires which are very popular in Australia and are serving big books over there, and now Rob and Julie Vandyke want to strengthen the presence of those sires on this side of the Tasman as well.” Brown says he was humbled when learning of the numerous reasons why Pepper Tree chose to approach Wai-Eyre Farm – most of which centred around how his organisation is already run, and the professional way that Wai-Eyre portrays itself in the marketplace. “Rob and Julie also liked that we’re independent and a family-owned business,” Brown continued. “They’d heard good feedback about our infrastructure as well, and that we had very efficient client contact/communication procedures in place through our Sales Manager John Robinson and Office Manager Sacha Crawford.” Pepper Tree’s Rob Vandyke echoed Brown’s sentiments. “We wanted a partner in New Zealand that believes in the same philosophies as we do,” Vandyke said. “And also a stud that’s got a vested interest in our stallions. “We think we’ve got some really promising sires moving forward, and it’s great that Darryl and his team do too.” The Pepper Tree additions to Wai-Eyre’s roster are Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Sportswriter and Always A Virgin. Combined with their five existing sires, this now gives the North Canterbury establishment a line-up of nine and far more punch than ever before. The Australian quartet has indeed been popular at their home base, serving nearly 530 mares between them last year alone. And for good reason. Rock N Roll Heaven is by far the best son of Rocknroll Hanover, winning over $2.7million on the track and taking a time of 1.47.6 as a 3-year-old. He’s about to start his third season at stud after covering books of 185 (Aus) and 32 (NZ) during 2012/13 and 215 and 32 the season before. Roll With Joe is the Cam’s Card Shark full-brother to Bettor’s Delight who won over $1.8million on the track and went 1.48.4 as a 3-year-old. He’s heading into his second season after serving 125 and 15 mares last year. Sportswriter is by Artsplace and collected more than $1.5million in his career, taking his fastest time of 1.48.6 as a 3-year-old. His fourth year approaches, having attracted 80 and 18 mares last year on the back of Aussie books of 148 (2011/12) and 214 (2010/11). Always A Virgin is a son of Western Ideal who won over $1.1million on the track and, like all of Pepper Tree’s sires, paced his fastest time (1.48.8) as a 3-year-old. This is also his fourth season at stud but it’s the first time he’s been available to New Zealand breeders, his Australian books being 138, 84 and 143 respectively to date. Brown stressed that even though Wai-Eyre has entered into a new relationship with Pepper Tree Farm, making a commitment to their stallions and becoming their NZ Booking Agent, this new association is simply an addition to what the Farm already offers its hundreds of clients. “Wai-Eyre is still a Semen and Broodmare Base, first and foremost. “Predominantly, over fifty-five percent of the mares we serve on-farm every season are on behalf of other major studs… like Alabar, Woodlands, Pepper Tree and Empire etc. So nothing’s going to change in that regard. “And of course, we’re also a stud with our own stallions as well – Ohoka Arizona, Klondike Kid, Monkey Bones, The Pres and Angus Hall – all of which are starting to do a really good job here. “So, looking forward, it’s a very exciting time for us. “Over the last few years, we’ve stood three pacing stallions which all belong to the same sire line. And if you don’t address such an issue, eventually you end up breeding your clients into a corner and give them no option but to go elsewhere. “This new arrangement with Pepper Tree just opens up the choices for our customers even more.” By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)
A full field of eleven lined up behind the starting gate for the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 29 and it was Sweet Talkin Satin who romped home a winner in 1:50.3.
East Rutherford, NJ - 'She was nothing flashy this winter, she just did everything we asked of her,' said harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter when asked about his top two-year-old trotting filly, Lifetime Pursuit.
With two-year-old trotters and pacers beginning their harness racing careers all across North America, the Meadowlands seems to have the most, featuring 19 races Saturday morning starting at 10:00 am.
Always About Katey returned to her winning ways and captured the featured event, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 7.