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ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2017 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the third time this season on Friday, September 22 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in North America. With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $125,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make the return to her home state to headline a field of ten in Hoosier Park's premier trotting event, the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. The five-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All will look to become the first horse in history to score consecutive victories in the Centaur Trotting Classic as she was victorious in the 2016 edition in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover has won six of 10 starts this season with lifetime purse earnings approaching the $2 million mark. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post six with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. Two-year-old World Champion and Dan Patch Award winner, Huntsville is set to make his Hoosier Park debut from post four in a field of eight in the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Ray Schnittker, Huntsville has won seven of 12 outings this season while amassing $1.6 million in lifetime purse earnings. His 2017 resume includes wins in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the $334,325 Cane Pace. Regular pilot Tim Tetrick has been enlisted to drive. The $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between the aged pacing stars of 2017. The 2017 Dan Patch Stakes winner Check Six will square off with nine other rivals and start from the coveted rail position with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Rockin Ron and All Bets Off from post two and three, respectively. "As we look forward to the main event the last weekend of October, this card could easily be called the Breeders Crown preview," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Having the spotlight shine on Hoosier Park this Friday evening gives the entire Hoosier Park team a deep sense of pride." Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, slated as the eleventh race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the twelfth race on the program, both as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4. The popular harness racing podcast 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' will join in the racing festivities as they host a live remote at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Hoosier Park racing trivia, and more. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please click here. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 16, 2017 - For the second time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's seven-eighths mile oval, as the evening's 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, September 16 was highlighted by a track record performance in the featured of the event, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old colt trotters. Skyway Torpedo, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, established a new track record for two-year-old trotting colts when he powered home a winner in 1:55. The previous track record of 1:55.4 was established by Airman Batten and LeWayne Miller in 2014. The 1:55 clocking marked the sixth track record that has been re-established this season and also a new lifetime best for Skyway Torpedo. After a costly break by the publics' second choice, Fiftydallarbill, behind the gate, Wrenn wasted no time sending Skyway Torpedo to the front. River Otter and Robert Taylor also left alertly but opted for a pocket trip. Skyway Torpedo reached the front just past the first station in :27.4 and dictated fractions of :57 and 1:26 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, River Otter tipped from the pocket but Skyway Torpedo wasn't finished. Utilizing a :29 final quarter, Skyway Torpedo trotted strongly on to the wire finishing two lengths in front of River Otter. Jesmach Oasis and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the 4-5 betting favorite, Skyway Torpedo returned $3.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's basically been push button from day one," Trainer Alvin Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's a very well mannered colt and takes good care of himself. He's everything you would want in a two-year-old trotting colt." "He was the one I knew I wanted when we went to the sale," he continued. "I've been impressed with him since we started training him. He's eligible to the Breeders Crown so we'll get through these next couple weeks of stakes races and hope for the best. We'd love to give it (The Breeders Crown) a shot." With the win, the son of Swan For All-The Magic of Paris became the sport's newest $100,000 earner and recorded his fifth win from 10 seasonal starts. Skyway Torpedo is owned in partnership by T. Comerford, T. Harts, J. Lee, and A. Miller. The evening's 12-race card kicked-off with a bang as Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder equaled the track record for older trotting geldings after a 1:52.1 score in the $21,000 Invitational Trot. Natural Herbie now shares the track record for older trotting geldings with I Know My Chip who established that mark earlier this season. Natural Herbie recorded his 37th win from 100 lifetime starts and his fifth win this season from 15 trips behind the gate. Trained, owned and driven by Verlin Yoder, Natural Herbie now sports a lifetime bankroll of $1,082,426. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 19 with a 13-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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 15, 2017 - Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a dominant performance to make a clean sweep of the final round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on September 15. With a final time of 1:50.1, Beckhams Z Tam notched his second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and established a new lifetime best in the process. Unhurried from the gate, Beckhams Z Tam settled along the rail in sixth while Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick were on a mission to the front from post four. Air Strike and Peter Wrenn protected their rail position to grab a pocket seat while Southern Flight and Dale Hiteman were following intently in third. Rock N Tony clicked off fractions of :26.1 and :54.3 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. Macomber Jr. gave Beckhams Z Tam the green light just past the half and he began his mission to the front with authority. Reaching the third station in 1:23.1, Rock N Tony continued to call the shots but Beckhams Z Tam was closing in with every stride. Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and Beckhams Z Tam responded with a :26.4 final quarter to power on to the wire under a hand drive finishing four lengths to the good. Southern Flight utilized a ground saving trip to get up for second while Rock N Tony held on for third. As the 2-5 betting favorite, Beckhams Z Tam returned $2.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "I didn't want to be on the front this week," Macomber Jr. noted after the win. "I didn't really want to be first-up either but that's the way it worked out. I didn't have to pull the plugs until we got to Trace's horse (Rock N Tony) and once I did, he found another gear. He did everything I asked of him." Trained by Hoosier Park's second leading trainer, Jamie Macomber, Beckhams Z Tam recorded his tenth victory from 15 seasonal starts and tenth lifetime win from 21 outings. The three-year-old son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm is owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $212,044 with the victory. The victory was also one of three wins on the evening for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 16 with a 12-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old trotting colts. 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 14, 2017 - Dee Rocks asserted her divisional dominance over the harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies in the Hoosier state as she turned in another impressive performance to capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old filly pacers, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 14. With regular pilot Sam Widger in the bike, Dee Rocks went wire-to-wire in a 1:52.3 open length romp and with it, recorded her fourth consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. Widger took no chances and sent his 2-5 favorite straight to the front from post six. A host of others in the field also left aggressively but Dee Rocks would win the early tussle to grab command just before the first quarter in :27.1. Concertina's Image and Peter Wrenn benefitted from a pocket trip while GW Show Faith and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third. Dee Rocks clicked off fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Turning for home, Voom Or Bang and John DeLong were on the attack first-over but were no match for the leader. Utilizing a :28.1 final quarter, Dee Rocks coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish four lengths in front of Voom Or Bang. Concertina's Image finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, Dee Rocks returned $2.80 at the betting windows. "She was very sharp tonight," Wider noted after the win. "Last week she had trouble with her hobbles and still got the job done. Tonight, she was perfect; I couldn't have asked her to be any better." Trained by Dossie Minor, the homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is owned by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won ten of eleven lifetime outings while amassing $164,000 in lifetime purse earnings. Her only off the board finish came after a disqualification for interference. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, September 15 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 13, 2017-- Blazin Britches returned to harness racing action for the first time in over a month and picked up right where she left off; finding the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the $160,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday, September 13. With driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Blazin Britches used a sharp, front-running effort to stop the timer in 1:52 over a track rated sloppy and record her fifth consecutive victory. Leaving from post three in a talented field of nine, Blazin Britches left just enough to grab a spot along the rail in third. Marcus Johansson had Jaye's A Lady fired up to leave from post eight to get the first call through an opening panel in :26. Agent Q and David Miller, the publics' second choice, were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to grab lead just before the half in :54. Agent Q's lead would be short lived as Tetrick gave Blazin Britches the green light and she quickly grabbed command as the field approached the final turn. Blazin Britches reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:23 and braced for the attack behind her as the field began to tighten turning for home. Agent Q tipped from the pocket and was matching strides with the leader but misfortune struck as she made an uncharacteristic break late in the stretch. Blazin Britches went on to find the wire nearly two lengths in front of Ain't Three Ok and Sam Widger. Inverse Hanover and Peter Wrenn rallied well late to round out the trifecta. As the slight betting favorite, Blazin Britches returned $3.