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ANDERSON, Ind.--August 14, 2020 -- The race to the wire at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Aug.14) was as contentious as Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg with Century Farroh (David Miller) collecting the victory in the 27th edition of the harness racing $225,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The 4-year-old son of Mach Three-Beachy Girl bested even money favorite, Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) and a swiftly closing Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley). Owned by Ratchford Stable Ns and conditioned by Dr. Ian Moore, the 2019 O'Brien Award winner captured the second triumph of his 2020 campaign and improved his overall record to 34-18-6-4. Sent off as the 3-1 second choice, Century Farroh remained perfect (2-2) in his appearances over the Anderson oval after winning last year's $170,000 Jenna's Beach Boy. Leaving from post position two, Century Farroh settled into third immediately out of the gate as Bettor's Wish went to the lead with Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) following him in second. Bettor's Wish tripped the timer for the first quarter mile in a brisk :25.3. Still on the lead after a half-mile in :54.1, Century Farroh remained in third with Backstreet Shadow still in second. As Bettor's Wish separated himself by about two lengths going to the three-quarter pole and established a third fractional time of 1:22.2, Our Majordan A (Andrew McCarthy) who started from the second tier moved past Backstreet Shadow into second placing Century Farroh in fourth. Dr. Ian Moore As the field turned for home it appeared Bettor's Wish had a bit of a breather on the backside and was going wire-to-wire in Hoosier Park's signature event. Midway through the stretch, however, his rivals were seeking to overhaul him. Century Farroh was sixth at this juncture but was advancing steadily on the inside with Dorsoduro Hanover pacing up a storm on the outside. Several hundred yards from the wire it looked like Bettor's Wish would indeed fend off all pursuers but Miller slid through on the inside to hit the finish line in front. Bettor's Wish was right there for second, Dorsoduro Hanover was third and Backstreet Shadow was back in fourth. "He's always been a good horse," Miller said. "He has just had some back luck this year and this time he had some luck. Also, how the track was playing really had no impact on how I drove him. I just went out there and did my job. We had no particular strategy, and this is how everything worked out." Moore had noted earlier in the season it can be difficult transition for a 4-year-old horse but that this one was a, "Tough horse and a good horse. Good horses find a way a overcome things." Century Farroh rewarded his supporters with a payout of $8.60. Bettor's Wish paid $2.60 and Dorsoduro Hanover $7.00. The exacta returned $22.80, the trifecta $48.35 and the superfecta $38.13. The Gregg Haston Memorial Little Rocket Man In the race prior to the featured event the Gregg Haston Memorial, Little Rocket Man, with Hoosier Park's perennial leading driver, Trace Tetrick holding the lines led from gate to wire and stopped the clock in a track equaling 1:47.2. Trained by Missy Essig and owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal unfortunately did not quality for the Dan Patch Stakes based on earnings. The Indiana champion was sent off as the 2-1 second choice and improved his 2020 record to 6-5-0-0 with the win in this $39,000 event. Little Rocket Man defeated Gd Western Joe (Matt Kakaley) and Brassy Hanover (Scott Zeron). He paid $6.00 to win. Kimberly French, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - With both Thursday's Pick-5 sequence and Hoosier High-5 wager going unsolved at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the harness racing wagering pools will be guaranteed at $15,000 and $30,000 respectively for Friday, August 14. These guaranteed wagers will add to the already action-packed Dan Patch Stakes night on Friday, August 14, which will also feature a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch race. Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer the guaranteed wagers in partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association. A $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 was already set to go for Friday's 15th race, but Thursday's $8,481.05 carryover bumped that guarantee to an impressive $30,000 guarantee. The $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-5, starting with $2,257.54 in carryover money, will kick off in the Dan Patch Race in Race 11. Race 11 will also feature a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta pool. Friday's 15-race card will offer remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields and competitive racing. Eleven of the 15 races feature 10 or more betting interests and the purses to be distributed throughout the evening will push the $500,000 mark. Free past performances for Friday's entire 15-race card will be available on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website, along with expert selections and other handicapping tools. Past performances for the Pick-5 sequence and the Hoosier High-5 wager will also be available on the United States Trotting Association website. A field of ten will be sent postward in the $225,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The 27th installment of Hoosier Park's premier event will highlight the 15-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. As