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After skipping the Breeders Crown at Pocono, Always A Prince will have the Breeders Crown come to him. Sort of. Always A Prince is among the 10 horses in Friday's $190,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier Park. The field features four of the top-five finishers from last Saturday's Breeders Crown final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including champion Dorsoduro Hanover and runner-up Lather Up. For the season, the Hoosier Park-based Always A Prince has won 18 of 21 races and $397,875. His victories include the Jenna's Beach Boy at Hoosier, where he defeated Breeders Crown fourth-place finisher Shnitzledosomethin and Jimmy Freight. The gelding also has the Indiana Sire Stakes championship to his credit. "We were thinking of taking him to the Breeders Crown, but we decided to wait," said Carl Atley, who owns Always A Prince with his wife Melanie. "Now they all come here to Hoosier to race. That's his home ground, so maybe it's a little bit of an advantage for us. "But it's tough, tough horses coming to race against you. That's part of the game. If you have the purses, the horses will show up. It's nice that Hoosier has got this race. I'm just glad the horse is sound and ready to go in a race like this. We gave him a break last week so we would be prepared for this race." Always A Prince is trained by Tyler George, but was selected and developed by James "Bill" Dailey, who passed away unexpectedly in May at the age of 57. Each time Always A Prince races, it is a tribute to Dailey. "Absolutely," said Atley, who was a friend of Dailey's since childhood. "This is really special because this is his. "Bill was the greatest guy, the hardest worker, always great to be around. He was always so nice to everybody. He treated everybody with respect. It was fun to be around him." Always A Prince was unraced at age 2 because of soreness, but returned this year and won his first seven races, all in conditioned classes, before tackling the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. He finished second in his series debut, but has lost only once since in Indiana. His remaining defeat came in the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park, where he was sixth from post eight. "As an owner, you always hope to get a horse like this," Atley said. "It's a dream come true. "His best quality is he takes care of himself. Some horses are so wild and crazy, they kick and carry on, but he goes in and lies down and takes care of himself. He's a well-mannered colt. We're very, very fortunate. He's had a great year. Just unbelievable." The Monument Circle will be Always A Prince's final start of the year. "He'll be turned out and come back next year as a 4-year-old," Atley said. "He'll probably go to some of the (stakes) events they have for just the 4-year-olds. There is a tough bunch of 3-year-olds this year. It's not just one or two horses dominating, there are three, or four, or five of them that are really good." Friday's Hoosier Park card also features the $256,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, the $137,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters, and the $113,000 USS Indianapolis for 3-year-old female pacers. In addition, Foiled Again, harness racing's all-time richest horse with $7.60 million, will be in action in a division of the Dick Macomber Memorial, with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky. The 14-year-old Foiled Again will retire at the end of the year and has won five of his past seven races, upping his career total for victories to 105, on his Farewell Tour. The Ron Burke-trained gelding has raced in Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Maine during that span and been driven by six different drivers - Montrell Teague, Chris Page, Chris Shaw, Jim Morrill Jr., George Brennan, and Mitchell Cushing. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

This Week: Carl Erskine Trot, Monument Circle, the USS Indianapolis and the Crossroads of America, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit remains at Hoosier Park this weekend as the track will have four stakes races on the Friday (Nov. 2) card. Leading the way is the $256,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old male trotters. Also on tap will be the $190,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, the $137,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $113,000 USS Indianapolis for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Nov. 3), Meadowlands Racetrack will card the four Kindergarten Series finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. The 2-year-old colt trot carries a purse of $221,540, the 2-year-old filly trotters will race for $236,060, the purse for the 2-year-old colt pace is $173,800 and the 2-year-old filly pacers will race for $148,700. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was in the Grand Circuit spotlight last weekend as the Pennsylvania oval hosted 12 Breeders Crown finals. McWicked was a 1:49.3 winner in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. Curtis Salonick photo. Favored McWicked ($3.80) moved to the lead at the five-eighths pole, easily putting away Lazarus N, and then opened up to win by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:49.3 in the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace. Brian Sears drove McWicked for trainer Casie Coleman, as he won his third Breeders Crown trophy on the night. Early leader Filibuster Hanover rallied for second, while Donttellmeagain finished third. Mcwicked has now earned more than $3.7 million in his career after posting his 32nd lifetime win. "He's real easy to drive and he does everything you want. It's great to have the opportunity to drive such nice horses," said Sears. "I always think he's gonna be good," said trainer Casie Coleman, "but to think he is going to do what he did this year...I think he is better now than he was at three. He is a big team effort no doubt. I hope he is going to race next year, but that is not my call. It is up to Mr. James (owner Edward James of the S S G Stables.) I think he will be at stud, but I hope he will race, our team would really like that." Filibuster Hanover took the field to the quarter in :26.1, but Lazarus N was immediately out and winging, taking the field past the half in :55.2. McWicked pulled up the backside and easily disposed of his challenger, rolling past three-quarters in 1:22.2 before Sears took his foot off the gas in the stretch. McWicked is a 7-year-old bay horse by McArdle, out of the Western Ideal mare Western Sahara. He was bred by Andray Farm of Pennsylvania. Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) won back-to-back Breeders Crown trophies after capturing the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot. Caprice Hill (Brian Sears) was on the lead at the first :27.1 quarter, before being quickly overtaken by Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) just past that marker. Ariana G held the lead to the :56.4 half, trailed by Emoticon Hanover and Broadway Donna. Broadway Donna was up to engage her on the outside just past the half, but Ariana G held that lead to the 1:25.2 three-quarters before Ice Attraction came up on the outside to make a try for the lead. While those two were looking for the finish line, Emoticon Hanover came charging on the outside to pass them both for the win in 1:54.1. The winner is trained by Luc Blais and owned by Determination. "She's nice right now, she's good," said winning driver Daniel Dube. "We went to the passing lane last week, we went to the outside today. She does everything right, she is more relaxed. She is a special mare. I've known Luc (Blais) a long time, but mostly to see him in the paddock. Now we have got to know each other, which is good." Ice Attraction (Ãke Svanstedt) was second after a sweeping last to first bid and Caprice Hill was third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,432.