ANDERSON, Ind.- The 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, November 15, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizeable gains in all-sources handle during the 160-day, all harness racing season. Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the positive trend in 2014 to report an all sources handle increase of 6.2% over the previous year's numbers. In a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued its focus on all encompassing marketing efforts, facility enhancements and an increase in overall quality of racing. "We couldn't be more pleased with the results of the 2014 racing season," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The positive trend in handle that we experienced during the 2013 season carried over into 2014. Beyond handle, the competition on the race track continues to get even more spirited. Together, we are buoyed by the reception we have received throughout the simulcast market and look forward to building on these successes when we open the 2015 season in late March." For the first time in its 21year history, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino expanded its viewing public to include Australia in June of 2014. Through a partnership between Hoosier Park and the Australian racing broadcaster, Sky Racing, Hoosier Park harness racing became a regular morning feature on Thursday, Friday and Sunday on Sky Racing2 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Australian time. Hoosier Park's signature race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational pace, saw marked success while placing the national spotlight on Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Friday, August 8. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as an enthusiastic crowd watched Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, pace the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the 21st edition of the Dan Patch Invitational. The previous track record of 1:48.1, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational. On the wagering front, the Dan Patch card offered remarkable value to horseplayers with the continuation of a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force to watch the harness racing superstars compete at Hoosier Park as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering and produced the biggest handle night of the season. The total handle for the night was up 25% over the previous year's numbers. Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit racing action four different times this season and welcomed the top-rated horses in North America to compete in races like the $275,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $230,000 Carl Erskine, the $250,000 Monument Circle, the $193,000 Nadia Lobell and the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Trace Tetrick led all forces on the track and took home the 2014 leading driver title with 289 victories and accumulated over $3.6 million in purse earnings throughout the season. Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his third leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2014. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories. Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2013, was officially recognized as the 2014 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 111 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 with 80 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this Also new to the 2014 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino unveiled a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It was Lewayne Miller who not only took home the $5,000 first place prize in the opening round of the series, but was crowned the ultimate champion after winning the second round of the series and drove away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Weekends during the meet encouraged fans to enjoy live racing and numerous entertainment opportunities throughout the venue. Each weekend was highlighted by 'Fan-tastic Fridays,' live racing action that featured $1 customer specials including beer, hot dogs, wagers, and racing programs. Saturdays at the track, designated as 'Family Fun Days,' featured live entertainment, kid-friendly outdoor games and activities, winner's circle giveaways, and dining specials. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the annual summer concert series in 2014 and welcomed a series of national headlining acts to the outdoor music center. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, fans enjoyed Grammy-Award winners, Billboard chart toppers and thrilling entertainers throughout the summer. "We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2014 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Moore continued. "Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season." The 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to get underway on March 27, 2015. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 14, 2015. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
SHELBYVILLE and ANDERSON, IND. - Dec. 1, 2014 - Local charities are teaming up with Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson to collect toys and cash donations during the holiday season. Through multiple charitable events, both properties are encouraging guests to make cash and toy donations to benefit those in need in the Shelby and Madison County areas. Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park are hosting charity slot tournaments where guests can compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Guests can enter the tournaments by donating a new, unwrapped children's toy or a minimum cash donation of $10. All proceeds collected from each property's slot tournament will benefit local children's charitable organizations, toy drives, and area non-profits. Combined, both Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park anticipate collecting more than 2,000 toys and upwards of $15,000 in cash donations throughout the months of November and December. The slot tournaments are open to all those who contribute. Once entered, participants will compete for the highest score in a cashless slot tournament - meaning the designated group of slot machines will be placed in a free-play tournament mode that requires no cash to be wagered. Each property's slot tournament details are as follows: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Tournaments will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9 and 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Registration each day will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Guests may play in multiple tournament sessions for each toy or $10 donation made. A total of $2,500 in total cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Tournaments will be held each Sunday through Dec. 14 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. each Sunday at Club Centaur. Guests may play in multiple tournament sessions for each toy or $10 donation made. A total of $15,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners. In addition to the slot tournament, guests can also participate in Hoosier Park's annual Gift & Game event every Tuesday through Thursday through Dec. 25. Guests will receive $10 in casino cash with each $10 donation made through Club Centaur. The cash donations will be added to the donations collected from the slot tournaments to benefit local charities during the holiday season. Guests are limited to one Gift & Game donation per gaming day. An additional Indiana Grand toy drive to benefit the Shelby County Toys for Tots organization began on Tuesday, Nov. 11, with the last of three donation days taking place Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can donate up to three unwrapped toys valued at $10 each to receive $10 in casino cash per donation. A special guest appearance will be made by Survivor reality television star, Rupert Boneham, on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