part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend", Harrah's Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside specialty wagers, giveaways, food trucks and interactive family-friendly entertainment. The 2020 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the season. The season will be highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will be conducted through November 21. For more information on the live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN - He has owned a victor in almost major stake contest on the continent but Shnitzledosomethin owns Howard Taylor's heart despite not being a world champion or capturing a Breeders Crown. That could all change with a preparatory race prior to that event in the $225,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Aug. 14). "I just had to have him after seeing him as a yearling," said Taylor who co-owns the 5-year-old stallion with Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen and Richard Lombardo. "He was from Fred's {Fred And Ginger} first crop and he was just a specimen. Out of all the horses I have owned and all the races I have been fortunate to win. I have been so lucky; this horse is my favorite." Shnitzledosomethin is out of the Sand Shooter mare Summer N Sand and was bred by Aaron Stutzman of Goshen, Ind. Trained by Dylan Davis, he will have Scott Zeron in the bike when he leaves from post position one on Friday evening. He is 20-1 on the morning line. "My partners thought he was not of the caliber to race in the Breeders Crown [at Hoosier Park in 2018]," Taylor said. "But they told me to go with it. And he finished second by a nose in the elimination and final." Shnitzledosomethin has compiled a record of 59-18-13-2 during his career. The stallion has banked $764,344 and enters the Dan Patch Stakes after he paced a lifetime career mark [1:49.3] at Harrah's Philadelphia on Aug. 2. He has never failed to break the $100,000 barrier in purse money earned each year during his career and shipped to the city of Brotherly Love after an a usual performance in the $123,100 William Haughton Memorial on July 18 at The Meadowlands. "I'm not making excuses for him," Davis said. "All the trainers and horses were in the same situation with detention and protocols. But he just wasn't himself. He's doing great right now and I brought him out to Hoosier early so we are here now. He has not turned a hair all week." The big, bay stallion is definitely a specimen when it comes to his physical presence and Shnitzledosomethin's conformation, oddly enough, is directly related to how he received his unusual name. "He was such a beautiful horse," Taylor said. "Even as a yearling. His breeder said he just had to name him that because he was so big and gangly. He would watch him running and all he could think to himself was, 'Go do something.' And he has." Besides preparing for the Breeders Crown, which will be contested over this oval on Friday (Oct. 30) and Saturday (Oct. 31), Shnitzledosomethin may be paying attention to his younger sibling Somethingbeautiful (Always A Virgin, $44,250). This 2-year-old filly has dazzled in each of her two trips the post over this surface. She is also trained by Davis and Taylor is already looking forward to the Breeders Crown. "Shniztle's sister is special," Taylor said. "And that also shows how special he is. They will both be in the Breeders Crown and I think Shnitzle has an advantage because he has shown he well he races at Hoosier Park." The 2020 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 15-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be supported by an all-star undercard of racing action. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend". Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free prizes, VIP giveaways, and food trucks. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Kim French, for Hoosier Park

The Dan Patch Invitational was named after one of the greatest harness racing pacers of all time who originally hailed from Indiana, Dan Patch.   Dan Patch was born in 1896 in Oxford, Indiana and was known as the 'Epitome of Excellence in American Sports'. Owned by Daniel Messner Junior, Dan Patch (named by combining the first name of his owner with a shortened form of the last name of his sire, Joe Patchen) personified the classic American rags to riches tale.   Dan Patch (April 29, 1896 – July 11, 1916) competed at a time when harness racing was one of the largest sports in the nation, Dan Patch was a major celebrity. He was undefeated in open competition and was so dominant on the racetrack that other owners eventually refused to enter their horses against him. Instead, he ended his racing career performing time trials and traveled extensively on exhibition, earning millions of dollars in purses, attendance gate receipts and product endorsements. As many as 100,000 fans would come to see him race. Dan Patch broke world speed records at least 14 times in the early 1900s. In 1905, he set a world's record for the fastest mile by a harness horse (1:55‚Äč.4 that stood unmatched for over 30 years. Unofficially, Dan Patch broke this record in 1906 with a clocking of 1:55. He died on July 11, 1916. His owner Marion Willis Savage died just one day later. Dan Patch was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 1953 and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2019. On Friday, August 14, 20/20, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino located at 4500 Dan Patch Circle in Anderson, Indiana, USA, will be hosting the 27th pacing of the world-renowned Dan Patch Invitational. Doors