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,370; 3. David Miller - 1,132.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 704; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 618.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,274.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,128; 3. Tony Alagna - 671.5; 4. Julie Miller - 451; 5. Jim Campbell - 437. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 325; 2. Diamond Creek Racing - 274.6; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 273; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 256.5; 5. Marvin Katz - 229.1. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs as the Delaware track will host the Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits on the Thursday (Nov. 8) program. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

ANDERSON, Ind.--October 26, 2018-- Harrah's Hoosier Park played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 26 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at the seven-eighths mile oval for the fifth time this season. The 14-race card was highlighted by nine divisions of The Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and one division of the Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The three-year-old trotting fillies kicked off the evening's racing action and it was Pat Matters and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. who tracked down heavily favored Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn in the final strides of the mile to score in 1:53.3 over a track rated good. Custom Cantab did all the work on the front end while Pat Matters waited patiently in the pocket for her turn to strike. As the field turned for home, Macomber Jr. gave his mount the green light and she utilized a :27.2 final quarter to get the win and establish a new lifetime best in the process. As the publics' second choice, Pat Matters returned $11.40 at the betting windows. Trained by Paul Kelley, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Dibrizzi recorded her fourth seasonal win from 15 lifetime outings and also a new lifetime mark. Pat Matters is owned by Patricia Stable. In the second division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies, it was the lone Indiana-sired filly in the field, Red Rose Swan, who went gate to wire to capture the $28,600 event in 1:55.4 for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Using a :28.4 closing kick, Red Rose Swan was able to hold off a late surge from the heavily favored Hey Blondie and Tim Tetrick to get the win by nearly three lengths. The daughter of Swan For All-Red Rose Kosmos recorded her fourth win of the season and second consecutive victory for owners Last Chance Racing, LeWayne Miller, and C11 Racing. Red Rose Swan returned $8.60 to her backers at the betting windows. In the final split for three-year-old trotting fillies, Live Laugh Love and driver Peter Wrenn worked out a second-over trip and coasted on to the wire five lengths in front of the field, stopping the timer in 1:54.4. Sent off as the publics' third choice, Live Laugh Love returned $10.20 for the victory. Trained by Nifty Norman, the sophomore filly notched her seventh win of the season from 16 outings. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Shes Gone Again is owned by Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. The upset trend continued through two divisions of The Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Jewels Forreal and driver Chris Page prevailed in a tight photo over a very game Aldine Hanover and John DeLong to pull the 8-1 upset in 1:53. Aldine Hanover, who was sent off as the post time favorite, went uncontested on the front through the three-quarters before being joined on the outside by Jewels Forreal. Aldine Hanover dug in gamely but Jewels Forreal ultimately came out on top to record her third win of the season. Jewels Forreal returned $19.20 at the betting windows for the upset. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel is owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Jewels Forreal has now won six of 27 lifetime starts. Voom Or Bang and John DeLong followed suit in the second division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies and staged a big rally late in the lane to pull the $14.80 upset. Voom Or Bang rallied well in the lane to surge past the heavily favored Wisdom Tree and Sam Widger and held off a late surge from Cult Icon and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to score in 1:53.3. Trained by Roger Welch, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Vavoom Hanover recorded her sixth win of the season from 17 trips behind the starting gate. Owned by W. DeLong, W. DeLong, Sth Blt, J. DeLong, and J DeLong, Voom Or Bang has now won nine of 29 lifetime starts. Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, the favorites came out on top in both divisions of the stakes action for the three-year-old trotting colts. After a costly break in stakes action last week, Scirocco Rob rebounded gamely to deliver as the post time favorite with Corey Callahan in the bike. Scirocco Rob made his game winning move down the backside and remained clear to the wire, scoring in 1:55.2 over Got The Groove and John DeLong. Trained by John Butenschoen, the son of Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties recorded his fourth win of the season from 20 outings. Scirocco Rob is owned by the partnership of Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. The recently crowned New York Sires Stakes Champion, Helpisontheway, continued his winning ways in the second division for three-year-old trotting colts, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Helpisontheway went gate to wire and held off a hard-charging Voss Volo and Corey Callahan to get the win by a head. Trained by Linda Toscano, the son of Chapter Seven-Porque recorded his ninth win of the season from 15 starts and third consecutive victory. Helpisontheway is owned by Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC, and Little E LLC. Wheels On Fire turned in his own dominant performance to continue his winning ways and deliver as the post-time favorite in the $42,650 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Wheels On Fire went gate to wire en route to a three-length victory in 1:50.3 over GD Western Joe and Chris Page. With the win, Wheels On Fire recorded his sixth consecutive victory this season and second consecutive Hoosier Park score. Trained by Ron Burke, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ab Fab recorded his 11th seasonal win from 17 outings for owner W.J. Donovan. Rockinbeach, with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, worked out a perfect, second-over trip to capture his split of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts in 1:52. Using a :26.4 final quarter, Rockin Beach surged past his rivals late in the lane and held off a fast-closing Shadow Cat and Corey Callahan to get the win by a neck. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Rockin Beach has now won six of 20 starts as a sophomore. The son of Rockin Image-Miss Sandy Beach is owned and was bred by Wilbur Eash. In the lone division of the Madison County Stakes on the program, Magic Joe Lindy and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane to capture the $66,400 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:53.3. Magic Joe Lindy sat mid-pack for much of the mile and when Tetrick gave him the green light, he found a :26.3 closing quarter to get the victory by nearly two lengths. The son of American Ideal-Lindy's Bandita recorded his third win of the season from eight starts. Trained by Domenico Cecere, Magic Joe Lindy is owned and was bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Stakes action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 27 with a 14-race card highlighted by four divisions of the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old trotters and pacers. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN  - October 13, 2018- The stars of the Indiana Sires Stakes program converged on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday night, October 12 for the track's annual Super Night program. Over the course of the 14-race card, trotters and pacers battled for over $2 million in purses and year-end honors in the state. On a night when rain and cold conditions leveled the playing field, the leaders turning for home had a difficult time reaching the winner's circle. Trainer Verlin Yoder was the big winner on the program, collecting three sires stakes finals. He was one of the few that turned a front-end trip into a winning effort, picking up a victory with Kissessforall in the $220,000 Super Final for two-year-old filly trotters. Starting from post five, Yoder sent the favorite to the front and clicked off fractions of :28.1, :59.3 and 1:29.2 on a surface that started fast and turned sloppy. Turning for home, the Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie lass cruised home in :28.2 to win by five and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Measuredperfection followed in second and Kota's Swan raced third. "When I got to the half I was licking my chops," Yoder said of the trip and the fractions. "She usually comes home pretty good." The filly, owned by Yoder in partnership with Eleven Star Stables, added her fifth win from 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Alvin R. Fry and sold for $14,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Kissessforall improved her seasonal earnings to $194,300. Yoder's biggest score came in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman trotting colts. Steering It's A Herbie from post two in the ninth race on the program, Yoder handed Swandre The Giant his first defeat in Indiana Sires Stakes action, trotting to a 1:56.1 victory. When the gate folded, the trainer sent his charge to the lead from post three and posted a :28 first panel. Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras moved from fourth on the backstretch, but had to move three wide around a stalled Airman Kelly to reach the front. Following the leader into the stretch, It's A Herbie overtook the favorite and hit the wire three parts of a length ahead of his rival. "I can't race that horse into the stretch, I had to race him the whole mile," Yoder said of the strategy employed with his colt against Swandre The Giant. "I was expecting him to come to me in the last turn. He came a little earlier than I had hoped." The Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image colt was bred by David Schmucker Jr. and purchased by Yoder for $22,000 last fall. Collecting his third triumph in 12 attempts, It's A Herbie's earnings now stand at $242,000. Churita's bid to add yet another $70,000 Super Final victory to her resume was foiled Friday night by Yoder and his second choice, Compelling. The veteran placed his Swan For All-First Lady Two four year old in perfect position in the last turn, and in the stretch, the trotter headed the leader and favorite before reaching the wire half a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Churita and Trace Tetrick settled for second while Diamond Dagger and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. Bred by Lavon Miller, Compelling earned her fifth win in 14 starts, and her seasonal bankroll is now $91,690. Yoder looked to add a fourth win on the program but had to settle for second best as Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill and Trace Tetrick put away Katkin American in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore trotting colts. The William Crone trainee took advantage of a pocket trip before springing to a one-length victory, trotting the mile in 1:54.2. Owned by John Barnard, Fiftydallarbill picked up his eighth victory of 2018. The son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick, bred by John L. Miller, boosted his earnings for the year to $360,998. The colt's career earnings stand at $819, 948. Besides Yoder's hat trick, the feel-good story of the night came in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore pacing fillies when 11-1 It's Time For Fun crashed the party with a 1:54 upset over favored Voom Or Bang. The victory was a family affair as the Skydancer Hanover-Irwin's Character filly was bred by Lynn Wilfong, trained by his son, Brett, and driven to victory by grandson, Kyle. Friends and family filled the winner's circle to celebrate. "This filly has a tremendous last eighth if you don't have to show her a ton of air," Brett Wilfong said of his filly. "When I saw him slide out second or third over, I thought, 'Oh boy.'" Making her 19 start of the year, It's Time For Fun settled in third along the rail through a :56.3 opening half. Kyle Wilfong would move the filly into the outer flow, third over as the field raced into the turn. Moving wide in the stretch, It's Time For Fun paced home in :28.2 to finish a length in front. It was the sixth win of the year, moving her earnings to $199,040. Always A Prince, one of the best stories of the Indiana Sires Stakes season, closed out the $220,000 final for sophomore pacing colts with his 17th win in 20 starts. Trained by Tyler George for Carl and Melanie Atley, the Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess gelding was unfazed by lining up in the second tier. Driven by Tetrick, Always A Prince raced fourth early on before Hoosier Park's leading driver sent him to the lead, reaching the half in :56.1. The favorite would carry a three-length lead into the stretch and cross the wire ahead by just over two lengths. Shnitzledosomethin and David Miller finished second followed by Just N Ace and Gingras. Unraced at two, Always A Prince has banked $379,500 for his connections. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, he was a $30,000 purchase at the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in 2016. Custom Cantab was much the best throughout the Indiana Sires Stakes campaign, and she finished in style, capturing the $220,000 final for sophomore trotting fillies in a 1:55.1 performance. The Mr Cantab-Custom Model mare, driven by Peter Wrenn, held off a closing Black Mamba As and Todd Warren late in the mile to win by a quarter length. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller finished third. The trotter is owned by trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc. A $6,000 yearling purchase, Custom Cantab earned her 10th win in 13 trips behind the gate. She has earned $555,036 over the last two seasons, $340,550 of that coming in 2018. The mare was bred by Hoosier Standardbred Farm and Fair Meadow Farm. Rockin Nola, at odds of 8-1, sprung the upset in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman pacing fillies. Guided by LeWayne Miller, the Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore filly dashed a :26.4 last quarter to win by less than a length, covering the mile in 1:53. Queen Lagertha and Lady Capulet followed in second and third. "She had talent right from the get go. We've been plugging away and she's raced good. We've had to have a little luck to get to this point, but she's had talent all along," trainer Joe Putnam said. "We've been getting closer and closer each week. She's been a finisher every week, so it kind of played into our hands a little bit." Trained by Joe Putnam, the filly notched her fourth win in 10 outings. Putnam owns the two year old in partnership with Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot LLC. Bred by Mahlon Lambright and sold for $15,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Rockin Nola now sports earnings of $141,850. Freshman Egomania and driver John DeLong used cover to their advantage and sprinted home to collect the $220,000 Super Final for pacing colts. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude kicked home in :28.1 to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in the night's 10th race, tripping the timer in 1:53. Always A Vavoom, 12-1, and Outloud rounded out the trifecta. Bred by Brittany Farms, Egomania is trained by Shane Bowermaster for Brian Brown. The colt, now a winner in five of 11 seasonal starts, is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and John Fodera. The victory pushed Egomania's earnings to $213,100. Trotting stalwart Bridge To Jesse's added yet another Super Final victory to his lengthy list of credentials. Trained by Roger Welch and driven by DeLong, The Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge to Nowhere five year old annexed the $50,000 final for aged stallions and geldings, completing the circuit in 1:54.3. Closing out the mile with a :27.3 last quarter, Bridge To Jesse's finished four lengths ahead of Bluebird Reverend, with Milford's Z Tam trotting third. "When we put him behind the gate, we know he's going to be there. He does everything we ask of him," said Bo DeLong, one of the gelding's owners. "He's good on a track like this. He got a good trip. John drove him perfect and didn't get excited." Owned by Welch, DeLong, Pat DeLong and Ray DeLong, Bridge To Jesse's won for the sixth time in 19 starts. The victory was the 34th in 67 career starts. Bred by Michael and Randy Wilt, the gelding now possesses career earnings of $793,055. Always Giggling left her connections in good spirits after claiming the $70,000 final for aged pacing mares. Brett Miller steered the Always A Virgin-Giggles The Clown four-year old to a 1:52.2 score, one length better than E R Hilary. Nick Surick trains the mare, owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm, Phil Wiley and J L Benson Stables Inc. The victory was the mare's fifth of the season. Tookadiveoffdipper and Tetrick took command in the stretch to win the $50,000 final for stallion and gelding pacers Friday night, holding off 62-1 Ideal Ace by a length in a time of 1:51.1. Sent off as third choice in the contest, the Always A virgin-Onceinabluemoon four year old racked up his sixth win of 2018. Trained by Virgin Morgan Jr., the gelding is owned by Jane Cross, Mark Cross, James Hepp and Mike Brink. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 13 with a 12-race card. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by James Platz, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - October 11, 2018- Sending six horses into a $2 million dollar night of racing could cause nervousness for some trainers, but to Roger Welch, it's treated like just another night. The Illinois native, who has amassed $18 million in career earnings as a trainer, says this is what he aims for. "You coach the team, you've made it to the Super Bowl, and now you play in it," Welch noted. "We've done our job; now it's racing luck." Welch was born and raised into the harness racing industry. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather raised horses, so this is all that he's ever known. Now in 2018, his barn continues to operate as a family business as he works with his wife, Amy, and his son, Ryan. Welch has 34 training wins at Hoosier Park this season and his stable has amassed $540,410 in purse earnings through 138 nights of racing. Welch is looking to increase those numbers in the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals on Friday, October 12, as he sends six of his top horses behind the gate with the hope of meeting them in the winner's circle: Queen Lagertha, Bridge To Jesse's, Tatiana Romanova, Voom Or Bang, Gate Speed and Always A Vavoom. Bridge To Jesse's, a five-year-old trotting gelding, is no stranger to the Indiana Sires Stakes stage. With 65 of his 66 lifetime starts at Hoosier Park resulting in 33 lifetime victories, he's a multiple Indiana Sires Stakes champion, winning his respective Indiana Sires Stakes final at ages two and four. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has bankrolled $768,055 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections W. De Long, W. De Long, R. Welch and R. De Long. "He's a barn favorite and a people's favorite. He's a defending champion, and a champion in our eyes," Welch noted. "He's only ever had to race in Indiana until a few weeks ago. We try to keep him fresh and he also gets every winter off." Another rising star in the Welch barn is two-year-old pacing filly, Queen Lagertha. Once Welch starts talking about the filly, it's clear she's one of the favorite in this trainer's heart. "She has been a sweetheart from the first time I set eyes on her at the farm," Welch laughed when asked about her. "I bought her as an anniversary present to my wife, but a week or so we sold half of her to some partners." The two-year-old pacing fillies have been competitive this year, but Queen Lagertha is not one that should be overlooked. She's named after a character in The History Channel's "The Vikings," due to her resemblance to the beautiful, tough queen. Queen Lagertha, the two-year-old pacing filly, has earned $55,786 this season while winning three of 13 starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Wondering Heart has drawn the coveted rail position with David Miller enlisted to drive in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. "I'm having a good time watching her race, and you always have to cheer for your wife's horse." According to Welch, the best quality a trainer can possess is patience. While he's careful not to reveal his hand, he says it's important for the horses to be as fresh at the end of the season as they are at the start. "That's the important thing. That's how you know you've been successful with a horse." "I love racing at Hoosier Park," Welch noted. "I love racing in these races. This is what we work for every year, and this week is no different than a few weeks ago." Friday's first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals on the evening's 14-race card. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. Friday will also feature a $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Handicapping Contest with a top prize of $2,500. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park  

