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ANDERSON, Ind.--November 27, 2020--The 2020 live harness racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, November 21, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizeable gains in all-sources handle during the shortened 111-day harness racing season. At a time when tracks are struggling with the status quo of maintaining handle from year to year, Harrah's Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of over 35% during the 2020 live harness racing season from the previous year's numbers. Total handle for all of 2020 was $70,967,441, up 35.5% as compared with the same 105 like-days plus the first six days of the 2019 meet. 2020 average daily handle was $639,346 (111 days) as compared to 2019 average daily handle of $497,460 (160 days) and up 28.5%. In a continued effort to provide the most attractive racing product to bettors everywhere, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino placed a focus on all encompassing marketing efforts and an increase in overall quality of racing. Race cards featured fuller fields over the previous year's numbers, averaging 8.8 betting interests per race this season compared to 8.47 in 2019. In addition, Hoosier Park averaged 13.9 races per day compared to 12.5 races per day in the previous year. "The 2020 live racing season proved to be an unequivocal success as witnessed by the record-breaking average daily handle," Harrah's Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "This achievement would not have been possible without the good judgment and foresight of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and the Indiana Standardbred Association which cooperatively and proactively assisted Harrah's Hoosier Park and making it possible for the 111-day season to be conducted in a safe and healthy manner all the while producing a record-breaking season on many fronts." "I would also like to thank our Indiana horsemen for their unwavering cooperation in putting together a most competitive product on the track each and every night. And, a special thank you to all Harrah's Hoosier Park team members for executing a flawless Breeders Crown weekend!" One of the most anticipated weekends on the 2020 live racing calendar was in October as Harrah's Hoosier Park welcomed the 37th edition of the $6 million Breeders Crown events back to the Anderson oval. The Breeders Crown saw notable success while placing the national spotlight on Harrah's Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. The 2020 Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park pulled in its largest handle in the 27-year history with a total of $2,639,903 wagered on the 15-race card Saturday, Oct. 31. The previous track record for handle on a single program was set during the 2017 Breeders Crown at $2,063,985. The 2020 edition was also a two-night record for the track with a total of $4,297,864 wagered on Breeders Crown Championships compared to a two-night total of $3,837,869 wagered in 2017. Additionally, the first dead heat in the history of the Breeders Crown was recorded in the Breeders Crown final for two-year-old pacing colts and the $409.80 win mutuel yielded by Sandbetweenmytoes in the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts was the highest ever in the 37-year history of the Breeders Crown. In addition to the Breeders Crown events, Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit racing action six different times this season and welcomed the top-rated horses in North America to compete in races like the $160,000 Monument Circle, the $150,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $140,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $100,000 Nadia Lobell. As with the Breeders Crown, the bettors came out in full force throughout the entire season as a total of five race days produced over $1 million in handle--the most in any one season in the history of Harrah's Hoosier Park. Harrah's Hoosier Park also witnessed one of its' fastest season to date as 13 track records were equaled or re-established this season. Pacing sensations Little Rocket Man and Cattlewash equaled the overall track record of 1:47.2, which is now co-held by five horses. Trace Tetrick led all forces on the track and took home the 2020 leading driver title with 277 victories and accumulated over $3.1 million in purse earnings throughout the season. Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his ninth leading driver title at Harrah's Hoosier Park in 2020. Trainer Tyler George earned his first leading trainer title at Harrah's Hoosier Park after his stable recorded 73 wins on the season. Live racing dates for the 2021 season at Harrah's Hoosier Park have been submitted and will be reviewed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission at their December meeting. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. About Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Harrah's Hoosier Park, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Harrah's Hoosier Park, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features the newest slots, live table games, sports wagering, and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. For more information, please visit www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos and sports books. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.--November 27, 2020--In conjunction with the initiative created by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino raised $126,189 as part of the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The challenge culminated on Friday, October 30, 2020, the first night of the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through different fundraising outlets, four Indiana charities benefitted from the Charity Challenge with Hoosier Burn Camp coming out ahead and earning the most of the four. Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., AWS Foundation of Indiana and The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment also received funds from the challenge. The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership acted as the official presenting sponsor of the 2020 Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park, the second year that the partnership has sponsored The Breeders Crown Series. The partnership, voted Armstrong Breeder of the Year in four of the last five years, was founded more than 25 years ago and has been involved in the breeding of many champions in the sport. Libfeld & Katz bred the sport's first million-dollar yearling, Maverick, and in 2019 were voted the Stanley Bergstein Proximity Award, one of the sports highest honors, for the creation and execution of the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The challenge kicked off raising $105,000 at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale on Tuesday, October 6, where buyers could bid on breedings to some of the elite sires for 2021. Stallions featured were Father Patrick, Greenshoe, JK Endofanera, Swan For All, Tall Dark Stranger and Walner. The Father Patrick breeding brought the highest bid at $30,000. The second fundraising aspect was the Glamour Boy Challenge, where connections of a top-performing three-year-old pacing colt would donate one percent of their earnings through November 1. With Tall Dark Stranger, Cattlewash, Captain Barbossa and Odds On Osiris featured, it was Tall Dark Stranger who once again contributed the bulk of the funds, his connections donating $13,062 to the challenge. With the Glamour Boy Challenge raising a combined total of $21,189, the donation bank for the Charity Challenge reached $126,189. Fans held a bit of the weight for the final component of the challenge. To determine which charity received the most donations, fans could vote via Facebook for a celebrity spokesperson and the spokesperson's charity of their choosing. The winning charity would receive one-half of the funds, second place would receive one-fourth and so on. With a total of 6,723 votes recorded, Jeff Saturday representing Hoosier Burn Camp won the fan vote, receiving over half the votes and earning $63,094.50 for the organization. "Working with everyone associated with Harrah's Hoosier Park was absolutely spectacular," Mark J. Koopman of Hoosier Burn Camp expressed. "Their organization was truly a first-class experience from start to finish. The time, talent and treasure they have invested to help our very deserving adolescent burn survivors with Hoosier Burn Camp is very much appreciated and genuinely difficult for me to express knowing how it will yield such a positive impact." The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge was introduced in 2019 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, host of the 2019 Breeders Crown. Breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz wanted to partner with the Breeders Crown to find a creative way to support local charities and strengthen the host track ties to the community. "I want to thank Harrah's Hoosier Park's Tony Renz who worked so diligently with Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz," Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Rick Moore, noted. "I also would like to that our four local charities in making our Charity Challenge a phenomenal success. Giving back to our community is at the core of what Harrah's Hoosier Park and the entire harness racing industry represents." The 2020 Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park also pulled in its largest handle in the 27-year history with a total of $2,474,344 wagered on the 15-race card Saturday, Oct. 31. The previous track record for handle on a single program was set during the 2017 Breeders Crown at $2,063,985. The 2020 edition was also a two-night record for the track with a total of $4,297,864 wagered on Breeders Crown Championships compared to a two-night total of $3,837,869 wagered in 2017. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN - Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino closed the curtain on its 27th season of live harness racing on Saturday, November 21. In conjunction with a dynamic 14-race card, the leading driver and leading trainer honors were awarded. Driver Trace Tetrick took home his ninth leading driver title and trainer Tyler George broke through a competitive group to take home his first title. Tetrick seemed to have his sights set on the leading driver honors as soon as the 2020 meet kicked off, spending the rest of the season bolstering his lead on his competitors to earn 273 seasonal wins in his 1311 starts. As it has been in seasons past, the top 3 drivers consisted of Tetrick, Sam Widger and John DeLong. Widger held the silver title with 165 wins from 1202 starts while DeLong took third with 145 wins from 1096 starts. Taking home his seventh consecutive leading driver title, Tetrick currently resides in fifth place for top drivers nationwide with his 386 this season. Since 2008, the Illinois native has continually earned over $2 million a season, contributing to those lifetime earnings of $61,086,842. Tetrick has driven three Breeders Crown victors, sitting behind Freaky Feet Pete in 2015, as well as Blazin Britches and Fiftydallarbill in 2017. "Getting to come in and drive great horses for great trainers and owners makes my job fun," Tetrick chuckled in the winner's circle. "I just remember that every night's a new night and it's important to come back fresh the next day. It's a privilege to get to race here in such a great environment." When asked what goals he has set for himself? "I am already looking toward that 10th title," he said. In years past, Jamie Macomber and Jeff Cullipher owned the battle for the leading trainer title but after a hallmark season, Tyler George bested the two with his 70 wins from 233 starts. Macomber and Cullipher tied for second with 60 wins each. While George has been training since 2004, he began consistently bringing in over $1 million in yearly earnings in 2016. The Ohio native is no stranger to the Indiana Sires Stakes circuit, training horses like Golden Paradise and Always A Prince. While 2020's earnings sat just under 1 million at $932,957, George has had a standout year earning a 30% win clip as well as recording his 1000th training win at Hoosier Park in September. "I feel like this is such an accomplishment," George noted. "This is a very competitive track to race, so I'm grateful to have such a great team who puts all their time and effort into the game. I'm very proud to have earned this title." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans, bettors and horsemen who helped make the 2020 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park      

