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Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, was a dominant winner in his 2016 harness racing debut on Saturday, April 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event on the card, a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished two lengths in front of his next closest competitor, stopping the timer in 1:49.4. The Larry Rheinheimer trainee wasted no time as he came away from the gate firing to reach the front in an uncontested opening panel of :27. Nitro and John DeLong benefitted from a pocket trip while Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line, third. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled down the backside to reach the second panel in :55.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file line approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking a 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete once again showed the flashes of speed that has made the pacer so popular. Under no urging from Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and utilized a :26.4 closing quarter to pace away from the field. Nitro maintained his position to finish second while Bluehourpower rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the betting window. "We are glad to have that one out of the way," Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle with a smile. "There's a lot of pressure, especially with his first start, but he qualified well and he seems to be as good as ever and that's all we can ask for." "I told Trace (Tetrick) good luck and be safe, that's it, that's all I ever tell him," he continued. "I felt good about things tonight, he (Freaky Feet Pete) felt really good warming up. He was a little aggressive but he was ready to get back to work." With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the first win of his four-year-old campaign and 25th career victory from 28 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,126,224 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will look to make another start at his home track before being pointed to Northfield Park for his first major stakes engagement of the season, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on May 21. "As far as the rest of the season, we will see how it goes," Rheinheimer continued. "He will be in all the stakes races around here and we will take him to a few other places, Toronto and the Meadowlands, if all goes well. We are going to take it week by week with him." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 26 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 22, 2016-Hannelore Hanover extended her winning streak to two at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after a decisive win in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Trot, on Friday, April 22. Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Hannelore Hanover has now gone back-to back at the top level with her 1:53 victory and remains undefeated in three starts in 2016. With combined lifetime earnings of over $3.4 million, the talented field of eight was comprised of multiple stakes winners and former Indiana Sires Stakes champions. Hannelore Hanover, Indiana's reigning three-year-old trotting filly of the year, was one of four mares in the field and started from the outside post 8. Macomber Jr. left no room for error as he sent Hannelore Hanover away from the gate firing. She would have to work for her position as Trace Tetrick also sent Churita away aggressively from post four. Hannelore Hanover reached the front and dictated fractions first half fractions of :27.1 and :57.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Churita benefitted from a pocket trip while Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder were next in line in third. Hannelore Hanover looked strong on the front and continued to call the shots down the backside through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. Il Mago and Jason Dillander were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over with Allie Labrook and Dan Shetler in tow. Hannelore Hanover was able to put away Il Mago before turning for home with an ever-increasing lead. Churita tipped from the pocket but Hannelore Hanover wasn't finished. Using a :27.1 final quarter, Hannelore Hanover kicked home under a hand drive from Macomber Jr. to win by two lengths over Churita. Allie Labrook staged a big rally late in the lane but had to settle for third place honors. As the publics' second choice, Hannelore Hanover returned $6.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 11th win from 24 seasonal outings. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $334,824 lifetime. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 24 with a 14-race card highlighted by the highly anticipated return of Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in race 11. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. Saturday's live racing card will be followed by a free performance by The Ripple Effect in Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind. - April 20, 2016- Freaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts, will make his much anticipated seasonal debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 23. The four-year-old son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will look to tackle five other rivals in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite in the evening's 11th race. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete will be driven by his regular pilot, Trace Tetrick. A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book three-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete has had two qualifying outings at Hoosier Park in 2016. In his first qualifier, Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52.2 in less than favorable weather conditions. His second qualifier came last weekend at Hoosier Park where he finished 13 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and stopped the timer in 1:51.4. "He was very strong," Tetrick noted after his qualifier. "I think he's grown up some, he is definitely ready to get back to work; he loves his job and seems as strong as ever." On Saturday, Freaky Feet Pete will start from post six and look to put an end to the two race win streak put together by the Dylan Davis trainee, Fearless Diablo. Fearless Diablo has captured back to back wins in Hoosier Park's featured pace, most recently scoring in 1:51.3. Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. In fact, he's only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth. Indiana's three-year-old pacing colt of the year will likely make another start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. Saturday's 14-race card at Hoosier Park is set to get underway at 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. Saturday's live racing card will be followed by a free performance by Ripple Effect in Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2016-Driver Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 15 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 2,000-win mark at the age of 23. Smith came into Hoosier Park's 14-race card on Friday with 1,999 career driving victories and needed just one more victory to reach the career milestone and stamp his name in the record books. He accomplished that feat in his first race of the night, race 3, steering Au D Lox Bluegrass to a 1:53.2. romp in a division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Trained by John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record her first win of the season. Owned by Luel Overstreet and John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass has earned $74,631 in her career. Scott Zeron previously held the record for youngest driver to reach the 2,000 win plateau after he reached the milestone two months before his 24th birthday. Smith turned 23 in January of 2016. Smith has been making headlines as a driver since the age of 12 when he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio. He also became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins in the bike, a milestone he still holds and reached at Hoosier Park in 2013. The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $15 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 412 races and earned over $3.7 in purse earnings. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Smith's friends and family were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Tyler on win number 2,000," Moore noted. "We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and couldn't be happier he reached this milestone at Hoosier Park. It has been a pleasure watching him race and make harness racing history here with us. We wish Tyler continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career. We look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino." It was a driving double on the evening for Smith as he also piloted Halle Shark to the winner's circle for trainer Joe Putnam in another division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Smith is currently fourth on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 9 wins through 9 nights of racing. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 16 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 2, 2016 - Fearless Diablo and driver Trace Tetrick found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front-running effort to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 9. In just his second start of the season, The Dylan Davis trainee switched up his tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:51.3 over seven other rivals. Tetrick wasted no time as he sent Fearless Diablo away from the gate firing from post eight and they reached the front through an opening panel in :27.2. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while TG's Divine Scene and Sam Widger were next in line third. Fearless Diablo went uncontested down the backside and cruised through middle fractions of :56.0 and 1:24.0 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Nitro looked poised to strike from the pocket but Fearless Diablo wasn't finished. Saving his best for last, Fearless Diablo kicked home in :27.3 to win by two lengths over Nitro. TG's Divine Scene rounded out the trifecta. Sent off as the publics' choice, Fearless Diablo returned $5.00 to his backers at the betting window. "Trace (Tetrick) said he was going to switch it up tonight, he raced off the back last week so we decided to give the front a try tonight," noted Julian Williams, the Dylan Davis Stable's second trainer. "All you have to do is ask him (Fearless Diablo). He's so versatile, he can go either way, he gives 110% every week and if a horse looks him in the eye, that's when he really digs in. He's an amazing animal." Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $269,895 lifetime. The victory marked his 25th lifetime victory and one of four winners on the 14-race card for driver Trace Tetrick. It was the second consecutive night Tetrick scored a grand slam at Hoosier Park. On Friday, Tetrick had four wins and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. on the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Tetrick currently leads all drivers in 2016 with 17 wins on the season. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 12 with a 12-race card that will kick-off at 5:45 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park           Emily Gaskin   Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist   Hoosier Park Racing & Casino   Emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com   (765)609-4620              

