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ANDERSON, IN -September 13, 2018-Ima Real Ladys Man, with Michael Oosting in the bike, turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Stopping the timer in 1:51.1, Ima Real Ladys Man was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to pull the 8-1 upset and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post three in the talented field of ten, Ima Real Ladys Man was uninvolved in the early stages of the race. LeWayne Miller had last week's elimination winner, Frontier Telaphras, dialed in and he was pointed to the front through the opening panel in :26.3. His lead would be short lived as the heavy post-time favorite, Ollie's Ztam, wanted his turn on the front and made a quick move down the backside to reach command at the second station in :54.1. The quick pace continued as Ollie's Ztam led the field through the three-quarters in 1:22.3 but Oosting was unable to wait any longer and had Ima Real Ladys Man on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, Ima Real Ladys Man had the momentum and surged past the tiring leader, rolling on to the wire finishing three lengths to the good. Tellmeaboutit and Peter Wrenn used a well-timed attack to get up for second while Frontier Telaphras held on for third. Sent off at odds of 8-1, Ima Real Ladys Man returned $18.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's been a nice colt all along," trainer, owner and breeder Perry Smith noted after the victory. "He's never done anything wrong and we took our time with him. The trips haven't worked out for him but he has a lot of guts just like his mother." Smith also raced the dam of Ima Real Ladys Man, Im The Real Lady, who was an Indiana Sires Stakes Champion at two. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred gelding has now won three of seven lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $77,186 for his connections. Ima Real Ladys Man is expected to take on Grand Circuit company in his next outing at Hoosier Park on Friday, September 21 in the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 14 with the fifth and final $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighting the evening's 14-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 --September 11, 2018--Measuredperfection was able to measure off her competition to pull the slight upset and capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 11. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Measuredperfection used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight, three horse photo for win in 1:56.2 and with it, snap the seven-race, undefeated streak of Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller. Measuredperfection was sent away from the gate from post five to grab the early lead in :28.1 while Kissesforall and Verlin Yoder quickly grabbed a pocket seat. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Miller pointed the heavy post time favorite, Grand Swan, to the front but she would have to work for position. Measuredperfection eventually relinquished the lead and Grand Swan led the field through middle splits of :57.2 and 1:27.3. The field began to tighten rounding the final turn and Sam Widger had Kota's Swan on the attack applying pressure to the leader first-over. Grand Swan was able to put away Kota's Swan but the biggest threat was still behind her. Utilizing the inside passing lane, Macomber Jr. found late racing room and Measuredperfection found a :28.2 final panel to put a nose in front. Grand Swan was forced to settle for second place honors while Kissesforall utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the betting publics' second choice, Measuredperfection returned $10.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "We changed her shoes so she was getting a hold of the track better tonight," Macomber Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "That was an ideal trip for her but she is a very honest filly, she will do anything you ask her to do." Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated recorded her fourth win from nine seasonal outings. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, J&T Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Measuredperfection pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win. The victory was also one of four driving wins on the evening's 11-race card for Ricky Macomber Jr. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 12 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing fillies. 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 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.--September 11, 2018--Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recently announced a name change to its annual trotting classic to be held on Friday, September 21, 2018. The $200,000 est. race, formerly known as the Centaur Trotting Classic, has been renamed as the Caesars Trotting Classic. The race, which serves as Hoosier Park's richest trotting race, is open to trotters that are three-years-old and up and has historically attracted some of the top trotters in the country each season. The inaugural edition of the Caesars Trotting Classic will be joined by the $200,000 est. Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $175,000 est. Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $175,000 est. Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $125,000 Elevation Pace, sending purses to be distributed on the evening over the $1 million mark. First post will be 6:30 p.m. Nominations for the Caesars Trotting Classic closed with 30 of the top older trotters in North America included in the lineup. A winner of the race in 2015, World Champion Hannelore Hanover leads the list of nominees and would return to her home state for the first time this season. Also among the list of eligibles are Trotting Triple Crown Champion Marion Marauder and the 2017 winner of the race, Homicide Hunter. A full list of those included on this year's nomination list for all of the events can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here. The stakes filled weekend is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a lucrative $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 and bring out some of the best horses, drivers, and trainers in the country. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., 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 or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN -September 1, 2018- After being sent off at 6/1, Letme Fly Low and Ricky Macomber Jr. pulled off a slight upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 1. This was the second consecutive victory for the pair after winning their elimination just a week prior. When the wings of the starting gate opened, Trace Tetrick sent 2017 sensation Dee Rocks right to the front, hitting the first quarter in 26:3. They were closely followed by Katie Can Cook with LeWayne Miller and Virgin Eyes with Sam Widger, and remained in that fashion until the half in 54:3. Once the horses hit the three-quarter in 1:23, Virgin Eyes pulled up into the second spot. In the final stretch, Virgin Eyes appeared to have the victory, but it quickly turned into a five-horse battle for the win. Once they hit the wire, though, it was Letme Fly Low, coming from the outside from seventh place, who crossed the line first in 1:51:3, a new lifetime mark for the filly. She was followed by It's Time For Fun with Brandon Bates in second and Voom Or Bang with John De Long in third, who both fought valiantly for their spots. With the minor upset, Letme Fly Low returned $14.40 for her backers at the betting windows. "She gave the performance I expected," noted driver Ricky Macomber Jr. after the victory. "The half helped her a lot in this trip, but she's just getting better with every start." The pacer, who is trained by Alvin Miller, has now won six of her 17 starts for 2018. Tonight's victory brought Letme Fly Low's lifetime purse earnings to $129,455 for owners Ted Comerford, Twila Harts, James Lee and Alvin Miller. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 4 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Hoosier Park 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 Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -August 30, 2018- Setting a new standard for three-year-old trotting colts & geldings, Katkin American and James Yoder coasted across the wire in 1:52:1 in his respective $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final on Thursday, August 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, lowering the record the pair set for his class earlier this year. The betting public was backing Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill with Trace Tetrick, who had been sent off as the 1/5 favorite and who immediately took a pocket seat behind J S Peyton and Alex Udell, hitting the first quarter in :27. Once the horses hit the half in 55:2, Katkin American came around from the outside and passed his biggest competitor, Fiftydallarbill. The two continued to battle it out through the third quarter in 1:25, with the rest of the field fighting for show. In the final stretch, Katkin American found a burst of speed and hit the wire in 1:52:1, not only lowering his lifetime mark, but also the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings. Fiftydallarbill fought hard for second, with the rest of the field eleven lengths behind. Got The Groove with John De Long followed for third. Katkin American returned $7.00 to win for his betting backers. "He tries every time, and that's probably what sets him apart," driver James Yoder noted after the victory. "He felt really strong there in the stretch." The trotter, trained by Verlin Yoder, did not race as a two-year-old and has now won four of his nine lifetime starts. Tonight's victory brought Katkin American's lifetime purse earnings to $128,950 for owners Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 1 with the $75,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies in race 12 of the night's 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Hoosier Park 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 Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - August 24, 2018- For the seventh consecutive time, Swandre The Giant and Brandon Bates found Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's winner's circle, this time in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday, August 25. Looking every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite, the gate to wire victory came as no surprise to fans of the two-year-old trotting sensation who stopped the timer in 1:55.1. With the win, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in seven starts this season and has now won the first three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for his division this season. Bates sent Swandre The Giant away from the gate firing but was followed closely by It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder, last week's other elimination winner. Sign Here N Here with Sam Widger in the bike was next in line in third, through first half fractions of :28:1 and :58. Once the horses hit the three-quarters in 1:27:3, Swandre The Giant was still calling the shots but It's A Herbie was tracking closely in second and was poised to put up a fight turning for home. Swandre The Giant and It's A Herbie began to distance themselves from the rest of the field who were left to battle it out for minor spoils, some eleven lengths behind the top pair. It's A Herbie tipped from the pocket and made a strong bid at the leader but Swandre The Giant proved too tough once again. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, Swandre The Giant found another gear to hold off It's A Herbie by a length. Airman Kelly and Trace Tetrick were the best of the rest and trotted evenly to finish third. Swandre The Giant paid $2.10 to win for his betting backers. "He's definitely a professional, nothing bothers him," trainer, driver Brandon Bates noted after the victory. "With the horses closing in tonight, I did touch him a little bit because he wasn't paying much attention. He's better off the helmet but with races like tonight, I put him on the front to keep him out of trouble." The freshman trotter has now won all seven of his lifetime starts. Tonight's victory brought Swandre The Giant's lifetime purse earnings to $148,900 for owners Panic Stables, Terry Erhardt, Brian Hochman and Richard Barone. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 28 with a 12-race card. Tuesday's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 with $6,540.13 in carryover money. 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%. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Hoosier Park 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 Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, ID  - August 24, 2018- After being sent off as the 1/5 post-time favorite, Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, continued his divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, winning with authority in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday, August 24 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With the win, Always A Prince scored his second consecutive victory and made a clean sweep of the fourth round of stakes action. Tetrick wasted no time and sent Always A Prince right to the front from post three and easily grabbed the lead. With the first quarter in 26:2 and the half and 53:2, Michael Oosting and Too Hot To Stop took the pocket seat while the rest of the field waited to take aim at the leader. Once the pacers hit the third quarter with Always A Prince still leading in 1:20:4, the Ron Burke trainee GD Western Joe and driver John DeLong were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the top pair was battling it out but Always A Prince ultimately prevailed, gliding across the wire in 1:49:1. GD Western Joe held on gamely for second while Rockin Speed with LeWayne Miller closed hard for third. Always A Prince paid $2.40 to win for his backers at the betting windows. "He's better off of the front but I just let Trace do his thing," trainer Tyler George noted after the victory. "The horse has great mannerisms and he's all business. We plan to keep him here for the rest of the stakes season and maybe look at a few of the Grand Circuit races at the end of the year." With the victory, Always A Prince brought his lifetime purse earnings to $187,500 for owners Carl L. and Melanie D. Atley. Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has now won 13 of his 16 lifetime starts. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick and one of two winners for trainer Tyler George. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Freshman trotting colt superstar Swandre The Giant will look to score his seventh consecutive victory and remain undefeated this season from post five for trainer, driver Brandon Bates. The evening's 12-race card will also feature two Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies and a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN.--August 24, 2018-- After their popularity in June and July, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will once again host a Cornhole tournament series as a part of Family Fun Saturdays at the track. Sponsored by the Indiana Standardbred Association, the series will feature a social division and a competitive division. Both divisions will take place in The Yard at 7 p.m. on August 25, September 8 and 22, and October 13 and 27. Both professional players and beginners are invited to participate each Saturday for a chance to win free gifts, dining coupons, free wagers, and more. Sign up time for both divisions is 6 p.m. The social division is free to enter with a format based on the number of entries. The competitive division is offered for an entry fee of $30 per team or $15 each, and includes a free t-shirt and an $800 guaranteed prize fund. Guests must be 18 to participate in the professional games. The original tournaments were set to wrap up with the grand championship on Saturday, July 21, but the games have proved to be an essential part of Saturdays at Hoosier Park. The grand prize winners took home $1,000. After hearing requests from Cornhole players and racing fans alike, the tournaments are back to ring in the fall and the Championship Season at Hoosier Park. "Having the Cornhole tournaments here has been a nice complement to our live racing excitement on Saturdays," said Hoosier Park's Vice President of Marketing Becky Young. "Whether you're a competitive participant, playing for fun, or cheering your team on, it's an entertaining experience for all." Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a beer garden, also located in The Yard, and a variety of dining options. The Cornhole tournament will be hosted in conjunction with live racing, which starts at 6:30 p.m. All American Cornhole Organization rules will apply for this event. Compete tournament details and rules are available at www.hoosierpark.com. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' are every Saturday throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. Live racing is conducted Tuesdays through Saturdays, now through November 10. First post is 6:30 p.m. each day. Additional information, including the full racing schedule and a complete list of racing promotions and events, is available at www.hoosierpark.com. by Kiersten Flint, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -  In just his fourth start of the season, freshman pacer Ollie's Ztam cinched a victory in the third leg of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Thursday, August 23. With Sam Widger in the bike, Ollie's Ztam coasted across the wire in 1:51:1, lowering his lifetime mark by almost two seconds. Before the wings of the gate folded, the race looked like it belonged to Outloud, who was sent off as the 3/5 post time favorite and driver Peter Wrenn sent