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Trace Tetrick is the leading driver this year at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio, but it won't be long before Tetrick is back home again in Indiana. The 30-year-old Tetrick calls Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., his home. In fact, Tetrick lives only five minutes from the track, where he holds the record for the most career wins (with more than 1,800) and has captured five driving titles (including the past three in a row). Hoosier Park is scheduled to open its 163-day meet April 1. "I know the drive to work will be a lot better," Tetrick said with a laugh, referring to his Miami Valley journey, which is four hours round trip. "I'm very fortunate to have that short commute (to Hoosier). Hoosier is a great place; they put on a great show there. It's my home track, so it's always fun to race there." Not to say Tetrick isn't enjoying himself at Miami Valley. Tetrick leads the driver standings there with 93 wins, holding an 11-victory advantage over second-place Kayne Kauffman and a 36-win margin over third-place Tyler Smith. When Hoosier Park opens, Tetrick will continue to race at Miami Valley on Sundays and Mondays. Miami Valley Raceway concludes its season on May 8. "I'm having a good run at it," Tetrick said about his success at Miami Valley. "I can't complain one bit. I wanted to go there and try to be competitive. It worked out where I got with some really good trainers, like Tyler George and Virgil (Morgan Jr.) and Jim Eaton, who have some really good horses. It's been really clicking lately." Last year, Tetrick set career highs with 478 wins and $5.49 million in purses. He set the single-season record for victories at Hoosier Park with 372, breaking his own mark of 325 established just a year earlier. Tetrick, a native of Illinois, got his first win as a driver in 2003 and became a regular on the Indiana circuit in 2006. He has won 3,878 races in his career and $38.96 million in purses. "I've been very fortunate," Tetrick said. "I started driving out here when I was 19. You always hope (for success). Like everyone else, I was trying to get my drives and get my name on the sheet. When I got opportunities, I wanted to do the best I could with them. Things have just kind of worked out. "It's just experience. The more you drive, the more you realize that. We can all drive watching the TV, but when you've got to get out there and make decisions, it's always quicker and faster. It just becomes a habit, what to do and when to do it. You try not to take the races home with you, but it's hard not to because that's your profession. You'll watch replays and pick out something and try to learn and improve." Five years ago, Tetrick began making his name in Grand Circuit stakes by winning the Oliver Trotting Classic with Upfront Billy at Indiana Downs and an American-National with Our Lucky Chip at Balmoral Park. In 2014, Tetrick won the Jugette at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio with Indiana-bred Color's A Virgin and upset world champion Sebastian K with Creatine in the Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile. In 2015, he won multiple stakes with Freaky Feet Pete, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Last year, Freaky Feet Pete was part of the well-documented rivalry with Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit before being sidelined by injury. Always B Miki went on to be named Horse of the Year and was retired to stallion duty. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, will return to action this season along with "Pete." "We had a lot of good battles with Wiggle and Miki," Tetrick said. "Just being on the stage with those guys was a highlight. It was big for our sport to have those three top contenders. They might have been three of the best horses we've seen in the last decade at one time. If you see how many times they paced in (1):49 or faster, it's pretty scary. That's hard to do that many times, and they did it wherever they went. "You hate to lose good horses for the sport," he added, referring to Always B Miki's retirement. "Whether you can beat them or not, you hate to lose the opportunity to watch them again." One of the goals this season for Freaky Feet Pete will be to compete in October's Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park, which is his second home. Marty Rheinheimer, who co-owns Freaky Feet Pete with his mother Mary Jo, has taken over the training of the horse following the passing of his father Larry last September. "He looks good," Tetrick said about Freaky Feet Pete. "I think everybody has come together good as a group to make preparations for this year to go back at it again and try to have Pete as good as we can. I know (the Breeders Crown) is one of the goals they have. It would be great to have the Breeders Crown here at home and have Pete be in it with the local fan base." In the meantime, Tetrick, who followed his father Tom D. and brothers Tom T. and Tim into harness racing, is looking forward to an enjoyable year at the races. "My goal is to be competitive on a nightly basis," Tetrick said. "I want to go out there with a clear head and hope everything works out and do the best I can for the people I'm working for. "Just being able to drive a lot of different types of horses and getting to drive for people that, when you win or they race really good, they're excited and happy, that's always fun for me. That's the biggest thrill of it. I've been able to be very successful over here and won some titles and some stakes races. But the game itself to me is a fun game. It's a great job to have; that's the part I love about it." Story by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

ANDERSON, Ind.--March 14, 2017--With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino less than a month away, final preparations for the 2017 season are underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 163-day meet is set for Saturday, April 1. With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m. this season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer the most lucrative stakes program in the track's history highlighted by hosting the Breeders Crown events in late October. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off on a Saturday the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. The barn area officially opened on Saturday, March 11 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track opened for training on Monday, March 13 from the hours of 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will remain open during these hours throughout the duration of the season. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open for those horsemen wishing to ship in and train. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork required before being allowed entry to the grounds. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 15 with nine races set to go behind the gate and an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the entirety of the season. The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior at 1 p.m. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted on Hoosier Park's website as soon as they are made available. The opening of the backside and beginning of the live racing season will be the official unveiling of a number of facility enhancements as well. During the off season, Hoosier Park began, and is currently in the final stages of, installing a new perimeter fence around the entire seven-eighths mile oval. Hoosier Park's tote board will also have a new look for the 2017 season as it has been refurbished and updated to feature new video boards. The paddock area and backside also underwent improvements in preparation for the upcoming season. New restrooms and locker rooms have been added to the paddock area and are expected to be completed in early spring. Vinyl wall applications were installed in the front of the paddock along with fresh paint on the entire barn and updated bath stalls. Construction commenced last fall on a state-of-the-art racing administration building that will house the racing office, Indiana Horse racing commission judge's office and the Indiana Standardbred Association's medical offices. Completion date is expected by August 1. In addition to the racing administration building, horsemen will find a new guard house and entrance as they make their way into the barn area. In addition to the Breeders Crown events and activities, Hoosier Park will host an extended stakes schedule throughout the 2017 racing season worth nearly a combined $4 million. Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 11. Returning to the stakes schedule at Hoosier Park in 2017 is the $175,000 Nadia Lobell stakes for three-year-old filly pacers as well as the $175,000 Moni Maker stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. For more information on the complete 2017 stakes schedule, please click here. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskins

ANDERSON, IN – The Indiana Horse Racing Commission handed down a career-ending sentence to a local harness racing trainer accused of severely beating a horse at a local training facility.  Muncie trainer Bobby Brower was issued a default judgment after he failed to request a trial by a 20-day deadline, the Commission ruled Tuesday, March 7 at its meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. He has received a 15-year suspension from racing and $40,000 in fines reported Christian Stephens of The Herald Bulletin.. “As I read the history of this person, I am not upset this will be a career-ending decision,” Commissioner Susie Lightle said ahead of the vote. A default judgment was issued without a trial because Brower’s attorney, Pete Sacopulos, failed to request a hearing, as per IHRC rules. Sacopulos argued Brower should have a chance to defend himself in court because of the seriousness of the allegations. He also said he was under the impression that entering a plea of not-guilty acted as the request for a trial, and the case shouldn’t be decided on a “technicality.” “(Brower) is facing a career-ending penalty,” Sacopulos said at the hearing. “This is a fellow who has spent his whole life in horse racing.” Vice Chairman Greg Schenkel argued the seriousness of the charges should have prompted Sacopulos to be more careful in acting as attorney. “Obviously this is a very serious matter and I would think both parties would make certain their I's were dotted and their T's were crossed,” he said. The sentence stems from an incident in August 2016 in which Brower is accused of beating a horse, B ABland, to the point the horse suffered injury and soon collapsed from exhaustion, according to the complaint filed by the commission. The complaint alleges that Brower continued to whip, kick and beat the horse after it collapsed. The incident allegedly occurred at Pace Setter Farm, 3682 E. 150S, Anderson, where Brower rents a stall.  After the incident in August, Brower said the charges were overblown. "The incident has really been blown out of proportion," Brower said. "We trained him that day, and he slipped and fell on the wet pavement." Brower said the horse was whipped once in the rear and got up but fell down again. At that point, Brower said, he and others assisting him began to jump and stomp around the horse in an effort to prompt it to get up. "A horse will just lay there and hurt itself," Brower said. In his more than 20 years of horse racing, Brower has at least 44 rulings by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, including six for "indiscriminate use of whip," with at least one for whipping a horse after a race. He was cited in 2013 for failure to properly control a horse by "whipping the horse’s head from side to side," according to the complaint. Brower did not attend Tuesday’s meeting and did not return multiple calls for comment. Sacopulos said he wasn’t surprised by Tuesday’s verdict. “I think it is a disappointing decision, but not unexpected,” he said. Reprinted with permission from the heraldbulletin.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--February 6, 2017--Racing dates for the upcoming 24th season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino were recently approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer the most lucrative stakes program in the track's history highlighted by hosting the Breeders Crown events. The 163-day season is set to begin on Saturday, April 1 and will conclude on Friday, November 17. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off on a Saturday the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. "We believe the stakes schedule for the 2017 meet is the most attractive and diverse schedule we have ever offered," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore said. "Because of the on-going commitment to racing by Centaur Gaming, we are continually striving to improve our racing product. The new post time, which includes tightening the intervals between races, is just one of those changes that will help bring more action and energy to our racing program as we kick off one of the most exciting seasons yet." One of the most highly anticipated weekends on the 2017 harness racing calendar will take place in October as Hoosier Park will play host to the coveted Breeders Crown events on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. For the first time ever, Hoosier Park will host all 12 year-end championship races, worth a combined $5 million. "All of us are hopeful that this season will be our most memorable yet," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer. "We share a full commitment to the success of the racing program and presenting a magnificent Breeders Crown, the first ever hosted in the state of Indiana. This is an exciting time for fans, horsemen, and our entire community." In addition to the Breeders Crown events and activities, Hoosier Park will host an extended stakes schedule throughout the 2017 racing season worth nearly a combined $4 million. Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 11. Returning to the stakes schedule at Hoosier Park in 2017 is the $175,000 Nadia Lobell stakes for three-year-old filly pacers as well as the $175,000 Moni Maker stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. For more information on the complete 2017 stakes schedule, please click here. Stall applications are now available for the 2017 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here. Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's race office by no later than February 12, 2016. Applications for stall space are required for both stalls in the barn area, as well as horsemen wishing to ship in to race at Hoosier Park. Horsemen receiving stalls will be notified of their allotment by mid-February. For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.com . For more information on the upcoming harness racing meet and promotions at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com  

Anderson, Ind. - January 5, 2017- In an effort to take harness racing fans from the grandstand to the winner's circle, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino launched First Turn Stable in the summer of 2016. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, the program was designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership and education for future ownership endeavors. Boasting an all-around successful inaugural season, as the 2016 Hoosier Park Standardbred season concluded, First Turn Stable's five-year-old gelding, Bet The Truth, made his final start of the season on Thursday, November 10. With a final time of 1:54.0, the 50 first-time owners not only celebrated a successful season but also marked their fifth trip to the winner's circle in 2016. "What a perfect race to end the season," trainer Jeff Cullipher said. "Even though we had many victories throughout the season, the wins with First Turn Stable meant the most to me. Meeting all the members in the winner's circle, I knew we had accomplished what we set out to do." Cullipher, who maintains a stable of 30 horses at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, had an impressive 60 trips to the winner's circle and accumulated over $750,000 in purse earnings during the 2016 season. "As a trainer, this experience has allowed me to not only do my job, but to bring 50 new owners into the winner's circle," Cullipher continued. "There's truly no better feeling." The new program, working under the name First Turn Stable, allowed harness racing fans the chance to experience horse ownership first-hand. For a one-time, $250 membership buy-in, racing fans got an insider's look at what it is like to own and race a Standardbred currently racing at Hoosier Park. In the first start of the season of July 2016, First Turn Stable secured their first victory with six-year old gelded pacer, Boogie Nights. On a card stacked with stakes races, it was the $12,500 claiming event that stole the show at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Boogie Nights and Jason Dillander crossed the wire in 1:51.4, a new lifetime best performance. For many of the First Turn Stable members, not only was this their maiden voyage with horse racing, it was their first time in the winner's circle. "Starting off the season with a strong race, we hit the ground running and didn't look back," Cullipher shared. "We had ups and downs throughout the season, but we were able to see we could always get the job done." Over the course of First Turn Stable's inaugural season, the first-time owners were able to work with four different horses and find the winner's circle on five separate occasions. "Our last horse (Bet The Truth) presented me with a challenge, but I knew we could get him to the winner's circle," Cullipher said. First Turn Stable presented experiences and learning opportunities to members through a variety of scheduled events. On Thursday mornings during the season, members were invited to visit the Cullipher stable on the backside of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. During their morning visits, the stable members met with Cullipher to discuss weekly training happenings and wish their horse good luck before the weekend's race Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials were shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources were also made available to the members. "We've been coming out to Hoosier Park and following State Fair races for years now, but we realized we wanted to be a part of something more in this industry," First Turn Stable member Jim Hays noted. "At first, we weren't sure what our next step looked like. First Turn Stable has helped narrow our focus on becoming full time owners; it was the perfect stepping stone for us, we have learned so much and really enjoyed our time with the stable. We actually purchased a yearling at the Hoosier Classic sale this fall!" At the end of the racing season, the horse's winnings and costs were calculated and any profit was split among the 50 owners. Hoosier Park will invite any previous members from 2016 to purchase a membership for the 2017 season and also look forward to extending memberships to other first-time participants. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all first-time owners and members who helped make the 2016 inaugural season of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success and look forward to another season with First Turn Stable in 2017. by Emily Gaskin,for Hoosier Park

Yesterday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. published a story regarding an alleged abuse of a race horse. The newspaper has since retracted the original article due to its inaccuracies and issued a new article regarding the incident. Contrary to the original article, the alleged animal abuse incident was an isolated event that did not happen on Hoosier Park property. Hoosier Park officials are cooperating with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "We maintain a high level of integrity with expert security protocols in place," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "The safety of our human and equine athletes is Hoosier Park's number one priority." In addition to on-track security measures, Hoosier Park is a loyal advocate for animal welfare and supports a wide array of organizations related to the well being of animals. "From supporting the Animal Protection League right here in our own community to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which gives race horses a bright future once their time on the track is complete, we avidly share the responsibility of promoting the care and well being of all animals," said Moore. "Our job is never done and we will continue to find new ways to support these efforts."  

