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ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2014 - In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen's lounge on Tuesday, July 29. The 3,600-square-foot facility is located on Hoosier Park's backside, directly across from the race paddock, and will serve many different purposes for horsemen racing at Hoosier Park. Development of the new facility began in the spring of 2014 and was completed just in time for Hoosier Park's signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, on Friday, August 8. Half of the facility has been made accessible to any licensed Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) member and will provide numerous amenities including computer work stations, restrooms, flat screen televisions, a lounge area, and wi-fi access. The one-story structure also houses two offices for the Indiana Standardbred Association representatives. The remaining half of the facility will serve as a locker room and lounge for the full-time drivers at Hoosier Park. Featuring both a men and women's locker room, this section of the facility features individual lockers, showers, washing machines and a lounge area equipped with flat screen televisions. "It's second to none," driver Trent Stohler noted after a tour of the building. "I don't think we could have designed it better ourselves and I think I speak for everyone on the backside when I say we really appreciate what Hoosier Park has done with this." The doors of the building were officially opened at a lunch ceremony on Hoosier Park's backside attended by both Hoosier Park team members and horsemen. Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, led the ceremony and welcomed guests to tour the new facility. "The opening of this facility not only signifies our commitment to all the people that make Hoosier Park a great place to race but Hoosier Park's commitment to racing in the state of Indiana," Moore noted. "This lounge is a place for everyone racing at Hoosier Park to call their own and a place we are proud of. I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this facility possible." The horsemen's lounge will be maintained by Hoosier Park employees and available to horsemen during the live racing schedule. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day meet will offer an extended stakes schedule be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 26, 2014 - One of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take place on Friday, August 8 as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval for the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, ten of the top rated pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. Hoosier Park's most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch, an invitational race, not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil. Hoosier Park's event is named after the early 1900s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch. Originally from Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch raced the clock rather than his inferior competitors. Drawing crowds of over 90,000 people at a single race, the free-legged equine hero was the unparalleled sports icon of his time. The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 20 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna's Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella. Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, inherits the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. Peine begins making his list of potential contenders for one of the ten coveted invitations to the Dan Patch many weeks in advance. "We are looking at what may be the most competitive field to date in the 2014 edition of our signature race," Peine noted. "We haven't officially decided, but the horses we are looking to invite are evenly matched and that makes for great racing. There is an outstanding group of older pacers racing all over the country right now and we are looking forward to bringing them to Hoosier Park." Post positions for the 2014 edition of the Dan Patch will be drawn at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 5. This year delivers a new and exciting aspect as the winner of the 2014 Dan Patch Invitational will get an automatic nomination to the 2014 edition of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby slated for Friday, October 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. All nomination fees will be waived but in the event the winner of the Dan Patch Invitational has already been nominated to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, a refund of all fees will be given upon declaration. The Dan Patch Invitational will be part of a special weekend tagged as the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will by a concert by Little Big Town on Saturday, August 9 as Hoosier Park continues their summer concert series line-up. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day meet will be conducted through November 15. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 25, 2014 - While she may have played the bridesmaid in her first start against stakes company, Im The Real Lady found the winner's circle when it mattered most as she shined in the featured event, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 25. With driver Peter Wrenn at the lines, Im The Real Lady was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to score the second win of her career in a lifetime best performance of 1:54.3. Leaving from the coveted rail position, Im The Real Lady was eased off the gate to settle along the rail in fifth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Trace Tetrick had Flight Cancelled dialed in as he sent her to the front through an opening panel in :28.4. Shady Linds and Ed Hensley were well placed In The Pocket while Aristobrat Hanover and Tyler Smith found good, early position third along the rail from post nine. Flight Cancelled dictated fractions of :58.1 and 1:26.4 before ever feeling pressure from the rest of the field. Unable to wait any longer, Wrenn gave Im The Real Lady the green light heading into the final turn and they began their