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Despite Tall Dark Stranger's most valiant effort, his absolute reign among 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings came to an end in Saturday night's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Breeders Crown, as 200-1 shot Sandbetweenmytoes lifted down the grandstand side to narrowly record a 1:48.3 win over the divisional leader. Sandbetweenmytoes got away ninth in the field of 10 while Cattlewash (David Miller) and Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick) threw down through a :25.3 first quarter. Upon reaching the backstretch, Yannick Gingras moved Tall Dark Stranger out from third to brush for the lead, and they cleared after being strung out by Cattlewash through a punishing :52.3 half mile. Tall Dark Stranger controlled an uncontested lead through the far turn, but after reaching three-quarters in 1:20.3 and turning for home, the odds-on favorite looked vulnerable as the outer tier had finally caught up to him. The first-over No Lou Zing (Dexter Dunn) worked to within striking range at the eighth pole, Cattlewash launched for the open stretch, and Captain Barbossa (Joe Bongiorno) took a solid shot off cover as well -- but as he had done on numerous occasions this season, Tall Dark Stranger dug deep to find more while under siege. Game as Tall Dark Stranger was, though, one of the unlikeliest of rivals had his number. Scott Zeron fanned Sandbetweenmytoes -- who was towed into contention from fourth-over -- to the five-path in upper stretch, and they found their best gear in the final sixteenth. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere lifted to collar Tall Dark Stranger by a neck, with Cattlewash finishing third and Save Me A Dance fourth. The $409.80 win mutuel yielded by Sandbetweenmytoes was the highest ever in the 37-year history of the Breeders Crown. Trainer Jim Campbell felt the race set up perfectly for his gelding, and that he had the potential to contend: "He had a good week, and before the race, Scotty and I talked it over," he said. "Where we were at, we had to hope for a hot pace up front. We got it, and Sandbetweenmytoes took advantage of it." Despite the faith he had in Sandbetweenmytoes, Campbell was just as surprised by the end result as anyone: "I wasn't confident [in the result] until they flashed his number up, because I watched one angle and thought we had a shot," he said. "Watching the race live, I couldn't tell ... it was tight; he just happened to go the right way at the wire to get his nose up." The Fashion Farms homebred has now won seven of 15 races and $487,135 in purses this season.   by James Witherite, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Gimpanzee made it three Breeders Crown titles in a row by winning Saturday's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Open Trot by a length over Crystal Fashion in 1:51.3 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Atlanta finished third. Gimpanzee, a 4-year-old stallion, became the fifth trotter in history to win at least three Breeders Crown trophies, joining Peace Corps, Grades Singing, Mack Lobell, and Manchego -- who accomplished the feat earlier in the night. Peace Corps, who leads the group with a record four Crowns, and Mack Lobell are the only others to win titles at ages 2, 3, and 4. In addition, Gimpanzee became the first trotter to win a Breeders Crown at age 3 and return to capture the Open Trot at 4 since his sire, Chapter Seven, did so in 2011 and 2012. "He's just an amazing horse and means a lot to me," trainer Marcus Melander said. "He's been with us from the start since we bought him at the Harrisburg sale, and it's just amazing what a journey it's been for us. "This is our third win together, and it's very tough to win these Breeders Crown races. I'm very happy. Doing it with this horse -- taking his third straight Breeders Crown -- just shows how good of a horse he is." Gimpanzee and driver Brian Sears followed early leader Crystal Fashion around the first turn through an opening :27.3 quarter before moving to the front on the backstretch. From there, Gimpanzee hit the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Atlanta, the lone mare in the field, tried to launch a challenge on the last turn, but Gimpanzee kept both Crystal Fashion and Atlanta at bay down the stretch. "I didn't know what Brian had planned," Melander said. "I think (Gimpanzee) is better chasing horses, but they went a little softer there on the backside and he could get the lead." Gimpanzee, out of the mare Steamy Windows, has won eight of 11 races this season and 25 of 34 in his career, with earnings of $2.70 million. He is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He was bred by Order By Stable. Sent off as the even money favorite, Gimpanzee paid $4.00 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

Harness racing driver David Miller had Century Farroh in just the right spot, and the 4-year-old son of Mach Three charged by favorite Bettor's Wish in the late stages to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday night (Oct. 31). Century Farroh left hard from the outside and tucked in behind early speedster Backstreet Shadow heading into the first turn. Tim Tetrick guided Backstreet Shadow to the quarter in :26.3 and was able to slow the half to :54.1 as favorite Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn tracked from fourth after leaving the gate. Dunn pulled with Bettor's Wish and methodically moved without cover, towing Sectionline Bigry into the race in second-over position. Backstreet Shadow controlled the lead at the three-quarter marker in 1:21.2, but Dunn appeared poised and Bettor's Wish moved with purpose into the homestretch to take control. David Miller had to wait for the passing lane to find room, and once he got that room, he roused the Dr. Ian Moore trainee and got the response he was looking for. As the leaders approached the finish line, Century Farroh had the momentum and got the best of Bettor's Wish by a neck, denying that horse a second straight Crown title. Backstreet Shadow managed to hold on to the third spot, with This Is The Plan and Filibuster Hanover rounding out the top five finishers. Century