open at 5.00 pm, post time for the 1st race is 6:30 PM EST, with the featured 27th Annual Dan Patch Invitational set for 9:50 PM EST. The 1st five hundred (500) Caesars Rewards members in attendance of Friday's opening night for Hoosier Park's Dan Patch Festival Weekend to be held both Friday evening August 14 and including Saturday evening August 15, 20/20, will receive a free Dan Patch water bottle and mask with their complimentary commemorative Dan Patch racing program. Friday evenings' entertainment includes a live deejay, a local radio personality and a national guest handicapper and racing analyst; Saturday evenings' entertainment will include live circus performances at the racetrack. With a planned 'call to post' set for 9:50 PM EST, The Dan Patch Stakes Free For All Pace with a purse of $225,000 has a full field of ten (10) pacers as well as two (2) Also Eligible(s), if a horse was to 'scratch' or thus not compete in the prestigious race due to sickness, injury or other circumstances. The field of ten (10) from the 'draw' for post position just held on Tuesday evening August 11, 20/20, consists of the following horse 'pacers,' with their respective trainers and preliminary drivers (please note that final driver choices will be made in the near future): 1. Shnitzledosomething, driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Dylan Davis. 2. Century Farroh, driven by David Miller and trained by Dr. Ian Moore. 3. Bettor’s Wish, driven by Dexter Dunn and trained by Chris Ryder. 4. This Is The Plan, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke. 5. Workin Ona Mystery, driven by Trace Tetrick and trained by Brian Brown. 6. Backstreet Shadow, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Ron Burke. 7. Dorsoduro Hanover, driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke. 8. De Los Cielos Deo, driven by Sam Widger and trained by Ron Burke. 9. Filibuster Hanover, driven by Ricky Macomber Jr. and trained by Ron Burke. 10. Our Majordan A, driven by Andrew Mccarthy and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. (Please note that as of Tuesday evenings' draw that Driver David Miller has a choice between the 2 and 10, Driver Tim Tetrick has a choice between the 5 and 6 and Driver Matt Kakaley has a choice between the 7, 8 and 9.) Also Eligibles' in the race include AE1 Tellmeaboutit, driven by Trace Tetrick and trained by Alvin Miller and AE2 Aflame Hanover, driven by Andrew Mccarthy and trained by Linda Schadel. For further information on the 27th Annual Dan Patch Invitational, an internationally acclaimed race watched around the world, please contact Rose Flood at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino at 800.526.RACE or rflood@caesars.com and/or Eric M. Poders, Publisher of The Horseman's Voice, by international mobile/text via 001.847.530.2222 or email at publisher@horsemansvoice.com by Eric Ponders, for the Horseman's Voice

Harness racing this Week: Dan Patch, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Crawford Farms Trot, Joie De Vie and Artiscape, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Wednesday (Aug. 12) as the Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $57,235 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $33,530 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions in the $21,576 2-year-old colt trot and single divisions in the $21,085 2-year-old filly pace, the $20,677 2-year-old colt pace and the $19,835 2-year-old filly trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $31,502 3-year-old colt trot, the $29,632 3-year-old filly trot, the $29,027 3-year-old colt pace, and the $27,307 3-year-old filly pace. Friday night (Aug. 14) at Hoosier Park will feature the $225,000 Dan Patch for older pacing horses. On Saturday (Aug. 15), Northfield Park will host the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host one of two C$12,500 trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. The second trial will be held on Monday (Aug. 17). The week's action will continue on Sunday (Aug. 16) at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters, the $175,000 (est.) Joie De Vie for older trotting mares and the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: The sensational filly Ramona Hill took a well-deserved gulp from the Hambletonian trophy after beating the boys on Saturday (Aug. 8) in the $1 million trotting classic at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The victory, the 15th by a filly in the race's illustrious history, was hardly a surprise. She was the 2-5 favorite following the previous week's jaw-dropping win from an impossible spot, kicking home with a :25.4 final quarter in the Hambletonian eliminations. Ramona Hill's 1:50.1 time equaled Muscle Hill's mark for the fastest Hambletonian final. USTA/Ken Weingartner photo. She was just as good in the final. Andy McCarthy turned Ramona Hill loose down the backside and she easily surged past Threefiftytwo to take command for good. Through the lane, Ramona Hill remained solidly in command, beating Ready For Moni by a length with Back Of The Neck third. The time for the mile only confirmed what observers already knew: Ramona Hill is the real deal. The 1:50.1 clocking equaled the stakes mark set by her sire Muscle Hill in 2009. It was the first Hambletonian victory for McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna, who took a very patient approach with his talented filly. The race was only her fourth of the year and 11th of her career. "People talked earlier about how COVID affected this filly's schedule," Alagna said. "Honestly, this was our schedule