Anderson, Ind.--November 15, 2014--Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded the 2014 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 15. In addition to the racing action, Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured leading driver and trainer titles, respectively. Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2013, was officially recognized as the 2014 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 112 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 with 80 trips to 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 six seasons romped to his Third Straight Hoosier Park training title this season. Jamie Rucker, 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. "This was definitely a team effort from the owners, trainers, horses, grooms, and everyone in between," 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 when I say it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year and it has been a lot of fun to be a part of." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his third leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2014. Tetrick scored 289 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over last year's leading driver, Tyler Smith, who finished second with 241 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $25 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 2014 with over $4.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 3,000. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "It's been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. I had a lot of nice horses to drive this year and it has been a great year for me, I really appreciate it." 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 2014 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
For the second straight week I lost money (-$4.10) on win bets but with the cold exactas and trifectas in the Messenger Stakes and Valley Victory, we made decent money for the weekend. This weekend we have super cards Friday at Hoosier Park and Saturday at Vernon Downs plus we travel north of the boarder to Woodbine Racetrack for their good Preferred Trot. Good Luck! $50,000 Pace Monument Circle consolation 3yo colts Hoosier 6th race FRIDAY - May only be the consolation race but still a very good match-up. I am going with Capital Account. Early season sensation has been putting in decent efforts except for his last outing against tougher. Draws well, rested and should be able to regain winning form against this field. Use Somestarsomewhere and Somesizesomestyle in exotic plays. $193,000 Trot Moni Maker 3yo fillies Hoosier Park 8th race FRIDAY - Best fillies in the nation will go out at it in here but the smart money has to go with Shake It Cerry. Won't be a walk in the park as she faces four other return winners in the field but she has beaten most of them throughout the season and can do it again. Use Lifetime Pursuit and Riveting Rosie in exotic plays. $176,500 Pace Nadia Lobell 3yo fillies Hoosier Park 9th race FRIDAY - Since winning the Jugette and rolling through five straight wins, Color's A Virgin has been sensational in Indiana for two years. She really gets tested once against facing the best in the nation. But even from post eight she is rightly the morning line favorite to win it all. Use Precocious Beauty and Katie Said in exotic plays. $230,000 Trot Carl Erskine 3yo colts Hoosier Park 10th race FRIDAY - Will be really interesting to see how Indiana's top colt, Rose Run Parker, who is going for his eighth straight win, will fare against the number one rated colt in the nation, Father Patrick. I am going to have to stick with Father Patrick as has beaten the best all season long. Use Rose Run Parker and Il Sogno Dream in exotic plays. $211,500 Pace Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA Hoosier Park 11th race FRIDAY - Half of the field are return winners but I am going with the horse who has lost his last three starts, only by a nose and a head. That's Foiled Again. Game class master can still show his heels to younger rivals and from outside post he might even be able to work out a trip to take this field. Use Sweet Lou and Clear Vision in exotic plays. $275,000 Pace The Monument Circle Final 3yo colts Hoosier 12th race FRIDAY - Wow...Limelight Beach, JK Endofanera, Always B Miki, Let's Drink On It, nearly all the best colts in the country going head and head for big money. I am taking a shot that Always B Miki got a week's rest after his big win at Hoosier where he romped by 8 Â½ lengths and can do it again. Use JK Endofaneara and Limelight Beach in exotic plays. $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 5th race SATURDAY - Great matchup here between the return of Intimidate against Daylon Magician. When he is right he can beat any trotter there is and I think that Intimidate is ready to fire it up after good rest and very sharp qualifying win last week. Outside post is only hindrance. Use Daylon Magician and Slip Into Glide in exotic plays. $178,000 Pace Artiscape older mares Vernon Downs 6th race SATURDAY - Trainers PJ Fraley and Ron Burke seem to have the deck stacked, each with a three-horse entry. Doesn't matter because I am going with Joe Holloway's Somwherovrarainbow. She showed her former self last week with impressive win at Harrah's. All she needs is come live cover and she can score again. Use Fraley entry of Krispy Apple, Shelliscape, Anndrovette with Burke entry of Rocklamation, Summertime Lea and Camille in exotic plays. $240,500 Trot Kindergarten Final 2yo colts Vernon Downs 7th race SATURDAY - While the Erv Miller entry of Airman Batten and SS Poseidon are the race favorite, I am going with French Laundry. He has the gate speed to get good position and has shown great closing speed, :27.3 in his last start. Yannick will work his magic to get this one home. Use Airman Batten/SS Poseidon entry and Boots N Chairns/Suit And Tie entry in exotic plays. $251,100 Trot Kindergarten Final 2yo fillies Vernon Downs 8th race SATURDAY - Jimmy Takter's entry of Sarcy and Lil U Hanover have not been world beaters this season but have drawn well and have both shown good trot in recent action and gets a slim call in here over Allerage Star. Use Allerage Star and Queen The Bea in exotic plays. $178,000 Trot Muscle Hill older mares Vernon Downs 9th race SATURDAY - Great field of trotting mares featuring numerous world champions and a Horse of the Year! Who to pick? The class of the field is Bee A Magician, who last week was a game third in the International Trot against the world's best. Despite drawing outside post nine I think she is in a perfect spot for Brian Sears to work out a great trip to score from. Use Classic Martine and Perfect Alliance in exotic plays.
