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ANDERSON, Ind.-July 26, 2019 - Continuing a week of Indiana Sires Stakes action, it was the three-year-old pacing colts & geldings turn in the harness racing spotlight and they took center stage at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 26. Two $50,500 divisions were the featured attraction on the evening's 12 -race card and both divisions provided for exciting performances with victories from Rockie Got Framed and Shamwow. The first division had all eyes on Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick as they were going for their third straight stakes victory. When the wings of the gate opened, Egomania with John De Long went straight for the lead from the outside post nine while Rockin Medicine with Peter Wrenn settled in second from the rail. Egomania led the field through middle fractions of :26:2 and :54:3 while Little Rocket Man moved up to second to challenge the leader. Egomania held onto his lead through the third quarter in 1:22:1, while Tellmeaboutit with LeWayne Miller were applying pressure first-over with Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. poised to strike from second over. Tellmeaboutit was able to wear down Egomania but his biggest threat was still behind him. Utilizing a :27:0 closing quarter, Rockie Got Framed powered home to get the win and stop the timer in 1:49.4. Tellmeaboutit was second and Thuban with Ross Leonard rallied for third. "We've taken our time with him," trainer Jamie Macomber noted in the winner's circle. "I'm teaching him to be patient and how to manage his speed. He's so hard on himself, so I've found it's good for him mentally to take a couple of weeks between races." Rockie Got Framed paid $11.80 to win at the betting windows. The son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $112,356 for owners Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stables. Rounding out the stakes action, morning line and post time favorite Shamwow made his stakes debut a winning one for trainer Melissa Essig. Once the race began, Feherty and Peter Wrenn took command with Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger waiting in the pocket. Jagger Rocks wanted his turn on the front and pressed on to the lead through the opening quarter in :26:4 to get ahead of Feherty. The leaders remained in their positions through the half in :54:4. Shamwow Once the field hit the third quarter in 1:22:0, Shamwow and LeWayne Miller were on the attack first-over and ranged up in third. In heart-charging final quarter in :27:0, Shamwow powered home a winner to stick a nose in front of Jagger Rocks while Pure Rock with Trace Tetrick utilized a ground saving trip to get up for third. Shamwow hit the wire in 1:49:4, establishing a new lifetime best, and paid $3.60 to win for his betting backers. Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Always A Virgin-Bolero Takara is owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm and now holds a lifetime bankroll of $37,000. Shamwow recorded his third lifetime victory from four trips behind the gate. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 27 with two $48,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 12 race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Trot. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin

Anderson, Ind. July 22, 2019 – On Saturday, July 20, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted its very first Empire of Hope event, a fundraising and awareness campaign in support of the aftercare of retired harness racing horses. With more than $32,000 raised, Harrah’s Hoosier Park exceeded its property goal and the funds will directly benefit the Standardbred Transition Alliance. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope was created to directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah’s Hoosier Park worked to raise awareness and funding to assist in the mission. Racing fans in attendance had the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts through the Standardbred Transition Alliance.  “While the amount raised was far above anything I could ever imagined, the fact that we were able to draw attention to an initiative that is so important to all of us in horse racing is equally as important as the financial results,” said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. “With truly no expectation in mind, the fact that over $32,000 was raised is a tribute to the efforts of many including our horsemen, our team members, guests and corporate sponsors.” Bryce Nickels won the 2019 Empire of Hope Red Carpet Racehorse Fashion Show. Harrah’s Hoosier Park will formally present the donation to the Standardbred Transition Alliance on Friday, August 9 as a part of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes festival weekend.  The Standardbred Transition Alliance was founded to a accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and serve as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. Harness Racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, greeted fans at Harrah's Hoosier Park for the Empire of Hope event. “The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is so pleased that Caesars has embraced this initiative of recognizing and bringing awareness to horses that are now moving into different careers after racing,” said David Reid, president of STA. “We are hopeful this will ignite more racing and casino companies like Caesars to see this example and follow suit in our joint effort as an industry to assist our equine athletes as they proceed into new careers after racing.” In addition to the funds raised at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Empire of Hope was hosted at the other Caesars Entertainment racing properties including Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 25, 2019 - The evening's 14-race harness racing card provided an action-packed evening of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 25. Both the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings and the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings took to the track, with the three-year-old competitors in their fourth round of stakes action and the two-year-olds in their second round. With a variety of favorites and prices, the night saw victories from Swan On A Mission and It's A Herbie for the three-year-old colt trotters and Always And Again, High Impression and General Doug A for the two-year-old colt pacers. Kicking off the stakes action, Swan On A Mission with John De Long found the winner's circle in the first $47,500 division, pulling the 11-1 upset in the field of 3-year-old trotters. The race began with Smooth Acceleration and Ricky Macomber Jr. reaching the lead through an opening fraction of :27:3, while Swan On A Mission followed in second. Morning line and post time favorite Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick sat patiently in third before reaching the lead at the half in :57:1. Wow Lester held the lead through the third quarter in 1:26:0 while Smooth Acceleration and Swan On A Mission followed close behind. The battle began when the horses hit the stretch. The race appeared to belong to Wow Lester, but Swan On A Mission came charging on the outside and trotted strong to the wire to get the victory. With a final time of 1:54:2, Swan On A Mission paid $25.20 in the upset to win. "We made a few changes on him and now he's moving forward," trainer Roger Welch mentioned after the victory. "He never really filled out, but he makes up for it by being a good, solid trotter on the track. He can be a little wild and crazy colt off the track so he makes my