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "That was a pretty big mile for her," trainer Brian Brown noted after the win. "With the time off and this is a very tiring track tonight, I think it was a good mile for her. They went a little more to the half than I would have liked but that's her. She's a high speed type of filly and that's how she likes to race." "I think that was a good tightener for her, it's what she needed," he continued. "We will make sure she came out of it okay and head to the Jugette next week. It's her home track so we'll hope for good weather, a good draw and good track conditions." With the win, Blazin Britches recorded her ninth win from 10 seasonal starts and pushed her lifetime purse earnings to $203,392. The homebred daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, who also won the 2014 edition of the Nadia Lobell Stakes at Hoosier Park with Color's A Virgin. Blazin Britches, who also owns wins in the Shady Daisy Stakes and a division of the Adios Volo this season, shares the mark with Agent Q for fastest win time by a three-year-old pacing filly this season, at 1:48.4. The evening's 14-race card also featured Indiana Sires Stakes action, the $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing colts. Satin Dancer continued a winning streak of her own as she recorded her seventh consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With regular pilot Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, Satin Dancer used her customary front-running tactics to best her rivals in 1:56.4. Trained by Byron Hooley, the daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred notched her tenth win from 13 seasonal starts. Owned by Summit Pacing Acres, Satin Dancer has now amassed $479,318 in lifetime purse earnings. GD Western Joe made amends for a second place finish in the eliminations last week as he captured the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old colt pacers. With a final time of 1:52.2, GD Western Joe made his game winning move down the backside and was able to hold off a late charge from the heavily favored Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn to get the win by a neck. Driven by Sam Widger, the Ron Burke trainee recorded his fifth win from 10 seasonal outings. With the win, the rookie son of Real Desire-Western Whirl sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark for his owners Burke Racing, Hen-Shaut Stable, Silva, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 14 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old filly pacers. 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 12, 2017 - O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:54.3 in the fourth round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, September 12. After establishing a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 in her elimination last week, O So Easy bested that time to re-establish the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies, a mark of 1:54.4 set by Princess Aurora in Grand Circuit racing action last season. In just the ninth start of her freshman campaign, O So Easy used a gate to wire effort to defeat nine other rivals and score her fourth consecutive win of the season. Her 1:54.3 victory also marked the fifth track record that has been re-established at Hoosier Park throughout the 2017 live racing season. Leaving from post eight, O So Easy left alertly with the wings of the gate but would have to work for position as Sam Widger and Lisa's Famous Filly also left for position from the inside. O So Easy would grab command just before the first stop in a snappy :26.4 and continue to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.4. As the rest of the field struggled with the quick fractions, O So Easy looked strong on the front and her lead was ever-increasing turning for home. O So Easy coasted on to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick who staged a big rally late in the lane but were no match for the winner. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn used a ground saving trip to secure third place honors. As the 4-5 heavy betting favorite, O So Easy returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was just going to try to float out of there but I asked her to go behind the gate and it took me a while to get her settled back down," Yoder, who also does the training duties, noted after the win. "She came back to me and I was able to get her quieted down so that helped. As soon as she heard those horses coming around the last turn, she took right back off." "I was just trying to get to the wire first," he continued. "I knew we were going a pretty good mile but I didn't think it would be a track record." The rookie filly has now won seven of nine lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $168,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, September 12 with a stakes-filled 14-race card. Wednesday's card will feature the $160,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and also the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A field of nine is set to square off the in the 2017 edition of The Nadia Lobell Stakes and will feature two of harness racing's Top-10 ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Agent Q, currently ranked eighth on the poll, will start from post seven with David Miller in the bike for trainer Aaron Lambert. Blazin Britches, currently ranked tenth on the poll, will return to Hoosier Park and put her four race win streak on the line from post three with Trace Tetrick in the bike for trainer Brian Brown. This will mark the first time this season these two fillies have met behind the gate. Blazin Britches and Agent Q share the mark for fastest win time by a 3-year-old female pacer this season, at 1:48.4. The Nadia Lobell Stakes, which has been carded as the 10th race on the program, will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta. Grand Circuit action returns to Hoosier Park as part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 25, 2017 - Meadowbrook Tiger, with harness racing driver John DeLong in the bike, turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle on Friday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:50.2, the Erv Miller trainee made amends for his second place finish in the eliminations last week taking the fourth round of the stakes action for the sophomore pacing colts. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Meadowbrook Tiger away from the gate firing to grab a pocket seat behind the pace-setting He's A Popper and Peter Wrenn. He's A Popper dictated snappy first half fractions of :25.3 and :54.2 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Luvnmysharkaway and LeWayne Miller were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the challenge the leader first-over as the field approached the final turn. He's a Popper continued to call the shots as the field reached the third station in 1:23 but the rest of the field was closing in quickly. Luvnmysharkaway was able to wear down the leader but the taxing mile began to take its toll. DeLong was able to find late racing room and Meadowbrook Tiger exploded from the pocket to surge past the leader. Using a :27.1 final panel, Meadowbrook Tiger was also able to hold off a late charge from Incredible Shark and Todd Warren to get the win by a head. Beckham's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr., sent off as the heavy betting favorite, had too much to ground to make up at the end of the mile and were forced to settle for third place honors. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Meadowbrook Tiger returned $12.20 to his backers at the betting windows for the slight upset. With the win, the son of Shadyshark Hanover-Rain Dance Jessica recorded the sixth win from 12 seasonal outings and sent his seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Meadowbrook Tiger is owned in partnership by Ronald Michelon and The Kales Company and has now amassed $191,369 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, August 26 with a 12-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old pacing fillies. 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, Ind.-August 24, 2017 - On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino officially opened a new, state-of-the-art race administration located on the property's backside. The $4 million plus project broke ground in September of 2016, and now houses the Hoosier Park Race Office, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) Medical Facility, and the Track Chaplain. Hoosier Park's original race office was constructed along with the track in 1994. As the need for more office and parking space increased, a decision to replace the outdated structure was made in early 2016. Hoosier Park's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Scott Peine stated "It's hard to find the adjectives to describe how spectacular this building is. Not only does it provide a great working environment for the racing office and IHRC, it houses the track chaplain, and provides a medical office for the horsemen. From my point of view, it is the best racing office ever built. Centaur Gaming's commitment to horse racing is second to none and looking at this building, you can see it." The new administration building comes just in time for the 2017 Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship events valued at $6 million, to be held on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Other beneficial improvements have been made including a renovated tote board, new tractors and trucks used for track and facility maintenance, and a walkway that allows horsemen to walk from the barn area to Hoosier Park's apron. "The new administration building is an exceedingly valuable addition to our track," said Rick Moore, vice-president and general manager of racing at Hoosier Park. "Centaur Gaming's dedication to horse racing, in particular Rod Ratcliff, Centaur's Chairman and CEO, and Jim Brown, Centaur's president and COO, is motivating to the entire team here at Hoosier Park. Being a part of this team makes me extremely proud." Demolition of the original building and final completion of the site and landscaping will continue until the beginning of October. Hoosier Park plans to host a ribbon-cutting celebration and building tours on October 10, leading up to the racing season's most anticipated event - the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown. For more information on Hoosier Park racing, visit www.HoosierPark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 23, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 23 harness racing card with a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and it was a night ruled by favorites as the post time favorite delivered in both divisions. It was the third round of the stakes action for the two-year-old fillies and fourth round for the three-year-olds in a series of five $75,000 preliminary finals. Satin Dancer, with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, scored in near gate-to-wire fashion to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies and continue her divisional dominance. Stopping the timer in 1:57.3, Satin Dancer recorded her fifth consecutive victory and eighth seasonal win from 11 outings. Conditioned by Byron Hooley for the Summit Pacing Acres, Satin Dancer left from post three to find a spot along the rail in second. Ajessia and Doug Rideout were pointed to the front from post eight but their lead would be short lived. Satin Dancer grabbed the lead just before the half in a leisurely :59.3 and never looked back. Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:29.3, Satin Dancer used a :28.3 final panel and coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish nearly a length in front of a hard charging Ajessia. Wheels A Turning and Joe Putnam also rallied well late but were forced to settle for third place honors. As the 1-9 heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $2.20 to her backers. "As long as she's near the front, she's usually pretty happy," Hooley noted after the win. "She doesn't relax much, even at home, but I guess that's a good thing because I can tell when she's not feeling well. We try to keep her happy and relaxed and she does the rest." The victory gave the daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred her 17th lifetime victory from 27 career outings. Satin Dancer has now amassed $431,818 in lifetime purse earnings. In much the same fashion, Dee Rocks and driver Sam Widger used a sharp, front-running effort to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:53, Dee Rocks recorded her eighth seasonal victory from nine career starts. Leaving from post five, Dee Rocks wasted no time and grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in :27. Clicking off fractions of :55.3 and 1:25.1, Dee Rocks began to put her talent on display while the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance turning for home. Using a :27.4 closing quarter, Dee Rocks finished three lengths in front of her next closest competitor. As the 1-9 favorite, Dee Rocks returned $2.20 at the betting windows. "I am blessed to have the opportunity to drive a filly like this," Widger noted after the victory. "She's so easy to get along with and will do just about anything you ask of her. She did that pretty easy tonight; I never had to ask her for much." The daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is a homebred, owned and bred by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won eight of nine lifetime outings while amassing $116,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, August 24 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old trotting colts. 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 22, 2017 - After cruising to an impressive 1:56.3 victory in her Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, O So Easy was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to score another decisive victory on Tuesday, August 22 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Stopping the timer in 1:55.2, O So Easy established a new lifetime best while recording her fifth win of the season for trainer, driver, and co-owner Verlin Yoder. Leaving from the outside post nine, O So Easy left just enough to get a spot along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Jim Pantaleano sent Lass A Rope away from the gate firing from the rail position to get the first call through a snappy :26.4 opening quarter. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn also left alertly to grab a pocket seat behind the early pacesetter. Lass A Rope was able to slow the tempo just a touch down the backside as she remained uncontested through the second split in :56.3. As the field approached the final turn, Yoder had O So Easy on the attack to the outside. Lass A Rope continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 but O So Easy was closing in with every stride. As the field turned for home, Yoder asked his filly for more and O So Easy responded with a :28.4 final quarter to surge past the leader and hold off a hard-charging Custom Cantab late in the lane. After a ground saving trip, Topville Martini and John DeLong rallied nicely to round out the trifecta. As the 3/2 favorite, O So Easy returned $5.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Yoder said after the victory. "The best thing about her is you can use her any way you want. She will come right back to me when I ask her. She continues to learn more and get stronger with every start." The rookie filly has now won five of seven lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $121,150 in lifetime purse earnings. O So Easy Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 23 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotting fillies. 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 16, 2017 - Driver John DeLong recorded the 2,000th win of his career after he piloted Easy Ace to victory in a condition pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 16. The 1:55 victory marked the third win of the season for the three-year-old gelded son of United Ace-Slotto Queen and a career milestone for the 28-year-old Wisconsin native. Trained by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace was able to stage big rally late in the lane to track down his competitors and get the win by a head. Owned by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace now sports a career bankroll of $36,067. DeLong came into the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Wednesday just two wins away from his milestone. He also found the winner's circle with Becky's Giftedangel for trainer Casandra Uppal on the card before reaching 2,000. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore, along with members of DeLongs's 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 John on win number 2,000," Moore noted. "I commend John on an outstanding career thus far; he is a great ambassador for our sport and a wonderful addition to our driving colony at Hoosier Park. We wish John continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career." Starting his driving career in at the Illinois fairs in 2005, DeLong was 19-years-old when he won the leading driving title at Running Aces in its inaugural season in 2008. Now at the age of 28, DeLong has over $15 million in career purse earnings. Last year in his just his second full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $4.2 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, doubling his stats from previous years. In addition to driving, DeLong works with the family's stable of horses including campaigning Indiana's three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Seventimesavirgin. DeLong is currently third on the 2017 leading driver standings at Hoosier Park with 133 trips to the winner's circle and over $1.3 in purse earnings. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 219 victories with Sam Widger in second with 198 winners. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 8, 2017--A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 11. Ten of the top rated older pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in the 24th installment of Hoosier Park's premier harness racing event. Due to a supplemental entry completing the field of ten, the Dan Patch Stakes will boast an increased purse of $325,000 for the second consecutive year. The 2017 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 14-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 purse money to be distributed throughout the evening will be over the $500,000 mark. With combined career purse earnings over $11 million, the talented field of ten includes five World Champions and five millionaires. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent of three in the field as he looks to score his second training victory in the Dan Patch Stakes. As the richest horse in the field with $2.4 million in lifetime purse earnings, All Bets Off will play the role of morning line choice at odds of 7-2 from post two. With Matt Kakaley listed to drive, the six-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope will be looking to make amends for the Burke barn after a third place finish in the 2016 edition of the Dan Patch Stakes. Stablemates Rockin Ron and Check Six will start from post eight and nine, respectively. World Champion Freaky Feet Pete will play the role of local fan favorite starting from post four at odds of 8-1 on the morning line. Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver, Trace Tetrick, has been enlisted to drive Freaky Feet Pete for trainer Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts, is a winner of over $1.5 million in lifetime earnings and owns 26 lifetime wins over the Hoosier Park surface. Also included in the celebrated field of ten, World Champion Wakizashi Hanover will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn the trailing post position ten for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King. With over $1.4 million in lifetime purse earnings, Wakizashi Hanover has been tabbed 9-2 on the morning line with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines. The 2017 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: Dealt A Winner         by Cams Card Shark          Tr: Mark Silva                Dr:  Aaron Merriman    15-1 All Bets Off               by Bettor's Delight               Tr: Ron Burke                Dr:  Matt Kakaley       7-2 McWicked                 by Mcardle                          Tr: Casie Coleman         Dr:  David Miller         5-1 Freaky Feet Pete      by Rockin Image                 Tr: Marty Rheinheimer   Dr:  Trace Tetrick       8-1 Manhattan Beach     by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Walter Haynes Jr.   Dr: Sam Widger        30-1 Dr J Hanover            by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Tony Alagna            Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rock N Roll World     by Rocknroll Hanover           Tr: Jeff Cullipher           Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rockin Ron                by Real Desire                      Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 6-1 Check Six                  by Somebeachsomewhere   Tr: Ron Burke                Dr: Yannick Gingras    4-1 Wakizashi Hanover   by Dragon Again                   Tr: Jo Ann Looney-King    Dr: Tim Tetrick       9-2 In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, the local news station WISH TV Channel 8 out of Indianapolis will provide exclusive coverage for all the Dan Patch Stakes racing action at Hoosier Park on Friday. WISH-TV will be on property to provide racing fans with exclusive coverage of all the festivities happening on and off the race track. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park throughout the evening. WISH-TV's live coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11 and will include the live showing of the Dan Patch Stakes. 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 t-shirts, VIP giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $500 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Slated as the eleventh race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 9:46 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 4, 2017 -- World Champion and harness racing fan favorite Freaky Feet Pete returned to the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the first time this season in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, on Friday, August 4. With regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Freaky Feet Pete turned a pocket trip into a 1:50.2 score to notch his first win of the season from four outings. Leaving from post five in an abbreviated field of six, Tetrick sent Freaky Feet Pete away from the gate firing but Todd Warren had New Talent keyed up from post six. New Talent got the first call as Tetrick opted for a pocket seat with Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. following intently in third. New Talent clicked off fractions of :26.4 and :54.3 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:23.2, New Talent tried to distance himself from the rest of the field but Freaky Feet Pete was looming large in the pocket. As the field straightened away for home, Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside and he kicked home in :26.4 to get the win by two lengths over New Talent. Mykindachip held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.80 for the victory at the betting windows. As Freaky Feet Pete returned to the Hoosier Park winner's circle for the 26th time in his illustrious career, he was greeted by an emotional group of friends and family. "That was everything," trainer and co-owner Marty Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "It's hard to describe what this means to us, I think we all needed that." Larry Rheinheimer, Marty's father and Pete's original trainer, passed away unexpectedly in September of 2016 from a heart attack at the age of 72. Since then, the Rheinheimer Stable has been adjusting and will be racing 'Pete' in honor of his late trainer. Owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has