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ANDERSON, Ind.--August 24, 2019--A trio of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the featured harness racing attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 23 and wrapped up the third round of stakes action for the two-year-old competitors. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics' choice delivered in all three divisions. The 2019 Fox Stake Winner Odds On Osiris looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as he continued his winning ways and captured the first division of the stakes action in gate to wire fashion with driver Peter Wrenn in the bike. Stopping the timer in 1:51.2, Odds On Osiris was the fastest divisional winner of the night and established a new lifetime best in the process. Wrenn wasted no time and sent Odds On Osiris away from the gate but Buddy's N Virgin's and Jared Finn were a step quicker to grab the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. Wrenn had Odds On Osiris back out and firing just before the half and the colt quickly grabbed command to lead the field through middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Odds On Osiris opened up on the field with a seventh length lead. Using a :26.3 closing kick, the colt kicked home impressively under a hand drive from Wrenn to finish nearly eight lengths in front of a hard-charging Nassau Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. Northern Cadillac and LeWayne Miller utilized a ground saving trip to finish third. Odds On Osiris returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He went a big mile last week in The Fox Stake," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "I was glad to see him come right back and race really well. He's a very manageable colt that is getting better with every start." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Rockin Image-Antiqua Hanover recorded his second lifetime victory from four trips behind the gate. Odds On Osiris has now bankrolled $51,000 for Odds On Racing. In the second division of the stakes action, Clever Character was able to overcome a first-over trip to get up in the final strides of the mile in 1:52.2. Sent off as the 4-5 co-favorite with Dale Hiteman at the lines, Clever Character used a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Leaving from post four, Clever Character eased off the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth. Peter Wrenn gave Vivaldi Hanover his marching orders and the colt grabbed the early lead through the opening quarter in :27.1. High Impression and Sam Widger wanted their turn on the front and ranged up to grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. As the field hit the three-quarters in 1:24.4, Hiteman had Clever Character out and applying pressure to the leaders from first-over. Clever Character was able to wear down the leader and hold off a late surge from Family Recipe to get the victory. Straight Up Cool and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. Clever Character returned $3.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's still very green," Hiteman noted after the win. "I'm learning more about him each start and which way he likes to race best. He's got a lot of raw talent to work with though, that's for sure." Owned and trained by Timothy Smith, Clever Character has now won three of five lifetime starts. With the win, the son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight pushed his lifetime bankroll to $61,375. The final division of the stakes action went to Always And Again who split rivals late in the lane to get the win by a neck in 1:52.4. Sent off at odds of 6-5, the Ernie Gaskin trainee equaled the lifetime mark he established in the last round of stakes action. Tetrick let Always And Again coast away from the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth. The Candyman Can and Sam Widger were the first to get a call and grabbed the lead through the first quarter in :27.2 The Candyman Can set splits of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before being joined on the outside by Alwaystellthetruth and LeWayne Miller. As the field turned for home, The Candyman Can was still on top but Tetrick had Always And Again perfectly placed second-over. Alwaystellthetruth was able to wear down the leader but Always And Again found late racing room and used a :27.2 final quarter to stick a nose in front. Alwaystellthetruth finished second while Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. came flying late for third. Always And Again returned $4.40 as the heavy betting favorite. Always And Again                           --Linscott Photography "He's a colt and we're still trying to teach him," trainer Ernie Gaskin noted in the winner's circle. "Trace has done a great job teaching him how to race and figuring him out. This colt has a lot of natural ability and wants to do well so that really helps." With the win, Always And Again recorded his third victory from five lifetime starts. The son of Always A Virgin-Kiss Me Once Again now sports a lifetime bankroll of $52,000 and is owned in partnership by Andrew Berg and In The Red, LLC. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 24. Saturday's 11-race card will begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm due to Reba McEntire in concert at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The country superstar will close out Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2019 Summer Concert Series in front of a sold-out crowd. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 21, 2019-- TJ's Top Pick, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:53.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of the $64,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday, August 21. The 1:53.3 mark was a lifetime best for the freshman colt and also re-established the previous track record for two-year-old trotting geldings by nearly a full second, a 1:54.2 mark that he equaled in the last round of stakes action. In just the fifth start of his two-year-old season, TJ's Top Pick turned in a dominant performance to finish nearly five lengths in front of his next closest competitor and remain undefeated this season. His 1:53.3 victory also marked the seventh track record that has been equaled or re-established at Hoosier Park through 102 nights of live racing this season. Leaving from post seven in the field of seven, TJ's Top Pick left just enough to grab a seat along the rail in fourth. Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor would grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.4. As soon as the field got straightened away down the backside, Tetrick gave TJ's Top Pick the green light and the colt quickly took command at the half in :57.