job challenging. Tonight, he got a good spot early and finished strong." Swan On A Mission, the son of Swan For All-Lisa Mission, brought his lifetime earnings to $106,307 for owners William De Long, Patrick De Long and David Heniger in his third lifetime win. The 1:54.2 clocking also established a new lifetime best by nearly three seconds for the sophomore trotter. In the second division for the three-year-old colt trotters, Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final champion It's A Herbie padded his lifetime bankroll with another victory for owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder. The betting public's second choice, Martini Show with Sam Widger, went to the front once the wings of the gate opened, followed by Rockyroad Aldo with Trace Tetrick through the first quarter in :28:3. The field remained in straight formation through the half in :58:2, which was when It's A Herbie moved to the outside. By the time the trotters hit the third quarter in 1:27:3, Martini Show held onto the lead with Rockyroad Aldo in second, but It's A Herbie was on the attack. In a heart-charging stretch battle that was almost too close to call, It's A Herbie was able to track down Martini Show by just a neck in 1:56:0. He was followed by Martini Show in second and Curry Palm with Dale Hiteman in third. "It doesn't really make a difference where he's at," driver, trainer Verlin Yoder noted after the win. "Sam got out first and I stayed back because I didn't want to get into a bad situation. He knows his job and he does okay; We'll take it race by race and hope for the best." It's A Herbie returned $2.20 for his betting backers and brought his lifetime earnings to $341,875 with eight lifetime wins. Verlin Yoder owns the son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image who also recorded his fifth straight Hoosier Park victory. It was a good night for trainer Ernie Gaskin as he took home two of the three stakes wins for the two-year-old colt pacers. The victories began with the first $46,000 division when Always And Again with Trace Tetrick in the bike found the winner's circle. Stopping the timer in 1:52.4, the freshman pacing colt recorded a new lifetime best. When the race began, My House with John De Long took the lead and were followed by Candys Image Rocks with Michael Oosting. The leaders remained in straight formation through the first fraction in :28:0. When the field hit the half in :56:1, post-time favorite Nassau Desire with Ricky Macomber Jr., who were looking for back-to-back stakes wins, took the lead. Nassau Desire continued to call the shots through the third quarter in 1:25:4, but Always And Again was winding up to strike. Tetrick urged Always And Again and he took the lead in the stretch, powering home in 26:4 to get the win by a head. My House was second and Leon David with Peter Wrenn rallied strong in the lane for third. Always And Again paid $7.00 to win. "After last week's break, we changed just about everything," trainer Ernie Gaskin stated in the winner's circle. "I was hopeful he would behave but you just never know with young colts. He's been a nice colt from the start and is coming along very well." The son of Always A Virgin-Kiss Me Once Again, who is owned by Andrew Berg and In The Red LLC, now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $28,000. Always And Again has now won two of three lifetime starts. Gaskin's second victory came after High Impression with Sam Widger found the winner's circle in the second division of stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts. High Impression rallied from off the pace and dug in gamely late in the lane to get the victory. Skyway Artimus with Todd Warren went right to the front once the wings of the gate opened, followed by Clever Character with Dale Hiteman and High Impression through the opening fraction in :28:1. Just before the half in :57:3, Cache All The Way and Michael Oosting moved to the front, but their lead was short lived as Clever Character wanted the front by the third quarter in 1:26:4. At the three quarter pole, High Impression began to make his move for the lead, and engaged Clever Character in a battle for the victory down the stretch. Noses apart, it was High Impression who crossed the wire in front in 1:54:1 followed by Clever Character and Life Is A Highway with Trace Tetrick in third. High Impression paid $5.80 for his backers at the betting windows. "He was strong last week and came out of the race great, so I didn't need to make any adjustments," trainer Ernie Gaskin noted after the victory. "I leave the driving to Sam. I just make sure the horse is the best he possibly can be and let Sam do the rest." With the win, the son of Rockin Image-Happy Becky is now three for three in his young career. High Impression now holds a lifetime bankroll of $46,250 for owners Robert Rubin, Warren Emery, Ronald Krodel and Riparian Retreat. High Impression In the final division of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the night, General Doug A went gate-to-wire and recorded the fastest stakes time of the night for two-year-old pacing colts in a maiden-breaking win for driver, trainer Dale Hiteman. General Doug A took the lead as soon as the race started, followed by Power Of Tell with Todd Warren and Sawyer's Desire with Ricky Macomber Jr. The order remained unchanged through fractions of :28:1 and :57:2. At the third quarter in 1:26:1, Sawyer's Desire was advancing well and began to challenge General Doug A. While the top pair was matching strides down the lane, General Doug A fended off all challengers to finish two lengths to the good in 1:53:3. Beachmaster Two with LeWayne Miller charged home to finish second and The Candyman Can with Sam Widger also rallied well late for third. Dismissed at odds of 11-1, General Doug A paid $25.80 to win. "He made a break last time out but he was dealing with some issues here and there," driver, trainer Dale Hiteman explained after the victory. "The time in between stakes races helped to give him some rest and freshen him up. I didn't expect any kind of breaks tonight so I was able to be aggressive with him." The homebred son of Tellitlikeitis-In The Red is owned by Ada Jean Ackerman. With three lifetime starts, General Doug A has now acquired a lifetime bankroll of $25,750. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, July 26 with two $50,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts & geldings. With an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm, Friday's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 12. At the conclusion of live racing, Diana Ross will perform as part of the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin  