With the 2018 race meet starting to wrap up at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee, Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board and interested horsemen met on October 10 to look ahead to 2019. At the top of everyone's list for 2019 was to look at the signature Indiana Sires Stakes program and how to make improvements to this already lucrative series. Attendees discussed the current structure and agreed it was no longer meeting the needs of program participants. After much discussion, the Breed Development Advisory Committee approved a modification to the structure of the Indiana Sires Stakes program for 2019. Members of the Standardbred Advisory Board present also supported this modification. The new structure will be included in the Breed Development's annual recommendation to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and will feature: Six legs for 2-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Eight legs for 3-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Super Final participants finishing 6th through 10th will receive a $4,000 purse payout each for earning their way into the Super Finals. The revamped Sire Stakes program is estimated to pay out $8.5 million in purses during 2019, in comparison to $7.8 million distributed during 2018. When combined with additional opportunities for Indiana Sired and/or Bred horses, such as Late Closers, Indiana Sired Overnights, Fair Stakes and the Mini Series, the 2019 Standardbred Breed Development Program will offer more than $13.6 million in purses and incentives for program participants. "At the end of the day, this has a lot of upside," says horseman and committee member Joe Putnam. "The board knew that something needed to change to help our breeders and horsemen participating in the Indiana Sire Stakes program," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "The discussion was very helpful, and we appreciated hearing from the horsemen in attendance. We are excited to see how these proposed changes will help the program continue to flourish in the coming years." The 2018 edition of the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals night commences Friday, October 12 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, with the y state's top bred Standardbreds competing for more than $2 million in purses. For more information on the Indiana Sire Stakes or harness racing in Indiana, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission  

ANDERSON, IN  - Oct. 10, 2018-The 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 12 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2018 Indiana stakes season. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors, each carrying a purse of $50,000. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the third race on the program with a field of ten two-year-old pacing fillies. Divisional leader Glorious Virgin and Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick have been enlisted as the 8-5 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory is trained by Shane Bowermaster and has won seven of 10 starts while bankrolling $185,250 this season. Driver Yannick Gingras will venture back to Hoosier Park to steer the 4-5 morning line choice, Swandre The Giant, from post eight in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Now trained by Jimmy Takter, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in stakes action at Hoosier Park this season and is currently riding a two-race win streak. Swandre The Giant will be one of seven drives on the program for Gingras who is currently the second leading driver in the country based on wins. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts will feature an exciting match-up between rookie, divisional leader, Katkin American and the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion, Fiftydallarbill. Fiftydallarbill will play the role of morning line favorite and will start from the coveted rail position with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Katkin American will start from post five with regular pilot James Yoder in the sulky. The sophomore pacing sensation Always A Prince will put his five-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Tyler George and driven by Trace Tetrick, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has won 16 of 19 starts this season and will start from the trailing post position ten as the 4-5 morning line choice. In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. A $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will be offered for racing fans on-track with a top prize of $2,500. Registration for the handicapping contest is free but limited to the first 300 guests. Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. With a carry-over in excess of $6,500, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Thursday, October 11. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday’s 14-race card was primarily ruled by longshots finding the winner’s circle over a sloppy rated track after heavy rains earlier in the day. In the last race of the evening, driver Andy Shetler guided Hypnotic Racer to a $17.80 upset. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season’s third biggest payout to date this season with a $12,775.94 winning ticket paid out in August. The $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. The $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 offers a 50-cent minimum wager. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (EST.). Free past performances for the sequences 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 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -The Hoosier state's freshmen trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 5 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old competitors. The evening's action kicked-off with the two-year-old pacing colts and it was Egomania who continued his winning ways to sweep the final round of the stakes action with a win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated good, Egomania went wide around the last turn but recovered well to get the win by a neck over a hard-charging Frontier Telephras and Lewayne Miller. As the public's second choice, Egomania returned $9.20 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, the son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude notched his fourth win from 10 seasonal outings. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Egomania sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win for his connections of Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera. The 1:51.4 clocking also equaled his lifetime mark established earlier this season in stakes action at Hoosier Park. The two-year-old trotting fillies were up next and it was Kissesforall who turned in her own gritty performance to get the win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. With trainer Verlin Yoder handling the driving duties, Kissesforall was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to track down the pace setting Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane to score in 1:56.1. Yoder also co-owns the filly with Eleven Star Stables. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Kissesforall returned $5.20 at the betting windows. With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie recorded her second consecutive victory and fourth win of the season from 11 trips behind the gate. Kissesforall has now amassed $94,300 in lifetime purse earnings. The biggest upset of the evening was found in the final division of the stakes action as Pansy's Image and Peter Wrenn pulled the 40-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off as the second longest shot on the board, Pansy's Image was uninvolved through the early stages of the race but found late racing room to track down her heavily favored stablemate, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetrick, to get the win by nearly two lengths. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, Pansy's Image established a new lifetime best and gave trainer Shane Bowermaster a training double on the evening's 14-race card. Pansy's Image lit up the tote board and returned $82.80 to her backers. The homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Pantidepressant has now won four of nine lifetime outings while pushing her career bankroll to $74,050. Pansy's Image is owned by The Emerald Highlands Farm. With the wins, each of the stakes winners solidified their spots in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night has been tabbed as "Hoosier Champions Night" and will serve as the richest night of racing offered this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. Four $50,000 finals for the aged competitors will also compliment the evening's program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 6 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Sophomore trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Thursday, October 4. With James Yoder in the bike, Katkin American turned in a dominant, front-running effort to win going away in 1:53.2 and with it, notch his second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Last week's elimination winner and divisional rival, Fiftydallarbill, opted out of the Indiana Sires Stakes action and has been entered in an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity slated for Sunday at The Red Mile. With no Fiftydallarbill to contend with, Yoder sent Katkin American away from the gate firing from post eight in the field of ten. The duo would have to work for position as Robert Taylor sent River Otter to the front to the grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Katkin American pressed on to the front and took command just before the half in :57.2. Katkin American went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:26 but John DeLong had Got The Groove on the attack, first-over. As the field turned for home, Got The Groove was inching closer but Katkin American wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Katkin American coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Got The Groove. Admiral Dewey and Trace Tetrick rallied well late in the mile to finish third. As the 1-9 favorite, Katkin American returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He never quits trying," Yoder noted after the victory. "He really started coming around about April and has been improving with every start. He goes out there and tries hard every time he's behind the gate." Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won five of 11 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $171,450. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:52.1 clocking in stakes action earlier this season. Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American secured his spot in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, October 5 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --September 25, 2018-- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host The Animal Protection League (APL) for the 5th annual Pet-Tacular Weekend featuring the start of a Give $10, Get $10 coupon booklet giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 6 featured by the FUR-long Walk in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 7. Sunday's walk will include family-friendly activities including a walk around Hoosier Park's 7-furlong race track, pet contests, pet adoption opportunities, live entertainment, beer garden and more. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 6, guests over the age of 21 can visit Club Centaur Rewards to donate a minimum of $10 to The APL. In return, they will receive $10 in free slot play and a free 2018 Animal Protection League Awareness Booklet with information about our pets in need and valuable area coupons. Booklets will be available through the end of the year, helping promote the mission of The APL. The FUR-Long Walk in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 7 will start with registration at 11:00 a.m., and the walk will begin at Noon. The event will be located in The Yard and on Hoosier Park's race track. Guests, who are encouraged to bring their four-legged dogs, can register by making a donation to The APL or by registering for the walk on Sunday. Guests who make a minimum donation of $20 will receive a Pet-Tacular t-shirt. The FUR-Long event will also feature free kids activities including obstacle courses, bounce houses, Pet-Tacular booths featuring unique items for sale, silent auction, pet adoption opportunities, and pet contests with a share of $500 for best Halloween costumes and best tricks. Additionally, guests attending are encouraged to donate pet food, clay cat litter, or pine pellets. All donations will be matched pound for pound by Hoosier Park. Those wishing to make a donation directly to the APL can do so via www.inapl.org. "This annual program is something that our team is very passionate about and we've been honored to partner with The APL and others in this cause," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manger of racing. "Since we began this event and awareness booklet, we have been able to raise over $300,000 and we simply couldn't do it without the generosity and compassion of our guests at Hoosier Park." For the past six years, The APL and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino have partnered in raising awareness and funds to improve the care, and increase the adoption, of animals in need. The Animal Protection League is located at 613 Dewey Street in Anderson. APL's mission is to make second chances possible with an aim to provide a compassionate, humane community for animals, and to celebrate the human/animal connection from a place of spirituality. For more information about APL visit http://www.inapl.org/. From Hoosier Park Racing and Casino

The man with the best seat in the house says Lazraus can get better even after he downed many of North America’s best pacers again over the weekend. The former Kiwi pacing hero led throughout in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby to hold out his new arch rival McWicked in the Indiana race on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). In a near replay of his US debut four starts ago, Lazraus showed blistering gate speed and led and while he didn’t have much in reserve at the line he had done all the work early and into a strong wind down the back straight to stop the clock at 1:48.8 That victory takes Lazarus’s record to two wins and two seconds in four North American starts and while he is already beating the best free-for-allers up there, driver Yannick Gingras says Lazarus can go faster. And will need to. “After having a virus a few weeks ago I am sure he is still getting back to his best,” said Gingras. “He felt good but he can feel better still. He really is a very, very good horse.  “He looks like having some pretty regular racing coming up in the next six weeks and that should see him improve even more.”