ANDERSON, Ind.- The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the sport of harness racing descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 31 to battle it out in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card as Grand Circuit racing action made its fourth and final stop at Hoosier Park this season. With purses topping the $1.2 million mark, the stakes filled card delivered some outstanding harness racing battles despite unfavorable weather conditions in the central Indiana region. Mother Nature was not all that happy as a wet cold front came in and there were snow flurries throughout the race card, making the track sloppy for the entire evening. The $193,000 Moni Maker The three-year-old trotting fillies kicked off the stakes action in the $193,000 Moni Maker Stakes and it was Shake It Cerry who continued her winning ways to find the winner's circle in 1:57 over a track rated good. With regular driver Ron Pierce in the sulky, Shake It Cerry switched up her tactics and came from off the pace to win by a length and a half. Leaving from post six in the talented field of nine, Shake It Cerry eased off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Paul Macdonell sent Riveting Rosie away from the gate firing and the duo set first half fractions of :27.2 and :59 while the rest of the field sorted out positions. Pierce had Shake It Cerry perfectly placed second over as the field reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4. Using a :26.2 final quarter, Shake It Cerry saved her best for last and was able to track down her stablemate Lifetime Pursuit and Yannick Gingras late in the lane. Cee Bee Yes and Scott Zeron also staged a big rally late in the mile to round out the trifecta. "I've been racing her on the front for most of her starts this year but I did race her off the pace last year some," Pierce noted after the victory. "Obviously with the factors tonight, I didn't want to be on the front so I knew if I just floated her out of there and put her somewhere close she would do the rest. Tonight, that was like a training mile for her, she was that good tonight." Shake It Cerry has now won 13 of 15 races this season while amassing $899,936 in earnings for her connections, Solveig's Racing Partners. Jimmy Takter trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig. The $176,500 Nadia Lobell Color's A Virgin proved her dominance once again in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks as she overcame the outside post eight and an unfavorable first-over trip to find the winner's circle in the $176,500 Nadia Lobell. Stopping the timer in 1:55, Color's A Virgin has yet to be defeated in four outings since taking home top honors in the 2014 edition of the Jugette earlier this season. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Color's A Virgin left just enough to grab a spot along the rail in third while Katie Said and Marcus Miller dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :58.3. Color's A Virgin began her quest to the front down the backside and reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:28.2. As the field turned for home, Tetrick asked his mount for more and she dug in gamely to pace on to the wire finishing two lengths in front of Gallie Bythe Beach and Tim Tetrick. Trained by Brian Brown, Color's A Virgin has now won 16 of 25 lifetime victories. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color has amassed $472,622 in her sophomore season for her owners Emerald Highland Farms. The $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot E L Titan and Ron Pierce pulled one of the biggest upsets of the evening in the $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot as the duo was able to hold off the heavily favored Father Patrick late in the lane to score in 1:57.2. At the wire, the margin of victory was a half-length and E L Titan was able to survive a judge's inquiry to score his third of the season. Odds On Amethyst and Jimmy Takter were the first to get a call as they set the opening fractions of :27.1 and :59.2 before ever feeling a threat. Pierce made his winning move down the backside as he gave E L Titan the green light and reached the front at the three-quarter clocking in a leisurely 1:30. E L Titan appeared strong on the front but was quickly joined on the outside by Father Patrick and Yannick Gingras. Father Patrick appeared to be up to the task but E L Titan wasn't finished. Using a :27.2 final quarter, E L Titan found another gear to hold off all charges. "It was a spontaneous decision coming out of the first turn to move to the front," Pierce said after the victory. "With the slow quarter I had to move to stay out of trouble so once I did I just sent him to the front. I had to use him pretty hard to get there but he was strong tonight." "I raced him (E L Titan) in Chicago a few weeks ago and he was loaded," Pierce continued. "I felt then if I would have been closer to Father Patrick I could have beat him that night. Tonight, coming around the last turn he still felt good and I knew we had enough to hold him (Father Patrick) off even having to use him so hard early in the race." For E L Titan, it was his sixth lifetime victory from 12 career outings. The son of Muscle Hill-Courtney Hall increased his seasonal earnings to $363,212 for trainer Riina Rekila and owner Erkki Laakkonen. The $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Bettor's Edge and Matt Kakaley found the Hoosier Park winner's circle for the second consecutive week after winning the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in 1:53. Bettor's Edge was able to stage a big rally in the late stages of the race to best his stablemate Sweet Lou and Ron Pierce at the wire. Leaving from post four in the talented group of ten, Bettor's Edge was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while the field battled for early position. Thinking