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 19, 2019--Sylph Hanover and driver Sam Widger saved their best for last as they stormed home a winner in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $150,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 19. Scoring in 1:50.2, Sylph Hanover rallied from well off the pace to make her Hoosier Park debut a winning and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in the talented field of ten, Sylph Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled off the pace in eighth. It was hotly contested opening quarter as a host of fillies fired away from the gate. Rockin Philly and Trace Tetrick, sent off as the heavy post time favorite, won the early battle for the lead and reached the first quarter in a snappy :25.4. Glorious Virgin and Brandon Bates benefitted from a pocket trip while the Ohio Sires Stakes Champion, Queen Of The Pride with Tony Hall in the bike, was next in line third. Queen Of The Pride wanted her turn on the front and she quickly marched up to grab the lead just past the half in :53.3. The quick pace continued as the field hit the third station in 1:21.1 with Queen Of The Pride still calling the shots. As the field turned for home, Sweet Heaven and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over with St Somewhere and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. Lady Capulet and Andy Shetler moved into the outer flow and were well placed third-over with Sylph Hanover waiting to pounce from fourth over. As the leaders began to retreat on the front, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. Lady Capulet tipped off tiring cover to surge forward but it was Sylph Hanover on the far outside who would find the wire first. Lady Capulet had to settle for second place honors while Queen Of The Pride held on gamely for third. Slightly dismissed at 5-1, Sylph Hanover returned $13.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She felt really good tonight," Widger noted after the victory. "I had to nurse her around the turn a little but once she got straightened away and she got her head down, she really got going." Trained by Ron Burke, the three-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan recorded her second win of the season from 8 starts. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, W. Switala, J. Martin, and J. Critelli, Sylph Hanover pushed her lifetime bankroll to $448,311. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Sam Widger. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 20 with an 11-race card. Saturday's racing action will be highlighted by the first annual Empire of Hope event at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will launch this new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 17, 2019--On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, Caesars' racing properties will launch Empire of Hope, a new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. "Empire of Hope is a direct reflection of the appreciation and pride we have for the horses that participate in Caesars' racing program," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "Our equine athletes are the stars of our sport and we want to ensure that when they retire, they are placed in productive and loving environments to live out a long and healthy life." This year's event at Harrah's Hoosier Park will take place on Saturday, July 20 and is one of the highlights on the racing calendar. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will work to raise awareness and funding to assist in the mission. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Harrah's Hoosier Park is proud to announce Tito's Handmade Vodka as the presenting sponsor for the entire Empire of Hope event. Beginning at 11am, all Harrah's Hoosier Park guests donating $5 to Empire of Hope through the Caesars Rewards center will receive $5 in free slot play or a $5 race wager. All proceeds from the evening's charitable activities will be earmarked for the Standardbred Transition Alliance who will provide grants in funding of 501(c)(3) groups serving Standardbreds and ensure they utilize best practices for equine care and financial management through an accreditation process. Beginning at 6 pm, a red carpet racehorse fashion show will take place in the front side paddock Saturday evening and feature horses dressed up as celebrities. Guests can join in on the fun and buy tickets for $2 to vote for their favorite contestants. Additionally, all guests who purchase a ticket will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Diana Ross concert at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, will also join in the festivities and be available in the front paddock from 6:30-8pm. Guests who donate to Empire of Hope will have the opportunity to meet and take a picture with the legendary racehorse. Foiled Again                                                               Linscott Photography Drivers, trainers, and owners racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park are also giving back by committing a percentage of their nightly racing earnings to support the Empire of Hope cause. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park is hosting a stable fundraising challenge on the backside. The stable that raises the most money for Empire of Hope will win a $250 gift certificate to Midwest Harness Supply and a catered stable party. Along with winner's circle giveaways and entertainment, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption program will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, and sell merchandise. The always popular country duo, Cook and Belle, will perform a free show in between live racing in The Yard. Guests can also enjoy live racing, food trucks, activities, games, and variety of events for fans of all ages throughout the evening. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 16, 2019--With a carry-over in excess of $4,500, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for harness racing on Wednesday, July 17. The Guaranteed Pick-5 will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in race 10 and the $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card on Wednesday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. For the second consecutive night, the Pick-5 sequence carried over. Two long-shot winners in Tuesday's Pick-5 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $4,650.68 and will kick-start the Pick-5 pool for Wednesday. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the tenth race and will continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the tenth race, is 9:12 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Wednesday's 14-race card will feature three divisions of an Indiana-sired mini-series for two-year-old filly pacers and a $15,000 three-year-old filly trot. The three-year-old filly trot, slated as the ninth race on the program, will feature the return of Verlin Yoder's Breeders Crown champion, Woodside Charm in her second start of the season. Enlisted as the 6-5 morning line choice, Woodside Charm will be aiming to score the first win of her three-year-old campaign from post seven with Yoder in the bike. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 6:30 pm. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Trenton, NJ — Jessica Smith attended last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg by herself for the first time. She was given a friendly reminder by husband Randy to purchase a trotter or pacing colt, since the Smiths already had several pacing fillies. So, of course, she brought home a pacing filly. “It was the first year my husband wasn’t with us picking out horses,” Jessica said. “I looked at all the babies myself. She really stuck out to me. When I first saw her, I was like, ‘Wow, oh my God.’ Just the look about her, she wasn’t too big, she wasn’t too small.” She was, however, a pacing filly named Sweet Style. “I kind of got a little bit of crap when I got her,” Smith said with a laugh. “My husband told me to come home with a trotter or a pacing colt. We already had a bunch of pacing fillies and I came home with a pacing filly sooo. . .” So, the $13,000 buy has turned out to be a pretty nice purchase if two races are any indication. On June 26, Smith’s first start as a trainer was Sweet Style’s first start behind the gate. It was an evening of sweet debuts as Mike Oosting drove the 2-year-old to a come-from-behind victory in 1:56 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Randy was not at the race but phoned in pre-race instructions to Oosting. “He had driven her in the qualifier, he kind of gave Mike a heads up on where she was at as far as experience wise,” Smith said. “She had one qualifier and we schooled her before. “With that he sent her off the gate, she got away real good out of the six hole. He got her in a hole, she paced along with the fillies that were leading, coming up the stretch he popped the hole. Trace Tetrick (driving Western Sierra) had a few lengths on her at the head of the stretch and she dug in and won by a neck. It was close, I didn’t even know at first that I had even won until it popped up on the screen. That was pretty exhilarating.” As it should have been, considering the circumstances surrounding the race, along with the fact that Smith absolutely loves Sweet Style, a Sweet Lou filly out of 2005 O’Brien Award winner Style. It got even better when the two made their second start together July 9, as Sweet Style won in 1:55.2. “She’s got some class in her pedigree,” Smith said. “I’m just a complete fan of Sweet Lous; I’d definitely buy another one. The work ethic, the attitude (of Sweet Style) is just amazing. She’s very tough on the track and she’s just a very, very nice filly.” And it didn’t take long for Randy to become a fan. “My husband and I have worked with her all winter,” Smith said. “We were taking things very slowly, trying to be very cautious so she doesn’t get injured or anything like that. Once we started training her down he was very happy for sure.” Just as Jessica is happy in her new career, which took root 10 years ago when she first met Randy. Prior to that, Standardbreds had always been an interest for Smith growing up in Maine. Her family owned several acres and Jessica grew up riding event horses in shows. While she enjoyed doing that, what really got her blood moving was when her mom took Smith to nearby Lewiston Raceway to watch harness racing and she fell in love with a horse. “I asked my mom about claimers, and she’s like ‘Yeah if you have the money, you put the money down and you claim the horse,’” Smith recalled. “I said ‘Well can you claim this one for me?’ I was probably 7 or 8 and I wanted a racehorse. I used to try to get her to claim that horse. It’s just one of those things that sticks with you.” Not surprisingly, her mom didn’t think claiming a horse for an 8-year-old was a good idea, and the dream drifted into hibernation. Jessica went to college and became a certified operating room nurse, and also continued to ride show horses. In 2009 she met Randy, a lifelong horseman who trained and drove Standardbreds. With horses as a common interest, the two started dating and Jessica’s urge to be part of the business resurfaced. She began helping Randy out and in 2016, the couple moved to Ohio in order to race year-round. Jessica got a per diem job at a hospital where she could select limited hours in order to help out more in the barn. Randy’s daughter Kristina — who also recently got her first training win — eventually left her dad to go out on her own. Jessica left nursing to begin working the stables full-time a year ago. It was basically a case of protecting her investments, as well as looking after her two children, ages 6 and 9. “When you own the horses, you don’t have a steady paycheck coming in and you’re more invested in trying to do well and making sure your horses are getting the right care,” Smith said. “You want to know that the overall barn management stuff is being taken care of.” Jessica got her trainer’s license last September and her driving license soon after. She finished third in her lone driving start so far, as her opportunities are limited due to managing the barn while Randy is away. The stable, under the moniker of Randy Smith Racing, is located at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. It contains 13 racing horses, three broodmares, two babies and a yearling. And while being a trainer might seem light years away from being a nurse, Jessica feels there are some common aspects. “I think that a lot of it is time management for both of them,” she said. “You’re trying to get through your day, making sure your I’s are dotted, you’re T’s are crossed. There’s a lot of similarities in handling an operating room and managing a barn.” But surely there is more pressure when someone’s life is in your hands? “Yes and no,” Smith said. “When you’re training a horse, you have to make sure they’re trained properly. You’re really putting that driver’s life in your hands and the other drivers on the track. You’ve got to make sure the horse is safe, that you’re rigged right. You need to pay attention to what you’re doing and know your horse. “The biggest thing is knowing your horses, where to put them, where to classify them. My husband and I talk about all the horses, get the team together and plan where is the best fit for this horse this week; and honestly where the best place we can make money. We don’t have owners, it’s on us. We don’t have an income coming in other than what we’re making.” Which is one of the big differences between nursing and training. “It’s definitely stressful when you don’t have a guaranteed paycheck coming in,” Smith said. “That can be completely stressful. As a nurse I know the hours I put in I’m getting paid for.” The bright side, of course, is that Jessica loves her life in the barn. “Most definitely,” she said.   by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 13, 2019 -- Indiana-sired harness racing two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 13 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $65,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotting colts. TJ's Top Pick and Trace Tetrick stole the show after they recorded a national season's record for two-year-old trotting colts with a 1:54.2 clocking in the first division. With the win, the Jeff Cullipher trainee recorded his second win of the season and established a new lifetime best. Leaving from post seven, Tetrick sent TJ's Top Pick away from the gate just enough to grab the pocket seat behind the pace-setting Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting. Emma Town Bud led the field through splits of :27.3, :57.3, and 1:26.3 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Emma Town Bud appeared to be up to the task but TJ's Top Pick was winding up. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, TJ's Top Pick coasted on to the wire to finish four lengths to the good under a hand-drive from Tetrick. Dude Included and Verlin Yoder rallied late in the lane to get up for second while Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. Owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC, TJ's Top Pick is now two for two this season. The son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now earned $37,500 in lifetime purse earnings. In the second division of the stakes action, Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor turned in a gate to wire effort to deliver as the betting favorite. Scoring in 1:59.1, Osprey Hanover recorded his maiden breaking win in just his second lifetime start. Leaving from post six, Minor sent Osprey Hanover to the front and he dictated fractions of :28, :59.3 and 1:30.2. Turning for home, Osprey Hanover was still calling the shots but a host of trotters were closing in. Jekyil N Hyde and Trace Tetrick found late racing room up the inside and came storming home but were forced to settle for second. Osprey Hanover held off all challengers to the get the win by a quarter of a length. Classy Prince and Verlin Yoder finished third. Osprey Hanover returned $4.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Dewayne Minor, the gelded son of Swan For All-Oaklea Opal is owned by Brookside Stables. Osprey Hanover now sports a lifetime bankroll of $35,000. Osprey Hanover Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 16 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator  