amassed $1.5 million in lifetime purse earnings. Tonight's victory was career win number 31 for Freaky Feet Pete and the first with Marty Rheinheimer enlisted as his trainer. "I thought he might be a little short tonight because he's had a few weeks off but Trace (Tetrick) said he was great," Rheinheimer continued. "That feels good. This horse continues to amaze me. As long as he comes out of this race okay, our plan is the Dan Patch next week. Dad always wanted to win the Dan Patch so we're going to give it a shot. Everything we do is for dad." Rheinheimer's star will be pointed to the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes slated for Friday, August 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park is set to celebrate Indiana's premier harness racing event, the 24th edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, with a weekend festival on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12. Hoosier Park will host a live post draw for the Dan Patch Stakes on Tuesday, August 8 at 4:30 pm. Freaky Feet Pete Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, August 5 with a12-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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 1, 2017 - The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the Hoosier state were in the harness racing spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 2 to battle it out in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals. Over $630,000 was up for grabs on the evening's 14-race card and featured six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two and three-year-old divisions. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings kicked off the action-packed evening and it was Swan Chase and driver John DeLong who found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week. After winning his elimination last week, Swan Chase used a ground-saving trip to best his rivals by a length, scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:55. Swan Chase sat third along the rail through splits of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before utilizing a :27.4 final quarter to track down the heavily favored My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon late in the lane. My Uncle Cuz had to settle for second place honors while Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard rallied gamely late in the lane to round out the trifecta. "They gelded him a few weeks ago and I think that has really made a big difference in him," DeLong noted after the victory. "He is a little more manageable this way and seems to be getting better with every start." Trained by William Crone, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his sixth win from 11 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won nine of 22 lifetime outings while bankrolling $177,716 in lifetime purse earnings. Satin Dancer, driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., looked every bit the part of a 3-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, stopping the timer in 1:56.1. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Satin Dancer sat patiently through splits of :28, :57.3, and 1:27.1 before Wrenn Jr. gave her the green light. Utilizing a :28.3 final panel, Satin Dancer coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish a length in front of the front-running Ajessia and Doug Rideout. Trained by Byron Hooley, Satin Dancer recorded her fifth win from eight seasonal outings. The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred is owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $368,808. The three-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Rockin Serena and Peter Wrenn who pulled a mild 10-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in 1:52.1, Rockin Serena held off her rivals late in the lane to prevail in a tight photo and establish a new lifetime best in the process. "I didn't know how things would go in here as far as the trip was concerned," Wrenn noted after the victory. "She's a classy filly, still a little green, but that was a great trip for her. She really raced great tonight." Owned in partnership by Kales Co., Dolne Fm Services, S&R Racing Stables, and Wrenn Racing, Rockin Serena notched the second victory from eight trips behind the gate in 2017. The daughter of Rockin Image-Day Lily Hanover has won four of 13 lifetime outings while earning $117,205 in purse earnings. Rock N Tony turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock N Tony was able to overcome a long, first-over grind to wear down the heavily favored Beckham's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane and stop the timer in 1:50.4. "He's all heart," Tetrick noted after the victory. "Not the ideal trip, they rushed me early and I had to pull. He was able to overcome it and grinded all the way to the wire. He's a very honest colt that loves his job." Trained by Erv Miller, the three-year-old gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious recorded his fifth seasonal victory and eleventh lifetime win from 17 starts. Owned by Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo, Rock N Tony pushed his lifetime earnings to $354,912 with the victory. The two year-old fillies were in the spotlight in the very next race and after a disqualification of the heavily favored Dee Rocks and Sam Widger, Ezpay and Brandon Bates were declared the winner in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:54, Ezpay found the winner's circle for just the second time in her young career and established a new lifetime best in the process. Trained by Pete Leu, who co-owns the filly with Heidi Estep, the daughter of Jereme's Jet-In The Red has now amassed $58,900 in purse earnings from five seasonal starts. The freshmen pacing colts rounded out the stakes action for the evening and with a winning streak on the line-Shnitzledosomethin delivered as the heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With regular pilot Peter Wrenn at the lines, Shnitzledosomethin turned a pocket trip into a 1:52.2 score. With the win, the rookie colt equaled his lifetime best and remains undefeated in four lifetime starts. "I knew I wanted to race him off a helmet tonight," Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "It couldn't have worked out any better for us. He's still learning and figuring everything out but he's a nice, nice colt." Trained by Dylan Davis, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand has now won all four of his lifetime outings. With the win, Shnitzledosomethin has bankrolled $67,250 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections of Bfj Stable, T. Lazzaro, E. Gold, and A. Basen. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, August 3 with a 14-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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 1, 2017 -  Indiana-sired two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 1 as the evening's 14-race harness racing card was highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotters. Custom Cantab and driver Peter Wrenn made a clean sweep of the second round of stakes action as they scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory, this time in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. After scoring handily in her elimination last week, Custom Cantab rallied gamely late in the lane to score in a new lifetime best of 1:55.3. In a race ruled by miscues, Custom Cantab sat patiently on the rail through splits of :27.2 and :56.4 before making her move. Verlin Yoder had the heavily favored O So Easy on the front just before the three-quarter mark in 1:26.2 and her lead was ever-increasing. As the field turned for home, Wrenn asked Custom Cantab for more and the filly utilized a :29 closing panel to track down O So Easy in the final stages of the mile and get the win by a head. "She's a perfect filly to drive," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "She's still a little green so the trip actually worked out perfect for us. She's not ready to be out there on the front but I think it will actually make her a better filly in the long run." Trained and co-owned by Christopher Beaver, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model recorded her second seasonal victory from 4 outings in 2017. Custom Cantab has now bankrolled $71,250 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Christopher Beaver, Donald E. Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc. All On Black and John DeLong also made a clean sweep of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts-scoring tonight in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final in 1:56.2. With the win, All On Black established a new lifetime best and also remains undefeated in three starts in 2017. DeLong sent All On Black away from the gate to get the first call before yielding the lead to Skyway Torpedo and Peter Wrenn. Skyway Torpedo dictated fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:27.2 before feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane and All On Black responded with a :28.4 closing quarter to get the win by a head. Trained by Jenny Melander, the gelded son of Swan For All-Right On Renee has now earned $54,000 in lifetime purse earnings. All On Black is owned in partnership by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc. "He was a little sick early on when we were training down," Melander noted after the victory. "That's why we missed the first round of the stakes action here but he's always been a nice colt we've just had to take our time with him." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 2 with a stakes filled 14-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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 15, 2017 - River Otter used a strong stretch rally to pull the 11-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 15. Skillfully driven by Robert Taylor, who also does the training duties, River Otter avoided early traffic issues to stop the timer in 1:58.1 and record a new lifetime best in the process. Ricky Macomber Jr. sent Starlit Senditback away with the wings of the gate to grab the early lead in :27.1 with Uncle Leo and Doug Rideout grabbing the pocket seat. Taylor had River Otter well placed along the rail in fifth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Brandon Bates had Mr Quaker up to engage the leader at the half mile mark in :58.2 and the top duo was matching strides through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3. With the field beginning to tighten, Taylor had River Otter in perfect striking position second-over as they turned for home. Starlit Senditback began to tire on the front and Taylor tipped River Otter to the outside. Utilizing a :29 final quarter, River Otter trotted strongly on to the wire and held off a late charge from the heavy betting favorite, Skyway Torpedo and Peter Wrenn. After experiencing traffic issues for much of the mile, Skyway Torpedo rallied gamely late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and was forced to settle for second place honors. Uncle Leo utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, River Otter returned $25.20 to his backers. "He's been a nice colt from day one," Taylor noted after the victory. "He was a little sick last week in his elimination and he also got a little aggressive so we had to re-rig him going into this week. He responded well to the equipment changes and was really sharp tonight." The rookie son of Mr Cantab-Cq Yankee recorded his second victory from three lifetime outings. With the win, River Otter has now earned $44,100 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Taylor Racing Stables, K. Schenk, and Bumkum Valley Stables. River Otter Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 18 with a 14-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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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