Out Loud and John Campbell fired off the gate to reach the first quarter in :26.3 but yielded the lead to Sweet Lou just before the half in :58. Sweet Lou called the shots to the third station in 1:26.1 but was quickly joined on the outside by Clear Vision and Tim Tetrick. Sweet Lou was able to hold off Clear Vision but Bettor's Edge loomed large in the background. Kakaley found late racing room and Bettor's Edge exploded to the wire to finish a neck in front. With Clear Vision holding on for third and Foiled Again taking fourth place honors, the Burke stablemates completed the superfecta. "I have been leaving quite a bit with him lately and tonight I wanted to change it up a bit," Kakaley noted after the victory. "With the weather too, the front end was not the place to be. It ended up working out really well for us but I was a little worried around the last turn because they kind of got away from us. I was able to move him out to the center of the track and he was strong all the way to the wire. He was really game tonight." The five-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Spring Wind scored his eighth of the season and gave driver Matt Kakaley his third win of the night. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and M1 Stable, Bettor's Edge pushed his seasonal bankroll to $673.784. The $275,000 Monument Circle Always B Miki continued his winning ways at Hoosier Park as he used a near gate-to-wire effort to win the $275,000 Monument Circle pace for three-year-old colts and geldings in 1:52. With driver David Miller back in the sulky, Always B Miki scored his fourth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory. Sent off as the 3-2 second choice, Always B Miki settled for a spot along the rail while Big Boy Dreams and Tim Tetrick left aggressively for the front from post nine through an opening quarter in 26. Limelight Beach and Yannick Gingras benefitted from a pocket seat while the heavily favored JK Endofanera and Ron Pierce were next in line in third. Unable to wait, David Miller sent Always B Miki to the front down the backside and the duo reached the top spot at the half in :56.2. Somewhere In L A and Brett Miller began the first-over attack with Let's Drink On It and Tyler Smith in tow. While the rest of the field closed in, Always B Miki paced away. Finishing two lengths in front of a hard charging Limelight Beach, Always B Miki used a :26.1 final quarter to hold off all charges. "The trip didn't work out exactly like I thought it would," Miller noted in the winner's circle. "I was hoping to get some cover but I knew I had to move down the backside or I was going to get locked in. I was worried with the wind and things that he might not be able to hold them off but he raced huge. When I asked him to go around the last turn he felt strong. He was able to hold his speed and he dug in all the way to the wire, that mile really impressed me tonight." Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched the 11th victory from 18 seasonal outings. The son of Always A Virgn-Artstopper has now earned $914,366 lifetime for his connections of Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 1 with an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.- The best in the sport of Harness Racing will be showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 31 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the fourth and final time this season. With over $1.2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2014 live racing season on Friday with a 14-race card that includes the $275,000 Monument Circle pace, the $230,000 Carl Erskine trot, and the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Also complimenting the card will be the $193,000 Moni Maker stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies and the $176,500 Nadia Lobell for three-year-old pacing fillies, which are being held at Hoosier Park for the first time this season. The first race of the card will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time in the $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds slated as the tenth race on the card. Father Patrick, who recently reached to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, drew post one with regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Father Patrick has earned $1.38 million this year and 11 of 14 seasonal outings. The Carl Erskine trot also includes the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Rose Run Parker from the stable of Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke. Rose Run Parker, who has never raced anywhere but Hoosier Park, has won 13 of 15 races this year and has yet to be defeated in his last eight outings. He will start from post three in the field of ten with regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr. The 2014 Dan Patch Invitational winner, Sweet Lou will return to Hoosier Park for the first time since his Dan Patch victory and look to snap a three-race losing streak in the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby from post six. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 16 races and $958,558 this year, will line up behind the gate with his Burke stablemates Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. With victories in nearly every major stakes race to-date, Foiled Again will start from post eight with Yannick Gingras handling the lines. Foiled Again has won six of 23 starts pushing his career purse earnings to $6.73 million which is the most money for any harness racing horse in North American history. Burke will also send out the 2-1 morning line favorite, JK Endofanera, in the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Starting from post two in the powerful field of ten, JK Endofanera will look to score his fifth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park win after a dominant performance in the Circle City Stakes last week. With $1.3 million amassed lifetime, JK Endofanera has won 10 of 15 starts this season including a victory in the $920,000 North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario earlier in the season. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will also host the 2014 Monster Bash beginning at 9:00 p.m. in the Terrace level of the grandstand in honor of the Halloween holiday. The 2014 Monster Bash will offer live music, drink specials and a costume contest with a top prize of $1,000 in each of the contest categories. 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 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 30, 2014-It is nothing out of the ordinary to see a field of horses line-up behind the Hoosier Park starting gate but racing fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 30 will have the chance to see something they don't often see. A field of all grey pacers will line up behind the starting gate to battle it out in two divisions of the $10,000 "Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby" at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Park's Racing Secretary, Scott Peine assembled two fields of six "ghostly" pacers in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday. According to the United States Trotting Association, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color. Slated as the fifth and seventh races on the 12-race card, the "Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby" will feature two divisions and are aptly named "The Freddy Krueger" division and "The Jason Vorhees" division. In the opening division, Trace Tetrick has been enlisted to drive the morning line favorite, Maddysonofagun, from post four for trainer Tom T. Tetrick. The four-year-old gelded son of Modern Art will look to score his second victory of the season for owners Mary Alice and Tom D. Tetrick. In the second division, Casey's Lil' Harry will look to score his second win of the season as the 5-2 morning line choice for driver Don Harmon from post five. Trained by Krista Harmon, the grey gelding is sired by Hawaiian Cowboy and owned by John Moody. Just one day later, Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card of the 2014 live racing season on Friday, October 31 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval. Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts, the $230,000 Carl Erskine trot, and the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. In conjunction with the Halloween festivities, Hoosier Park will also host the 2014 Monster Bash on Friday, October 31 beginning at 9:00 p.m. in the Terrace level of the grandstand. The 2014 Monster Bash will offer live music, drink specials and a costume contest with a top prize of $1,000 in each of the contest categories. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the exclusive home of Indiana harness racing, is proud to announce it will host the coveted Breeders Crown events in the fall of 2017 for the first time in its 21-year racing history, pending approval by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and Indiana Standardbred Association. The seven-eighths mile track, which opened in 1994, was awarded all 12 year-end championship races, worth a combined $5 million, by the Hambletonian Society which oversees the prestigious Breeders Crown series. The exact dates are yet to be determined but are historically showcased in late October or November. "Hoosier Park is a world class racetrack and has been a solid supporter of Grand Circuit and stakes racing since they opened," said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society which owns and services the races. "We are delighted to add a new track to the Breeders Crown roster, especially one as celebrated, and as accommodating to fans, owners, and horsepeople as Hoosier Park." Much like the Super Bowl, the season-culminating Breeders Crown series does not have a fixed venue. The Breeders Crown races will be hosted at The Meadowlands Racetrack in 2014 and 2016 and at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada in 2015 before heading to Hoosier Park in 2017. "Hoosier Park's team members are honored to have earned this level of recognition," said Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming chairman and chief executive officer. "We can't thank the dedicated racing fans, team members, as well as the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana Legislature, Indiana Standardbred Association, and all of our partners in the racing industry enough for their continued work to elevate Indiana horse racing on a national level." Owned by Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino underwent a major expansion to its racing facility when casino gaming at Indiana's racetracks was legislatively authorized in 2007. Centaur, founded in 1993, is a company built on the precept of furthering the entertainment and economic development benefits of Indiana gaming and horse racing. "This is a major step forward for Indiana horse racing and something Hoosier Park and our partners in the industry have been working towards for years," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming president and chief operating officer. "Since 2008, Hoosier Park has continued to make significant investments into improving our racing product - both on-track and via our simulcast signal, and this announcement serves as recognition of these efforts. The Hoosier Park team will be ready to welcome racing fans from across the country in 2017." The state-bred program has improved dramatically in 20 years, and the $3 million stakes schedule, centered annually around the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, attracts the best trotters and pacers in North America throughout the season. The 30-year-old Breeders Crown series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the "Crown" has traveled to racetracks across North America and raced as either single night or multiple night events. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