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a five length lead while the rest of the field was struggling to stay within striking distance. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick found another gear and trotted away from the field with a :27.4 closing kick. Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting finished third. As the heavy 2-5 favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.80 at the betting windows. "He's just so versatile," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted after the victory. "He really started to come around when we shipped into Hoosier Park in March and he's just been getting better every week. He's one of the smartest colts I've ever been around and I think he gets a little stronger every start." With the win, TJ's Top Pick became harness racing's newest $100,000 earner. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd is undefeated through the first three rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto broke his maiden in impressive fashion and pulled the 15-1 upset. Driven by Sam Widger for trainer Rodney Debeck, Brigotto staged a big rally late in the lane to score in 1:55.3. Leaving from post four, Brigotto found a spot along the rail in fifth and would let the dust settle before making his move. Simply Swan and Joe Putnam were on top through the opening quarter in :29.1 but would yield the lead to the heavily favored, Dude Included and Verlin Yoder just before the half. Dude Included led the field through middle splits of :58.4 and 1:27.4 but Brigotto was on the attack and tracking intently from first-over. Widger was patient with Brigotto through the final turn and when they straightened away from home, Brigotto dipped down to the inside and utilized a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a length. Dude Included finished second while Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn finished third. As the second longest shot on the board, Brigotto returned $33.60 at the betting windows. "He tries really hard," trainer, owner Rodney Debeck noted after the victory. "He made a break in his last start but he's still figuring things out so you have to expect that. He trained down great." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his first win from six lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto has now earned $35,201 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 22 with three $47,000 divisions for two-year-old filly pacers highlighting the 13-race card. The 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 13. 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. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 20, 2019-- Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, trailing post ten, May Baby turned in another dominant performance to capture the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of $66,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 20. With driver, trainer James Yoder in the bike, May Baby avoided traffic issues and came charging late to score the victory in 1:56.1 over a track rated good. With the win, May Baby extended her win streak to four and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Leaving from post ten, May Baby settled along the rail in sixth and avoided early confusion behind the gate after a break by Phabaj and Jared Finn in post position one. Robert Taylor sent Givemeonemoretry to the front from post six but the young filly made a costly break just before the first quarter in :28.2. Collettes, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, inherited the lead and she led the field through middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. J-S Miss Carly and Alex Udell were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front first-over and Yoder quickly grabbed the cover with May Baby. As the field turned for home, Yoder tipped May Baby off cover and she went to work. Using a :28.3 final quarter, May Baby trotted strong to the wire to finish nearly four lengths in front of Deswanslittlelorie and Michael Oosting. Collettes held on for third. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, May Baby returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "The trip didn't go at all like I wanted but she was able to overcome all of it," Yoder noted after the race. "We trained her all winter off a helmet so she is used to it. She's pretty much all business when the race gets going." With the win, May Baby pushed her lifetime bankroll to $83,250 and has now won all four of her lifetime outings while remaining undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling is owned by Cheyenne Yoder and was bred by Oakwood Farms. In the second division of the stakes action, Rock Swan turned in a dominant performance of her own to find the winner's circle in 1:57. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock Swan made her game winning move down the backside and never looked back. Leaving from post three, Rock Swan left just enough to protect her position and found a spot along the rail in second. RJZ First Lady and John DeLong were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :28 but yielded the lead to La Nancio and Jared Finn down the backside. Just before the half in :58.1, Tetrick gave Rock Swan the green light and the filly quickly ranged up to take command. Rock Swan led the field to the third quarter in 1:27.1 before she began to distance herself from the rest of the field. Using a :29.2 final quarter, Rock Swan trotted evenly to the wire and finished nearly five lengths in front of I'd Rather Be Red and Brandon Bates. RJZ First Lady held on for third place honors. As the 3-5 betting favorite, Rock Swan returned $3.40 at the betting windows. "I pushed her out of the gate to get a good spot," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She's a very handy filly who has a good mindset and really likes her job." Trained by Erv Miller, Rock Swan has now won four of five lifetime outings. Owned in partnership by S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Jessica has now amassed $79,481 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, August 21 with two $64,000 divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 16, 2019--Sophomore pacing colts & geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 as they squared off in round five of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $50,000 harness racing divisions were sent postward on the evening's 13-race card and delivered strong performances from each field. Little Rocket Man and Rockie Got Framed rebounded gamely in their respective divisions after tasting defeat