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 26, 2019--With all eyes on harness racing's 2018 two-year-old trotting filly of the year Woodside Charm making her seasonal debut, it was the Indiana-sired trotting filly, Grand Swan, who stole the show at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 26. Grand Swan, with driver, trainer LeWayne Miller in the bike, sat the pocket and trotted strong to the wire to nose out Woodside Charm and score in 1:53.1 in the featured race of the evening, the $40,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. With the win, Grand Swan remains undefeated this season and handed Woodside Charm the first loss of her career in eight starts. Leaving from the outside post nine, Woodside Charm and driver, trainer Verlin Yoder used their customary front-running tactics and quickly grabbed command through the opening quarter in :27.1. Miller also sent Grand Swan away alertly from post six and she was able to grab the coveted pocket-seat with Kota's Swan and Sam Widger tracking from third. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Brandon Bates had the 46-1 shot Rush Lane out and applying pressure to the leader at the half in :56. As the field turned for home, Woodside Charm was able to put away Rush Lane but Grand Swan loomed large from the pocket. Miller found late racing room up the passing lane and Grand Swan utilized a :28.1 final panel to get the win by three-parts of a length. Woodside Charm dug in gamely to hold on for second while Pure Chance and Jason Thompson rallied well late in the lane for third. As the 5-2 second choice, Grand Swan returned $7.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I've never really left that hard with her before," Miller noted after the victory. "Coming around the last turn I thought she would be good, I didn't think I would have enough to go by Woodside Charm but she tries really hard every start." "She's grown up a lot this year," Miller continued "I think she's grown into herself, she's a lot more versatile this year. She has all the Indiana stakes and we also staked her to the Bluegrass Stakes and a few things down at The Red Mile this year so we will see how it goes." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her first win in Grand Circuit company. It was also the third win of the season from three starts and eleventh lifetime victory from 15 trips behind the gate. Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $255,625 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. Grand Swan is expected to make her next start in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, July 3. Live racing action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, June 27 with two divisions of the $25,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings highlighting the evening's 14-race card. Thursday's live racing action will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Trenton, NJ — As he looks ahead to his 2,500th career driving win, harness racing driver John DeLong also took time to look back on a year of extreme highs and lows; and feels blessed to be back on a big-time high. On June 2, 2018, DeLong and fiancée Tabby Canarr had what John termed “a life changing experience,” in a good way when their baby Jessica was born. Just over five months later, DeLong was on the opposite end of the emotional scale when he suffered what could have been another life changer in a truly bad way. Fortunately, a worst-case scenario never occurred. There was a seven-week bout with pain and apprehension and, while that was certainly unpleasant, it was not life-altering enough to end the talented driver’s career. He has recovered with a vengeance and currently is tied for first place with Sam Widger in the Harrah’s Hoosier Park drivers’ standings with 113 wins. He celebrated Jessica’s first birthday 19 days ago and is just nine victories shy of getting halfway to 5,000. “Things are really good for me right now,” DeLong said. But for a seven-week stretch, an uncertain future loomed due to an incident that occurred while working in his Anderson, Ind. barn last Nov. 6. “We were putting hobbles on a yearling for the first time and I got kicked in the face,” DeLong said. “It was just kind of a freak deal. I’ve trained colts ever since I can remember. Me and my three brothers all trained colts with my dad (Jay) growing up. That’s just the risk you take, I guess. It actually caught us by surprise. Well, me anyway. I was picking up a back leg, and got cow kicked. I got hit on the left side of the face, broke my cheekbone and the orbital bone in my left eye.” With some such mishaps, the pain is so severe a person goes into shock and doesn’t feel it, or at least is knocked unconscious. DeLong had no such “luck.” “I didn’t get knocked out and I didn’t get a concussion, but the pain was unbelievable,” he said. “I had that pain all the way to the hospital. It was pretty bad.” Upon arriving at the emergency room, he was referred to an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Until that visit, 1,000 thoughts ran through John’s mind. “When I first got hurt, I was pretty down for a while,” he said. “My eye was swollen shut. But after my appointment with the doctor, I felt a lot better. I really didn’t know what was going to happen there for a while. I had quite a bit of damage.” That’s like Warren Buffett saying he has quite a bit of money — a huge understatement. DeLong underwent surgery to have two plates and eight screws inserted into his face and a very tender eye. There was ample nerve damage and he needed to have all his sinuses rebuilt (he goes back to the doctor in three weeks to see if another surgery will be needed to remove a plate). Once the operations were completed, DeLong was confined to his home for a month, “because they said I had the chance of losing my eye if it got infected.” Shortly before Christmas, John got his doctor’s clearance and the first thing he wanted to do was work on a trotting filly named GD Lone Survivor, who he had invested ample time in before the accident. Her maiden start came on the day he got kicked in the face, and her first few races were not up to DeLong’s expectations. Armed with a newly designed mud apron to help knock down some of the dirt in his face, he trained GD Lone Survivor at his farm. “I wanted to make sure if I took some dirt to the face a little bit, I would be able to take it,” he said. “I didn’t want my face to be sore or tender. Then I went to Cleveland (Northfield Park) and drove her and she finished second, trotted three seconds faster than she had been so I was pretty happy about that. It was good to get that out of my system and kind of get back on the horse.” He was not rushing into anything, however, and took it easy through the winter. Upon returning to driving, DeLong opened in Ohio. “I had a slow start when I first started back,” he said. “It probably isn’t the best stock over there but it’s OK. I wanted to ease myself back into racing so when we got to Hoosier I was ready to roll. It’s been good so far, no complaints. Stakes season is starting to get going here. Hopefully we’ll catch a couple good colts.” John DeLong drove Homicide Hunter, the future world-record-setting trotter, at ages 2 and 3.      (Linscott Photography). In 639 driving starts this year, DeLong has won 116, placed in 93 and finished third in 82. In 55 training starts he has nine firsts, seven seconds and seven thirds. There have been few remnants to remind him of his misfortune. “To be honest, it’s a lot better than I thought,” he said. “I had a very good doctor; he was very confident in what could be done.” As for his impending milestone, John was low key when asked if they mean something. “The big ones do,” he said. “I’m the first person in our family to race horses professionally as a full-time career. These are something that probably down the road I’ll sit back and be pretty proud of what I’ve done. Right now it’s just kind of day by day and night by night. You just have to do the best you can. Every night you get in the truck and go to the track. If things are going good and you’re doing things right, those things will come.” They have been coming in bunches since he made the move to Hoosier Park four years ago. A Wisconsin native who grew up learning the ropes under his dad, DeLong got his first win in 2005 driving Fox Valley Bono, a horse trained by his uncle “Bo” (William). He won the driving title at Running Aces during its inaugural 2008 season at the ripe old age of 19. After making a name for himself at the Chicago area tracks, John moved to Indiana in 2015 and built a 36-stall barn and a half-mile racetrack on 35 acres that sits just two miles from Hoosier Park. He and Jay owned two stellar horses that encouraged him to make the move. “Homicide Hunter was a 3-year-old and he was one of the driving forces in getting me to do it,” said DeLong, who drove the future world-record-setting trotter at ages 2 and 3. “I knew if I had a good horse to follow and get me going I should do it. Seventimesavirgin was a 2-year-old then, and when Seven was a 3-year-old, it just launched.” Seventimesavirgin, a DeLong family homebred, won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship as a 3-year-old and was a Breeders Crown starter at age 4. (Dean Gillette photo). Seventimesavirgin, a DeLong family homebred, won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship as a 3-year-old and was a Breeders Crown starter at age 4. She is racing this year and will then begin breeding. Since driving predominantly at Hoosier Park, DeLong has won more than 1,200 races and $14 million. Needless to say, he’s happy to have made the move. “Absolutely,” DeLong said. “I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing at this point if I hadn’t moved down here. I bought a farm, built a track and a barn and I live right on the farm. It’s kind of everything coming full circle. When I was a kid, I always wanted my own farm and wanted to catch drive and stuff like that, and now I’m doing it all.” Can it get any better? Sure it can. On Nov. 16, the Saturday after he is done racing for the season, DeLong and Tabby will be getting hitched. Which will be a lot more fun than it was getting kicked just one year earlier. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Therl Hensley wakes up every morning expecting to discover the past three months have been a dream. But he pinches himself each day and comes to the same conclusion. "The dream," he says, "is real." Hensley is the owner of Fan Of Terror, a 7-year-old male pacer he claimed for $30,000 in mid-February that has gone on to win at the top harness racing level at Harrah's Hoosier Park, knocking off horses such as past Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam in the process. Fan Of Terror has raced 11 times for Hensley and posted five victories, three seconds, and $71,125 in purses. "It's been an unbelievable experience," said Hensley, a 61-year-old lifelong dairy farmer from Daleville, Ind., about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. "I never thought we would own the kind of horse that would race in these kinds of races. We were looking for something to race in conditions and he's just got better and better. It's just been crazy. Every week is another thrill. "I literally found the horse I wasn't even looking for." Fan Of Terror is trained by Pete Redder, whose brother Ricky gets credit with finding the stable's new star. "He followed him all the way through the claiming ranks," Redder said. "Once we took a look at him, we all were on board. He had such a powerful move against the horses he was racing against. "I think we caught him on an upswing and he just kept getting better and better. He's getting stronger and stronger every week I train him." Fan Of Terror began this year with a four-race win streak, capped by a victory in the $32,500 Claim To Fame Series final at Miami Valley. He was claimed by Hensley and Co. in his next start. The first time the gelding raced for his new connections was nerve-wracking for Hensley. Fan Of Terror responded with a four-length win in the Open II at Miami Valley. "I was so nervous over this because I never spent this kind of money on a horse," Hensley said. "I said, literally, I'm putting my future in your hands. I about bounced off the walls when he raced. "I didn't think I could have a horse in the same race with these horses, let alone be competitive. It's been a whirlwind. It's the biggest thing I've ever been involved in." Hensley was introduced to harness racing by his wife, Sharla, whose father raced a few horses over the years. Hensley later got involved in owning horses with a friend but focused on lower-level claimers before investing in Fan Of Terror. "My wife is blown away," Hensley said. He then recounted the story about when Sharla discovered Fan Of Terror's price. "She said, how much did you spend on that horse? I said, I can't recall," Hensley said, laughing. "My wife said, I can read a program." Fan Of Terror, a son of Western Terror-Fans Bikini, has won 33 of 112 career races and earned $313,278. He makes his next start Friday (May 31) in the $20,000 Open at Hoosier Park, where he is 9-2 on the morning line. Always A Prince, the winner of 20 of 25 career starts including the May 17 Open, is the 8-5 favorite. The race also includes Beckhams Z Tam and another past Breeders Crown champ, Freaky Feet Pete. "He couldn't quite go with Always A Prince last time, but there is no shame getting beat by him," said Redder, a 42-year-old (celebrating his birthday today) who followed his father, Richard, into the sport and worked previously for trainer Ron Burke. "He's got a really good personality, really good to be around in the barn. He just has a real cocky attitude. He thinks he shouldn't lose to anyone. He goes out with all the confidence in the world every time he races." Hensley gets to spend a good deal of time with Fan Of Terror as he puts in several hours a day helping out at Redder's stable. A day that begins with him pinching himself. "We enjoyed (the sport) before this happened," Hensley said. "This is just like 10 inches of icing on the cake."   