Farroh won for just the fourth time this year in 15 starts for the Ratchford Stable and pushed his career earnings over the $1 million mark. Century Spring Farms bred the winner, who returned $17.40. "When I landed in the two-hole, I was pretty happy," said Miller following the race. The Hall of Fame driver was far from confident heading into the stretch. "I wouldn't say I was loaded, but when I popped the earplugs, he got the job done." The Breeders Crown victory for Century Farroh was eerily similar to his August Dan Patch triumph at Harrah's Hoosier Park, where he tracked down the pacesetting Bettor's Wish in the shadow of the wire. by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Thrice a Breeders Crown competitor but now finally a bride, Kissin In The Sand kept defending Horse of the Year Shartin N at bay and equaled the stakes record in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Kissin In The Sand was parked to a :26.4 opening quarter, but cleared command from Shartin N entering the backstretch. Warrawee Ubeaut raced third as the field lined up single file to a :54.2 half, where Caviart Ally tipped first-over from sixth. Caviart Ally's uncovered rush prompted Warrawee Ubeaut to vacate the cones from third and lead the two-wide tier after Kissin In The Sand to three-quarters in 1:22.1. Warrawee Ubeaut drew to equal terms with Kissin In The Sand straightening for the finish, but leveled off nearing the eighth pole. Once arriving at the open stretch, Shartin N shot from the pocket after Kissin In The Sand to mount a final charge after the leader, but finished a length shy of victory. Warrawee Ubeaut finished third with Sweet Lucy Lou sweeping up the pegs for fourth. "I only got on this mare within the last six weeks, but she's been extremely powerful the later half of the season," winning driver Dexter Dunn said after the race. "[We] made a move, got the front, and she kicked really well down the stretch. She's just been vicious lately and she showed it again tonight -- a 1:48.4 mile... a strong run." Kissin In The Sand, a 5-year-old mare by Somebeachsomewhere, collected her seventh win from 11 starts this season and her 26th from 57 overall, earning $1,669,094 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Nancy Takter trains the mare bred by Christina Takter, John Fielding and R A W Equine who missed qualifying for the Breeders Crown at 2, finished second in the Breeders Crown as a 3-year-old, and was third in last year's Mare Pace.   Her 1:48.4 mile equaled the stakes record set by Hana Hanover in 2009. "Nancy did the right thing -- she decided not to take the bye in the eliminations and race the horse. That way, we were afforded the three-hole, and I think that made a big difference in the final," Bud Hatfield said. "It's a very special feeling [to win]. We love this horse; she's such a wonderful animal. I can't be any happier than I am right now." Kissin In The Sand paid $2.80 to win.   by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn drove Amigo Volo to victory for the second week, posting a 1:53 win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Play Trix On Me left quickly along with Back Of The Neck, who advanced to take the lead at the end of a :27.1. Amigo Volo angled from third and rolled by the new leader to take control of the pace. Gliding atop the field, Amigo Volo cut a :56 half with no pressure, but Ready For Moni took to the outside and passed Back Of The Neck and Play Trix On Me at the rail to chase the leader, with Gangster Hanover second-over and Chestnut Hill poised to go wide in the stretch. After reaching three-quarters in 1:24.4, Dunn began to urge Amigo Volo to stay afloat in the stretch as Play Trix On Me found a path inside and driver Joe Bongiorno had his colt closing rapidly. It took a photo finish to separate the huge public choice with the 27-1 shot, but Amigo Volo was a breath ahead and won in 1:53. Play Trix On Me was second, Chestnut Hill passed tired rivals to take third, and Hillexotic, another long shot, picked up the fourth spot. Amigo Volo is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. "It's been an incredible year," 25-year-old co-owner Carter Pinske said before offering a humble comment, saying, "I'm going to have a long career, so I guess it'll be downhill from here." As for Amigo Volo, Pinske said he had one word to describe his colt: "Guts." Amigo Volo, a son of Father Patrick and Margarita Momma, won his eighth race in 14 starts this season with the championship. He returned $3.00 to win. by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Peaky Sneaky became the first filly to defeat Party Girl Hill -- and she made the most of it, capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore filly harness racing pace on Saturday night (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park in rein to driver Yannick Gingras. Gingras and Peaky Sneaky left explosively to secure the lead before yielding into the opening bend to Rocknificent and driver Scott Zeron. The Nancy Takter trainee was quick to regain at the :26.2 opening quarter, and she then stung the 1-5 favorite Party Girl Hill before allowing her to pass at the halfway point in :54. Party Girl Hill and Dexter Dunn kept the tempo lively, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.3 while second choice Lyons Sentinel and Tim Tetrick crept into contention first-over and was on the leader's flank heading into the homestretch. Unlike in her 14 straight victories, Party Girl Hill and Dunn looked vulnerable on Breeders Crown night under outside pressure from Lyons Sentinel. And once the inside passing lane opened, Peaky Sneaky picked up the fight. The three fillies raced head-to-head through deep stretch, with Party Girl Hill fighting valiantly. Ultimately, Peaky Sneaky wore her down in the closing strides to prevail in a stakes record 1:49 mile. Lyons Sentinel edged Party Girl Hill for second. Peaky Sneaky is owned by Howard and Judith Taylor and Order By Stable, and was bred by White Birch Farms. The victory was her sixth on the season in 14 tries. The Bettor's Delight filly paid $16.20 as the third choice. "She was tremendous last week," Gingras said of Peaky Sneaky. "I thought she had a shot." Takter has believed in Peaky Sneaky all year long: "She was so good. I've been saying all along