Anderson, Ind.-November 12, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively. Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 89 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this season. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport's leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish. Jamie Macomber, Burke's assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner's circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record but it truly is a team effort," Rucker noted. "We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 372 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000. "It's certainly an honor and a great accomplishment," Tetrick said in the winner's circle after accepting the trophy from Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming's chairman and chief executive officer. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, IN-Nov. 10, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out the 2016 live harness racing season with a 14-race card on Saturday, November 12 alongside annual Veterans Day and Fan Appreciation specials starting Friday, Nov. 11. On Friday, Nov. 11, service men and women with military identification can enjoy a special Veterans Day lunch buffet for only $5 at Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service men and women are also encouraged to visit Club Centaur Rewards to receive $5 in free slot play as a thank you for their service to our country. Hoosier Park will also give away patriotic Hoosier Park hats to the first 500 guests starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Club Centaur Rewards. Plus, guests can enjoy free live music both nights in The Terrace Showroom following live racing. Corey Cox performs on Friday, Nov. 11 and Danny Frazier performs on Saturday, Nov. 12. In addition to Veterans Day appreciation efforts on property, Hoosier Park will host Veterans on a charter bus trip to Downtown Indianapolis for Veterans Day festivities on Friday, Nov. 11. The bus will depart from Hoosier Park at 8:30 a.m. for Tyndall Armory for coffee, donuts, live music and a memorial service. Following the service, Veterans will be able to attend the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:45 a.m. The bus will depart from Indianapolis following the parade with a complimentary box lunch during the trip back to Hoosier Park. Spots are still available for the charter bus trip, and reservations can be made by calling (765) 609-4609. "At Hoosier Park, we want to honor our Veterans and show gratitude to those who currently serve and have served in the armed forces," said Michael Facenda, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of gaming. "Our Veterans Day specials are just a small token of our appreciation and we salute our country's service men and women for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make on a daily basis." On Friday, starting at 4:30 pm, the first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a free mystery voucher worth up to $500 as part of the Fan Appreciation Days. Hoosier Park will also offer the final "Fantastic Friday" of the live racing season where guests can enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 programs, and $1 beers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will offer racing fans the chance to win a brand new hi-def television. Racing fans can enter to win at the Indiana Standardbred Association table located near the winner's circle on Saturday from 5-9 p.m. First post time for both Friday and Saturday is 5:45 p.m. The Saturday night program will wrap up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind. November 4, 2016 - Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the harness racing spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 4 to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Bar Hopping staged a big rally late in the lane to hold off all rivals in 1:53.4 and establish a new track record in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting colts was a 1:54.3 mark established by Creatine and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Carl Erskine Trot. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bar Hopping left alertly but Andy Miller had Sutton firing off the gate from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Bar Hopping was content to sit in the pocket while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were next in line third. Dayson and Yannick Gingras were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead to reach the front just before the half in :56.2. Dayson continued to call the shots at three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 but Tetrick had Bar Hopping on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Tetrick asked his mount for more and Bar Hopping utilized a :27 final quarter to get the win by a quarter of a length over a game Dayson. Sutton held on for third place honors. As the 1-5 heavy betting favorite, Bar Hopping returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "I wanted to be a lot closer than I was but my colt almost ran in the first turn so I had to be careful," Tetrick, who won last year's edition of the Carl Erskine behind Crazy Wow, noted after the victory. "He fought it out and went a great trip. He has been close all year racing the best colts in the country and he deserves the big wins that he's got. I'm just happy to be a part of it." Trained by Jimmy Takter, the millionaire trotter has now won nine of 18 seasonal starts while bankrolling $1,171,795 in purse earnings. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour recorded his third consecutive victory and tenth lifetime win for his connections of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Grand Circuit stakes action continued in the very next race of the program and it was Check Six who went gate to wire in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Check Six stopped the timer in 1:51 to win by nearly two-lengths over stablemate Manhattan Beach and Matt Kakaley. With the win, Check Six recorded his tenth win of the season and became the sport's newest millionaire. As one of five Ron Burke trained horses in the field, Check Six left alertly from post two to grab the early lead in :26.4. Manhattan Beach also left aggressively but was content to sit in the pocket for much of the mile. Gingras was able to slow the tempo a touch to dictate middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Stablemate Downthehighwy and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow and had reached the leader's wheel as the field turned for home. Manhattan Beach looked poised to strike from the pocket but Check Six was strong on the front. Check Six used a :26.3 final quarter en route to a near two length victory over Manhattan Beach and a hard charging Mystical Rock and Andy Shetler. As the 3-5 favorite, Check Six returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "I definitely expected some speed from the outside but when the gate opened, there were only two of us leaving out of there so I was happy about that," Gingras, who has two previous victories in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, noted in the winner's circle. "I had control of the race and I was able to rate the mile so when we turned for home I didn't think they were going to beat me from there. My horse went a brutal trip in his last start but he was very game again tonight, he is super sharp right now." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Switala, and J. Martin, Check Six recorded his 14th win from 30 lifetime outings. Now sporting a bankroll of $1,070,304, the Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna colt has won 10 of 21 seasonal starts. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacers kicked off the Grand Circuit Stakes action earlier in the card in impressive fashion. Gingras found the winner's circle for the first time of the evening behind Flowers N Songs in the $115,000 Crossroads of America stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Rich Gillock trained filly dug in gamely in the stretch to get the win by a head in 1:54.3. "Hats off to her connections for her keeping her on the top of her game all year," Gingras said. "Rich Gillock has the filly this week but Paul Reid has done a great job with her. She's raced week in and week out and traveled all over the country, and she proved again tonight that she is a very nice filly." Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs recorded her 11th win from 31 seasonal outings. Owned by Robert Key, the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song pushed her seasonal bankroll to $499,314. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin found herself back in a familiar place, the winner's circle, in the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. After going undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season, Seventimesavirgin was handed her first loss in nine starts in Grand Circuit stakes action last week at Hoosier Park but rebounded gamely to score tonight in 1:52.1. Leaving from the rail, Seventimesavirgin left just enough to secure a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras. DeLong was content to sit in the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before making his move in deep stretch. While the rest of the field was fanning out across the track, DeLong moved his filly to the passing lane and she exploded passed her rivals to get the win by three and quarter lengths. Can't Touch This, also an Indiana Sires Stakes winner, rallied gamely for Todd Warren to get up for second place honors. Time On My Hands and Trace Tetrick rounded out the trifecta. As the 3-5 favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 for the win. "We've just been doing what we've done all season and stuck to our plan," said DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly. "She raced really good last week too, they can't win every week and we were not disappointed at all but I am glad she's going out a winner, she deserves it." "This was her last start of the year, she's pretty easy on herself and those breaks in between stake races really helped us out," he continued. "She's going to get some well deserved R&R and hopefully be back for more next year." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven ended her sophomore campaign winning 13 of 15 starts while amassing $411,100 this season. Owned by Jesse J. DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won 18 of 27 lifetime outings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 5 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 3, 2016 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will make its way back to Hoosier Park for the fourth and final time this season on Friday, November 4 and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card beginning at 5:45 p.m. With purses approaching $1 million, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the $115,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old trotting fillies and the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time this season in the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour colt, whose seasonal earnings just surpassed the $1 million mark, has won 8 of 17 seasonal outings while also recording wins in the $522,210 Canadian Trotting Classic and $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Bar Hopping will play the role of morning line favorite at 3-5 in the Carl Erskine Trot and start from post two with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace which has been slated as the 12th race on the evening's program. Check Six, one of five horses from the Burke Stable in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach who has been enlisted at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown Final and Check Six was third. Burke has trained three of the last four winners in the previous editions of the Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park. "Check Six has been racing tough all year racing week in and week and out," Burke noted. "He went a brutal trip last week in the Breeders Crown final so if the trip works out a little better for him in the Monument Circle, I think he will be sharp." Burke also has two chances to win the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday with Yankee Moonshine and Dime A Dance. Dime A Dance has won four of 16 seasonal outings while earning $237,510 in purse earnings and will start from post ten with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras drew post six. The Burke pair will look to upset the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who will start from the coveted rail position. Seventimesavirgin went undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season but had her 9-race winning streak snapped last week in Grand Circuit stakes action at Hoosier Park. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will host "Fantastic Fridays" and feature $1 beers, $1 dogs, and $1 programs during live racing. At the conclusion of live racing, the popular Corey Cox Band will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

Bridge To Jesse's will be at home in Friday's $220,000 Carl Erskine Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotters at Hoosier Park, but he faces a difficult road to victory. The winner of 21 of 27 career races --- with all but one of the starts coming at Hoosier Park --- Bridge To Jesse's will leave from post No. 1 in an Erskine field of 10 that includes newly minted Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping as well as Breeders Crown finalists Sutton and Waitlifter K. Sutton finished third in this year's Hambletonian while Waitlifter K was fourth. Another Hambletonian finalist, Milligan's School, also is in the Erskine. "The race is a local race in our own front yard so we staked to it hoping it would come up a little weak maybe," said a laughing Roger Welch, who trains and co-owns Bridge To Jesse's with William "Bo" DeLong, Patrick DeLong, and Ray DeLong. "This is his chance to step up. The rail definitely helps us try to get a little crumb anyway. "It'll be fun to see what he can do," he added. "Maybe he'll be like the other Indiana-breds who have stepped out. We'll see if Jesse can. He's done quite well for us. Both last year and this year he's been real good to us." Last season, Bridge To Jesse's won 10 of 12 races and earned $309,093. He was the Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male trotting champion and a track-record-setter at Hoosier Park. This year, he has won 11 of 15 races and earned $247,102. He had a six-race win streak snapped on Oct. 15 when he finished fourth in the Indiana Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male trotters. He enters the Erskine off a second-place finish to Milligan's School in a division of the Circle City on Oct. 28. "He got a bad trip in the (Indiana Sire Stakes) final, but that's the only bad trouble we've had all year," Welch said. "He's got a great attitude. That's what I like most about him. And he's always been a strong, sound horse. He shows up to race every week. He tries a 110 percent. Those kind are hard to find and hard to replace. "On Saturday from the rail I know he'll try real hard. It's the end of the season, he's getting a little tired, but they all are. He's not a big horse, but he's got a big heart. He'll try. Hopefully he can hold his own and sniff a check out." Bridge To Jesse's is a son of stallion Jailhouse Jesse out of the mare Bridge To Nowhere. He was purchased for $28,000 at the 2014 Indiana Premier Yearling Sale and his family includes multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award-winner Peaceful Way and stakes-winner Toocool Forschool. "He's got a license to be a nice little open horse," Welch said about the gelding, who has a career-best win time of 1:53.4. "He'll trot more next year. We've babied him this year. He doesn't have the flashy record, but when you do a breakdown of what the (1):53 miles are at Hoosier Park compared to somewhere else you can tell what his potential is." This will be Bridge To Jesse's final start of the year. "He's done everything we've asked him to do," Welch said. "I'll bring him back to my farm and let him grow and fill out and hopefully have a good 