long first-over journey to the front with Ashok Ace and Lewayne Miller in tow. The field began to tighten as they rounded the final turn and it was a cavalry charge to the wire. With the even money favorite Feetonthedashboard and Dale Hiteman making a costly break around the final turn, the race appeared to be wide open. Im The Real Lady had reached the leader's wheel half-way down the stretch and dug in gamely to put a nose in front at the wire. Flight Cancelled held on for the second place honors while Aristobrat Hanover took advantage of a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Im The Real Lady returned $10.00 at the betting window. "The trip wasn't perfect but she was on her game tonight," Wrenn noted after the win. "She's a pretty handy little filly that is just starting to learn how to race and come into her own." Trained and Owned by Perry Smith, the daughter of Real Desire-Hysterical Lady has now won two of three career starts while amassing $47,100 in career earnings. Im The Real Lady won her career debut at Hoosier Park and followed that performance up with a second place finish in her elimination round of the Indiana Sires Stakes action last week. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 26 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $22,000 Invitational Pace. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 24, 2014 - Freshman pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 24 in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action but the night belonged to trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Sam Widger. The Cullipher-Widger duo teamed up to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts with Toni's Affection in 1:51.4 and then just a few races later in the $25,000 consolation for two-year-old pacing colts with Ima Full Time Job in 1:52.3. Cullipher sent out three of the ten entries in the $75,000 final from his stable and in the end it was Toni's Affection prevailing in a hard fought battle to the wire. Stablemates Harfo Hanover and Mr. Julian finished second and fifth, respectively. Leaving from post two, Widger sent Toni's Affection away from the gate just enough to secure an early position along the rail in second. Camturo Rock and Dave Magee would get the first call through the opening panel in :26.3 but quickly yielded the lead to the post time favorite, Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick. Freaky Feet Pete carved out fractions of :55 and 1:23.3 before feeling a threat by Skyway Dante and Peter Wrenn who were On The Attack first-over. As the field turned for home, Freaky Feet Pete began to labor on the front with the rest of the field closing in. Camturo Rock surged from the pocket to take a short lead but was unable to hold off the hard charging Toni's Affection. Toni's Affection utilized a :27.4 final quarter to win by a head in a lifetime best effort. Camturo Rocked finished second but was placed third after a judge's disqualification in the stretch leaving Harfo Hanover and Tyler Smith to inherit the second place honors. Slightly dismissed at the betting window, Toni's Affection returned $18.40 to his backers. "This is the toughest group of Indiana-bred two-year-old pacing colts that I've ever seen," Cullipher noted after the victory. "I've always had faith in this colt though, he has been the perfect horse to train all winter and I had a lot of confidence in him tonight." "This is just amazing," he continued. "His namesake was here tonight and everything worked out for us. He is a nice, nice colt." Toni's Affection was a $19,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and was later re-named after co-owner David Lewis Linker's wife. Linker co-owns the son of Always A Virgin-Yankee Affection with Thomas Pollack. Toni's Affection has now amassed $71,250 from four lifetime starts for his connections. Pollack and Linker would find the winner's circle once more with the Cullipher-Widger duo this time in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old pacing colts with Ima Full Time Job in 1:52.3 who is owned in tandem by the partnership of Randall Bendis, David Linker and Thomas Pollack. In much the same fashion, Widger had Ima Full Time Job forwardly place through hot opening fractions of :26.1 and :55.1 set by the heavily favored Kelly D and Trace Tetrick. When the field hit the three quarter mark in 1:24.4, Kelly D was clinging to the lead while the rest of the field closed in. Widger was able to find the late racing room he needed in the stretch and Ima Full Time Job did the rest. Using a :27.3 final quarter, Ima Full Time Job coasted home a winner to finish a length in front of Rockin Jimmy and Lewayne Miller. Much like his stablemate a few races earlier, Ima Full Time Job was slightly dismissed at the betting window and returned $17.20 for the win. "This colt may be the sleeper," Cullipher noted after the race. "He's had some bad racing luck with post positions and trips earlier in the season but take nothing away from him, he's a nice colt." It was a maiden breaking victory for the son of I Scoot Hanover-Mother Alberta in just his fourth career start. The freshman colt has now earned $50,350 for his connections. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 25 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing filly division. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 23, 2014-Special JJ kept her flawless freshman record intact using a perfectly timed rally late in the stretch to score in the featured attraction, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 23. With a final time of 1:57, it was a lifetime best performance and third victory of the season for Special JJ. Leaving from post two in the field of ten, Special JJ and driver Trent Stohler were away a worrisome seventh while the heavily favored Crunchess Finale and Darrell Wright made their customary move to the front. Crunchess Finale made an uncharacteristic break through the opening panel in :27.2 leaving Diamond Dagger and Thomas Russell to inherit the lead. Peter Wrenn sent Sloane Elise to the front through the half-mile time in :58.2 but would quickly yield the top spot to Churita and Trace Tetrick. Churita continued to call the shots as the field approached the final turn but was feeling pressure from Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners on the outside. As the field hit the third station in 1:28.1, the top pair was stride for stride turning for home. Churita was able to put away Golden Big Stick halfway down the stretch but her biggest threat was still behind her. Just as Stohler found late racing room, Special JJ found another gear. Using a :28 final panel, Special JJ powered home to get the win by a head. Churita made a costly break just before the wire and was placed third leaving Golden Big Stick to inherit the second place honors. Slightly dismissed by the betting public at 5-1, Special JJ returned $13.60 at the betting window. "She's done everything we've asked of her so far," Stohler noted after the victory. "We've taken our time getting her ready. She's still learning and figuring things out but does know how to win." Trained by Trent Stohler, who also co-owns the filly with The Kales Company, Special JJ now sports a lifetime bankroll of $52,100 for her connections. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Rhonda T was also victorious in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination just last week at Hoosier Park. With the win, Special JJ also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 18 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 24 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing colt division. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. by Emily Gaskin,for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 22, 2014 - Freshman trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Tuesday, July 22. After a costly break in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park, Airman Batten and Lewayne Miller rebounded nicely to score in 1:57 and make a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action. Last week, Airman Batten made quick work of his $20,000 elimination to score in 2:00.3 and secure his spot in the $75,000 final. In a field ruled by miscues, Airman Batten was eased off the gate this week from post six to settle along the rail in fifth while the field sorted out early positions. Summit City Nate and Sam Widger were the quickest off the gate and dictated early fractions of :27.4 and :58.3. Victory Blitz and Andy Shetler were well placed In The Pocket while Homicide Hunter and John DeLong followed intently in third. Summit City Nate continued to call the shots down the backside but yielded the lead to Homicide Hunter at third station in 1:28.1. With most of the field breaking stride, it was a four horse race to the finish with Homicide Hunter leading the charge. Using a :28.2 final quarter, Airman Batten saved his best for last as he staged a big rally late in the lane to wear down the tiring leader. Homicide Hunter trotted evenly to finish second while Summit City Nate held on gamely to round out the trifecta. As the 6-5 favorite, Airman Batten returned $4.60 to his backers at the window. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Swan For All-Ladylike Volo has now won three of four career starts. Airman Batten set a lifetime record with the 1:57 score and has now amassed $66,500 for his connections of Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman, and Greg Gillis. With the win, Airman Batten also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 18 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 23 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old trotting filly division. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 19, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2014 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, July 19 and it was Lewayne Miller who was crowned the winner to take home his share of the $5,000 prize. In its' inaugural edition, the 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the ten coveted spots being based upon wins at Hoosier Park. As the youngest driver in the group of ten, Miller was able to overcome his sixth place rankings in the standings to accumulate the most points in the five races of the challenge and secure the win. In just his second full season a driver, Miller has recorded 238 career victories and proved a force to be reckoned with in the bike. The 27-year-old, Indiana native earned two wins, one third, one fourth, and one ninth place finish during the five-race competition for a total of 47 points, beating out nine other Hoosier Park driving stars. Sam Widger finished second with 38 points followed by Andy Shetler finishing third with 37.5 points. Miller kicked off the challenge with a fourth place finish with Rocknroll Special from post eight earning seven points while Brad Hanners and Lady's Man notched a victory for 15 points. In the very next race of the challenge, Miller was able to utilize the long Hoosier Park stretch to get Pam Mater Mark home a winner at 12-1 in a lifetime best performance of 1:55.2. Hanners had Velocity Chip Shot well placed to finish second and earned 9 points. After the second race of the challenge, Hanners continued to lead all drivers with 24 points but Miller was closing in with 22 points. With a third place finish behind Lyons Frank in the third leg of the challenge, Miller accumulated 8 more points and moved into the lead. Although he failed to hit the board in the fourth leg with Flight Request, Miller earned two points for his ninth place finish and was still atop the leader board, by a narrow margin, with 32 points. Ross Leonard moved into second place with 31 points after a win with Henry Blue Chip. Miller clinched the trophy by turning a pocket trip into a victory in the final race of the challenge with Mike Wilson's Stylish Rocket in 1:52.2. It was the fourth win of the season and a lifetime best performance for Stylish Rocket. "I had some nice horses and I got really lucky," Miller noted after the victory. "I felt confident about my picks coming into tonight but wasn't sure what to expect. I picked 6th in the draft and I was happy with that because I felt like I had a decent shot of getting some live horses rather than picking last in some of the races." "The trips worked out and the horses showed up," he continued. "I'd like to thank the trainers and Hoosier Park for this opportunity, it feels great." Miller will now aim to defend his title in the second series of the challenge slated for September 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While the second challenge will be conducted in the same manner as the first challenge, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "I think I would look pretty good driving that car," Miller noted with a smile. "Hopefully, things go my way and I have another night like I did tonight." Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 22 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 18, 2014 - The top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage tonight as they compete in a five-race challenge for their share of a $5,000 prize in the inaugural 2014 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The ten coveted spots in the first round of the series were based upon wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Qualifying for the 2014 Champion Driver Series began on Friday, March 28 and ended at the conclusion of the live racing card on Saturday, July 12. Atop Hoosier Park's leader board is driver Trace Tetrick who secured his number one position with 147 victories. Tetrick will lead the stellar cast of drivers that includes Sam Widger, Ricky Macomber Jr., Brad Hanners, Andy Shetler, Lewayne Miller, Ross Leonard, Ed Hensley, Trent Stohler and Mike Peterson. In each of the five races of the challenge, the drivers selected the horses they wanted to drive via a draft system in front of a packed house at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park on Thursday, July 17. In the first race of the challenge, Tetrick had the first pick and selected Fox Valley Barbosa as his mount from post six at odds of 7-2. Next, the second ranked driver, Sam Widger, opted to drive Indelible from post three at odds of 20-1 and the selection process continued through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order was inverted and the No. 10 driver, Mike Peterson chose first. Peterson chose Paso's Star off the rail for trainer Karlee Roach at odds of 3-1 as his top choice. The drafting system continued in this order through all five races of the challenge. Racing fans will have an opportunity to get in on the action and participate in a special $10,000 guaranteed pick-5 pool for the five consecutive races of the challenge. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the sixth race and will continue through the tenth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the sixth race, is 6:55 p.m. (est.). Points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be walking away with his share of $5,000 and a secured spot in the second round of the series. The top eight finishers from the first challenge will return for round two on Saturday, September 27 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 20.While the second challenge will be conducted in the same manner as the first challenge, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The evening will also be complimented by the $22,000 Invitational pace and $22,000 Invitational trot. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 12, 2014 - The drivers for the 2014 Champion Driver Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino have been solidified with Ed Hensley securing the last spot in the competition after a victory on the 14-race card on Saturday, July 12. The first of two rounds in the 2014 Champion Driver Series will kick off on Saturday, July 19th and will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge for their share of a $5,000 prize. Qualifying for the 2014 Champion Driver Series began on Friday, March 28 and ended at the conclusion of the live racing card on Saturday. Heading into the weekend, just one win separated Ed Hensley and Mike Micallef for the tenth spot in the win standings. Scoring a victory on Saturday's card and pushing his meet total to 28, Hensley managed to secure a spot in the top ten standings even after being sidelined for nearly two months due to an injury. "I'm excited," Hensley noted at the conclusion of the evening's card. "I didn't know if I would be able to get back into it after being out for so long. This is a really great thing Hoosier Park is doing for the drivers and for the fans and I am glad I get to be a part of it, hopefully I can win it too." Hensley will join meet leader Trace Tetrick who has secured his number one position with 147 victories. The other drivers, listed by position in the standings, are as follows: Tyler Smith (118 wins), Peter Wrenn (94), Sam Widger (91), Ricky Macomber Jr. (64), Andy Shetler (59), Brad Hanners (59), Lewayne Miller (58), and Ross Leonard (32). In each of the challenges, the drivers will be picking the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge. In the first race of the challenge, the top driver, Trace Tetrick, will get first pick of the horse he wants to drive. Next the No. 2 driver, Tyler Smith, will pick and then continue through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order will be inverted and the No. 10 driver, Ed Hensley, will pick first. This drafting system will continue through all five races of the challenge. Points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. The challenge races will be five consecutive races and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, July 19. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be walking away with his share of $5,000 and a secured spot in the second round of the series. The top eight finishers from the first challenge will return for round two on Saturday, September 27 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 20.While the second challenge will be conducted in the same manner as the first challenge, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 8, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has recently partnered with The Harness Racing Fan Zone, an industry wide social media initiative, and is excited to announce a new "30 out of 30" Grand Circuit Challenge, which provides fans the opportunity to win a $1 million prize if they can pick the winners of 30 designated top races during this year's racing season. The first of its' kind in the sport of harness racing, this unique handicapping contest is sponsored by the United States Trotting Association and will highlight the biggest harness races across North America. Hoosier Park's signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, will be included in the "30 out of 30" contest and will highlight the 2014 racing season on Friday, August 8. Now in its' 21st edition, the Dan Patch Invitational pace attracts the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval seeking the lucrative $200,000 purse and a spot in Hoosier Park's history. The contest also features key Grand Circuit races, including the Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug and Breeders Crown at leading tracks in North America, including Mohawk, The Meadows, The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Northfield Park, Saratoga, Delaware (OH), The Red Mile, Scioto Downs, Balmoral Park, Dover Downs, Yonkers and Maywood Park. "This contest is designed in the spirit of one of harness racing's most treasured traditions, the Grand Circuit," said John Campbell, president of the Grand Circuit. "The Grand Circuit has always been a traveling roadshow to success and riches for horsemen and horses alike," added Campbell. "This contest now allows fans to come along and participate, while having the chance to become a millionaire in the process." For those who miss a race and don't qualify for the $1 million grand prize, there are $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 second, third and fourth prizes available for those who choose the most correctly. Each week, entries will be posted online to give fans the opportunity to pick the winners in advance of each race. A leaderboard will help all entrants track their progress so that they can play along throughout the racing season. Fans can also participate in the optional Harness Racing Ambassador program, to connect with other fans, earn rewards and share their experiences through social media. All sign-ups for the $1 million prize must be received before noon on July 12, 2014 and are limited to one per person. Contestants can enter immediately at www.harnessracingambassadors.com/million_dollar_challenge where they will find specific details of the contest, rules and access information about each race. Participants will be provided with Track Master Platinum Plus Past Performances, as well as 'pro-picks' and race analysis from featured handicappers. The Harness Racing FanZone is brought to you by the USTA and their partners at Converseon as part of the ongoing social media initiative to build awareness and promote the great sport of harness racing. To find out more about this initiative please visit www.HarnessRacingFanZone.com or join the Ambassadors at www.HarnessRacingAmbassadors.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 5, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 21st season of live harness racing with a stakes filled card on Saturday, July 5. Four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman competitors and the second round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old divisions. It was Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who stole the show with five winners on the evening's 14-race card, four of which came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. In the opening division of the two-year-old stakes action, Crunchess Finale and Darrel Wright continued their winning ways to score their third consecutive victory in the $75,000 two-year-old trotting filly final with a 1:58 final time. Using the same front-running tactics as she has in her previous two starts, Crunchess Finale looked every bit the part of an 8-5 favorite and left alertly from post eight. The freshman filly easily secured the lead and clicked off fractions of :28.3, 1:00, and 1:28.2 before finding another gear. As the field turned for home, the daughter of ABC Garland-Crunchess looked poised on the front and began to trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :28.4 final quarter, Crunchess Finale coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners. Heavily backed at the window, Crunchess Finale returned $5.40 to her backers. The 1:58 victory was a lifetime best mark for the Dan O'Mara trainee who remains undefeated this season. Owned by Joseph Hess, Crunchess Finale has now earned $50,500 from three lifetime outings. In the very next race, Stickem Buck, driven by Ed Hensley, staged a big rally late in the lane to score his maiden breaking win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts in 1:58.2. After a miscue at the start by the heavily favored, Airman Batten the race appeared to be a wide open affair. Flashy Cantab and Trace Tetrick left aggressively to set first half fractions of :29.2 and :59.2 before making a costly break around the final turn. Swan on One and Dave Magee inherited the lead after the break by the front-runner and appeared to be up to the task but Stickem Buck loomed large in the background. Under urging from Hensley, Stickem Buck was able to track down Swan On One in the final strides of the mile to win by a nose. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Stickem Buck returned $12.60 at to his backers. From the first crop of Big Stick Lindy, Stickem Buck is trained by Roger Welch and owned by William C. Delong and William P. Delong. Stickem Buck has now earned $42,500 from two career starts. On the pacing side of the two-year-old stakes action, Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick doubled up in both the two-year-old pacing filly final and two-year-old pacing colt final. First, Tetrick guided Flight Cancelled to her second consecutive win as a freshman in the $75,000 pacing filly final with a final time of 1:55. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Flight Cancelled was eased off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while HeyHey Mahanah and Peter Wrenn carved out first-half fractions of :28.4 and :57.4. Approaching the final turn, Tetrick gave his mount the green light and she reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:26. As the field turned for home, the top pair was neck and neck but Flight Cancelled wasn't finished. Using a :28.3 final panel, Flight Cancelled was able to wear down HeyHey Mahanah late in the lane to grind out the victory. As the betting publics' second choice, Flight Cancelled returned $13.00 for the victory. Trained by Steve Carter, Flight Cancelled remains undefeated at two for owners Steve and Tammy Carter. The daughter of Panspacificflight-Goa BB now sports a career bankroll of $37,500 from two lifetime outings. Just a few races later, Tetrick continued his winning ways and scored with Tom Simmon's Kelly D in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:52.4. Kelly D remains undefeated at two and equaled the national's season mark for two-year-old pacing colts with the win. Kelly D left aggressively from post two to get the first call in :27.4 but quickly yielded the lead to Harfo Hanover and Ed Hensley. Harfo Hanover led the way through the middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25.2 before feeling pressure on the outside from Camturo Rock and Dave Magee. Harfo Hanover was able to put away Camturo Rock and dug in gamely down the lane but could not hold off Kelly D who exploded from the pocket. With a final quarter in :27, Kelly D finished two lengths in front of the hard-charging Toni's Affection and Sam Widger. As the publics' third choice, Kelly D returned $7.40 at the betting windows. The homebred son of Panspacificflight-U Olive is owned by Larry Breed and has won all three of his lifetime outings. Kelly D now sports a career bankroll of $51,525. Tetrick also scored with Brian Brown's Color's A Virgin in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies and Scott Galloway's Double A Cash Hall in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. His first win of the night came in the $25,000 consolation for two-year-old pacing fillies with Do U Mind for trainer Brian Brown. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 8 with a 14-race card. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 3, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 21st season of harness racing, will kick start summer weekends with a mix of 'family fun' promotions, free fireworks, entertainment and harness racing as part of the annual "Back to the Track" campaign on July 4 and 5. Hoosier Park, in conjunction with the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA), United States Trotting Association (USTA), will offer racing fans dining specials, handicapping contests, various entertainment, live racing, and prizes on Friday and Saturday in an effort to bring fans back to the track. The USTA has coordinated the Back to the Track event with its member racetracks and horsemen across the United States to make it a national event. The campaign is designed to promote harness racing and encourage occasional or former race fans to come Back to the Track for an exciting night of entertainment. When the doors open at 4 p.m. at Hoosier Park, racing fans will be greeted by Hoosier Park's harness racing drivers signing autographs and handing out free, quick pick wagers to the first 200 guests. Also, Harness Racing Bingo is back by popular demand and is free to racing fans with prizes totaling more than $250. Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed 'Fan-tastic Fridays', feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the 'Beat the Big Guy' promotion for a chance to win up to $500. The popular 'I Win, You Win' promotion is back featuring all of Hoosier Park's champion drivers. Guests can enter each night during live racing at Club Centaur for a chance to win a $25 gift card after each race. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the Friday night festivities with an estimated start time of 10 p.m. "Hoosier Park is proud to offer racing fans the chance to be part of a national horse racing campaign," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "It's a weekend that harness racing fans have come to enjoy, and hopefully, they will invite their family and friends to join them here at Hoosier Park." On Saturday, Hoosier Park has partnered with the Indiana Standardbred Association to provide fans an opportunity to win gas cards, hats and t-shirts while supplies last. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' will return Saturday and continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. In addition to the Back to the Track activities on Saturday, the evening will be highlighted by a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two and three-year-olds. Eight new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned on the program that boasts lofty purses for the Indiana program. The first race will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park              

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 2, 2014 - When Katie Brown sends Mrprsdnt Bluegrass to post on Saturday, July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino it will be a first. Not only is Mrprsdnt Bluegrass the first horse that 20-year-old Katie Brown purchased but it will be the first major stakes race the duo has competed in. Brown, a newcomer to owning harness racing horses, has a chance to win one of the state's most premier stakes-the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers-on July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Her first purchase, Mrprsdnt Bluegrass, will face nine other rivals in the second round of the Indiana Sires Stakes finals action. Brown, like most young girls her age, was unsure of her next move before beginning work under the guidance of veteran trainer, driver, Joe Putnam during the summer of 2013 but quickly found out what exactly it was she wanted to do. During her time at the Putnam Stable she was introduced gradually but quickly learned the ins and outs of the harness racing industry. When asked about her time spent at the Putnam stable the conversation quickly returns to the 3-year-old chestnut son of Third Straight-Mannart New Start. "My red horse," Brown said with a twinkle in her eye. "I fell in love with him after a week of working there and I knew right then that I wanted