that she's going to win a big one. She won the right big one." by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Long left in the shadow of her division's titans, Next Level Stuff took the throne with an open-stretch dash past Hypnotic AM and Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old filly harness racing trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Protecting position from the pylon post, Next Level Stuff eased into the pocket as Sorella slid to top and Hypnotic AM rolled towards the front past a :27.2 first quarter. Hypnotic AM grabbed the lead into the backstretch and seated Sorella in the pocket as the tempo accelerated by a :55.2 half. Approaching the far turn, Love A Good Story kicked off the pylons from fourth and pressed forward to challenge Hypnotic AM to three-quarters in 1:23.4, but began to lose ground off the bend. Sorella swung out of the pocket nearing the eighth pole, leaving a seam up the inside for Next Level Stuff to dart through to the open stretch as Hypnotic AM tired. Next Level Stuff charged to the finish with the most momentum, holding off Sorella in a stakes and track record 1:52 mile while Ab'sattitudexpress rallied for third and Hypnotic AM settled for fourth. "She raced really good; her last three starts, she's really been coming into top form," winning driver Tim Tetrick said after the race. "Last week she got home in :26 and a piece and raced well, and today we got kind of the same trip -- but with the long stretch, we had plenty of time to get there. She's definitely exceeded expectations, that's for sure." A homebred Sebastian K S filly for Runthetable Stables, Next Level Stuff won her seventh race from 13 starts this season and her 13th from 23 overall, earning $646,816. Jim Campbell trains the winner, who returned an $18.00 mutuel. "My family's been with Jim Campbell for 30-plus years," Scott Farber of Runthetable Stables said. "My stable's named after my father, who I loved with all my heart. He's my best friend in the entire world and I just miss him so much and I hope I made him proud tonight. "I'm so proud of this horse. I'm so proud of being a small part of the Campbell family. There's just no way I'm going to be able to put this into words." by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Manchego became only the fourth trotter in harness racing history to win three Breeders Crown trophies by capturing Saturday's (Oct. 31) $300,000 Mare Trot in 1:52 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Dispatched as the 4-5 favorite, Manchego won by 3-1/4 lengths over Plunge Blue Chip. When Dovescry overcame a break at the start to rally for third. Manchego joined Peace Corps, Grades Singing and Mack Lobell as the only trotters with at least three Crowns. Peace Corps holds the Breeders Crown record with four titles; Grades Singing and Mack Lobell each had three. In Saturday's final, Felicityshagwell S went to the front followed by Plunge Blue Chip, Weslynn Quest, and Manchego. The top four remained in that order through a :27.3 opening quarter and :56 half. Entering the last turn, driver Dexter Dunn put Manchego on a first-over march. She was third to three-quarters in 1:24.2, and she briefly followed Plunge Blue Chip (Ãke Svanstedt) -- who pulled the pocket in the stretch -- before powering past her rivals for the victory. "It actually worked out good because I got on (Svanstedt's) helmet for a while; he sort of beat me into the stretch there," Dunn said. "Once I moved her off Ãke's helmet, she really exploded. "She's an amazing horse. She really did it easy. It was a good performance tonight. It's a pleasure to sit behind her." Manchego's previous Breeders Crown triumphs came at age 2 at Hoosier Park in 2017 and at age 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park last year. "It sure never gets old," said owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing. "She's an awesome mare. It's been a great ride." Manchego, a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, is trained by Nancy Takter. Manchego has won five of 12 races this year and 32 of 55 in her career, with earnings of $2.56 million. She was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego paid $3.80 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown  

Nearly every owner who gets involved in the sport of harness racing does so with aspirations of getting that one special horse who can compete and win at the stakes level. Nearly every fractional ownership group promises to fulfill those dreams, but few can claim to deliver on those promises and fulfil those dreams as reliably as VIP Internet Stable. Horses like River Shark, Allstar Partner, Keystone Velocity, Charmed Life, and others have taken VIP Stable's partners to the upper echelons of the sport. On Saturday night (Oct. 31), two more of VIP Stable's horses have a chance to make their partners' dreams come true in the Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Trillions Hanover and Lindy The Great, who will compete in the divisions for older pacing mares and older trotters, respectively. "This is a really important weekend for us, having Trillions Hanover and Lindy The Great in there. I wouldn't say either of them are slam dunks, but they're not a million-to-one shots either. With a little bit of luck, both horses have a shot to take home some good money and they belong in there. We're really fortunate," said Ed O'Connor, VIP Stable founder and managing partner. "I think we're in the two most top-heavy divisions," O'Connor continued. "The 2-year-olds are pretty competitive, the 3-year-olds are pretty competitive. The older trotters and the older mares are where you've got Atlanta and Shartin. Those are some really tough competition. We've had a good year so far, but we're really just excited for our partners to get in on Saturday night and have something really big to root for." Trillions Hanover was a $20,000 buy for VIP Stable and trainer Tom Fanning at the 2017 Harrisburg sale. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Tutu Hanover, Trillions Hanover went 4-for-7 as a freshman, including a victory in the $40,000 Stallion Series Final at Harrah's Philadelphia. At 3, Trillions Hanover earned her first Grand Circuit victory in the $122,224 Lady Maud at Yonkers and competed most of the big races: the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Shady Daisy, and Mistletoe Shalee. Trillions Hanover completed her sophomore season with 6 win in 15 starts and $192,440 earned. "She's been a delight. Tom Fanning has done a great job with her," O'Connor said. "He raced her really conservatively as a 2-year-old. I think she raced in the "B" level races in Pennsylvania and did really well. Last year, she won a couple sire stakes races and the Lady Maud." Trillions Hanover got a late start this year due to the COVID-19 lockdowns that temporarily shuttered racing across America from March through May. She earned her first win of the year in a $15,000 overnight at the Meadowlands June 26 before earning checks in the Dorothy Haughton and the Clara Barton at the Big M and Plainridge July 18 and 26, respectively. Trillions Hanover's biggest performances this year have come in Canada, however. She shipped north of the border for the $220,400 Roses Are Red at Mohawk Aug. 29 and for the first time since her June 26 win, got an aggressive drive. Sylvain Filion sent the mare to the lead before yielding to favorite Warrawee Ubeaut. Trillions Hanover paced a :26.4 final quarter to finish second to the pacesetter in 1:49.4. In an elimination of the Milton Stakes Sept. 19, Bob McClure put Trillions Hanover on the front and she went the distance, scoring in 1:50.3. "We had a lot of confidence in her all year," O'Connor said. "One of the downsides with trying to break into a division with a couple of really great horses is it's tough to ask your driver to race them really aggressively against horses like Shartin. We got up to Canada and got a couple of really nice, aggressive drives. She can leave the gate really well, she can close, she's really handy. There's nothing not to like about her." Trillions Hanover made her most recent start in the $161,250 final of the Milton Sept. 26. Driver Doug McNair elected to stick to the pylons in third around the final turn and was never able to shake free in the stretch. Although Trillions Hanover appeared to be loaded with pace, she was mired in traffic through the lane and finished sixth. All told, Trillions Hanover is 13-for-32 with $341,741 earned for VIP Stable and partners Falcon Racing and Paul Lang. "As much as our partners tend to get upset with drives that don't work out, I don't really like second-guessing those guys," O'Connor said. "They're making split-second decisions and trying to do the best they can. It didn't work out. It could have just as easily been the right move. Monday morning quarterbacking is always hard." Trillions Hanover drew post nine in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Final for open pacing mares, the 12th race Saturday night at Hoosier Park. Bob McClure will take the lines again and the pair are 20-1 on the morning line. The field also includes division heavyweights Shartin, Kissin In The Sand, and Warrawee Ubeaut. "We've got Bob McClure who did a great job with her in Canada, so we'll cross our fingers and hope for the best," O'Connor said. "The division is a little more competitive. It's not just Shartin and everybody else. Maybe if there's a little bit of action, we can close into it. Who knows. We're happy to be there. If we can come home with a decent check, we're going to be really excited. A 4-year-old racing against older mares is always a tough spot to be in and she's given a good account of herself all year. Trillions Hanover had one qualifier leading up to the Breeders Crown, pacing a mile in 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands Oct. 17. She trained well this week before shipping to Indiana Thursday (Oct. 29). "Trillions Hanover really races well off a little bit of rest. We've been fine qualifying her up to a few events this year," O'Connor said. "Up in Canada, she went back-and-forth, she didn't stay up there. That's a little extra wear and tear on her. Tom Fanning wanted to give her an easy week after her last race and qualify her back. I think he was looking for a start and it just didn't work out. I think she will be plenty ready and it's just a matter of how the race shakes out for us." Unlike Trillions Hanover, who was a relatively inexpensive yearling purchase, Lindy The Great was an aged racehorse buy for VIP Stable at the Meadowlands January Mixed sale. Hammering down for $450,000, the 6-year-old son of Crazed became VIP Stable's most expensive purchase to date and one of their most popular offerings. "We sold out of our share of the horse within six hours. The idea that people can get involved at the very top level, that's what they're in it for," O'Connor said. "Clearly people want a return on their investment and when you're racing for these kind of purses and you have the ability to get a lot of your money back in one or two starts, guys like that. It's been really exciting. "We've got a small but elite group of guys and gals we've worked with for a long period of time who really want to be involved at the top level," O'Connor continued. "Doing it on your own means your spending $450,000 on Lindy The Great. Going out on your own for something like that is an aggressive move. Back to our bread and butter, breaking up a price like that over a number of partners, it gets to be affordable." Campaigned under the name "Team Lindy The Great" and in partnership with Andy Miller Stable, Inc., Lindy The Great is 0-for-13 on the season, but has earned $316,674 with second-place finishes in the Cashman, Maple Leaf Trot, and Dayton Trotting Derby, thirds in the Caesar's Trotting Classic and the Cutler, and fourths in the Spirit of Massachusetts, Crawford Farms Trot, and Allerage Open Trot. "I don't know what the record is for earnings without a victory," O'Connor joked. "I would have hoped that he could have picked up an open. He raced in an open at Hoosier getting ready for the Caesar's and he raced again last week. I know those are just tighteners, but who knows. Maybe we'll break through this week or in the TVG. The competition is really tough with Atlanta and Gimpanzee, but we'll give it a go. "It's very different than racing overnights. Most of our horses, unless you're racing upper-level conditions or opens, seconds and thirds are nice, but they're not going to make a big difference in having a big month or having a bill for the month," O'Connor