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ANDERSON, Ind.-June 23, 2016 - With a carry-over in excess of $5,800, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for Friday, May 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-5 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $5,867.51 and will kick-start the Pick-5 pool for Friday. The 14-race card slated for Friday will be highlighted by the$21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace and the $20,000 Bill Thompson Pacing Series final. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the tenth race and will continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the tenth race, is 8:45 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 12. Racing fans are reminded of an upcoming adjusted 4:30 p.m. post time at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 25 to accommodate the Steve Miller Band concert in Hoosier Park's outdoor music center. For more information on the upcoming entertainment of live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 22, 2016 - With carry-overs in excess of $5,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Thursday, June 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the 14-race harness racing card on Thursday that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Wednesday's Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $5,163.92 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Thursday. The long shot trend continued throughout Wednesday evening and produced carry-overs in both the pick-5 sequence and the Hoosier High-5. The Pick-5, which will start in race 10, will feature a $1,499.36 carry-over. The Hoosier High-5 is featured in the last race of every program and will offer a $15,000 Guaranteed pool with $5,701.72 in carry-over money. The 14-race card slated for Thursday, will be highlighted by the $21,000 Invitational Trot and the $20,000 Ralph and Dorothy Rose Series Final. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 6:25 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 and Hoosier High-5 races will be available on the Hoosier Park website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 12. Racing fans are reminded of an upcoming adjusted 4:30 p.m. post time at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 25 to accommodate the Steve Miller Band concert in Hoosier Park's outdoor music center. For more information on the upcoming entertainment of live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 18, 2016 - In near gate-to-wire fashion, Ontario Success and harness racing driver John DeLong captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 18. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 6-1, Ontario Success was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.4, just a few ticks of his career best. It was a seasonal best mark and also equaled the fastest mile of the 2016 season through the first 50 nights of racing at Hoosier Park. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of nine, DeLong settled off the gate along the rail in seventh while a host of others left aggressively for the lead. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.2 but their lead would be short lived as Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front. Night Pro was able to grab command just past the half :55 but would yield the lead to Ontario Success approaching the final turn. Ontario Success was in command at third station in 1:22.2 but Night Pro wasn't going away easily. As the rest of the field began to close in on the top pair, DeLong asked Ontario Success for more. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Ontario Success dug in gamely to get the win by a length over Night Pro. K-lees Shakenbake and Jason Dillander staged a big rally late in the lane to round out the trifecta. Ontario Success returned $15.60 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, Ontario Success scored his eighth win from 11 seasonal outings. The gelded son of Lis Mara-Loving Successor has now won 22 of 76 lifetime outings while bankrolling $280,903 for his connections of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The win was also one of three driving wins on the evening's 13-race for driver John DeLong. DeLong is currently second on Hoosier Park's leading driver standings with 89 victories on the season through 55 nights of racing. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 127 victories in 2016. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 21 with a daily racing post time of 5:45 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 15, 2016 - In an effort to take harness racing fans from the grandstand to the winner's circle, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is excited to announce the launch of a new, fractional ownership program for the 2016 harness racing season. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, the program is designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership and educate for future ownership endeavors. The new program, working under the name First Turn Stables, will allow harness racing fans the chance to experience horse ownership first-hand. For a one-time, $250 buy-in, racing fans can buy a membership into the First Turn Stable and get an insider's look at what it is like to own and race a Standardbred currently racing at Hoosier Park during the 2016 season. Membership will be limited to 50 people and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. "This new concept in horse ownership is being introduced with hopes of attracting new owners to the sport at a very low cost while still providing the thrills and excitement of owning a racehorse," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "Members of the First Turn Stable will be treated to the on-track perks of racehorse ownership while experiencing firsthand the economics of what it takes to own a Standardbred racehorse." Updates for the First Turn Stable will be posted weekly and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Members of the stable will also have the opportunity to watch morning training routines and also interact with the trainer and driver after each race. Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members. At the end of the racing season, the horse's winnings and costs will be calculated and any profit will be split amongst the 50 owners. If the season were to result in a financial loss, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offset the figure to bring the season to a breakeven for the participants. Racing fans interested in joining First Turn Stables can find more information at www.hoosierpark.com or by calling Nicole Frankowski at 765-609-4831. The First Turn Stable will be open to the public and accepting memberships on Thursday, June 16. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day all harness racing season will be conducted through November 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 10, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA), hosted the annual Girl Scouts night at the races on Friday, June 10. The event gave more than 200 young women the opportunity to see live harness racing and learn about the various facets of the harness racing industry. "This is one of our most popular events," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manger of racing. "From live harness racing action, plus fun and educational activities for both kids and adults, this is what harness racing is all about. We saw so many smiling faces and people enjoying a night at the races, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and make this event possible." The Girl Scouts and their families were given the chance to get a "behind the scenes" look at horse racing through backside tours provided by Hoosier Park's drivers and trainers. Each of the tours visited Hoosier Park's stabling area and gave the Girl Scouts an opportunity to learn about harness racing from some of Hoosier Park's top trainers. The Girl Scouts were also able to meet some of the champion horses currently racing and stabled at Hoosier Park up close and personal. The ISA and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation provided demonstrations of the various aspects involved in harness racing throughout the evening. The demonstrations included veterinary care, equipment information, and a blacksmith presentation. Educational material and fun, interactive games were also provided for the Girl Scouts and their families. Hoosier Park's champion drivers also signed autographs and were available for photographs throughout the evening. In addition to a horse shoe decorating station, games and giveaways, the Girl Scouts had an opportunity to meet and take photos with Indiana Sires Stakes champion and millionaire trotter, ABC Mercedes. "We've never been out to the racetrack," said Nicole Smith, a parent in attendance. "Our girls have had so much fun, they loved seeing the horses; it's safe to say after a great night like tonight this will be the first of many for us at Hoosier Park." In conjunction with the Girl Scout activities, racing fans also had the opportunity to donate $5 to the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to receive $5 in casino cash. At the conclusion of live racing, Indigo performed a free show in the Terrace Showroom. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 11 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.; - June 7, 2016 - An incident during a regularly scheduled harness racing training session at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino today resulted in the drowning fatality of a Standardbred racehorse. After a preliminary review, it is believed that Just Dance With Me, a three-year-old Standardbred racehorse driven by Brett Wilfong and owned by the Wilfong family, veered left off the racetrack at 11:45 a.m. as a result of a broken bit and loss of control. The racehorse went through the inner racetrack fence, and into the infield pond. The driver was unharmed and did not require additional medical care. "Our condolences go out to the Wilfong family for their loss," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manger of racing. "In the sport of horse racing, racehorses are very much part of the family and are cared for as such." The local Anderson Fire Department responded to the incident. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has been notified. Moore added, "This unfortunate event is the first of its kind in the more than 20 years of racing at Hoosier Park and we will conduct a full investigation of the incident. Horse racing, much like any other racing sport, has its inherent risks that we must continue to keep in mind." Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the early stages of the 2016 harness racing season with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, June 4. The evening's 14-race harness racing card featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old divisions. With heavy rain in the area earlier in the day, the track was rated sloppy for the first seven races but was upgraded to good just before the stakes action got underway in the evening's eighth race. The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Oh La La La made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action as she overcame the outside post eight to score in 1:56.1. Driven by Tyler Smith, Oh La La La took advantage of a second-over trip and used a :27.4 final quarter to score her second consecutive victory by two lengths. Nothing But Nice and Ricky Macomber Jr. dictated fractions of :28, and :58.0 before Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler were applying pressure to the outside. Smith had Oh La La La were well placed second-over and when he tipped his mount to the outside, she responded gamely. Just Jess and Doug Rideout, who were sent off as the heavy betting favorite, rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors. Fawn De Savage maintained her position to round out the trifecta. Oh La La La returned $10.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's had a couple issues," trainer Jeff Smith noted in the winner's circle. "We've worked on those and she has really come around. We were really happy with her last week but she proved tonight she is a really nice filly." Oh La La La has now won 5 of 14 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $81,210. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust has won two of her three starts as a sophomore and is owned by Tdtrot LLC. Fresh off a win in his elimination last week, Bridge To Jesse's turned in another dominant performance to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts with driver John DeLong. With a final time of 1:55.1, Bridge To Jesse's scored his second consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. DeLong sent Bridge To Jesse's away from the gate firing from post nine to grab the lead through an opening panel in :28.4. Their lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick gave Fly Jesse Fly the green light and they took control just before the half to set :57.4 and 1:27.2 middle fractions. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for the stretch battle. DeLong tipped Bridge To Jesse's to the outside from the pocket and the Roger Welch trainee did the rest. Using a :27.3 final quarter, Bridge To Jesse's trotted to the wire to finish four lengths in front of Fly Jesse Fly. Ktl's Lucky Strike and Robert Taylor rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. "Well, I knew we had to go forward off the gate from post nine," driver John DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "He's very versatile and is very well mannered. He's great racing off a helmet so the trip couldn't have worked out any better for us." With the win, Bridge To Jesse's scored his 12th lifetime victory from 14 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere was Indiana's two-year-old trotting colt champion and has now pushed his lifetime bankroll to $356,593 for owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. DeLong, and R. Welch. On the pacing side of things, DeLong found the winner's circle once again, this time with Seventimesavirgin in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:53.1, Seventimesavirgin staged a big rally late in the lane to remain undefeated in three starts in her sophomore campaign. DeLong left aggressively from post four and was able to grab the lead through an opening panel in :27.3. Rick Plano and Diamondtequilashot were the first to take aim at the leader and DeLong yielded command at the second station in :57.1. Diamondtequilashot continued to call the shots at the three-quarter mark in 1:25 but the rest of the field was closing in. While most of the challengers moved to the outside, DeLong moved Seventimesavirgin up the passing lane and she employed a :27.2 final quarter to finish two lengths to the good. Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. closed evenly to finish second while Au D Lox Bluegrass and Trace Tetrick were third. "She's a pretty special horse to us," DeLong noted of the homebred filly after the victory. "She's been perfect. We put her away on a good note last season so she is really fresh and sharp right now." "She's a big strong mare," he continued. "This weather changing all the time can be hard on her and she didn't have the best week this week but she raced awesome tonight. She is pretty special to us, my dad bred her and she was raised right in our backyard. She's as good as they come for us." Trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won eight of 15 lifetime starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven has now accumulated $132,190 in lifetime purse earnings for owner Jesse DeLong. In the very next race, Matrix of Luck and Mike Peterson delivered as the even money favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a final time of 1:51. Driven by Mike Peterson, Matrix of Luck made their game winning move down the backside to score their second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.1. Peterson gave Matrix of Luck the green light down the backside and he reached the front at the half in :55.3 and then on to the third station in 1:23.1. As the rest of the field started to close in turning for home, Matrix of Luck found another gear. Utilizing a :27.4 final kick, Matrix of Luck cruised to the wire three lengths in front of a hard charging Duel of Truth and John DeLong. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. "Last week was the first time I drove him and he was awesome," Peterson noted in the winner's circle. "He was pretty aggressive last week but he relaxed tonight and really raced liked a professional." "I knew everyone would be leaving for position so we settled off the gate but I also didn't want to get him in trouble so I had to move down the backside. He let me do what I want with him and really raced great. I'd like to thank his connections for the opportunity to drive him." Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck notched the second win of his three-year-old season from just three outings. Owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill, and Debbie Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid was the two-year-old pacing colt champion in the state of Indiana and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $$292,500 with the victory tonight. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 7 with a 13-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the early stages of the 2016 harness racing season on Saturday, June 4 with some of Indiana's finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been carded and will feature four $75,000 finals for the three-year-old competitors. The Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The 2016 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 15 at Hoosier Park. "Our Hoosier Champions Night has become a much-anticipated event among horsemen and racing fans alike," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The Indiana Sires Stakes program continues to improve every year and we are excited to highlight another season of the best state-breds that Indiana has to offer." The three-year-old filly trotters will kick-off the stakes action for the evening and have been slated as the 8th race on the 14-race program. Indiana's reigning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Just Jess, will start from the trailing post position ten with trainer, driver Doug Rideout in the sulky. Just Jess will be looking to score her second consecutive victory of the season and has been entrusted as the 9-5 favorite. Owned by Alan White and Julie Rideout, the homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide has bankrolled $256,365 lifetime while winning eight of 17 career starts. A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. Bridge To Jesse's, Indiana's two-year-old trotting colt of the year, has been handed post nine for driver John DeLong. A winner in last week's elimination round, Bridge To Jesse's will have has his work cut out for him as Fly Jesse Fly puts a three race win streak on the line from the coveted rail position for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Ron Otto. In the three-year-old pacing filly ranks, Seventimesavirgin will look to remain undefeated from two starts in 2016 starting from post four for trainer, driver John DeLong. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven scored her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in the elimination round of the stakes action last week in 1:52.2 by two lengths. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts is the twelfth race on the program and will feature a talented field of ten. Matrix of Luck has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice and will look to score his second consecutive victory for the season after establishing a new lifetime best of 1:50.3 in his elimination last week. The son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid will start from the rail position with Mike Peterson in the bike. Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck has amassed $255,000 lifetime and won 8 of 14 career outings for owners Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Debbie Cullipher. Saturday's 14-race card is set to get underway at 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' will return this Saturday and continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. At the conclusion of live racing, Kandis Chambers will perform live on the Terrace Showroom stage. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the 14-race harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 and the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Matrix of Luck, the Hoosier state's two-year-old pacing colt champion, returned to his winnings ways to score in 1:50.3, the fastest division of the evening. With Mike Peterson at the lines, Matrix of Luck protected his rail position and was sent away from the gate firing through an opening panel in :27. Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Tyler Smith grabbed a pocket seat while Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander were next in line third. Matrix of Luck went uncontested through splits of :55.1 and 1:23.1 but saved his best for last. As the field turned for home, Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller were the first to commit to the outer flow and taking aim at the leader. Mgsperkg Bluegrass tipped from the pocket but Matrix of Luck was too strong. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Matrix of Luck finished four lengths to the good over Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Uncmprmsing Z Tam. Owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Debbie Cullipher, Matrix of Luck scored the first win of his three-year-old season from two starts and eighth lifetime win. Trained by Roger Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid also established a new lifetime mark with the win. In the next division, Bourbon Chase recorded his first stakes victory to remain perfect in three starts this season, scoring tonight in 1:51.2. Driven and trained by Dan Shetler, Bourbon Chase made his game winning move down the backside and used a :27.2 final quarter to secure the win over Shocking Image and Trace Tetrick. The homebred son of Palone Ranger-Stonebridge Beauty was unraced at two but has won all three of his lifetime outings at three. Owned by Dan Shelter and Kristin Shetler, Bourbon Chase has now earned $20,500 lifetime. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a gritty, front-running effort to take the third split of the stakes action in 1:51.2. It was the second consecutive victory for the Ron Burke trainee who also established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and P. Collura, Ville Valo has now won three of seven seasonal starts while bankrolling $22,310 in 2016. The gelded son of Real Desire-Pleasantville has now won six of 17 career outings. Each of the divisional winners from the three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for June 4 at Hoosier Park. The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 15 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 31 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 5:45 p.m. Emily Gaskin

American Girl, guided by Trace Tetrick, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for harness racing fillies and mares, on Friday, May 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Trained by Tyler George, American Girl proved she was much the best winning by four lengths and stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and equaled her lifetime best in the process. It was a good day at the office for both Tetrick and George who found the winner's circle four times on the evening throughout the 14-race card. Leaving from post five in a talented field of six, Tetrick took no chances as he sent the seven-year-old mare away from the gate firing. She reached the front through an opening panel in :27.3 while Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. grabbed a pocket seat. American Girl went uncontested down the backside through splits of :55.1 and 1:22.1 while the rest of the field waited for the long Hoosier Park stretch to make a move. As the field turned for home, Wild Wanda looked primed to strike from the pocket but American Girl was strong on the front. Tetrick asked his mount for more nearing the wire and she dug in gamely using a :28.1 final panel to coast home a winner over Wild Wanda. White Metro and Jason Dillander rallied nicely in the stretch to round out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, American Girl returned $6.