to own horses, especially him." "I connected with him instantly," Brown continued. "I wanted to buy him from the minute I started working with him and didn't want anyone else to have him. I didn't know if it would work out or if I would have the opportunity to own him but the day I got the call that I was able to buy him was one of the happiest days ever." Brown, along with her trainer, purchased Mrsprsdnt Bluegrass in 2013 from breeder Luel Overstreet who had the horse in training with Putnam. Mrsprsdnt Bluegrass didn't find the winner's circle for his new connections until 2014 but has won much more than that in the eyes of his owner. "He is the reason I go to the barn in the mornings," Brown noted. "He makes all the early mornings, late nights and hard work worth it. He's just the best." The three-year-old pacer has put together a 9-1-1-1 season while earning $11,701 in 2014. He set a lifetime best of 1:56.2 after a sharp, gate-to-wire effort in his seasonal debut for Brown. In his most recent outing, Mrprsdnt Bluegrass was second in the elimination of the Indiana Sires Stakes on June 28 at Hoosier Park behind If I Lose pacing the mile in 1:53.4.The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be the first big test for Mrpsdnt Bluegrass but his connections say he's ready for it. "I'm already nervous," she said with a smile. "I get so nervous when he races but I'm happy just getting to watch him race and know that he will do it if he can." by Emily Gaskin, for Hooosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 28, 2014 - Four divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the 14-race card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 28. It was a night for favorites, as all four of the divisions were won by the odds-on favorite. Slingshot Shooter and Mike Peterson set the tone for the evening as they delivered as the heavy favorite in the opening round of the stakes action in 1:51.1. It was the fourth win of the season and a lifetime best performance for the Gary Hayes trainee. Leaving from post five, Slingshot Shooter landed along the rail in fourth while Sand Gunner and Lewayne Miller got the first call through an opening quarter in :26.2. Peterson wouldn't wait long as he sent Slingshot Shooter to the front. The son of Sand Shooter-Make It Cozy rattled off fractions of :53.3 and 1:22.2 before turning back the pocket-sitting Tyler's Z Tam and Trace Tetrick late in the lane. Slingshot Shooter finished three lengths to the good and returned $3.00 at the betting window. Owned by Gary Hayes, Slingshot Shooter has now won four of seven seasonal starts while amassing $91,176 lifetime. Slingshot Shooter has finished on the board in five of seven starts while earning $49,125 throughout his sophomore campaign. In the very next race, Speed Trap looked every bit the part of a 4-5 favorite as he staged a big rally late in the lane to put a nose in front of Next Thing Smoke'n in 1:52. Driven by regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr., it was the second consecutive win for Speed Trap and second seasonal win from six starts. As the heavy betting favorite, Speed Trap returned $3.60 to his backers at the window. Leaving from the outside post nine, Speed Trap was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Next Thing Smoke'n and Peter Wrenn carved out fractions of :27.1, :55.4, and 1:24. As the field turned for home, Speed Trap was well placed in the outer flow but would have his work cut out for him. Using a :26.4 final panel, Speed Trap powered home to put a nose in front of Next Thing Smoke'N at the wire. Trained by Ron Burke, Speed Trap has now won eight of 15 lifetime starts while amassing $94,175 lifetime. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Larry Karr, the son of United Ace-Cyber Cities has now won two of six seasonal starts. In the third split of the stakes action, If I Lose and Trace Tetrick used a sharp, front-running effort to score in their division in 1:51.3. It was the first win of the season for If I Lose and lifetime best performance. Leaving from the coveted rail position, If I Lose was sent firing from the gate but Mystical Shooter and Lewayne Miller also left alertly to get the first call in :27.1. Tetrick gave If I Lose the green light and the duo rattled off middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:24 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, If I Lose found another gear and used a :27.3 final quarter to win by eight lengths. As the publics' choice, If I Lose returned $4.80 at the windows. Trained by Brett Selby, who also co-owns the gelding with Lidia Zych, If I Lose has now won five of 20 lifetime outings while earning $60,645 lifetime. The gelded son of Geartogear-Western Starlight notched the first win of the season from seven seasonal outings. In the final division of the stakes action, Bluehourpower returned to his winning ways to score in 1:51.3. Suffering his first loss of the season last week, Bluehourpower used his customary late charging tactics to score his third win of the season. Driven by Sam Widger, Bluehourpower kicked home with a :26.4 last quarter to hit the wire a length in front of the front-running Always At My Place and Brad Hanners. Bluehourpower was able to overcome a tough, first over trip to get the job done. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won 7 of 15 lifetime starts and three of four seasonal starts. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour has now amassed $296,094 and three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to his credit. Each of the divisional winners from the four Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for July 5 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 1 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist  