from the beginning, with or without COVID. She's very much like a Thoroughbred. She doesn't need the starts to be at her best." Of course, the Hambletonian Oaks for fillies earlier in the day was a possible target. But after Ramona Hill cruised to a convincing win in the Del Miller on July 18, Alagna set his sights on the bigger goal. "We always had it (the Hambletonian) in the back of our minds, but nobody wanted to be the first one to say it," Alagna said. "After the Del Miller, it became a reality." It had already been a great afternoon for McCarthy with four victories. Number five, the Hambletonian, will be the one he'll always remember. "It was a very good start to the day and I was trying to keep my cool, and I was trying to let it sink in too much because I still had a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. The driver and the filly completed the mission in style. "The adrenaline you get from winning a race like this, words can't explain it," the Australian reinsman said. "It's an amazing event and a privilege to be involved." With the victory, Ramona Hill improved her record to 9-0-2 in 11 starts for Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym Partners. The 2019 Breeders Crown and Dan Patch Award winner is the second filly to capture the Hambletonian in the last three renewals, joining Atlanta (2018). Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 327; 2. Tim Tetrick - 244; 3. Andrew McCarthy - 237; 4t. Dexter Dunn - 219; 4t. Brian Sears - 219. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 311; 2. Nancy Takter - 250; 3. Marcus Melander - 203; 4. Tony Alagna - 192; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 164. Owners: 1. S R F Stable - 82.5; 2. Brad Grant - 82.4; 3, Courant Inc. - 67; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 65; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 59.7. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Vernon will host the Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters; Woodbine Mohawk Park will have eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old open pacers, the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Roses Are Red for open pacing mares and the Armbro Flight for older trotting mares; and Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

ANDERSON, IN - Preparations are underway for the 27th edition of the $225,000 est. Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With the feature race set to go off Friday, August 14, a live virtual post draw will be held Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. on various Harrah's Hoosier Park social media outlets. Adhering to CDC guidelines, the draw will take place on the Terrace Showroom Stage in a socially distanced manner. Harrah's Hoosier Park's premier race kicked off in 1994 with a victory from Ready To Rumble with Trevor Ritchie at the lines. The event has seen many notable moments such as Sweet Lou setting the overall track standard of 1:47:2 in 2014, the wonder from down under Lazarus N making his North American Debut a winning one in 2018 and co-fastest horse in the world, Lather Up, equal Sweet Lou's 2014 record. 34 horses and geldings are eligible for the 27th edition of the Dan Patch Stakes, including some names familiar to Indiana Racing fans such as now four-year-olds Little Rocket Man, Shamwow and Tellmeaboutit. The Dan Patch Stakes is the highlight of Dan Patch Festival Weekend Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15. Both nights will feature entertainment for both the casual and serious racing fans in a variety of forms. To complement the Dan Patch Stakes, Friday's festivities will include music from DJ Alex B, a free Dan Patch mask with the purchase of a $3.00 Dan Patch commemorative program and a Dan Patch water bottle giveaway to the first 500 Caesars Rewards members. Indiana radio personality Laura Steele, as well as guest handicapper and racing analyst Peter Lurie, will be present for the race. Saturday will see live circus performances roaming around the property as well as a competitive live racing card. The Dan Patch Stakes kicks off The Championship Season at Harrah's Hoosier Park, where the latter half of the meet is accented by the best in Grand Circuit Racing such as the third edition of the Caesars Trotting Classic and the Monument Circle Pace. The 2020 Championship Season will be highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown on October 30 and 31. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 21. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 10, 2019-- Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 9. After equaling the World Record with a 1:46 performance two starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but, Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished two lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "This is one for the books," trainer Clyde Francis said with an ear to ear smile in the winner's circle. "That's an unbelievable animal is what that is." "I love that passing lane," Teague laughed. "I had to wait on him in the last turn and McWicked looked like he had a lot of power but my horse loves to chase. That's his game. Once he got through the turn I knew it was game on." The Teague-Francis duo added their names to the Dan Patch record books for the second time as they were also victorious in the 2016 edition of the race with World Champion, Wiggle It Jiggleit. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The four-year-old Ohio sired, homebred son of Im Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Illes. It was recently announced that 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Taylor Made Sales and Stallions also owned the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes winner, Lazarus N. "I want to thank Taylor Made for all they do," Ernie Martinez, working in concert with Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, noted. "Lather Up is unbelievable. I've never seen a horse like this--to do what he just did--he's a beast. Putting him in front of the fans like this is exactly what we want to do. What an effort this horse gave tonight in front of all of these fans." The 26th edition of the Dan Patch Stakes brought life to the track in in several aspects. Racing fans packed the house to witness Harrah's Hoosier Park's signature event and had the opportunity to participate in different promotions throughout the evening. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields and guaranteed wagers throughout the card. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, August 10 with a 10-race card. The pick-4 sequence went unsolved and with a carryover in excess of $6,000 in hand, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 for Saturday's live racing card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. by Emily Ratliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Within the span of less than a month, Lather Up equaled the fastest mile in harness racing history and became the first pacer to break the two-minute barrier at the distance of a mile and an eighth. So, as driver Montrell Teague prepares for the 4-year-old stallion's appearance in Friday's (Aug. 9) $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park, what does he envision for an encore? "I don't know," Teague said. "Hopefully just win. That's the main objective." Lather Up won last week's Sam McKee Memorial in 1:59.2 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles. He led from start to finish, reaching the mile point in 1:46.3 before going the extra eighth in :12.4. On July 6, Lather Up won the Graduate Series championship, at the traditional mile distance, in 1:46. The time equaled Always B Miki's mark for the fastest clocking in history and set the record for a 4-year-old pacer. It is difficult to determine which of the two efforts was more impressive. "I'm thinking the one last weekend just because he went (1):46.3 and still had plenty in the tank," Teague said. "For him to do it so easily, it's just unreal." How fast could Lather Up go? "I don't really want to find out," Teague said. "He's been so impressive so far, as long as he's winning, and doing it right in hand, I'm not sure how fast he could actually be." Lather Up is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the Dan Patch Stakes. The stallion, bred by owners Barbara and Gary Iles, has won seven of 10 races this year and $518,448. For his career, the son of I'm Gorgeous out of Pocket Comb has won 22 of 35 starts and $1.48 million. He will start Friday from post four with Teague at the lines for trainer Clyde Francis, who conditions the horse for the George Teague Jr. training stable. McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, is the 5-2 second choice. He will leave from post two with Brian Sears driving for trainer Casie Coleman. The nine-horse field also includes Always A Prince (6-1) and Jimmy Freight (8-1). "It's like any other race, you don't know what's going to happen," Montrell Teague said. "There is a lot of speed everywhere; inside, outside, right next to me. At least I'm in a good starting spot where I can see what's going on before I have to make a decision." Lather Up, despite occasional steering issues, won last year's North America Cup and Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers and has so far made a successful transition this season to the open ranks, with a victory in the William R. Haughton Memorial sandwiched between his two world-record efforts. "He's shown he can go with the best," Teague said. "Even if they head him, he just hits another gear once he gets around that last turn. Fingers crossed, he just keeps on improving. So far, so good. "He's going against older horses and definitely making his point." Teague, of course, is no stranger to prolific performers. He drove 2015 Horse of the Year Award winner Wiggle It Jiggleit, who has earned nearly $4 million lifetime. Wiggle It Jiggleit, now 7, last raced in 2016 but Teague indicated last week the gelding is still working toward a comeback. "You would think Wiggle It Jiggleit was one in a million, but then we get Lather Up," Teague said. "Hopefully they don't stop coming." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Dan Patch Stakes is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. Post-Horse-Trainer-Driver-M/L 1-Miso Fast-Virgil Morgan Jr.-Ricky Macomber Jr.