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 29, 2019--The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 29th harness racing program at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured two divisions of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Indiana's two-year-old trotting filly Champion, Grand Swan, kicked off her three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion and looked every the bit the part of a 4-5 favorite as she powered home a winner in 1:54.3. In just her first start of the season, Grand Swan overcame a first-over trip to score in a new lifetime best for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Leaving from the rail, Grand Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. left alertly to take command and lead the field through opening fractions of :28.2 and :58. Pink Tulip and Doug Rideout benefitted from a pocket trip and as the field approached the final turn, Miller had Grand Swan on the attack first-over. Grand Swan ranged up and was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:26.4. Miller asked his mount for more and she dug in gamely--trotting home in :27.3 and finished two lengths in front of Morairtime and John DeLong who rallied well late for second. Measuredperfection held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I wasn't sure what to expect off of her qualifiers," Miller noted after the win. "She's been good all winter but she was quiet in both of her qualifiers. The trip worked out like I thought it would and she did everything I asked her." "She's grown up, she's stronger this year but she still loves her job," he continued. "She loves to chase horses and her attitude is what sets her apart. We staked her to a few Grand Circuit events this season, like The Matron and The Bluegrass, if all goes well, we will give her a shot." The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her first win of the season and ninth lifetime victory from 13 trips behind the gate. With the win, Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. In the second division of the stakes action, it was Savannah's Lucy and Todd Warren who pulled the slight upset to score in 1:55 and record their first win of the season. The victory established a new lifetime best mark for the daughter of Guccio-Seductive Lady. Savannah’s Lucy and Todd Warren captured the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.   ---Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography Leaving from post six, Savannah's Lucy left just enough to get a good early spot along the rail in third. The heavy favorite, Swanind Fastlane and LeWayne Miller, went to the front and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :56.2 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. The field was gapped out approaching the final turn as Swanind Fastlane appeared to be up to the task but Savannah's Lucy saved her best for last. Utilizing a :28.2 final quarter, Savannah's Lucy found late racing room and tracked down the leader to get the win by nearly two lengths. Swanind Fastlane held on for second while ER Kim and Don Eash rallied late to get up for third at odds of 28-1. Savannah's Lucy returned $10.20 at the betting windows for the win. Trained by Robert Reeser, Savannah's Lucy improved her lifetime record to three wins from 20 lifetime starts while bankrolling $70,645 in lifetime purse earnings. Savannah's Lucy is owned in partnership by Deborah Clark and William Clark. "She grew up nicely this year," Reeser noted after the win. "She's a really nice filly who always tries hard. She's been getting stronger with every start and got away up close tonight which I think really helped her." Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, May 30 with two $48,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in races 3-6 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Highly regarded Hambletonian hopeful Swandre The Giant begins his 3-year-old harness racing campaign Thursday (May 30) in the first round of the Indiana Sire Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Ron Burke-trained colt is the No. 6-ranked horse in Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's second Road to the Hambletonian released Tuesday. Last year, Swandre The Giant won nine of 12 races and finished second twice while earning $255,180. The colt won his first seven starts, all in Indiana, for trainer-driver Brandon Bates before being sold to the ownership group of Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables, and Howard Taylor. He immediately tested the Grand Circuit, finishing second in his elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park and going off stride a week later in the $308,000 final. He returned to Indiana, where he won twice on the sire stakes circuit before ending the season with a second-place finish behind It's A Herbie in the $220,000 ISS Super Final. Swandre The Giant, who was trained by the now-retired Jimmy Takter for the second half of 2018, prepped for his 2019 debut with two wins in qualifiers at The Meadows. He competes in the first of two ISS divisions Thursday and is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in his group, with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky for trainer Burke. "We're looking forward to it," Diamond Creek Racing's Adam Bowden said. "He's come back well this year and filled out and matured. He had a few little issues last year and those all seem to be resolved. We went over him with a fine-tooth comb and everything looks good. "He's a clean-gaited horse and he's got a good cruising speed. He's the kind of horse that gives you a lot of confidence. He's not a laidback horse, he's intense, but he knows what you're trying to do with him, and I think that's important. I give Brandon a lot of credit, he brought him along slowly and was able to teach him." Swandre The Giant dominated in Indiana during his first seven starts, winning a maiden and six ISS events by a minimum of one length and an average margin of three. All seven of the races were at Hoosier Park, where his career-best time of 1:54.2 was two-fifths of a second off the track record for a 2-year-old male trotter. "He was a homebody to that point, and I think shipping around might not have been best for him," Bowden said, referring to the trip to Canada for the Wellwood. "We might have asked a little too much of him and he wasn't ready for it mentally or physically, but we wanted to see what we had. We might have been better just staying in-state for the rest of the year and letting him develop against the competition there. But hindsight is 20/20." Swandre The Giant is a son of Swan For All, who sired 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt trotting champion Fiftydallarbill. Diamond Creek was among the owners of Swan For All during his racing career and remains part of the stallion's syndicate. The colt's dam, Adagio, was a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion in 2011. In addition to the Indiana Sire Stakes and August's $1 million Hambletonian, Swandre The Giant is eligible to a number of races including the Tompkins-Geers, Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Carl Erskine Trot, and Matron. "We have options," Bowden said. "He can race in Indiana, or if he proves himself up to it, he can go on to the Grand Circuit. You can make a lot of money racing in Indiana, but I think the ownership group is thinking bigger. We'll see how he does Thursday and Ron can make a decision about what's next. We'll let the horse tell us what he is." Swandre The Giant is one of three Hambletonian-eligible trotters participating in Thursday's Indiana Sire Stakes races. The others are Lite Years Away (20-1 in the first division) and Sign Here N Here (12-1 in the second division). It's A Herbie, who is making his seasonal debut, is the 5-2 second choice in the second division, behind 2-1 favorite Airman Kelly. The purse for the first division, with a nine-horse field, is $48,000; for the second, with a 10-horse field, $48,500. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 24, 2019-- With a carry-over in excess of $9,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Saturday, May 25. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 11-race harness racing card on Saturday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday's 14-race card saw a number of longshots factoring in, including Free Love and Andy Shetler who rallied late to get up for second place honors in the last race of the program at odds of 49-1. In the featured race of the program, ER Sam and Don Eash pulled the slight upset to make a clean sweep of the $18,000 Hal Dale Pacing Series. Utilizing a :25.4 final quarter, ER Sam was able to track down the heavily favored, Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick, to score in 1:51.1. With the win, ER Sam recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory and pushed his lifetime purse earnings to $46, 873 for owner, trainer, driver and breeder, Don Eash. In conjunction with the guaranteed wager, Saturday's 11-race card will be highlighted by the $20,000 Open Trot. The Open Trot, slated as the second race on the program, has drawn a talented field of six and will feature many former Indiana Sires Stakes champions battling to the wire. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Featuring a reduced takeout of 12%, the Hoosier High-5 offers remarkable value to horseplayers. Just 31 days into the 2019 season, the Hoosier High-5 has twice returned a ticket paying $14,000. Free past performances for the Hoosier High-5 sequence will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator O 765-609-4620 4500 Dan Patch Circle | Anderson, Indiana 46013