continued. "But when you're racing for $500,000, seconds and thirds are big checks. That's been really good. "Atlanta is just a very special mare, Gimpanzee is a great horse. Up against them, do we expect to win? Never. Would we like to win? Of course," O'Connor said. "With the races we're in, to come in second and race as well as we have, we're happy. It's hard not to be excited about the way Lindy The Great has performed this year. Andy and Julie have done a super job with him." One of Lindy The Great's highlights this season came in the $291,350 Cashman on Hambletonian Day. Andy Miller was aggressive with the trotter early before moving first-over on leader Atlanta up the backstretch. Lindy The Great drew even with the sensational mare at the top of the stretch and under a stiff right-handed drive, put his head in front. However, favored Gimpanzee tipped three-wide off cover and bore down on them both. Lindy The Great quickened when met with the challenge while Atlanta retreated. Gimpanzee had the momentum though and drew away to a 3/4-length win. "He went first-over and cleared by everybody. Gimpanzee got to us late, he had a really easy trip and went right by us," O'Connor said. "Lindy The Great was super, he couldn't have raced any better. He's just a really, really nice horse that tries hard. He can leave, he can come from behind. He's done it any which way. We've had a number of situations where we go into a big money race and we're not the favorite, but we have a chance and if we get a big check finishing second, it's hard not to be excited." Lindy The Great will start from post six as a 10-1 morning line in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot, the 14th race at Hoosier Park Saturday night. The lineup also includes Atlanta and two-time Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. A top four finish would boost Lindy The Great's career earnings over the $1 million mark; he currently boasts a record of 14 wins from 60 starts and $965,799 banked. What if one or both of Trillions Hanover and Lindy The Great were to win their Breeders Crown Finals? "I haven't really thought about it," O'Connor answered. "We're hoping to go and get a good trip and get a check. If you're in it, you always have a chance, so it's tremendously exciting. It would always make a difference for our partners. They get into this for the thrill. Horse racing isn't an investment you make because you need a return on your dough. The fun you have is a big part of your ROI. "We've always said this is the best advertising we could possibly get. Having our name in the program in big races really tells people across the industry what level of racing we are in and expect to be in. Not that it's better or worse than when we used to race overnights at Rosecroft, but we've been doing this for over 20 years, we've had some really great horses, and we are a source people can look to, to get involved at the very top level of the game." For more information on VIP Internet Stable and ownership opportunities, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for VIP Stable

ANDERSON, Ind. -- A highly anticipated clash between Breeders Crown elimination winners Perfect Sting (David Miller) and Southwind Gendry (Yannick Gingras) on Friday (Oct. 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park did not disappoint. In fact, it was epic, as Summa Cum Laude (Brian Sears) inserted himself into the fray right at the line to not only finish in front of Southwind Gendry, but to dead heat with Perfect Sting in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in 1:50.2. It was the first occasion in the 37 editions of the Breeders Crown that there has been a dead heat for a victory. Right when the wings of the gate folded, the duel was on as Southwind Gendry went to the lead with Perfect Sting right behind him through a blistering first fraction of :25.3. Miller had no intention of allowing that rival to get away from him and sent Perfect Sting to the lead prior to a half mile in :54.1. Southwind Gendry sat in the pocket biding his time with JK Going West (LeWayne Miller) in third. As Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry headed to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, they provided a bit of separation between themselves and their eight rivals. It appeared the battle was on, and it certainly was. After Abuckabett Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) made a nasty break on the outside, Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry threw down the gauntlet in the stretch. While those horses were locked in on one another, JK Going West hit his best stride and Summa Cum Laude had moved from sixth to fourth. As the horses paced to the finish line, it became obvious Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry had their hooves full. All four horses in contention crossed the line nearly as a quartet and the decision was too close to call. A photograph determined exactly that, as Perfect Sting and Summa Cum Laude could not be separated. Southwind Gendry was third and JK Going West was fourth.   "I knew I was getting close," said Sears. "And Hoosier Park has a long stretch." Summa Cum Laude is a son of Somebeachsomewhere and Western Graduate trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Nick Surick Stable and J L Benson Stables. His record now stands at four wins in 13 starts. For Perfect Sting, the triumph kept his unblemished record intact. The son of Always B Miki and Shebestingin is now 10-for-10 and competes as a homebred for Brittany Farms and Val D'Or Farms. "We talked the talk right in the beginning of the year, and he backed it up," said Joe Holloway, Perfect Sting's trainer. "I trained the dad and the mom and a lot of other very nice horses, but I said right away this horse is the best I've ever had. He proved that tonight. None of them went undefeated as a 2-year-old or won like he did tonight." Summa Cum Laude paid $11.20 while Perfect Sting paid his supporters $2.20. by Kim French, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Fire Start Hanover held sway to the wire while challenged late for a 1:50.4 win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly harness racing pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 30). Dexter Dunn left hard with Fire Start Hanover, settling in third as Scarlett Hanover and JK Alwaysblady rushed ahead of her. The first quarter clocked in at :26.4 with Continalou in fourth and Somethingbeautiful finding the fifth spot. JK Alwaysblady measured a sprint to the front off the fast panel to take the lead over Scarlett Hanover, but Dunn was restless after the shuffle and took to the outside at the :55.3 half to guide the field home. Somethingbeautiful, who briefly drafted behind Fire Start Hanover, was left uncovered as JK Alwaysblady chased the leader. Fire Start Hanover reached three-quarters in 1:23.3 while JK Alwaysblady continued to gain and Somethingbeautiful broke in the middle of the stretch. As Fire Start Hanover was urged to keep the lead, Scarlett Hanover launched a bid but was unable to catch the leader or JK Alwaysblady, who missed by only a neck.   