him to the front accordingly. Outloud reached the first quarter in :27:2 and was closely followed by Melanie's Tedy and Trace Tetrick in the pocket. By the time Outloud reached the half in :56:4, Ollie's Ztam wanted his turn on the front and made his game winning move, quickly reaching the front as the field approached the final turn. Ollie's Ztam maintained his position through the three-quarters in 1:23 and began to put his talent on display. Employing a :27.3 final quarter, Ollie's Ztam left his competitors behind finishing four and a half lengths in front. Pure Rock and John DeLong came charging hard to finish second while Tellmeaboutit and Dale Hiteman also closed well for third. Ollie's Ztam paid $7.60 for his betting backers. "He's good gaited and he's got great speed," owner Wilbur Eash noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "He's been good since he's been down here at Hoosier Park but he was still a little immature. I said about a month ago, though; we might have a surprise on our hands." Ollie's Ztam, son of Tellitlikeitis and Gens Z Tam, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won three of four lifetime starts. This win brings Ollie's Ztam's lifetime purse earnings to $55,500 for owners Wilbur H. Eash and Z Tam Stables LLC. Ollie's Ztam is expected to remain in Indiana for the remainder of the sires stakes season. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 24 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

YONKERS, N.Y. – Trainer Jeff Cullipher got to know harness racing pacer Pistol Packin Mama well this spring at Hoosier Park. The 4-year-old mare raced against his star distaffer Au D Lox Bluegrass twice, once in the Filly and Mare Invitational May 19 and again in the Filly and Mare Preferred June 9. Pistol Packin Mama got the upper hand each time, including the latter start by a nose in 1:49.4.  Tragically, Au D Lox Bluegrass, a 17-time winner and earner of $377,339 died suddenly just after the pair’s final matchup. Soon after, Cullipher had the chance to purchase Pistol Packin Mama and he jumped on it with partner Tom Pollack. “We had a mare, Au D Lox Bluegrass, a very nice mare. Au D Lox, her last race she died just after she went across the wire,” Cullipher said. “Then an agent called us about Pistol Packin Mama and obviously we wanted to replace Au D Lox Bluegrass, so I paid up and got her.” An Ohio Sire Stakes Champion at 3 and a proven winner against older females already at 4, Pistol Packin Mama came to Cullipher sharp from the stable of Tyler George. However, Cullipher was surprised to find something familiar about The Panderosa daughter when he began working with her. “It’s unreal how two horses look alike, act alike, train alike, jog alike,” he said, referring to Au D Lox Bluegrass. “Pistol Packin Mama is a little smaller than the other mare was. Just a good horse. She’s professional about everything. Grabs a little, but nothing bad.” Pistol Packin Mama won her first start for Cullipher, taking a $20,000 Filly and Mare Preferred at Hoosier June 30. She posted a fourth, second, and third in her next three tries before earning an impressive win in her last outing August 4.  Pistol Packin Mama trailed the field as rivals She’s Heavenly, Rockin Racer, and Topville Cadillac battled three wide around the clubhouse turn. Pistol Packin Mama raced 7 ¾ lengths behind a :25.3 opening panel and a :53.3 half. Driver Trace Tetrick edged to the outside at the midway point and grabbed the second-over cover of Seventimesavirign.  Pistol Packin Mama swung three wide into the stretch with just 1 ¾ lengths to make up. Tetrick pulled the ear plugs and put her to a drive. Pistol Packin Mama took the lead with a furlong to race and drew away to score by 4 ¼ lengths. The 1:49.1 clocking is the fastest of her career. “Her last start was the highlight for us. She went 1:49.1,” Cullipher said. “She doesn’t seem to be a strong leaver. Trace Tetrick said at times she can leave and she’ll let you know when she wants to go. Other than that, try to get her in the right position and as soon as they turn for home, she knows the game.” Now 15-for-30 with another 13 seconds and thirds, Pistol Packin Mama sports earnings of $352,855. Despite her impressive performances at Hoosier Park, Cullipher decided to send the mare east to compete at Yonkers Raceway for trainer Ed Hart, eyeing a more consistent schedule and a chance at the big-time next winter. “There’s just not enough racing at Hoosier Park for her,” Cullipher said. “The Filly and Mare Open doesn’t go very often and we have a little relationship with Ed Hart, so we sent her out there to race at Yonkers for a couple different reasons. We wanted to test her a little bit on the half and next year when stakes season comes, the Matchmaker, that’s in the back of our minds right now.” Pistol Packin Mama arrived at Hart’s stable in good order about 10 days ago and will make her local debut in Friday’s (August 24) $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap. Matt Kakaley will drive the 5-1 shot from post six and off the three-week break, Cullipher expects the mare to stick to the off-the-pace style she employed at Hoosier Park. “I’m sure we’ll probably give her a trip,” he said. “I don’t know if she’s 100 percent tight just yet, but we’ll see how she goes around and make adjustments if needed and go from there.” The field assembled for Friday’s distaff feature also includes last week’s winner and runner up, Newborn Sassy and Tequila Monday, who will start from posts eight and seven, respectively. Mach It A Par finished fourth from post eight last time, but was assigned post five this week. Best Of Jenna enters off consecutive wins in the conditions and will start from post three. Annabeth, Angel’s Pride, and Lispatty complete the lineup. Friday’s 10-race card also features three $52,000 divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