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I think she is racing as good now as she ever has," George noted after the victory. "She is as tough as they come and loves her job. Not only is she a pleasure to have in the barn but she's probably the best mare we've ever had." With the win, American Girl notched her seventh victory of the season and 35th win from 127 career starts while amassing $679,188 in purse earnings lifetime. The daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is an Indiana Sires Stakes champion and owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. The victory with American Girl was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick and one of four training wins for the George stable. Tetrick and George also teamed up to get Rockalina home a winner in a new lifetime best of 1:53.2 in a conditioned pace and just one race later, Brookletssuprsonic scored her second consecutive victory. Ross Leonard guided Aw Naw home a winner in a split of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies for the George Stable. Scoring in 1:53.1, Aw Naw scored her fifth win from eight seasonal outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. Tetrick steered his fourth winner in the final division of the Indiana Sires stakes action as Au D Lox Bluegrass prevailed in a tight photo to get the win in 1:52.4 for trainer John Merkel. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 with a 14-race card featuring three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 160-day harness racing season at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes season is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 25 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination races showcasing the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the state. A total of 36 sophomore trotting fillies were entered in the opening round of the harness racing stakes action. In addition to the stakes races, racing fans are reminded of two signature wagering opportunities for Wednesday's 14-race card at Hoosier Park. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta has been added to the wagering menu and will be offered in the opening leg of the pick-5 wager every Wednesday night. In addition, Hoosier Park will offer a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in races 3-6. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers on Wednesday nights throughout the live racing season. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on Hoosier Park's website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website. The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday with the three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card schedule for Thursday, May 26. The three-year-old pacing fillies will take to the track on Friday, May 27 and the three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Saturday, May 28. The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on Saturday, October 15 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Nitro, with John DeLong at the lines, made amends for last week's second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 21. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Nitro stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and gave driver John DeLong one of his six wins on the 13-race harness racing card. DeLong took no chances and sent Nitro to the front from post five in an abbreviated field of six to grab the top spot through the opening panel in :27.3. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. left just enough to grab a pocket seat while If I Lose and Brian Carpenter were next in line third. The field remained in single file order down the backside as Nitro clicked off fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, Jason Dillander had Shooter's Dream pointed to the front in the outer flow while Color's A Virgin and Tyler Smith grabbed the cover second-over. As the rest of the field closed in, DeLong asked his mount for more and Nitro dug in gamely. Using a :26.4 closing quarter, Nitro finished a length and a half in front of the pocket-sitting Bluehourpower. As the only mare in the field, Color's A Virgin rallied gamely for third place honors. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Nitro returned $4.20 at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the six-year-old son of Charley Barley-Deferred Comp notched his second seasonal victory from 14 outings. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and C. Hecht, Nitro has now won 20 of 107 lifetime starts and amassed $347,934 lifetime. Nitro In the very next race, John DeLong found the winner's circle in a conditioned pace with JL Dontwastemytime in 1:52.1 for trainer Trent Stohler. Stohler and Delong also teamed up to get ER Zach Attack home a winner in a claiming event earlier on the card. Driving in each and every race on the program, DeLong found the winner's circle for the first time in the third race of the evening with Hot N Shooting for trainer Grant Wilfong and then scored in the very next race with Ok Ferrari for trainer Dylan Davis. In the $20,000 Steve Gray Memorial Pace, it was Four Socks who turned in a gate to wire effort to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1. It was the third victory of the season for the six-year-old son of I Scoot Hanover-Well Hello Dolly who is trained by Mike Murphy. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 61 wins on the season through 35 nights of live racing. Hoosier Park's 2015 leading driver, Trace Tetrick, leads all drivers with 82 wins on the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 24 with a 14-race card and a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