 Lazarus is now being aimed at the US$150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby in Ohio on Friday night (Saturday NZ time), although Gingras was not sure whether a start there was certain.  But the six-year-old has already been transferred to Kentucky where he will be based not only for the Dayton Derby but the feature open class mile at the lightning fast Red Mile track on October 6.  While Lazarus was embellishing his reputation in the US the last horse to nearly beat him in New Zealand, Dream About Me, made a long-overdue return to the winner’s circle in the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru yesterday.  Former stablemate Dream About Me, who pushed Lazarus to a half neck in the Ashburton Flying Stakes last October, made the most of a lucky break turning for home in yesterday’s $30,000 free-for-all to grab leader A G’s White Socks right on the line.  Dream About Me hadn’t won a race since the Auckland Cup 21 months ago and those who took the $1.80 yesterday wouldn’t have been feeling comfortable when she was parked early.  But after securing the one-one at the bell she was able to dive into the trail at the top of the straight when the trailer stopped, gifting her the passing lane run and the win in the latest step toward the New Zealand Cup on November 13.   Michael Guerin

ANDERSON, IN  - It was billed as Round Three of a budding rivalry between two superstar harness racing pacers in Lazarus N (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked (David Miller) and the contest lived up to every bit of the hype, as on Friday (Sept. 21) Lazarus N defeated a hard-charging McWicked by a neck in a scintillating edition of the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 1:48.4. "He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions Lazarus N for Taylor Made Farm. "We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park." Unlike his last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15 where Gingras drove Lazarus N rather conservatively after his second place finish to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1, the 6-year-old stallion was placed right on the lead prior to the first turn. Leading the field of nine through a first quarter in :26 and the half-mile in :55, Lazarus N looked very strong on the lead he maintained over Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. As Lazarus N hit the three-quarter pole in 1:23, McWicked was pacing comfortably in fifth place and when Western Fame moved first-over, he received a perfect second-over trip to commence his bid for victory. Around the final turn, the separation Lazarus N had placed between himself and the rest of the field began to vanish while McWicked swung to the outside to close with his customary power. As the wire loomed ever closer, McWicked was gaining on Lazarus N with every stride, but Lazarus N was determined and held off McWicked by a diminishing neck. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) used a :24.3 final quarter to finish third. "He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park," Gingras said. "He is definitely back to himself." Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, rewarded his backers with a payout of $4.40. McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Ed James, was the public's second selection at odds of 2-1, provided his supporters with $3.40. Donttellmeagain, (10-1) paid $4 for his third place finish. By Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, IN - It The sport's top harness racing trotters were showcased in the inaugural edition of the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during an action-packed 14-race card on Friday, September 21 and as expected, it was a true demonstration of sheer trotting talent. With regular pilot Scott Zeron in the bike, Trotting Triple Crown Champion Marion Marauder staged an incredible rally late in the lane and utilized the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage to get up in the final strides of the mile in 1:52.4. Handed the tough, outside post position nine, Marion Marauder was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in eighth. Using his customary early gate speed, Sam Widger had I Know My Chip pointed to the front to grab command just before the first quarter in :26.2. Opting out of a pocket trip, Yannick Gingras pointed Hannelore Hanover to the front and she quickly grabbed the lead just before the half to dictate fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2. Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were unable to find a seat along the rail and began their long first-over journey approaching the final turn. Homicide Hunter and David Miller quickly grabbed the cover and were well placed second-over while Marion Marauder followed suit and were poised to strike from third-over. Hannelore Hanover was able to put away Bridge To Jesse's and appeared to be up to the task but her biggest threats were still behind her. Homicide Hunter tipped from behind his tiring cover but it was Marion Marauder who was widest of all with a full head of steam. Utilizing a :26.2 final panel, Marion Marauder dug in gamely in the final strides to hold off a hard charging JL Cruze and Trace Tetrick. Homicide Hunter also rallied well late to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Marion Marauder returned $5.60 at the betting windows. "We never tell Scott how to drive, he knows this horse so well and always takes care of him," trainer Paula Wellwood noted in the winner's circle. "We don't worry about the trip much because he can take a lot of air; he's just a great horse." The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover won for the sixth time this season and for the 20th time in his career. With the win, Marion Marauder sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $3 million mark for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 23 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Although she did not assume command until the half-mile marker, the result of the $172,000 Moni Maker was never in much doubt as world champion Manchego (Yannick Gingras) collected the 19th victory of her career with ease on Friday (Sept. 21) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on spectacular stakes-laden car. "This is very meaningful for me as this race is named after one of the most wonderful mares I have trained," said Jimmy Takter, the filly's trainer. "But this filly is quite special too." Leaving from post position 10, Manchego and Gingras settled in fourth place trotting away from the gate and were content to follow Custom Cantab through a first quarter-mile in :27.3. Shortly before the field of 10 hit the half-mile pole, Gingras unleashed Manchego and the daughter of Muscle Hill went straight to the top, while Hey Blondie (Andrew McCarthy) settled into second with Custom Cantab (Peter Wrenn) dropping back to third. After a half-mile in :56.2, Manchego pulled away from her rivals to post a 1:25.2 three-quarter mark, then cruised through the lane to stop the clock in 1:53. Custom Cantab was second and Seviyorum was third. Manchego, who is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman, paid $2.20 as the 1-2 favorite. Custom Cantab (14-1) provided her supporters with $5 to place and Seviyorum (25-1) paid (25-1). Proof victorious in The Elevation Scott Zeron placed the 1-9 favorite, Proof, on the lead shortly before the half-mile marker and the 2-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance-Ginger And Fred paced strongly to the finish to improve his record to a sparkling 7-5-2-0 in the $120,000 Elevation Stakes. Trained by Brian Brown and competing as a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing, Proof ($2.20) tripped the timer in 1:52. Loutenant (Matt Kakaley) was second ($4.80) with Pure Rock (John DeLong, $3.60) third. Warrawee Ubeaut, Woodside Charm Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winners With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the winner's circle after two consecutive losses with a statement triumph in the $207,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories used a pocket trip to pass Zero Tolerance (David Miller) in mid-stretch to boost her resume to 8-5-1-1 in her young career. Zero Tolerance ($2.10) was second and Pace Baby Pace (Matt Kakaley, $6) was third. Warrawee Ubeaut is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva Stables, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The final time was 1:51.3. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) remains a perfect five-for-five after a facile victory in her $236,000 division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes in 1:55. Leaving from post position eight, Yoder, who also steered the filly, placed her immediately on the lead. From that juncture, it was clearly obvious the world champion daughter of Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover was the one to beat as she lead the field of nine around the Anderson oval with fractions of :27, :58.1 and 1:27.3. Owned by her trainer-driver, Woodside Charm paid $2.40. Special Honor (Andy Miller, $7) came home second, with Starita (David Miller, $2.20) in third. Always A Prince powerful in Jenna's Beach Boy After favorite Jimmy Freight (Louis-Philippe Roy) threw down a sizzling :25.2 first quarter-mile, it left the door wide open for any of his five rivals to spring the upset and track record holder Always A Prince (Trace Tetrick) was the one who proved up to the task in this $155,000 event. Sitting in third for until entering the homestretch, Always A Prince moved powerfully on the outside to reach the wire ahead of Shnitzledosomethin (David Miller) and a valiant Jimmy Freight in 1:48.4, which was the same final time Lazarus N recorded in his win later on the card. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Always a Prince paid $3.80 as the public's second choice while Schnitzeldosomethin provided $8 to those who supported him at the windows. Jimmy Freight paid $2.10. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 23 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino  

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug 21) with coverage of the 2018 Casears Trotting Classic, live from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana.   The Trotting Classic, which features 2018 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover is stacked with talent who will be trying to take down the $200,000 prize. Crazy Wow (Marcus Melander) draws to her inside coming off a strong victory in the Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Casears Trotting Classic beginning at 8:00 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Joining the duo will be regular correspondent Jessica Otten, Garnet Barnsdale, and Robert "Goldsheet Bob" Eppich.   Patrons on track can will be greeted with a free hat giveaway and can receive them beginning at 11 am from Club Centaur. Also, beginning at 5:00 patrons can enjoy the all-new Fan-Tastic Fridays. There will be $1 programs, $2 drafts at select outlets, and $3 pints at Dan Patch Brewhouse.   Patrons can also participate in the Beat The Boss contest beginning at 5:00 for a chance at winning $250.00 Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   From Post Time with Mike and Mike

ANDERSON, IN -September 20, 2018- For many years, the name Jamie Macomber has been synonymous with some of Indiana's greatest race horses. An incredible stint as an assistant trainer to the sport's all time leading harness racing trainer, Ron Burke, saw Macomber guiding some of Indiana's most accomplished champions, such as the program's first millionaire, Go On BB, as well as reigning horse of the year, Hannelore Hanover, through the early stages of her career. Macomber has since started her own stable and again finds herself in the position of running a stable loaded with some of Indiana's hardest hitting champions such as Carol's Z Tam, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Wild Wanda and Rockinbeach. As the Hoosier state prepares for one of its biggest nights of the season on Friday, September 21, Macomber will send out four horses from her stable but it is her Breeders Crown champion, Beckhams Z Tam, who has taken her to new heights. Facing eight other rivals, Beckhams Z Tam has drawn post seven in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby which has been carded as the eleventh race on the evening's 14-race card. "He's awesome," Macomber says with a smile, speaking about her star pupil. "He makes you laugh and smile constantly. He wants to play all of the time, sometimes even all of the way to the track, but when I turn him the right way, he is all business." With lifetime purse earnings of $674,861, the son of Always A Virgin-Saras Lucky Charm has won 13 of 38 lifetime starts. While he has earned over $100,000 this season, the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion's four-year-old campaign has been a bit of a challenge for his trainer and has not gone according to plan. "It's been a bit disappointing," Macomber said, "We missed the first leg of the Graduate, so we missed the final, we have also struggled getting his (Beckhams Z Tam) blood right all year." However, Beckhams Z Tam has been trending in the right direction following the addition of lasix earlier this season with a 1:49:0 victory against invite competition on a very muddy Hoosier Park surface on August 3rd and a victory north of the border in the $152,000 Prix D Ete. While the year has been challenging, Macomber remains optimistic. "We are hopeful it will all work out; hopefully he peaks at the right time," Macomber continued. "He's staked to a number of open events later in the season so we will take it start by start." Assuming Beckhams Z Tam continues his upward trend, it is possible to see him in many more Grand Circuit events including The Dayton Pacing Derby at Dayton Raceway, The Allerage at The Red Mile as well as a trip to Pocono Downs this October and attempt to repeat in the Breeders Crown. The idea of winning some of the sport's most prestigious races is a "dream" for Macomber, though her modest nature makes her more excited for Beckhams Z Tam's owners, Wilbur Eash and the Z Tam Stables LLC. In fact, Wilbur Eash is part of what makes Beckhams Z Tam so special for Macomber. Eash, who trained Beckhams Z Tam until retiring from training last spring, may have handed the lines over to Macomber but still remains actively involved in the decision making. "Wilbur knew he had something special and still entrusted me to take over training him," Macomber noted. "Professionally I could lump all of the great horses I've been a part of together, but emotionally? I hold Beckham different than the rest." With Friday night's $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby showdown looming large, Macomber remains excited and positive. With her husband Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Beckhams Z Tam has been listed at 20-1 on the morning line. "As long as he races well, I'm happy," Macomber noted. "It's a privilege to have a horse like him and I am excited to race him again on the big stage in front of the hometown crowd." The field for the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby: 1. Split The House Dr: Scott Zeron 2. Western Fame Dr: Andrew McCarthy 3. Mcwicked Dr: David Miller 4. Donttellmeagain Dr: Tim Tetrick 5. Filibuster Hanover Dr: Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 6. Lazarus N Dr: Yannick Gingras 7. Beckhams Z Tam Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 8. Dealt A Winner Dr: Andy Miller 9. All Bets Off Dr: Matt Kakaley With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will be a part of a standout card that includes the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, and the $120,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. By Jacob Rheinheimer, Race Marketing Intern at Hoosier Park

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