ANDERSON, IN --August 22, 2018-- Glorious Virgin, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in the third round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday, August 22. With a final time of 1:50.4, Glorious Virgin re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies and also added a national season's record to her already impressive resume. The previous track record of 1:51 was established by Youaremycandygirl in an elimination of the Breeders Crown last fall. The 1:50.4 victory also equaled the fastest mile recorded by a two-year-old this season, regardless of track size or sex. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Glorious Virgin was unhurried from the gate while stablemates Pansy's Image and Pure Maid were hustled out early for position. Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. reached the first quarter in :26.2 but would quickly yield the lead to the heavy post time favorite, Glorious Virgin, just before the half. Glorious Virgin clicked off fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.4 and looked strong on the front with a two-length lead. As the field rounded the final turn John DeLong had Lady Capulet applying pressure first-over but Glorious Virgin wasn't finished. Utilizing a:27 final panel, the Shane Bowermaster trainee kicked home and coasted on to the wire under a hand drive, finishing two lengths to the good. Fillies from the Bowermaster Stable completed the superfecta in the field as Pure Maid finished second, Lady Capulet was third and Fully A Virgin and Peter Wrenn rallied well for fourth place honors. As the 1-5 favorite, Glorious Virgin returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "I really think she could be one of the top three fillies I've ever sat behind," Tetrick noted after the victory. "At this stage in the game, she's better than any filly I've driven. She's a true professional, getting handier with every start and just has unbelievable talent." With the win, Glorious Virgin made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action for freshmen fillies and extended her win streak to four in the process. The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now won five of six lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $114,000 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Three-year-old trotting fillies were also featured in stakes action on the evening's 13-race card and it was Black Mamba As and Todd Warren who pulled the 16-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Taking advantage of hot, early fractions, Black Mamba As used a well-timed rally late in the lane to score in a new lifetime best of 1:53. Black Mamba As recorded the third win of the season from ten seasonal starts for trainer Anette Lorentzon and snapped a five-race win streak for the heavily favored Custom Cantab who had to settle for second place honors. The homebred daughter of Lionhunter-Happy Year is owned by Acl Stuteri and has now amassed $138,900 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 23 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - August 21, 2018- Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, outside post nine, Grand Swan turned in another dominant performance to capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver LeWayne Miller in the bike, who also trains the freshman filly, Grand Swan used a sharp, front-running effort to score the victory in 1:57.1 over a sloppy rated track and extend her win streak to six in the process. Miller wasted no time and sent Grand Swan to the front from post nine but she would have to work for position as a host of others also left for position. Verlin Yoder and Kissesforall were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.3. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. were content to grab a pocket seat while Pink Tulip and Doug Rideout were next in line third. Grand Swan grabbed command just before the second station in :59.1 and continued to call the shots uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:29.1. As the field turned for home Sam Widger had Kota's Swan applying pressure first-over and she was quickly matching strides with the leader. Miller asked his mount for more and Grand Swan dug in gamely, putting together a :28 final quarter to get the win by a length. Kota's Swan had to settle for second place honors while Kissesforall held on to round out the trifecta. As the 4-5 favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She always fools me a little bit," Miller noted after the victory. "She's so laid back so it's hard to tell how she feels but she loves to fight them off. I had to ask her a little bit when we turned for home but I knew she would fight them off if she could. She's getting better and stronger with every start." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her sixth seasonal win from eight lifetime outings. It was the sixth consecutive victory for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $145,125 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday as they play host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 13 race card will also offer several signature wagering opportunities. The Pick-4, Pick-5 and Hoosier High-5 all went unsolved on Tuesday's program and will feature carry-overs for Wednesday's program. Along with the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10, Hoosier Park will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5, with a carry-over in excess of $6,000. The Pick-4, which is featured in Races 3-6, will be kick-started by a $3,881.36 carryover while the Hoosier High-5 will be highlighted in the last race of the evening with $4,006.91 in carryover money up for grabs. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