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 8, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick scored a grand slam on Friday, April 8 and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. in the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Both Tetrick and Macomber Jr. are two of the most well-known drivers at Hoosier Park and have been recognized for their accomplishments on and off the track. Heading into Friday's 14-race card, Tetrick needed just one victory to tie Macomber Jr.'s record of 1,480 wins and two to surpass him in the standings. The victory with Croquet Rose in the evening's eighth race notched win number 1,480 in Tetrick's career at Hoosier Park and tied him with Ricky Macomber Jr. for the top spot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After he guided Double A Cash Hall to victory in the $15,000 Open II Trot just two races later, Tetrick moved into the lead on the all-time leading driver standings with 1,481 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle. Tetrick then went on to secure his position atop the list and won with Shakeitformegear in the very next race and again in the evening's 13th race with My Tweed Heart leaving him with 1,483 wins and counting. Macomber Jr., who has held the title since 2014, has 1,480 victories at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and counting. Tetrick has stamped himself in the Hoosier Park history books as he also holds the records for most wins in a single season, a record that he established last year with 325 victories. Tetrick lead the leading driver standings from start to finish in 2015 to secure his 4th leading driver title at Hoosier Park. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $33 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. He recorded his best season to date in 2015 as he notched 423 victories and his second consecutive season with over $4.8 million in purse earnings. Tetrick also celebrated his 3,000 career driving win at Hoosier Park last season. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick's career reached new heights when he won the $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with Freaky Feet Pete last year. The 29-year-old reignsman was also voted the pari-mutuel driver of the year in the state of Indiana in both 2014 and 2015. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. with a 14-race card. The live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Fearless Diablo and Trace Tetrick made their seasonal debut a winning one as they captured the first featured event of the harness racing season, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 2. On a chilly night in Indiana, the Dylan Davis trainee bested seven other rivals in 1:53.3 over a track rated good. Leaving from post four, Fearless Diablo was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in seventh while the rest of the field battled for early position. Sam Widger had TG's Divine Scene out and firing early to reach the front through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. Thisjetsabookin and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Vague Traces and Lavern Hostetler were next in line in third. TG's Divine Scene was able to rate the pace and continued to call the shots through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:26.2. Don Eash and Astreo's Love headed the cavalry charge of horses closing in on the leader as the field for turned for home. Utilizing his customary late surging tactics and the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Fearless Diablo found a :26.1 closing quarter to secure the win by a length over Astreo's Love. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Fearless Diablo paid $4.00 for the victory. Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $259,395 lifetime. The victory marked his 24th lifetime victory and one of four winners on the 14-race card for driver Trace Tetrick. Davis and Tetrick also teamed up to get Star Guitar to the winner's earlier in the card. Trainer Walter Haynes Jr. also had a training double on the evening as Tetrick scored with Tyber Tyke and Sombaro Montae. Earlier in the day Tetrick guided Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete to a win in his four-year-old qualifying debut on at Hoosier Park. Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52.2 in less than favorable weather conditions. "He was strong," Tetrick noted after the qualifier. "He felt like Larry (Rheinheimer) could drop him in the box tomorrow. He was maybe a little aggressive but I think that's to be expected when he's been away from work for a few months. The weather wasn't perfect, the wind was definitely a factor but he felt great." The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will likely make his first pari-mutuel start at Hoosier Park before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Thursday, April 7 and continue through Saturday, April 9 with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The following week live racing will resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1 and did it in fashion, recording the strongest opening night ever in the 23-year-history of the track. All sources handle was up an impressive 65% over last year's numbers with the same number of races carded. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval. "What an absolutely sensational opening night," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "To be up 65% over last year is beyond my wildest dreams! Thank you to the horsemen for putting on such a great show and to our on-track and off-track audiences for supporting us at the betting windows." Friday's card offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields, the introduction of the new Hoosier High-5 wager, and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season as handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $948,734 in all sources handle for the evening. The progress is attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. The partnership between Hoosier Park and horse racing network TVG has also contributed significantly to the wagering gains. Friday's 14-race card was a success for Hoosier Park's 2015 leading driver Trace Tetrick and John DeLong, both of whom scored a driving triple on the evening's card. The fully-stocked card included 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 2 with a 14-race card. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park will once again offer TwinSpires players the opportunity to compete for their share of 1 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park's Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, on Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a free, live performance from Henry Lee Summer in the Terrace Showroom. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Harness racing will once again take center stage at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the 23rd season is set to unfold Friday, April 1. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., a total of 14-races have been carded for Hoosier Park's opening night that will be highlighted by full fields and quality racing. Hoosier Park remains committed to giving fans and customers the very best racing experience to be found anywhere. That commitment has led to quite a few changes and the beginning of the 160-day live racing season marks not only the start of a variety of new promotions but also marks the unveiling of a number of facility enhancements as well. In addition to offering full fields and competitive racing, in late 2015 Hoosier Park initiated a fair start pole 1/16 of a mile from the start, ensuring all starters have the opportunity to be at or close to the gate for each race. For the 2016 meet, a much anticipated passing lane and high definition broadcast equipment have been added. All of Hoosier Park's familiar betting options are back, with a few exciting additions. New for 2016, Hoosier Park is proud to introduce the Hoosier High-5, which requires a bettor to select the first five finishers in a race in exact order. With a minimum wager of 10 cents, the Hoosier High-5 will be offered on the last race each night, provided there are at least seven entrants. If there are no winning tickets sold, the net money wagered that day will be carried over to the next day's Hoosier High-5 pool. Hoosier Park will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool on Thursday nights. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager beginning on Thursday, April 7. Hoosier Park has once again partnered with Twinspires.com and will be pulling out all the stops for opening weekend, Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. For the first time-ever, Hoosier Park is offering Twin Spires Club (TSC)players the opportunity to compete for their share of 2 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park's Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Each night - Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 - is a separate contest worth 1 Million TSC Elite Points, entrants must wager on the last seven races at Hoosier Park. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, both opening night and Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information. Racing fans will have the opportunity to enjoy several new dining options for the 2016 racing season. Along with VooDoo BBQ & Grill and updated menu items in both of the Homestretch restaurants, Hoosier Park has added Caballo Loco Grill & Cantina in the Terrace level. Caballo Loco features authentic Mexican street fare in a fun atmosphere. Also available in the lower level of the grandstand is Dog n Suds, an American, Midwest classic, and Tommy J's Pizza Café, a local favorite for Italian cuisine lovers. Additionally, The Shoe will feature light snacks, soft drinks and a full assortment of beers, wines and liquors also located in the lower level of the grandstand. A concerted focus will once again be placed on an expanded social media campaign to raise awareness and engagement around this year's racing season at Hoosier Park. Racing fans now have the ability to ask questions, post comments and participate in promotions using social media. Utilizing the hashtag #PlayHP, racing fans and participants are encouraged to follow Hoosier Park on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information and promotions. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 live harness racing meet will get off to a strong start on Friday, April 1 as the season opener attracted a record number of horses to the entry box. With over 250 horses entered, a total of 14-races have been carded for Hoosier Park's opening night that will be highlighted by full fields and quality racing. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Friday's card will offer remarkable value to the horseplayers as twelve of the 14 races feature 10 or more betting interests. The fully-stocked card includes 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes. "I couldn't be happier with the response we received for our opening day card," Hoosier Park's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. "I am very enthusiastic about the 2016 meet and if opening night is any indication of what we have to look forward to this year, we will offer racing fans nationwide one of the best harness racing programs in North America. On behalf of myself and Hoosier Park, I would like to thank all the horsemen and owners for supporting us with entries for opening night and for their continued support throughout the year." With eager anticipation among fans and horsemen alike, Hoosier Park's increase in overall quality of racing in 2016 is expected to significantly surpass that of previous years. Given the recent accomplishments of the Indiana breeding program and a commitment to providing a superior racing product, Hoosier Park has quickly become a major harness racing player on the national scene. The successes of Wiggle It Jiggle it, Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki and Color's A Virgin have shown that horses produced in the Hoosier state are ready to take on all comers. In addition to offering full fields and competitive racing, in late 2015 Hoosier Park initiated a fair start pole 1/16 of a mile from the start, ensuring all starters have the opportunity to be at or close to the gate for each race. For the 2016 meet, a much anticipated passing lane and high definition broadcast equipment have been added. Award winning commentators Emily Gaskin, Peter Lurie and track announcer Steve Cross will guide racing enthusiasts through nightly programs with handicapping tips and analysis. Added Hoosier Park vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore, "We've put in a lot of work this off season and I couldn't be more proud to be working with a truly gifted team as we take our fans through this exciting meet." On the wagering side of the ledger all of Hoosier Park's familiar betting options are back, with an exciting addition. New for 2016, Hoosier Park is proud to introduce the Hoosier High-5, which requires a bettor to select the first five finishers in a race in exact order. With a minimum wager of 10 cents, the Hoosier High-5 will be offered on the last race each night, provided there are at least seven entrants. If there are no winning tickets sold, the net money wagered that day will be carried over to the next day's Hoosier High-5 pool. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin

When Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opens the doors for the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1, it will mark a new era of viewing harness racing in the state of Indiana. New for the 2016 season, Hoosier Park will broadcast its signal in high definition, joining a select number of racetracks across the country that provide state-of-the-art high definition television capabilities. All simulcast outlets nationally and internationally which are equipped to receive high definition will be able to access the signal in HD and all of the televisions on-track at Hoosier Park will show the advanced upgrade. The infield video board will also provide a live digital image of the racing action on a 16 x 27 foot high-definition television screen. In addition, Hoosier Park will debut an updated, custom designed graphics package for the 160-day meet. "Hoosier Park is extremely proud to be offering a high definition broadcast signal for the 2016 season," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "This marks the next evolution in providing a truly outstanding viewing product both to the on-track patron as well as those watching us from off-track sites. This investment reinforces the ongoing commitment by Centaur Gaming to harness racing in Indiana." Hoosier Park will become one of only three harness tracks to broadcast in high-definition in the United States joining The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and Monticello Raceway in New York. Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada is the only other harness racing track to offer a high definition broadcast. Along with the high definition improvements, Hoosier Park made broadcast equipment upgrades throughout the entire property, added 27 new camera locations, and will continue to feature the Trakus system to enhance the way racing fans experience race day action. Hoosier Park's broadcast studio will also undergo renovations as part of the high-definition transition. Now in the 23rd season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park's signature event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 12. For more information on the 2016 stakes schedule, please click here. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin        

After having reached harness racing's highest level in 2015 with his champion three-year-old pacer, Freaky Feet Pete, trainer, owner Larry Rheinheimer is anxiously anticipating the 2016 racing season. A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book three-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete spent his winter months at the family farm in LaGrange, Indiana in preparation for his four-year-old season. "He's wintered real well," Rheinheimer noted with a smile. "Of course, I am in Florida right now but my son (and co-owner) Marty is at home with him and he said he's training very good. That's all we can ask. I am anxious to get back and get racing again, that's for sure." "We really thought he filled out between his two and three year old season but I think he has filled out even more this year and seems to have matured some too," Rheinheimer noted. "He is happy, healthy and still loves his job so we are happy." Rheinheimer expects Freaky Feet Pete to make his four-year-old debut in mid-April for a qualifier at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. If all goes well, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will likely make his first pari-mutuel start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. "We staked him a little heavier this year," Rheinheimer noted. "Obviously, we staked him to everything close to home, The Dan Patch, The Hoosier Park Pacing Derby but we also included a few of the bigger races at The Meadowlands and in Canada." Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. In fact, he's only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth. Most notably, Freaky Feet Pete captured the coveted $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike. Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal of the ultra-prolific broodmare, Skyway Lori. While she was a decent racehorse in her own regard, Skyway Lori's biggest accolades came as a broodmare. With nine foals of racing age, she has produced eight winners and responsible for five $100,000+ winners and two $200,000+ winners. Freaky Feet Pete remains her fastest son with his 1:48.2 mark taken in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park last year. The Rheinheimer's are training a two-year-old full brother to Freaky Feet Pete this year named Lori's Rockstar, who is named after his dam as she unexpectedly passed away last year. "We're excited to get started racing again," Rheinheimer said. "He's been a dream come true and more than we ever hoped for. It sure is fun to be a part of a horse like him." Emily Gaskin

Fifteen qualifiers were held Wednesday morning at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in preparation for the opening of the 2016 live harness racing meet that kicks off on Friday, April 1. The non-wagering events marked the first trip of the season for many of the Indiana horsemen over the main track surface with addition of the recently completed passing lane. The main track and backstretch area opened for training on Monday, March 14. Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval has been thoroughly prepared by Hoosier Park's Track Superintendent, Gary Wolff, and received positive reviews from all who encountered it. "The track is in really good condition," driver Tyler Smith noted after the first qualifier of the day. "Once it gets a few more horses over it the surface will get a lot tighter and faster. The wind was a big factor today but it feels good to be back." Smith returns to Hoosier Park for the 2016 season after a successful winter meet in his home state of Ohio at Miami Valley Raceway and Dayton Raceway. The 23-year-old driver finished second in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2015 and will return for his seventh full season in the bike in 2016. The quickest mile of the day belonged to a pair of veteran pacers; JL Dontwastemytime stopped the timer in 1:56.2 for trainer Trent Stohler while Halton Hurricane gave Tyler George one of his four victories on the day. Now in the 23rd season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The first condition sheet has been made available and can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin

In a continued effort to provide a superior harness racing product, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the recent completion of a passing lane to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile racing surface. Track Superintendent Gary Wolff and his crew, along with the help of renowned track consultants Greg and Dan Coon, have been working diligently, not only to prepare the entire racing surface, but to complete the passing lane before the track opened for training on March 14. Track officials met regularly through the fall and winter with a team of experts to review the layout of the passing lane, identify needed materials, and establish construction timelines. Hoosier Park's passing lane is one-eighth of a mile long, begins at the current starting pole, and proceeds just past the finish line. The added area is roughly eight feet wide and will provide drivers a new option when searching for room late in the race. The track materials that were used in the construction process were the same materials that currently make up the main track surface to make the addition seamless. Along with the materials, the photo finish lights and the finish line sensor had to be relocated to accommodate for the added distance in the stretch. Once construction started, the project took just under two weeks to complete. "We are committed to making Hoosier Park harness racing one of the most competitive racetracks in the country," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming president and COO. "This enhancement will not only stand as the longest passing lane in North America, but will be sure to bring even more excitement, amplify the driving strategy involved, and ultimately make for an even greater racing product that our fans are sure to enjoy." The main track is now open for training from the hours of 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. The paddock and ship-in area are also open for those horsemen wishing to ship in to train. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 16 with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Hoosier Park's 23rd season of live harness racing will kick-off on Friday, April 1. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 160-day meet will be conducted through November 12. Live racing will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino less than a month away, final preparations for the 2016 season are underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, April 1. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. With a new, daily post time of 5:45 p.m. (est.) each night, the live racing season will be conducted through Nov. 12, 2016. Stall applications have been flowing into Hoosier Park's racing office since January in advance of the 2016 season. This year, Hoosier Park's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine encountered a much stronger response from horsemen, both local and otherwise, as stall applications totaled nearly 900 applicants. As a result, the backstretch will be filled to capacity for the opening of this year's season. "Last year the Indiana harness racing industry captured national attention and that success has been felt throughout the entire program," Peine noted. "The response we've had from horsemen all across the country has been excellent and it's a reflection of the quality of racing we've had over the last few years. I think everyone is looking forward to the 2016 season that will showcase competition among some of the nation's top horses, owners, trainers and drivers." The barn area and dormitories will officially open on Saturday, March 12 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track will open for training on Monday, March 14 from the hours of 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open starting March 14th for those horsemen wishing to ship-in and train. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork available before being allowed entry to the grounds. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 16th with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted on Hoosier Park's website as soon as they are made available. Peine also announced several overnight and late closing events to be contested in early April and May. In conjunction, Hoosier Park will offer a variety of overnight series for Indiana-sired horses. All of the overnight series will be on Hoosier Park's condition sheets and more information can be found on Hoosier Park's website by clicking here. Once again, Hoosier Park's 23rd season of live racing will offer an action-packed stakes season. Hoosier Park's signature event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 12. For more information on the 2016 stakes schedule, please click here. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner's Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2016 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and other equine related fields. The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment. Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program and various group events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog entries, develop and maintain contests, along with public relations and social media assignments. This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and some evenings. Experience in the horse racing industry is beneficial but not required. This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park's 23rd season of live harness racing will kick off on April 1 and be conducted through November 12. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, send resume and cover letter to: Emily Gaskin 4500 Dan Patch Circle Anderson, IN 46017 emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 7, 2015. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.    

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