in their last starts. After an off-the-board finish in his last Sires Stakes engagement, Little Rocket Man bounced back impressively to score in 1:49 with driver Trace Tetrick. Sent off as the heavy post-time favorite, Little Rocket Man came flying late in the lane and got up in the final strides of the mile to establish a new lifetime mark. When the gate opened, Peter Dalt and Andy Shetler grabbed the lead while Pure Rock and Rick Plano also left quickly and looked to be in-line for a two hole trip. Opting out of the pocket seat, Pure Rock moved to the front through the opening quarter in :25:4 while Little Rocket Man was along the rail in sixth. When the field reached the half in :53:0, Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger took command and held their position through the third quarter clocking in 1:20.2. As the field turned for home, Pure Rock was upset minded and tipped from the pocket to engage the leader. Brooklets Banner and Dale Hiteman were also on the attack, first-over with Little Rocket man in tow. As the quick pace began to take its toll on the leaders, Tetrick tipped Little Rocket Man around tiring cover and surged forward. Using a final quarter of :27.2, Little Rocket Man dug in gamely to win a four-horse photo. A head separated the top three finishers in the field as Ollie's Ztam and Ricky Macomber Jr. also rallied well late for second and Pure Rock held on for third. Little Rocket Man paid $2.80 to win at the betting windows. "We really didn't know what we were getting into with him at the start of the season," trainer Melissa Essig noted in the winner's circle with a bit of a laugh. "We had no idea he would be the colt that he is today. He's very active but I'll be honest, he sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out. He's just turned into an awesome colt." Little Rocket Man has now won nine of 12 lifetime starts and sent his lifetime earnings over the $100,00 mark with the win. The son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal is owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman and was bred by Victory Hill Farm. The second division of stakes action brought a win home for Team Macomber as Rockie Got Framed used similar off-the pace tactics to score his third Indiana Sires Stakes win in a row. Stopping the timer in 1:49.3, Rockie Got Framed provided a slight upset over the heavily favorited Melissa Essig trainee, Shamwow. When the wings of the gate opened it was Shark Play and Sam Widger who were the first to get a call and powered to the front. Shark Play was followed closely by Tellmeaboutit with Dale Hiteman while Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position just enough to settle along the rail in third. The field continued in straight formation through opening fractions of :26:2 and :55:0. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:22:4, Todd Warren had Shamwow on the attack first-over while Rockie Got Framed was waiting for the homestretch to make his game winning move. Shamwow was able to overtake Shark Play turning for home but the rest of the field was looming large in the background. Employing a :26.1 final panel, Rockie Got Framed launched up from fifth to find the wire first and stop the clock in 1:49:3. Shamwow held on for second while Tellmeaboutit found late racing room and got up for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rockie Got Framed paid $7.00 for his betting backers. "I wanted to be up close but I didn't want to have to use him too hard too early," Macomber noted after the victory. "He's been racing incredible. He raced great last week but just had too far to come. I knew if I could catch a breather tonight, he would pace hard to the wire, he always does." Rockie Got Framed, the son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won seven of 25 lifetime starts. With the win, he now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,356 for owners Rocco Ruffolo and the Eleven Star Stables. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The victory was one of two training wins on the program for Jamie Macomber and one of four driving wins on the evening for Ricky Macomber Jr. Trainer Dylan Davis also had a training victory on the evening's 13-race card to record his 2,000 career training win. With 1,999 training wins to his credit heading into the program, Jin's Shark was able to find the winner's circle in the evening's sixth race on the card and give Davis win number 2,000. Davis recorded his first training win in 1996 and has since trained the winners of over $22 million in purse earnings. With 29 wins through 99 nights of live racing action, Davis is among the top ten trainers at Harrah's Hoosier Park this season. Davis also trains Castle Flight who equaled the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park with a 1:47.2 score in the Open Pace earlier this season. 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. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, 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

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 24, 2019--Grand Swan extended her streak of perfection at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after she captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, her split of the $47,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, on Wednesday, July 24. With a final time of 1:54.3, Grand Swan recorded her fifth straight stakes win and remains a perfect five for five this season for driver, trainer, LeWayne Miller. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Grand Swan coasted off the wings of the gate to settle along the rail in fourth. Infinity Stick and Sam Widger were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.3. Kissesforall and Peter Wrenn were forwardly placed and pressed on to the lead, reaching the front just before the half in :56.4. As the field approached the final turn, Infinity Stick was back on top but Grand Swan was just beginning her march to the front. Grand Swan was matching strides with the leader at third station in 1:26.2 before she began to put her talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Grand Swan coasted on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of Infinity Stick and a hard-charging Sophia Lia and John DeLong. Grand Swan returned $2.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was content with where we were," Miller noted of his trip. "I figured the outside horses would leave a little bit so I waited to move her. She's just so easy on herself so that helps." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her 13th lifetime victory from 17 trips behind the gate. Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $302,375 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. In the second division of the stakes action, it was Kota's Swan and Sam Widger who turned in a near gate to wire victory to score in 1:54.2. Widger sent Kota's Swan to the front and she dictated fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:26.2 while the rest of the field followed in single file order. Using a :28 final panel, Kota's Swan trotted strong to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Morairtime and John DeLong. Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Kota's Swan recorded her third win from eight seasonal outings. Owned by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, the daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick recorded her seventh win from 23 lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $168,630. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 25. Thursday's 14-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two-year-old pacing colts. With a carry-over in excess of $7,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in Race 14. 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. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 19, 2019--Sylph Hanover and driver Sam Widger saved their best for last as they stormed home a winner in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $150,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 19. Scoring in 1:50.2, Sylph Hanover rallied from well off the pace to make her Hoosier Park debut a winning and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in the talented field of ten, Sylph Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled off the pace in eighth. It was hotly contested opening quarter as a host of fillies fired away from the gate. Rockin Philly and Trace Tetrick, sent off as the heavy post time favorite, won the early battle for the lead and reached the first quarter in a snappy :25.4. Glorious Virgin and Brandon Bates benefitted from a pocket trip while the Ohio Sires Stakes Champion, Queen Of The Pride with Tony Hall in the bike, was next in line third. Queen Of The Pride wanted her turn on the front and she quickly marched up to grab the lead just past the half in :53.3. The quick pace continued as the field hit the third station in 1:21.1 with Queen Of The Pride still calling the shots. As the field turned for home, Sweet Heaven and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over with St Somewhere and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. Lady Capulet and Andy Shetler moved into the outer flow and were well placed third-over with Sylph Hanover waiting to pounce from fourth over. As the leaders began to retreat on the front, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. Lady Capulet tipped off tiring cover to surge forward but it was Sylph Hanover on the far outside who would find the wire first. Lady Capulet had to settle for second place honors while Queen Of The Pride held on gamely for third. Slightly dismissed at 5-1, Sylph Hanover returned $13.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She felt really good tonight," Widger noted after the victory. "I had to nurse her around the turn a little but once she got straightened away and she got her head down, she really got going." Trained by Ron Burke, the three-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan recorded her second win of the season from 8 starts. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, W. Switala, J. Martin, and J. Critelli, Sylph Hanover pushed her lifetime bankroll to $448,311. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Sam Widger. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 20 with an 11-race card. Saturday's racing action will be highlighted by the first annual Empire of Hope event at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will launch this new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 17, 2019--On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, Caesars' racing properties will launch Empire of Hope, a new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. "Empire of Hope is a direct reflection of the appreciation and pride we have for the horses that participate in Caesars' racing program," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "Our equine athletes are the stars of our sport and we want to ensure that when they retire, they are placed in productive and loving environments to live out a long and healthy life." This year's event at Harrah's Hoosier Park will take place on Saturday, July 20 and is one of the highlights on the racing calendar. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will work to raise awareness and funding to assist in the mission. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Harrah's Hoosier Park is proud to announce Tito's Handmade Vodka as the presenting sponsor for the entire Empire of Hope event. Beginning at 11am, all Harrah's Hoosier Park guests donating $5 to Empire of Hope through the Caesars Rewards center will receive $5 in free slot play or a $5 race wager. All proceeds from the evening's charitable activities will be earmarked for the Standardbred Transition Alliance who will provide grants in funding of 501(c)(3) groups serving Standardbreds and ensure they utilize best practices for equine care and financial management through an accreditation process. Beginning at 6 pm, a red carpet racehorse fashion show will take place in the front side paddock Saturday evening and feature horses dressed up as celebrities. Guests can join in on the fun and buy tickets for $2 to vote for their favorite contestants. Additionally, all guests who purchase a ticket will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Diana Ross concert at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, will also join in the festivities and be available in the front paddock from 6:30-8pm. Guests who donate to Empire of Hope will have the opportunity to meet and take a picture with the legendary racehorse. Foiled Again                                                               Linscott Photography Drivers, trainers, and owners racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park are also giving back by committing a percentage of their nightly racing earnings to support the Empire of Hope cause. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park is hosting a stable fundraising challenge on the backside. The stable that raises the most money for Empire of Hope will win a $250 gift certificate to Midwest Harness Supply and a catered stable party. Along with winner's circle giveaways and entertainment, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption program will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, and sell merchandise. The always popular country duo, Cook and Belle, will perform a free show in between live racing in The Yard. Guests can also enjoy live racing, food trucks, activities, games, and variety of events for fans of all ages throughout the evening. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 13, 2019 -- Indiana-sired harness racing two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 13 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $65,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotting colts. TJ's Top Pick and Trace Tetrick stole the show after they recorded a national season's record for two-year-old trotting colts with a 1:54.2 clocking in the first division. With the win, the Jeff Cullipher trainee recorded his second win of the season and established a new lifetime best. Leaving from post seven, Tetrick sent TJ's Top Pick away from the gate just enough to grab the pocket seat behind the pace-setting Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting. Emma Town Bud led the field through splits of :27.3, :57.3, and 1:26.3 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Emma Town Bud appeared to be up to the task but TJ's Top Pick was winding up. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, TJ's Top Pick coasted on to the wire to finish four lengths to the good under a hand-drive from Tetrick. Dude Included and Verlin Yoder rallied late in the lane to get up for second while Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. Owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC, TJ's Top Pick is now two for two this season. The son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now earned $37,500 in lifetime purse earnings. In the second division of the stakes action, Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor turned in a gate to wire effort to deliver as the betting favorite. Scoring in 1:59.1, Osprey Hanover recorded his maiden breaking win in just his second lifetime start. Leaving from post six, Minor sent Osprey Hanover to the front and he dictated fractions of :28, :59.3 and 1:30.2. Turning for home, Osprey Hanover was still calling the shots but a host of trotters were closing in. Jekyil N Hyde and Trace Tetrick found late racing room up the inside and came storming home but were forced to settle for second. Osprey Hanover held off all challengers to the get the win by a quarter of a length. Classy Prince and Verlin Yoder finished third. Osprey Hanover returned $4.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Dewayne Minor, the gelded son of Swan For All-Oaklea Opal is owned by Brookside Stables. Osprey Hanover now sports a lifetime bankroll of $35,000. Osprey Hanover Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 16 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator  

ANDERSON, Ind.-- July 5, 2019 -- The Hoosier state's top harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were on display at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 5 as two $51,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes were featured on the evening's 14-race card. As predicted, the sophomore pacing colts were impressive in their round of the Indiana Sires Stakes action. Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. prevailed in tight three-horse photo to capture the opening division of the stakes action in 1:49.4. With the win, Rockie Got Framed established a new lifetime best and recorded his second straight Hoosier Park victory. Macomber Jr. switched up his tactics and sent Rockie Got Framed away from the gate firing to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26.3. Tellmeaboutit and LeWayne Miller grabbed a pocket seat but wouldn't sit long and took command just before the half in a snappy :54.3. Tellmeaboutit led the field through the three-quarters in 1:23.1 but Ima Real Ladys Man and Mike Oosting were applying pressure first-over turning for home. Tellmeaboutit was able to put away Ima Real Ladys Man but Rockie Got Framed was looming large in the pocket. Employing a :26.1 final quarter, Rockie Got Framed was able to put a nose in front of Tellmeaboutit and hold off a late charge from Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger. Slightly dismissed at odds of 6-1, Rockie Got Framed returned $15.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "I always leave the trip up to Ricky," trainer Jamie Macomber noted after the win. "We've been trying to teach this horse how to race. We've always known he's had the speed but we've just had to teach him how to manage it. Tonight--we graduated him to ear plugs rather than a full hood. He's figuring it out, putting it all together and getting better with every start." Owned in partnership by Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stables, Rockie Got Framed recorded his fifth win from 12 seasonal starts. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame has now won five of 22 starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $87,106. In the second division, Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy favorite to score in 1:50.1. Working out a perfect, second over trip, Little Rocket Man powered home in :27.1 to get the win by nearly a length. Leaving from post six, Little Rocket Man was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. Lying in Cash and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :25.4 but Sam Widger had Pure Rock out and firing. Pure Rock led the field through middle splits of :53.2 and 1:22.2 before being joined on the outside by Egomania and John DeLong with Little Rocket Man in tow. The quick pace began to take its toll on the leader and Little Rocket Man was winding up. Tetrick tipped Little Rocket Man off cover and he powered home to get the win over Egomania. Boysrockthefarm and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well late in the lane to get up for third place honors. As the post time favorite, Little Rocket Man returned $4.80 at the betting windows. "The trip couldn't have worked out any better," Tetrick noted after the victory. "They've done a great job maintaining him and teaching him how to race. He's very versatile, has great manners--everything you want to see." Trained by Missy Essig, Little Rocket Man recorded his eighth win from 10 seasonal starts. Unraced at two, the son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal has now amassed $75,380 for owners Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman. Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick Live racing continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 6 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator    

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