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 27, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to eight divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts on Friday, June 27 and the 2014 crop of freshman colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Kelly D and Trace Tetrick kicked off the evening as they scored their second consecutive victory this year in 1:53.2 in the opening round of the stakes action. The 1:53.2 score bested his career mark from last week by nearly two seconds and lowered the national season's record for two-year old pacers. The previous mark of 1:53.3 was established just one night earlier at Hoosier Park by Tyler Smith and Can't Touch Her in Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies. Using the same front-running tactics from the previous week, Kelly D left alertly from post three and was able to dictate early fractions of :26.4 and :55.4. As the field reached the third station, Franzo and Tyler Smith pressed the leader from the outer flow while a host of others began to close in from behind. Tetrick asked the son of Panspacificflight for more and Kelly D found another gear, pacing on to the wire to finish three lengths to the good. Rockin Ron closed nicely to finish second for Ed Hensley while Franzo held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Kelly D returned $3.20 at the windows for the victory. Trained by Tom Simmons, Kelly D has now won both of his starts at two for owner, breeder Larry Breed. Just a few races later, Harfo Hanover began his career impressively using the same front-running tactics to score in 1:53 in his split of the stakes action and lowered the national season's record for two-year-old pacers once more. Driven by Tyler Smith, Harfo Hanover dictated fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.1 before pacing on to the wire to win by seven lengths. As the publics' second choice, Harfo Hanover returned $8.80 at to his backers at the betting window. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the son of Always A Virgin-Harlow Hall made his career debut a winning one for owners Randall Bendis, William Varney, Reed Broadway. In the very next split of the two-year-old pacing colt action, Camturo Rock used a late kick to win impressively from off-the-pace in 1:53. The son of Rockin Image was able to track down Ima Full Time Job and Sam Widger late in the lane to score his first win of the season in his career debut. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows at 8-1, Camturo Rock returned $19.20 for the victory. Trained by Dirk Simpson, Camturo Rock is owned by Desyllas Racing, William Beck, and Carol Rieken. Each of the winners from the eight Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for July 5 at Hoosier Park. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 26, 2014 -  Hoosier Park played host to a stakes filled card on Thursday, June 26 with five divisions of three-year-old trotting colts and six divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies battling in Indiana Sires Stakes action. It was the second round of stakes action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round for the freshman fillies. After the dust settled on the evening's 14-race card, the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings was equaled and a national season's mark for two-year-old pacers had been established. Can't Touch Her and Tyler Smith stole the show after they recorded the fastest mile of the season for two-year-old pacers, regardless of gender or track size, with a 1:53.3 triumph in their $20,000 division of the stakes action. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Can't Touch Her recorded her third win of the year and a national season's mark in just her fourth career start. Leaving from post two, Smith sent Can't Touch Her away from the gate firing but Image of Felicia and Luke Plano also left alertly to get the first call in :27.4. Opting out of a pocket trip, the Steve Carter trainee took control at the half and dictated fractions of :57.0 and 1:26.1. As the field turned for home, Image of Felicia tipped from the pocket but Can't Touch Her wasn't done. Using a :27.2 final quarter, the daughter of Rockin Image-Can't Quit Smiling paced on to the wire to finish a length in front of Image of Felicia. Rockin Bikini closed well in the late stages of the mile to round out the trifecta for driver Trace Tetrick. As the heavy betting favorite, Can't Touch Her returned $4.40 at the windows. "She always had talent training down this winter but could get a little rough gaited at times," Carter noted after the victory. "We made some adjustments and she trained really well this week so I knew she would be sharp, just not that sharp. Hopefully she can stay good all season." Owned by Steve and Tammy Carter, Can't Touch Her is from the first crop of Rockin Image and the second foal from her dam, Can't Quit Smiling. Can't Touch Her has now won three of four seasonal starts while earning $13,750. On the trotting side of the stakes action, Rose Run Parker continued his winning ways and extended his win streak to 10 after he scored in 1:54.1 in his division of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in his sophomore season and the 1:54.1 victory equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings at Hoosier Park. Driver Ricky Macomber Jr. left no room for error as he sent Rose Run Parker, heavily favored at 1-9, to the front from post three. Justice Jet and Ed Hensley would make the publics' choice work for position but Rose Run Parker pressed on and secured the lead at the half in :58.1. As the field turned for home, Rose Run Parker put his talent on display and began to trot away from the rest of the field. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy was under wraps at the wire and finished six lengths in front of Gloire Dream and Lewayne Miller. Justice Jet trotted evenly to earn third place honors. Heavily favored at the betting windows, Rose Run Parker returned $2.10 for the victory. The 14-time career winner has now amassed $403,500 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Rose Run Parker's ten race win streak includes wins in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and the $45,250 Madison County Stakes last season. With the win, Rose Run Parker has earned his spot in the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for July 5 at Hoosier Park. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27 with eight divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

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