The man enjoying the ride behind Kiwi pacing sensation Lazarus says only one horse may be able to stop him becoming the fastest pacer in history. And that would be Lazarus himself. Champion driver Yannick Gingras was still buzzing hours after driving Lazarus to a dominant victory in his first North American start, the pair overcoming the outside barrier to lead for the last half of the US$325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). It was Lazarus’s first start in the United States since being sold for an estimated record price of $4million to Taylor Made Stallions. While he had been the best standardbred in Australasia for two years and qualified in sensational time in the US two weeks ago, any horse traveling to the other side of the world to take on their best comes with question marks. Lazarus turned those into exclamations marks with his 1:48.8 mile. The win has already justified his purchase price because with North American breeders now seeing how powerful Lazarus is in full flight he is guaranteed a commercial start to a dual hemisphere stallion career. That leaves the $3.8million earner with just a couple of major targets that could greatly embellish his reputation — winning at the Breeders Crown in late October and pacing a super fast mile time, close to the world record of 1:46 held by Always B Miki. But while Gingras says that time may be within Lazraus physical capabilities, the horse himself might need some company. “A lot of things need to happen to get down to that speed but I think he can do it,” Gingras said. “I have no doubt with the improvement he has in him he can pace 1:46 and change, maybe even 1:46 flat. “But to do that you need the right track, the right conditions and the right horses to push you. “Tonight he would have gone a lot faster if he had needed to and I think he is a horse who will always find more when another horse gets close to him and pushes him. “So to pace 1:46 he will need all of those things and a horse good enough to push him to that time. Otherwise I don’t think he is a horse who will want to go much faster than he has to to win. “But anything is possible because he had only had that one qualifier here before tonight’s race so he is obviously going to get better and better.” Lazraus’s next starts are likely to be in the heat and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby on August 25 and September 1 and yesterday’s win guarantees him a start in the Hoosier Park Derby on September 21. After that looms the US$500,000 major free-for-all at the rocket fast Red Mile (October 7) in Kentucky, the ideal track to attempt a lightning quick mile. “Tonight was the perfect starting point. He won, we got to show people how good he is but he wasn’t put under any strain.” What was it like driving the Kiwi hero? “It is a real thrill. Driving any great horse is amazing but the novelty around him tonight and the way the race was promoted, and knowing so many people Down Under were watching. It was pretty special.” Michael Guerin

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 10, 2018-- On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true harness racing superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christen Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be and a gift from god." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from his assigned post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine through to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 6-5 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. By Kim French for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

After a speedy opening quarter mile, New Zealand-bred Lazarus was able to take control of the race and lead the rest of the way to capture the harness racing  $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday night. It was the North American debut for down under champion Lazarus, who started from the far outside in post nine for driver Yannick Gingras. The 11th race Dan Patch Stakes started off with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) leaving from post five along with Rockin Ron (Trace Tetrick). Lazarus and Gingras left from post nine and were floating on the outside in fourth place, moving up as Bit Of A Legend cut the mile to the opening quarter in :26.1. Gingras continued to advance on the outside with Lazarus, taking control after the quarter mile. Lazarus cut the mile to the half in :54.2 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4 as Split The House and driver Brett Miller came first-over and continued to gain ground with Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) second-over. As they came down the stretch, Gingras asked Lazarus and they kept Split The House a length off of them all the way to the wire. The mile went in 1:48.4 with McWicked (Brian Sears) closing well to be third. Last quarter mile for Lazarus was :26 second and McWicked's last quarter was :25.2. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus is owned by Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He paid $3.00 to win. It was the third win in six starts (first five were in New Zealand) for Lazarus. The six-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight now has won 36 of his 46 career starts with lifetime earnings of more than $2,788,050. This year his earnings are now $452,113. Lazarus will now be pointed towards the Canadian Pacing Derby in Toronto. Lazarus Interview after the race By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

It's an all-star harness racing field Friday night at Hoosier Park for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The Dan Patch takes place in the 11th race on the program. While it is the USA debut for Lazarus, it may not be a walk-in-the park for one of the top horses ever to come over from New Zealand since Cardigan Bay. Country-mate Bit Of A Legend has raced against Lazarus in the past and comes into the race off a 1:51.4 triumph in the Open at Yonkers Raceway. McWicked goes from post six and he has won four of his last five starts and is rated the top Free-For-All pacer currently in North America. And the hometown hero, Beckhams Z Tam, will look for a big upset as he has returned to winning form and enters the race off a 1:49 triumph. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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