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 23, 2019--Tell Me Its Summer and driver, trainer LeWayne Miller continued their winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after capturing the $18,000 Go On BB Series Final on Thursday, May 23. Tell Me Its Summer prevailed in a tight photo to score in 1:50.3, extending her harness racing win streak to six and also remains undefeated this season. The 1:50.3 clocking established a national season's mark for three-year-old pacing fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. After drawing to the outside in her last three starts, Tell Me Its Summer left from the coveted rail position in a talented field of ten. Unhurried from the gate, Miller settled the filly along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Kinda Like Kori on a mission to the front and she dictated snappy, first half fractions of :25.3 and :53.4. Lady Capulet and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and began their long, first-over grind just past the half. Miller quickly grabbed the cover and had Tell Me Its Summer in perfect striking position, second-over. As the field reached the third station in 1:23.1, the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Lady Capulet had reached command turning for home and braced for the cavalry charge behind her. Tell Me Its Summer tipped out late in the lane and was able to put a nose in front as four fillies hit the wire together. Sage Ivy and Dale Hiteman came storming home to get up for second place honors while Lady Capulet battled gamely to hold on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Tell Me Its Summer returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I really wasn't sure how the race was going to work out," driver LeWayne Miller said after the victory. "I knew she would fight them off if she had to but the trip ended up working out perfect for us. I didn't think they would go that much but she loves to race off a helmet." "Her last start she really impressed me," Miller continued. "It was a sloppy night and she went a big mile. She has her issues but she gets better with every start and I still think there is room for improvement with her." With the win, Tell Me Its Summer increased her lifetime to bankroll to $34,250. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred filly is owned by Victory Hill Farm. Tell Me Its Summer is scheduled to make her next start in Indiana Sires Stakes action which is set to kick-off next at Harrah's Hoosier Park next week. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 24 with a 14-race card. Friday's card will be highlighted by a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-4 sequence sparked a carryover of $10,772.92 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Friday. A $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High-5 pool will also be offered in Race 14 on Friday's card. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

When it comes to reasons for admiring a horse, Wisdom Tree checks all the boxes for Tom Pollack. "She is one of my favorites," said Pollack, who owns the 4-year-old female pacer with harness racing trainer Jeff Cullipher. "She can race on any sized track, she is handy, she is tough, and she is fast. She is one of those horses that does everything right. It's hard to not love her." Last year, Wisdom Tree won 11 of 18 races, including the Nadia Lobell Stakes and New York Sire Stakes championship, and earned $436,111. On Wednesday (May 22), she will make her first start of 2019 against eight rivals in the $20,000 open for pacing fillies and mares at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Wisdom Tree, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, will start from post five with driver Sam Widger. Pollack and Cullipher had hoped to race Wisdom Tree earlier this month in the Sam "Chip" Noble Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway, but the mare's return to action was delayed because of illness. "It took maybe a couple extra weeks to get her back," Pollack said. "We just took our time. She's qualified twice and she was sharp in both of those (winning the first in 1:54.1 and the second in 1:52.3, both at Hoosier). She's refreshed and good and ready to go." Wisdom Tree is a daughter of Betterthancheddar out of Wisdom. She was purchased for $28,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. Pollack co-owned Wisdom Tree's half-brother Rich Wisdom, who was a stakes winner, and her family also includes stakes-winner Allamerican Captor. As a 2-year-old, Wisdom Tree went off stride in three of her first six races, but then had three wins and a second in her last five starts of the campaign. Her only misstep during that span came when she made a break from post eight in the New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers. She ended her season with a win over 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.4 at Hoosier. "You could tell she had it in her, she just made a few breaks at the wrong times," Pollack said. "We kind of knew (after her season finale at Hoosier) that if she matured, she would be something to be reckoned with. Sure enough, she was." At 3, Wisdom Tree debuted with a seventh-place finish before reeling off four consecutive victories. The win streak came during a five-month span that saw Wisdom Tree, who spent her time in New York with trainer Ed Hart, capture 11 of 13 starts overall. After winning the New York Sire Stakes championship, she finished second in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial and third in both the Courageous Lady and a division of the Pegasus. The season concluded with a fifth-place finish in a division of the Circle City. "She cut the mile (in the Garnsey) that went (1):47.3 and it took a lot out of her, I guess," Pollack said. "The last start at Hoosier she really was tired and told us so. In hindsight, we went a little too far with her. But overall, she was a wonderful horse and it was a fun ride for sure." Pollack is hoping for another fun ride this year. Wisdom Tree is staked to several Grand Circuit races, including the Lady Liberty and Golden Girls at The Meadowlands and the Allerage Mare Pace at Red Mile. "There are some good mares, and good 4-year-old mares out there, so it's going to be a competitive bunch," Pollack said. "She's going to have to step up her game for sure. But if she can compete at a relatively high level, we'll definitely keep going with her." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

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