-20/1 2-McWicked-Casie Coleman-Brian Sears-5/2 3-New Talent-Jeff Cullipher-John DeLong-20/1 4-Lather Up- Clyde Francis-Montrell Teague-6/5 5-Filibuster Hanover-Ron Burke-Yannick Gingras-10/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Andrew Harris-Scott Zeron-8/1 7-Endeavor-Jeff Cullipher-Sam Widger-20/1 8-Rockin Ron-Ron Burke-Matt Kakaley-12/1 9-Always A Prince-Tyler George-Trace Tetrick-6/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by USTA/BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug. 9) with coverage of the 2019 Dan Patch Stakes, live from Harrah's Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind. The 2018 Dan Patch featured champion Lazarus N who kicked off his US campaign with a victory over the Harrah's Hoosier Park oval. He returned one month later to the excitement of fans with a victory in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of the Dan Patch beginning at 8:30 p.m. via their website that will run for two and a half hours. Jessica Otten who returns to the airwaves for the first time since joining The Meadowlands, will be co-hosting the live remote. Otten, a native of Michigan, has worked with Mike and Mike since the inception of their live remotes four years ago. Otten has since gone on to join Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment with a multitude of responsibilities. Joining the trio again this year will be Taylor Johnston. Johnston, a native of Ohio, has worked with Post Time with Mike and Mike for the last two years working at various live remotes throughout their schedule. Johnston will be providing winner's circle and paddock reaction throughout the evening. Harrah's Hoosier Park will have lots going on for fans during the Dan Patch Festival of Racing taking place this weekend. On Friday, there be $100 Dan Patch Mega Bet Drawings, a backpack giveaway, kiosk games, and a driver autograph session beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday features fun for the entire family with family fun activities, cornhole tournament finale and wagering wars for a $100 megabet. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for the USTA  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Aug. 8) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Bianconi, Emily Gaskin, Rob Pennington, and Bob McClure Bianconi, Director of Racing at Northfield Park, joins to discuss this weekend's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The race has drawn contenders from across the country including Delivin Miller Adios champion Southwind Ozzi. Bianconi will discuss what goes into the invitations for the race and what the track has in-store for fans on Saturday night. Gaskin, Director of Marketing at Harrah's Hoosier Park, will talk about the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday night. Last year, Lazarus N was the talk of the town, but this year another top horse has emerged in Lather Up. Lather Up became the co-fastest horse ever with a 1:46 score at The Meadowlands and enters fresh off a victory in the Sam McKee Memorial. Pennington joins to discuss this weekends National Standardbred Horse Show. He will talk about the events of the upcoming weekend and what fans in attendance can expect. McClure, the winning drive of the 2019 Hambletonian, joins to talk about his thoughts of the big race following his victory last Saturday for trainer Luc Blais. McClure won the race in his first try and he will talk about his comeback following an accident earlier this year. Post Time continues it's live remote schedule Friday night with action from Harrah's Hoosier Park. A release will follow with more details about the live remote on Friday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time With Mike & Mike

This Week: Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Crawford Farm Trot, Joie De Vie and Tompkins-Geers Stakes, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Wednesday (Aug. 7) as The Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $55,150 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $33,383 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $24,646 2-year-old filly trot and the $24,150 2-year-old filly pace. Single divisions will be contested in the $21,742 2-year-old colt trot and the $20,862 2-year-old colt pace. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $36,345 3-year-old colt trot, the $32,550 3-year-old colt pace, the $29,343 3-year-old filly trot, and the $29,068 3-year-old filly pace. Friday night (Aug. 9) at Hoosier Park will feature the $330,000 Dan Patch Invitational for older pacing horses. Also on Friday, Tioga Downs will host four sets of Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be two divisions each in the $83,100 2-year-old filly trot and the $58,700 2-year-old colt pace, with single divisions in the $64,900 2-year-old filly pace and the $54,000 2-year-old colt trot. On Saturday (Aug. 10), Northfield Park will host the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host one of two trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. The second trial will be held on Monday (Aug. 12). The week's action will continue on Sunday (Aug. 11) at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters and the $175,000 (est.) Joie De Vie for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: Hambletonian Day was to be a day to unfurl Swedish flags at The Meadowlands. Why not? Rising star Marcus Melander started the day with a powerhouse four-horse contingent locked and loaded, taking dead aim at the 3-year-old trotting classic. Forbidden Trade rendered a 15-1 upset in the 94th Hambletonian. USTA/Mark Hall photo. But when the dust settled, it was our friendly neighbors to the north celebrating, as Forbidden Trade pulled a 15-1 upset. Canada's champion 2-year-old showed the heart of a warrior to hold off 3-10 favorite Greenshoe by neck in a dramatic fight to the finish in the $1 million final on Saturday (Aug. 3). And it was the first Hambletonian victory for the Canadian trio of owner Serge Godin's Determination Stable, trainer Luc Blais and driver Bob McClure. Coming in, McClure said "the sky was the limit" for his colt. Forbidden Trade backed up that confidence with the race of his life. Forbidden Trade, third in his Hambletonian elimination, was always in contention throughout the mile. McClure and his colt tracked Green Manalishi S, an elimination winner and a member of the