With a carry-over in excess of $7,500, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for Thursday, May 19 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 14-race harness racing card on Thursday that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Wednesday's Pick-5 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $7,794.79 and will kick-start the Pick-5 pool for Thursday. The 14-race card slated for Thursday, will be highlighted by the $18,000 Hal Dal Pacing Series final and a $17,500 Open trot. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the tenth race and will continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the tenth race, is 8:45 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 12. Racing fans are reminded of an upcoming adjusted 4:30 p.m. post time at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 21 to accommodate the Don Felder Concert in the Terrace Showroom. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind. - The buzz and excitement of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of two signature wagering opportunities for the 2016 harness racing season. Beginning Wednesday, May 18, Hoosier Park will add a new $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta to the wagering menu and will be offered in the opening leg of the pick-5 wager every Wednesday night. In addition, Hoosier Park will also move the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool, currently offered on Thursday nights, to Wednesday nights in races 3-6. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers on Wednesdays throughout the live racing season. "Wednesday nights have proven to be strong nights in terms of wagering for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "We feel the addition of these guaranteed wagers will only reinforce the type of mid-week wagering activity we have seen on Hoosier Park throughout the simulcast world." The $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the first race of the pick-5 sequence each Wednesday night. On a 14-race card, the guaranteed trifecta will be offered in the tenth race of the program with an approximate post time of 8:45 p.m. No superfecta wagering will be available on the race featuring the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 6:25 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on Hoosier Park's website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website. The Pick-4 wager on Wednesday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

The undefeated Freaky Feet Pete continued his winning ways in the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 14. Harness racing fans turned out on a chilly night in Indiana and the hometown hero did not disappoint, scoring in 1:50 by five lengths. Starting from post six, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate this week by regular pilot Trace Tetrick and settled along the rail in fourth. Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller got the first call through an opening quarter in :26.4 but their lead would be short lived. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light and the duo surged up to take command at the second station in :55.1. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete was on top by three and never seriously challenged en route to his third straight victory. Using a :27 final quarter and under no urging from Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished five lengths in front of Nitro and John Delong. Shooter's Dream and Jason Dillander rallied for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the windows. "He (Freaky Feet Pete) was very good tonight," Tetrick noted after the win. "I raced him off the gate tonight, it wasn't necessarily the plan but that's just how it looked when the wings folded. You can do anything you want with him. He's very sharp right now." With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the third win of his four-year-old campaign and 27th career victory from 30 lifetime outings for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,147,224 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will head to Northfield Park for his first major stakes engagement of the season, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on May 21. When Freaky Feet Pete lines up behind the gate it will be the first time he has raced over a half-mile track. "He trains on a half-mile track at home," Rheinheimer noted after the win. "I'm really not worried at all about him getting around the track; I think he will take to it just fine. I think the post position will matter but I'm not worried about how he will get around the smaller track." "He's definitely matured some this year," Rheinheimer continued. "It's hard to tell if he's the best he's ever been, but he's happy and seems good. We will know more next after his race but this was a good race for him tonight, I think he's ready to go." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 13. Racing from off the pace this week, the five-year-old harness racing mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and established a new lifetime best in the process for the second consecutive week. Wild Wanda was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while American Girl and Trace Tetrick came away firing. American Girl reached the front at the first quarter in a snappy :25.3 while White Metro and Jason Dillander left just enough to grab a pocket seat. American Girl dictated middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:23 while the rest of the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. American Girl looked strong on the front turning for home but would have her work cut out for her as the rest of the field closed in. White Metro was the first to take aim at the pace setter but was unable to make up on any ground on the leader. Macomber Jr. tipped Wild Wanda to the outside and just when it looked like she was running out of race track, she found another gear. American Girl dug in gamely on the inside but it was Wild Wanda who found the wire first by a neck. White Metro maintained her position to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Wild Wanda returned $3.60 at the betting window. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Wild Wanda notched her third win from 13 seasonal outings and 17th lifetime victory. Owned by L. Rheinheimer, D. & J. Rheinheimer, and M. Rheinheimer, the daughter of Palone Ranger-Viking South Coast has earned $204,375 lifetime. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 14 with a 13-race card. 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete will look to score his third consecutive win this season in the $21,000 Invitational Pace, the eighth race on the card. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

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