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ANDERSON, IN --April 8, 2021--Just seven nights into the 2021 live harness racing season, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recorded the largest Thursday night handle ever in the 27-year history of the track on Thursday.. Bolstered by full fields and competitive racing, the evening's 13-race card produced a total of $1,151,829 wagered to establish an all-time record handle for Thursday night racing. "We'd like to send a very big thank you to everyone who watched and wagered on tonight's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park," Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "We are firm believers in momentum, and this is a great way to start the season. We'd also like to thank the horsemen for putting on an outstanding show each and every night." Harrah's Hoosier Park kicked off the 2021 live racing season on Friday, March 26 and did it with a bang as the bettors came out in full force. Handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $703,202 in all sources handle for the evening. All sources handle was up an impressive 7.5% over opening night in 2019 with the same number of races carded. Along with a few new additions to the wagering menu for the 2021 live racing season, Harrah's Hoosier Park has and will continue to offer a free live racing program available for download on the Harrah's Hoosier Park website every live racing night. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available for free on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, April 9 with an action packed 13-race card. Friday's card will feature a $20,000 Open Pace and four divisions of the Jerry Landess Memorial Pacing Series. Friday's card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days. Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park      

ANDERSON, IN - After accumulating $108,713 in purse earnings and a lifetime mark of 1:50.2 on the pace, Joe Joe Joe made his fourth lifetime harness racing start on the trot at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 27 and did it in world-record setting fashion. With driver, trainer and owner Jesse Yoder in the bike, Joe Joe Joe is now the fastest double-gaited Standardbred ever after an impressive 1:54.4 score in a conditioned trot. With an established mark of 1:50.2 on the pace and now a combined mark of 3:45.1, Joe Joe Joe eclipsed the previous World Record of 3:45.2 held by the Argentinian bred Chucaro Ahijuna. Joe Joe Joe is a seven-year-old gelding sired by Roll With Joe who raced on the pace for five seasons until he was sidelined by an injury in late 2020. "I raced him on the pace last year until I gave him some time off after a minor injury," Yoder said. "Once I started bringing him back, I noticed how much he loved to trot. He really loves to trot--he actually hates to pace. I think it's the hopples he doesn't like but he is just much happier when he's trotting." Yoder trained Joe Joe Joe at his home track in Bell, Florida and once he was ready to go, ventured to Pompano Park for his career debut--on the trot. Joe Joe Joe made three starts at Pompano, winning his most recent in 1:56.1. "He just kept getting better and better," Yoder said. "Once he won at Pompano, I started looking into it and realized we had a shot at the World Record." Yoder and his family train a large stable in Florida during the winter months and then venture to Hoosier Park in the summer. The Yoder family is responsible for top trotters like millionaire Natural Herbie and World Champion Woodside Charm. "I was going to stay in Florida and just send him up here to race with my brother," Yoder continued. "I wanted to keep him on a big track but I decided at the last minute to come up, I wanted to get it. I wanted to be the one to get the World Record with him if he was going to get it." Yoder wasted no time and sent Joe Joe Joe away from the gate to grab the early lead. The pair would dictate early fractions of :28.1 and :57.1 before getting down to business. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:26, Joe Joe Joe was on top by four and began to draw away from his competitors. Finishing under a hand drive from Yoder, Joe Joe Joe coasted to the wire and finished ten and three-quarter lengths in front. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Joe Joe Joe returned $3.60 to his backers at the betting windows. JOE JOE JOE REPLAY   "I wasn't sure if he would get it tonight, I just wanted him to be comfortable," Yoder noted. "He did it all on his own. It is pretty cool training a World Record holder." Joe Joe Joe has now won two of his four lifetime starts on the trot while amassing $7,000 in purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, April 1 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through December 4. For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Harrah's Hoosier Park kicked off their 2021 harness racing season with a $20,000 Open Pace feature and Family Recipe needed every inch of the long stretch Friday to get up by nose over Ana Malak N. Trained and driven by Lewayne Miller, Family Recipe was the first off the gate in the seventh race main event. Then, after getting the lead, gave way to Americanprimetime (Peter Wrenn) to the opening quarter mile in :26.3, happy to grab the pocket trip.The race favorite The First Step (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was sitting in third place. Then after a half mile clocked in :54.4, The FIrst Step came first-over to challenge Americanprimetime and was stuck outside, unable to get the lead past the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and giving Ana Malak N (Sam Wiidger) second-over cover. In the stretch, The First Step had the lead most of the way down the stretch, but was off the rail, allowing Family Recipe and Miller to shoot up the inside and into the lead, barely holding off Ana Malak N at the wire to win by a nose in 1:51.3. Ana Malak N was second with The First Step third by only a half length. FAMILY RECIPE REPLAY   It was the third straight win and fourth triumph of the year for Family Recipe. The four-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin is co-owned by Lewayne Miller, W Manders, A J Vieira and the Never 2 Late Stable. He paid $8.00 to win as the second choice in the race. For full race results, click here. After a successful opening night of the 2021 live harness racing season on Friday, March 26, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $45,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Saturday, March 27.  The Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Friday as longshots prevailed and put an interesting spin on the opening night action. A $15,707.75 carry-over will kick-start the $45,000 Guaranteed Pool set for Saturday. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for Saturday’s 14-race card. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for one of the biggest payouts to date last season with a $15,157.36 winning ticket paid out. Free past performances for Saturday’s live racing card, including the Hoosier High-5 sequence, will be available on Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website. Harrah’s Hoosier Park kicked off the 2021 live racing season and did it with a bang as the bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season. Handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $703,202 in all sources handle for the evening. All sources handle was up an impressive 7.5% over opening night in 2019 with the same number of races carded. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days and not only offer an extended racing season but will also bring back Sunday live racing cards.  Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.  by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink with files from Harrah's Hoosier Park  

Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick is off to the best start of his career and now gets to look forward to the home portion of his season. The 34-year-old Tetrick leads all drivers in North America in purses and is second in wins as he prepares for Friday's opening night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Tetrick lives five minutes from the Anderson, Ind., oval and has won seven consecutive driving titles there. "It's exciting," said Tetrick, who has spent the first part of this year competing at Ohio's Miami Valley Raceway, a roundtrip four-hour journey. "It's great to be back close to home and racing. Hoosier is a great place to race and I'm glad to have that opportunity. "The commute will be a lot nicer," he added with a laugh. "Four hours a day in the car kind of gets old after a while." Tetrick has made the most of his travels, though, with $1.16 million in purses and 130 wins. He leads Miami Valley drivers in both categories. "Everything has been very good over there," said Tetrick, whose win total is a career best for this point in the year. "I've been very fortunate." Tetrick, who has won 5,883 races lifetime, kicks off his Hoosier Park season with drives in all 14 of Friday's races. "I'm looking forward to it," Tetrick said. "I like the style of racing at Hoosier. You can race on the front or from off the pace, you have options. You're not committed to the speed in a sense because you're not as dependent on the draw. It's not great to have posts eight or nine at Hoosier but it's not as bad as some other places." Last year, posts four and five produced the highest percentage of winners, at 15.7 and 15.3, respectively. Post eight was 7.7 percent and post nine was 6.9 percent. "At some other tracks, you're more dependent on the pace or you have to go hard to get to where you need to be," Tetrick said. "When it comes to the post draw, Hoosier is a little more forgiving." In additionto winning the past seven driving titles at Hoosier, Tetrick is looking for his 10th overall crown. He got his first in 2008 and his second in 2012. "I hope (I can get No. 10) but it's a long way off," he said. "It's a long summer and a lot of things have to go right; a lot of pieces have to fall into place. Hopefully, they do, and that puzzle comes together, and everything looks good at the end." Last year, Tetrick won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship with 2-year-old female trotter Swift Swanda and had second-place finishes with 2-year-old male pacer What's Your Beef, 3-year-old female trotter Rock Swan, and 3-year-old female pacer Mystical Carrie. "I think (Swift Swanda) will be a good 3-year-old with the way she finished up," Tetrick said. "She just needed to mature a little bit. She's got a great way of going and she's got a great attitude. She just needed to learn and develop good habits. "I'm looking forward to seeing the young horses this year and seeing what they're going to do, how good they're going to be," he added. "In the past, they've just come out like gangbusters, right off the bat. Horses are just more gifted." For more about Hoosier Park's new season, click here. For Friday's complete entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Anderson, IN- March 24, 2021- The stage is set for Harrah's Hoosier Park as the 28th season of live harness racing is set to get underway with a 14-race card on Friday, March 26. A total of 168 horses have been dropped into the entry box for the Opening Night card, highlighted by eliminations for the Harrah's Hoosier Park Claiming Challenge, with a post time of 6:30pm. With racing set to commence once again on the Anderson oval, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also debut its new wagering menu to the betting public, the new wagering menu includes: An early Pick 5 in races 1-5 as well as a late Pick 5 in races 10-14 Both an early Pick 4 in races 3-6 as well as a new late Pick 4 in races 11-14 Return of the Jackpot Pick 6 in races 8-13 Rolling Pick 3 wagers throughout the card beginning in races 2, 6, 9 and 12 A Hoosier High 5 in the final race of the night with an industry low takeout of 12% The Opening Night card's Hoosier High Five in the finale will feature a guaranteed pool of $15,000. The wager requires handicappers to select the first five finishers of the evenings final race, if there are no winners in the wager, the pool will carry over into the final race of the next card's Hoosier High Five. Over the course of the racing season, the Hoosier High Five pool will be guaranteed at $10,000 on Wednesday-Friday cards, as well as when Sundays are picked up starting May 23. Also returning for the 2021 season at Harrah's Hoosier Park, the track will guarantee the early Pick 4 pool at $10,000 every Thursday over the course of the season in races 3-6. To go along with the return of live racing, Harrah's Hoosier Park will show gratitude to race fans by hosting Fan Appreciation Weekend. A multitude of giveaways, contests and more will be available to race fans on both Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. Highlights of Fan Appreciation Weekend at Harrah's Hoosier Park include: Friday, March 26 Live Racing - First Post 6:30pm $100 Mega Bet Drawings at Trackside Promotional Kiosks from 5pm-8:30pm with winners selected at 9pm Complimentary 2021 Racing Posters at the Program Stand while supplies last Bet Against the Boss Handicapping Contest for Caesars Rewards Members at Trackside Promotional Kiosks starting at 5pm $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High Five Wager in the evening's final race "Fan-Tastic Fridays" featuring $1 Bets, $1 Programs, $2 Hot Dogs & Floats at Dog N Suds, and $4 Glasses of Bacardi Punch at The Shoe Saturday, March 27 Live Racing - First Post 6:30pm Complimentary 2021 Racing Posters at the Program Stand while supplies last Race Fan T-shirt Giveaway to the first 500 Caesars Rewards members at Trackside Promotional Kiosks starting at 6pm Superfecta Saturdays Handicapping Contest for Caesars Rewards Members at Trackside Promotional Kiosks starting at 5pm For more information on Fan Appreciation Weekend, as well as the 2021 racing season and more, guest are encouraged to follow Harrah's Hoosier Park on social media, as well as visit the Harrah's Hoosier Park website at www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Jacob Rheinheimer, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission held their monthly meeting at Indiana Grand Tuesday, March 2. The short meeting included the approval of the new surveillance system to be installed in Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s barn area for the upcoming Standardbred meet, which begins Friday, March 26, which is in three weeks. Rick Moore, vice president and general manager of racing, sent out a memo Friday to all horsemen and horsewomen planning to race at the track this year. Moore noted the track is currently installing a new state-of-the art surveillance system throughout the barn area with the end goal to have video coverage of every stall in every barn, including the Paddock. This surveillance will be conducted 24 hours a day. Moore also went on to note this surveillance project will be the first of its kind in Standardbred racing. The system is designed to promote the highest level of integrity for all equine athletes racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Moore also said the intent of the new system is to ensure a fair playing field for all horsemen participating at the track. Hoosier Park’s barn area officially opens Saturday, March 6 and training will begin Monday, March 8. Qualifying action will take place with the first session set for Wednesday, March 10. The memo also noted the same health and safety protocols will be in place as they were last fall when racing was completed. More information about the upcoming season can be found at www.indianagrand.com. by Tammy Knox, for the Indiana Standardbred Association