Melander brigade, into the stretch. Forbidden Trade took charge, but danger was looming with Greenshoe uncorking a menacing rally. For an instant, it appeared Greenshoe would blow on by. McClure admitted he was headed, but Forbidden Trade was not done. After all, this was the day of the Maple Leaf. "It was two incredible colts fighting it out," McClure said. "I don't think there was a loser in that, but we're really happy to get out on top." It's also been a remarkable comeback for McClure, 28, who suffered a broken pelvis in a qualifier accident in April. He was back in action by May 23, using a hyperbaric chamber to hasten the recovery. "I was really lucky to have a good physical trainer," McClure said. "I probably rushed it back a little faster than I should have. I'm sure most drivers in this business have done this a time or two." Melander didn't get the victory, but his trio of qualifiers for the final raced well. Gimpanzee rallied from far back to get third and Green Manalishi S held on for the fifth and final purse check. Greenshoe never looked comfortable behind the starting gate for the final as driver Brian Sears held him together to prevent a break. That put him further back than expected, a loss of ground that proved costly. The time was 1:51 on a warm sunny afternoon as the threatened showers never materialized to spoil the day. Forbidden Trade paid $33.80 to win. It was the 12th win in 19 career starts for the son of Kadabra-Pure Ivory. He was a $110,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 701; 2. Yannick Gingras - 526; 3. David Miller - 379; 4. Dexter Dunn - 339; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 309. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 613; 2. Tony Alagna - 282; 3. Jim King Jr. - 274; 4. Marcus Melander - 249; 5. Jim Campbell - 206. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 182; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 114.6; 3. Courant Inc. - 107.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 104.6; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino and Hippodrome 3R. Vernon will host the Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Tioga Downs will feature the Roll With Joefor open pacers, Artiscape for older pacing mares, and a leg of the Miss Versatilty for trotting mares. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final; and Hippodrome 3R will contest the Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Lazarus has a rare chance to complete a historic full set of major race wins after securing a perfect draw for Sunday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The champion Kiwi pacer has drawn barrier two in his second North American start, which is scheduled for 1.50pm (NZ time) on Sunday and after his bullying win in the Dan Patch in Indiana two weeks ago he has opened a $1.45 favourite with the NZ TAB. The Dan Patch was Lazarus' first start for his new United States owners after being sold for $4 million in the hopes he can win some of North America's biggest races and become a dual-hemisphere stallion prospect. The Dan Patch victory, in which Lazarus overcame barrier nine to lead for most of the race, saw the hype around the six-year-old go sky high and with Sunday's field not much stronger, Lazarus will only need to maintain that performance level to probably win again. Although trotting races are held in many parts of the world, the pacing gait is the focal point of the harness racing industry in only four countries - New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada. If Lazarus wins on Sunday, he will have won a group one race or equivalent level race in all four of those countries inside 10 months. So while Kiwi pacing heroes such as Cardigan Bay and Young Quinn have tasted serious success in North America before, Lazarus' effort might be the first clean-sweep in such a short-time frame. Such is the interest in the superstar, Trackside television plan to have 20 minutes of lead-in from the Woodbine track before the race. Closer to home, Dream About Me looks set to start favourite in Friday night's Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington as the countdown to the New Zealand Trotting Cup starts to get serious. Thefixer downed Dream About Me in the first open class race of the season last Thursday but that was under handicap conditions with Dream About Me off 30m. On Friday, they meet under free-for-all conditions and with Dream About Me expected to derive enormous benefit from last Thursday she could well head the market. Both Thefixer and Dream About Me have been touted as possible Victoria Cup raiders in mid-October as that Melton classic is unlikely to have the depth of previous years and could be a lucrative target for the stablemates before they return to Addington for the New Zealand Cup in November. Michael Guerin