Fire Start Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Fit To Frame bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, was two-fifths of a second off the Breeders Crown division record and won her seventh race from 11 starts for owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Lawrence Means.. She paid $8.20 to win. "We got into a pretty good spot to win it," said Dunn. "She was sharper this week than [in the elimination] last week ... getting a little tired at the end, though." Trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman recorded his fifth Breeders Crown win, saying, "This is the one race you want to win all year and I was very sure she could do it tonight." Marlys Pinske, co-owner of Fire Start Hanover, said she was "very confident" going into the race. "We had our first Breeders Crown win last year," she said. "This is a great night for the family." Fire Start Hanover will train in Florida during the winter. by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- On A Streak and harness racing driver Bob McClure surged down the stretch to overcome pacesetter Captain Corey and then held off In Range by three-quarters of a length to win Friday's (Oct. 30) $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters in a stakes record 1:52.4 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Venerate finished third. McClure left quickly from post four with On A Streak and led heading to the first turn before yielding the top spot to Captain Corey and driver Ãke Svanstedt through a :26.4 opening quarter. Venerate, the 4-5 favorite, and driver Andy Miller began a bid for the front with a first-over move from fifth up the backstretch, but were unable to pass Captain Corey as they hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. In the stretch, McClure angled the pocket-sitting On A Streak to the inside and took the lead en route a 9-1 upset. "My colt is so handy," McClure said. "Getting him off the gate, I wanted to leave and hopefully follow Ãke or Andy, or even both. When I saw Ãke look over and try to take off on Andy, I thought it looked really good. "Andy's horse seemed like he was coming (in the stretch), so I just tried to get into the passing lane and get my horse re-motivated. It's not easy for 2-year-old trotters to dive into the passing lane and try to advance; it's not really taught to them. But he's such a professional that, as soon as he saw open air, he took off." On A Streak, a son of Cantab Hall out of Habit's Best, has won two of nine races this season and $646,184 for owner Determination and trainer Luc Blais. He was bred by Fredericka Caldwell. The colt's previous victory came in the William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park in September. It was the first Breeders Crown title for McClure and fourth for Blais. "To win a Breeders Crown is always special," Blais said. "It's the end of the year, it's a long season, and when you win that, you're fresh for the winter." The previous stakes record of 1:53 was set by Walner in 2016. On A Streak paid $20.80 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Once finding clearance in the open stretch, even money favorite Lady Chaos lunged and clung to the lead to hold off Mazzarati and win the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly harness racing trot on Friday (Oct. 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Parked to a :27.1 first quarter, Lady Chaos cleared the lead entering the backstretch with Mazzarati settling for the pocket and Iteration racing third. Presto, caught wide from the start, pressed forward to challenge and then take command from Lady Chaos past a :57.1 half. Iteration tipped first-over entering the far turn and marched towards new leader Presto nearing three-quarters in 1:26, edging to a narrow lead as Presto faltered off the turn. Splash Blue Chip charged to the center of the course, but stalled in her bid as Lady Chaos dove into the passing lane to take the lead while pursued by Mazzarati -- who angled deeper into the open stretch. Mazzarati dug into Lady Chaos through the final sixteenth, but the Linda Toscano-trained Cantab Hall filly kept her late foe narrowly at bay in 1:54.4. Splash Blue Chip finished third, with Ima Diamond Babe rallying for fourth.   "Everybody is going to try and get into position, take shots. It's expected," driver David Miller said after the race. "The trip actually worked out good. I mean, I got parked around the first turn, but she got to the lead and relaxed. Yannick came at her pretty hard, so I followed her around the turn and into the stretch. And my [filly] had a lot of trot finishing." Now a six-time winner in 10 starts, Lady Chaos has accrued $560,803 for owners Richard Gutnick, Thomas Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr. and Enviro Stables Ltd. Linda Toscano trains the filly bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and AV And Son Bloodstock LLC. "I loved her from the minute we bought her," Toscano said after the race. "She's done everything right -- we had a couple of glitches along the way, but she really rose to the occasion tonight. I'm tickled. The horses are what drive me here, and the horses are what keep me here. I'm blessed to have an incredible group of owners who have confidence in me and entrust me with animals like this. I couldn't be more happy." Lady Chaos paid $4.00 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

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