Anderson, IN-- February 19, 2021--Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced today that racing industry veteran Michael Chamberlain will join the Hoosier team as track announcer for the start of the 2021 harness racing season - subject to Indiana Horse Racing Commission approval. The season kicks off on March 26. Chamberlain has worked in the horse racing industry as a track announcer for 24 years, and most notably at Sam Houston Race Park, Turf Paradise, Evangeline Downs, and harness track Vernon Downs. In addition to working as a track announcer, Chamberlain has also served in various capacities including morning-line oddsmaker, tip sheet writer, on-camera personality, radio host and voice over talent. "Michael's a well-recognized industry professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Indiana. From track announcing to handicapping and innovative marketing, Michael is going to be a great addition to our team," said Harrah's Hoosier Park VP & GM of Racing Rick Moore. Beginning on March 26, racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. More information about Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino can be found at www.harrahshoosierpark.com. From Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.--December 11, 2020 -- The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2021 live harness racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10. Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2021 racing season will begin on Friday, March 26 and extend through Saturday, Dec. 4. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 28th season will not only offer an extended racing season but will also bring back Sunday live racing cards. Fresh off the heels of the 2020 live racing season where Harrah's Hoosier Park posted a sensational all-sources handle increase of over 30% from the previous year's numbers, the 2021 live racing season will feature some exciting new additions. Beginning on March 26, racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. "With the success of the 2020 racing season now in the rear view mirror, the Harrah's Hoosier Park racing team now has its sights fully focused on 2021 and building on the momentum that has been established," Harrah's Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "To that end, planning begins today for the Friday, March 26 opening and the 159 racing days beyond. We remain committed to the highest quality of racing and look forward to welcoming live racing back to Harrah's Hoosier Park in March." Stall applications will soon be made available for the 2021 live harness racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, will be available on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website. For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.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 Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

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  

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