4-year-old and aged career. As of today, that's the plan. The option is there to sell him if anyone is interested, but we really haven't put him on the market. We'll pull his shoes off in the paddock and he can come home to the farm and have a little vacation." Bar Hopping is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Erskine; Bridge To Jesse's is 12-1. Hoosier's card also includes the $200,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $115,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters, and $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Check Six, one of five horses from the stable of Ron Burke in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown and Check Six was third. Earn Your Wings, who finished fourth in the Breeders Crown, is the 5-2 favorite in the Crossroads of America and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin is the 8-5 favorite in the USS Indianapolis Memorial. Complete entries for the races may be found at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 22, 2016 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 All-Star Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, Oct. 22 and it was Trace Tetrick who raced away with top honors, winning his choice of a dream prize-$10,000 cash, an exotic vacation, or an "always wanted to have" toy. Tetrick, a 30-year-old, Illinois native earned three wins and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 79 points to secure the win. As predicted, round two was a race to the finish and came down to the last race of the challenge to separate the drivers. After the last race, Tetrick garnered six points to win by six points over John DeLong. Sam Widger, who was victorious in round one of the challenge, finished third with a final total of 71 points. With points from round one carrying over to round two, Tetrick started with 26 points and kicked things off with a win in the opening race to earn 15 points driving G's High Shooter to victory for trainer Tyler George. Tetrick also teamed up with George for another winner in the third race of the challenge behind Westport to record another 15 points. After three races, Widger narrowly held the lead with 65 points while John DeLong was a close second with 63 points and Tetrick was closing in on the leaders with 58 points. At odds of 15-1, Tetrick masterfully drove Worldly Doll to victory for trainer Alvin Miller and with the win, moved in to the lead of the challenge. Tetrick secured his dream prize with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind White Fish Flash for trainer Grant Wilfong. White Fish Falls and Tetrick were on the front for much of the mile but couldn't hold off Always Kenzer and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane. Tetrick's six points were just enough to clench the victory. "I felt really good about my horses coming in to tonight," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "The win with Worldly Doll was a bit of a surprise but she raced really strong tonight. I've driven her before so I knew a little bit about her before we went to the gate. These races were very competitive fields but all my horses raced really well and the trips worked out for me." Tetrick, who opted for the $10,000 cash prize option, secured his first driver challenge win at Hoosier Park and also had a total of six winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick is currently atop the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 332 trips the winner's circle and over $3.4 million in purse earnings. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016 - The top ten harness racing drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, Oct. 22 as they compete in a five-race challenge in the second and final round of the 2016 All-Star Driver Series. The All-Star Driver Series will once again pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge competing for the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. Eight of the ten coveted spots in the second round of the series were based upon points earned in the first round of the challenge that was held at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 23. With a total of 49 points, Sam Widger took home top honors and walked away with the lion's share of the $5,000 prize after the opening round. With their points from the first challenge carrying over to round two, Widger will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by John DeLong and Dan Shetler who finished second and third, respectively. With eight of the ten spots determined after round one, Ross Leonard and LeWayne Miller will complete the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, October 15. In each of the challenges, the drivers selected the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park earlier this week. In the first race of the challenge, the top driver, Trace Tetrick, received first pick of the horse he wanted to drive and he selected G's High Shooter from post seven for trainer Tyler George. Next the No. 2 driver, John DeLong, selected and then continued through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order was inverted and the No. 10 driver, Dan Shetler, picked first and selected Big Better Best from post two for trainer Bernie Wolin. This drafting system continued through all five races of the challenge. On Saturday, points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. Should a driver's horse be scratched from one of the contest races, a driver will automatically receive five points. The challenge races will be five consecutive races, races six through ten, and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, October 22. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, not only will one driver be crowned the champion of the 2016 All-Star Driver series but also have their choice of a dream prize. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016  -  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday, Oct. 21 and it was driver Sam Widger who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14 races, Widger tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park joining Eric Ledford, Don Irvine Jr. and Trace Tetrick. Ledford established the record at Hoosier Park during the 1999 harness racing season while Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and the record has remained untouched since Tetrick accomplished an eight win night in 2012. Slated as the 13th race on the program, the evening's card was highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and just as impressive as Widger recording his seventh win of the night was Night Pro finding the winner's circle for the fifth consecutive time at Hoosier Park. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Night Pro turned in a dominant performance to score by nearly three lengths and record his eighth win of the season. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, the six year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel added another stakes victory to his impressive resume after scoring in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Aged Pace Final at Hoosier Park last week. Night Pro has now won 38 of 70 lifetime outings while amassing $658,182 in lifetime purse earnings. Widger's first win of the night came in the second race on the program behind Joe Tucky for trainer Lester Raber. Using gate to wire tactics, Joe Tucky recorded his second win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 with the win. Widger and Raber also teamed up to reach the winner's circle with Nothinbutanallstar who scored in a conditioned trot in 1:54.2 by five lengths and give Widger his third of the night. E R Rudy was an 11-1 upset winner for Widger and trainer Don Eash in the $15,000 Open 2 Pace earlier in the program. Widger scored back to back victories with Anoche for trainer Al Tomlinson and then JD's Macca Lodge for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. Widger also drove two winners from the Ernie Gaskin Stable on the evening's program. Scoring earlier with Shakerattlenrock in a claiming pace, Widger recorded his eighth and final win of the night in the last race of the program behind the three-year-old pacing colt, Pet Shark. Utilizing a :26.2 final quarter, Pet Shark established a new lifetime best of 1:51.3 while notching his fourth win of the season. "It's kind of euphoric for me," Widger said with a smile after win number eight. "Did that really just happen? I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive nice horses for great trainers." Widger is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 201 trips to the winner's circle behind Trace Tetrick, who leads all with 332 wins, and John DeLong in second with 282 victories. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Widger will lead all drivers into round 2 of the 2016 All Star Driver Series after winning round one with 49 points. Saturday's 14-race card will feature the second round of the five race challenge for Hoosier Park's leading drivers with the winner awarded the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 17, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is pleased to announce a reduction in pari-mutuel takeout on its pentafecta wager, the Hoosier High-5, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and continuing for the remainder of the 2016 harness racing season. With a reduced takeout of 12%, Hoosier Park will now offer the lowest takeout on the pentafecta wager of all harness tracks in North America. The Hoosier High-5 was approved and added to the wagering menu at the beginning of the 2016 harness racing season and has been well received by the betting public. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season's biggest payout to date in 2016 with an $18,431.42 winning ticket paid out in early July. "We have been very encouraged by the growth in wagering on the Hoosier High-5 as the season has progressed," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "We believe the lower takeout will provide the impetus needed to enhance the public's awareness of this most popular wager." Hoosier Park remains committed to giving fans and customers the very best racing experience to be found anywhere. The takeout reduction is being viewed as an "experiment" for the remainder of the season and Hoosier Park officials are confident that bettors will embrace the lower takeout with increased levels of wagering. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 15, 2016 - The top harness racing two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 to battle it out in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a beautiful, October evening. As expected, the Super finals delivered some spectacular harness racing battles and hard-earned divisional championships. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2016 stakes season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Fawn De Savage who turned in a dominant performance to score in 1:54.4. Trainer, driver Dan Shetler sent Fawn De Savage away from the gate firing from post five and she grabbed command through the opening panel in :28.1. Fawn De Savage dictated middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3 while Naughty III and John DeLong were content to sit in the pocket. Tyler Smith gave Ooh La La La the green light approaching the final turn and the filly ranged up to match strides with the leader. Just as the field turned for home it appeared that the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire, however Ooh La La La made a costly break and took herself out of contention. Fawn De Savage took full advantage and coasted on to the wire to win by open lengths over Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger. You Me and Rosie and Darrell Wright rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for third place honors. Fawn De Savage returned $6.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "She had plenty of ability at two," Shetler noted in the winner's circle. "But like most fillies, just needed to grow up and mature. I always knew she would be a nice filly we just had to take our time with her." "I wanted to leave with her tonight without using her too hard," he continued. "I knew if I could get her out of there and they left her alone, she would be strong. I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch but that other filly (Ooh La La La) is a nice filly too, when she made a break I knew we were home free." With the win, Fawn De Savage recorded her eighth win of the season from 19 starts and 11th lifetime victory. Owned by Fawn De Mon Farms, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has now amassed $320,396 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies The two-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Goose's Weedie and Sam Widger who pulled the first of many upsets on the evening in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Sent of at odds of 8-1, Goose's Weedie used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to get up in the final strides of the mile and stop the timer in 1:54.4. John DeLong had Amazing Arya firing from the gate and she was the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2 before yielding the lead to Rockin Serena and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Serena led the field through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.1 but was soon joined on the outside by the heavy post-time favorite, Hah ChaChaCha and Trace Tetrick. While the damage was being done on the front, the rest of the field was winding up to take aim at the leaders. Brandon Bates had Rock Me Gorgeous well placed second-over but the biggest threat was still behind him. Widger tipped Goose's Weedie past tiring cover and she responded to the find the wire a length in front of Rock Me Gorgeous. Sand Madeline and Brett Miller used a late surge to round out the trifecta. With the upset, Goose's Weedie returned $18.20 to her backers at the betting window. "This is a very special moment for me," trainer Mike Hollenback said after the win. "Being from Anderson and growing up around harness racing, this is as good as it gets for me." "It really was an ideal trip for her," he continued. "She's a small filly and doesn't seem to like the front-end too much so it worked out for us. She's always been a nice filly and she showed it tonight." Goose's Weedie notched just the second win of her career from 13 lifetime outings and established a new lifetime mark in the process. The homebred daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Nonstop To The Top has now earned $141,650 in lifetime purse earnings for owner Charles Kline. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts The upset trend continued in the very next race of the program, the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as Ultimate Encore and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. found the winner's circle at odds of 9-1. The Jeff Edwards trainee was a decisive winner, winning by four lengths, in a new lifetime best of 1:58. After a costly break by the heavy favorite Jesse V behind the gate, the race was a wide open affair. Trace Tetrick sent Bumblebzbuzz to the front to dictate first half fractions of :28 and :57.2. Herbies Wild Child was content to sit in the pocket while Swan Chase and Rick Plano were next in line third. Plano gave his mount the green light and he was matching strides with the leader at three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1. Swan Chase was able to put away Bumblebzbuzz but he would have his work cut out for him as Ultimate Encore was looming large in the background. Wrenn Jr. was well placed second and when he asked his mount for more, Ultimate Encore responded with a :29.2 final quarter to trot past his rivals well in hand at the wire. Swan Chase held on for second while Dream of Elegance and Dale Hiteman rallied nicely for third. With the upset, Ultimate Encore returned $20.00 at the betting windows. "I've never driven the horse before and didn't get a chance to talk to Jeff (Edwards) before the race," Wrenn Jr. said after the victory. "I looked at the program and knew I wanted to get a trip with him especially since the front end hasn't been holding up tonight. I was able to fall in line and come second-over and the colt responded. He really raced strong tonight, he's a very nice colt." Owned by D L Dennis, Dolne Farm Services, and J. Johannsen, Ultimate Encore has now won two of his 14 lifetime outings. With the victory, the gelded son of Encore Encore-Southwind Ultima has now amassed $145,400 in lifetime earnings. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Seventimesavirgin proved her divisional dominance yet again with a 1:50.3 victory as the 2-5 favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With the win, Seventimesavirgin notched her ninth straight Hoosier Park victory but more impressively, made a clean sweep of the stakes action to remain undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes this season. Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin powered away from the gate to reach the first quarter in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out early position. Todd Warren gave Can't Touch This the green light and she grabbed the lead just before the half :55.3. Can't Touch This went uncontested through three-quarter clocking in 1:23.2 while DeLong waited patiently in the pocket. Using a :26.4 final panel, Seventimesavirgin took the passing lane and paced away from the rest of the field to win by three lengths. Rockin Rum Springa and Ricky Macomber Jr. made up substantial ground late in the lane to finish second while Can't Touch This held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers. "We needed a trip this week," DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly, noted. "She's raced hard all year, she shows up every week and I couldn't have asked for the trip to work out any better for us tonight." "This is a special one for us," he continued while surrounded by family and friends in the winner's circle. "My mom is a cancer survivor and to have her here with us to enjoy this moment means the world to me. This is definitely a family affair." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her 12th win from 13 seasonal outings. Owned by Jesse J DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now bankrolled $426,140 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections while winning 17 of 25 lifetime starts. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. followed suit to deliver as the 6-5 post time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Satin Dancer scored in 1:59.1 and extended her win streak to four in the process. Wrenn Jr. wasted no time as he sent Satin Dancer away from the gate from post two and she quickly grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. She went unchallenged through middle fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Intothelight and Rick Plano were the first to take aim at the leader approaching the final turn but Satin Dancer was strong on the lead. Jessi Lind and Rick Farrington were closing in quickly on the outside but Satin Dancer dug in gamely to win by a neck. Jessi Lind finished second while Hoosier Wiggles and John DeLong finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $4.60 for the win. "Anytime you have a two-year-old, you have to be nervous," trainer Byron Hooley said in the winner's circle. "She's been a nice filly all year, a fun filly to have in the barn. Ronnie (Wrenn Jr.) just started driving her a few starts ago; he's done a really great job with her. He gets along really well with her and said she's like a Cadillac to drive." Owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC, Satin Dancer recorded her eighth win from 15 lifetime outings. The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred now sports a lifetime bankroll of $227,933. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Born To Thrive and driver, trainer Rick Plano pulled off the biggest surprise of the evening, prevailing at odds of 15-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4, Born To Thrive staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and establish a new lifetime mark in the process. John DeLong had the 1-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's on the front and he led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.3. Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick were on the attack first-over and at the top of the stretch was matching strides with Bridge To Jesse's. Fly Jesse Fly was able to put a nose in front but the taxing mile was beginning to take its toll. Just as the top pair started to fade, Plano tipped Born To Thrive to the outside and he kicked into high gear to surge past his rivals. Fly Jesse Fly held on for second while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman closed well for third place honors. "It's hard to be confident with the caliber of horses we were racing against in here tonight but this is a nice colt," driver, trainer Rick Plano commented. "I just bought him a few weeks ago, I made a few changes and he's really responded well to everything I've done. He's a nice colt that I think is only getting started." With the win, Born To Thrive has now won five of 28 lifetime outings and third win of the season. Owned by J.A. Campagnuolo, V.A. Contento, and M. Plano, the gelded son of Swan For All-Soxy Kosmos has now earned $141,933 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts On The Virg and Brett Miller turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:52.4, the Jim Dailey trainee dug in gamely to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score his sixth win of the season. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith left with the wings of the gate to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28.1 before yielding the lead to On The Virg just before the half. On The Virg dictated the tempo of :57 and 1:25 before Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite Rock N Tony applying pressure to the outside first-over. As the field turned for home, Rock N Tony made a solid bid for the lead but On The Virg found another gear and drew away to win by two lengths. "Leaving the gate I could tell not a whole lot of people were leaving," Miller said after the race. "With the soft fractions I knew I had to make my move and when I saw the half mile time pop up, I had a lot of confidence in my colt." "The wind has died down a little and when we turned for home I was just hoping my colt could out sprint them," he continued. "He did. He's a very nice colt and paced strong all the way to the wire." Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A.Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, On The Virg recorded his sixth win from eleven seasonal outings. With the win, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi now sports a lifetime bankroll of $195,250. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts Brett Miller would find the winner's circle once more, this time with Uncmprmising Z Tam in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Using the same front-running tactics, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off all charges to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.2. Leaving from post five, Miller wasted no time as he sent the Wilbur Eash trainee to the front. Uncmprmising Z Tam led the field through fractions of :27, :55.1, and 1:22.3 before ever feeling a threat. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow but by the time the field rounded the final turn, Umcmprmising Z Tam's lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27.4 final panel, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off a late charge from Ricky Macomber Jr. and Downthehighwy to win by three lengths. Matrix of Luck and Trace Tetrick rallied from way back to round out the trifecta. As the 9-5 favorite, Uncmprmising Z Tam returned $5.80 for the win. With the win, Uncmprmising Z Tam notched his fourth win from 17 seasonal outings and seventh win from 26 lifetime starts. Owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC, the gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover-Cosmic Grace has now amassed $231,288 for his connections. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, October 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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