The man enjoying the ride behind Kiwi pacing sensation Lazarus says only one horse may be able to stop him becoming the fastest pacer in history. And that would be Lazarus himself. Champion driver Yannick Gingras was still buzzing hours after driving Lazarus to a dominant victory in his first North American start, the pair overcoming the outside barrier to lead for the last half of the US$325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). It was Lazarus’s first start in the United States since being sold for an estimated record price of $4million to Taylor Made Stallions. While he had been the best standardbred in Australasia for two years and qualified in sensational time in the US two weeks ago, any horse traveling to the other side of the world to take on their best comes with question marks. Lazarus turned those into exclamations marks with his 1:48.8 mile. The win has already justified his purchase price because with North American breeders now seeing how powerful Lazarus is in full flight he is guaranteed a commercial start to a dual hemisphere stallion career. That leaves the $3.8million earner with just a couple of major targets that could greatly embellish his reputation — winning at the Breeders Crown in late October and pacing a super fast mile time, close to the world record of 1:46 held by Always B Miki. But while Gingras says that time may be within Lazraus physical capabilities, the horse himself might need some company. “A lot of things need to happen to get down to that speed but I think he can do it,” Gingras said. “I have no doubt with the improvement he has in him he can pace 1:46 and change, maybe even 1:46 flat. “But to do that you need the right track, the right conditions and the right horses to push you. “Tonight he would have gone a lot faster if he had needed to and I think he is a horse who will always find more when another horse gets close to him and pushes him. “So to pace 1:46 he will need all of those things and a horse good enough to push him to that time. Otherwise I don’t think he is a horse who will want to go much faster than he has to to win. “But anything is possible because he had only had that one qualifier here before tonight’s race so he is obviously going to get better and better.” Lazraus’s next starts are likely to be in the heat and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby on August 25 and September 1 and yesterday’s win guarantees him a start in the Hoosier Park Derby on September 21. After that looms the US$500,000 major free-for-all at the rocket fast Red Mile (October 7) in Kentucky, the ideal track to attempt a lightning quick mile. “Tonight was the perfect starting point. He won, we got to show people how good he is but he wasn’t put under any strain.” What was it like driving the Kiwi hero? “It is a real thrill. Driving any great horse is amazing but the novelty around him tonight and the way the race was promoted, and knowing so many people Down Under were watching. It was pretty special.” Michael Guerin

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 10, 2018-- On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true harness racing superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christen Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be and a gift from god." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from his assigned post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine through to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 6-5 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. By Kim French for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

After a speedy opening quarter mile, New Zealand-bred Lazarus was able to take control of the race and lead the rest of the way to capture the harness racing  $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday night. It was the North American debut for down under champion Lazarus, who started from the far outside in post nine for driver Yannick Gingras. The 11th race Dan Patch Stakes started off with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) leaving from post five along with Rockin Ron (Trace Tetrick). Lazarus and Gingras left from post nine and were floating on the outside in fourth place, moving up as Bit Of A Legend cut the mile to the opening quarter in :26.1. Gingras continued to advance on the outside with Lazarus, taking control after the quarter mile. Lazarus cut the mile to the half in :54.2 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4 as Split The House and driver Brett Miller came first-over and continued to gain ground with Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) second-over. As they came down the stretch, Gingras asked Lazarus and they kept Split The House a length off of them all the way to the wire. The mile went in 1:48.4 with McWicked (Brian Sears) closing well to be third. Last quarter mile for Lazarus was :26 second and McWicked's last quarter was :25.2. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus is owned by Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He paid $3.00 to win. It was the third win in six starts (first five were in New Zealand) for Lazarus. The six-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight now has won 36 of his 46 career starts with lifetime earnings of more than $2,788,050. This year his earnings are now $452,113. Lazarus will now be pointed towards the Canadian Pacing Derby in Toronto. Lazarus Interview after the race By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

It's an all-star harness racing field Friday night at Hoosier Park for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The Dan Patch takes place in the 11th race on the program. While it is the USA debut for Lazarus, it may not be a walk-in-the park for one of the top horses ever to come over from New Zealand since Cardigan Bay. Country-mate Bit Of A Legend has raced against Lazarus in the past and comes into the race off a 1:51.4 triumph in the Open at Yonkers Raceway. McWicked goes from post six and he has won four of his last five starts and is rated the top Free-For-All pacer currently in North America. And the hometown hero, Beckhams Z Tam, will look for a big upset as he has returned to winning form and enters the race off a 1:49 triumph. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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