This Week: Monument Circle, Carl Erskine Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Nadia Lobell and Moni Maker, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. and Artiscape, Muscle Hill and Kindergarten finals, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday (Oct. 31) at Hoosier Park with five stakes races on the card. Leading the way is the $275,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on tap will be the $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, the $193,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $176,500 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Saturday (Nov. 1) card at Vernon Downs features the $250,500 Kindergarten Series final for 2-year-old trotting fillies, the $240,500 Kindergarten Series final for 2-year-old trotting colts, the $178,000 Artiscape for older pacing mares and the $178,000 Muscle Hill for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Racetrack and Hollywood Dayton Raceway all had major stakes last weekend during an extremely busy Grand Circuit weekend. Natural Herbie grinds out win the International Trot In an already long race -- at the nontraditional distance of 1-1/4 miles -- Natural Herbie went even longer to win Saturday's $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational at Yonkers Raceway. Racing on the outside much of the way, Natural Herbie battled through a field of international stars to win in 2:24.4 at odds of 9-1. European standout Commander Crowe finished second, three-quarters of a length behind, and Bee A Magician, the lone female in the eight-horse field, was third. Obrigado was fourth and Arch Madness fifth. Natural Herbie, purchased by trainer/driver Verlin Yoder just prior to the start of his racing career as a 2-year-old, has won 12 of 23 races this year and 24 of 46 lifetime, with earnings of $749,841. Nuncio won Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway, giving trainer Jimmy Takter a sweep of the Trotting Triple Crown. Sent off at odds of 1-9, Nuncio (Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) and driver John Campbell won the Yonkers Trot by 2-1/4 lengths over Datsyuk in 1:56. Resolve finished third. Takter, who won the Hambletonian Stakes with Trixton, picked up the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot with Nuncio. Owned by Stefan Melander's Stall TZ Inc., Nuncio has won 10 of 15 races this year and earned $1.29 million. He finished second in the Hambletonian. All Bets Off went to the front as soon as the gate opened and never was challenged on his way to winning Saturday's $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke, All Bets Off (Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope) won by 2-3/4 lengths over Luck Be Withyou in 1:51.1, with McWicked third. The time was the fastest ever for a Messenger Stakes at Yonkers. The finest 2-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Made up of the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport. Leading the winners of the four stakes was JK She'salady, who improved to a perfect ten for ten with another victory in the $377,360 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off as the heavy 1-5 favorite, JK She'salady and Yannick Gingras got away fifth and sat along the rail until the midway point of the race. Around the final turn, Gingras sent JK She'salady first up to challenge the leader, The Show Returns, as the fillies were on even terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. JK She'salady came off the turn and quickly created separation with the field and cruised home to an impressive looking 1-1/2 length victory in 1:52.1. Solar Sister took the place spot, while Ideal Nuggets finished third. A daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady, JK She'salady is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stable. She returned $2.50 to win. On Friday at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, the night was supposed to belong to Foiled Again and Creatine, but although each raced very creditably neither was able to capture a Grand Circuit Dayton Derby. Instead stablemate Clear Vision literally nosed out Foiled Again in the $122,000 Dayton Pacing Derby, lowering the track record to 1:49, and Market Share pulled a mild upset in the $162,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, establishing a new track trot standard with the 1:52.4 clocking. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,925; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,062; 3. David Miller - 894.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 635.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 613. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 2,122.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,599; 3. Erv Miller - 441.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 349; 5. Tony Alagna - 332. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 478.55; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 428.55; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 317; 4. Robert Key - 272; 5. Brittany Farms - 258.45. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs with eight Matron Stakes for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters set for Thursday (Nov. 6). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana's Hoosier Park for Friday's $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds. Father Patrick, who on Tuesday ascended to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, knocking Sebastian K from the position he held each of the previous 23 weeks of the rankings, drew post one for the Erskine with regular driver Yannick Gingras. Father Patrick has earned $1.38 million this year. The Erskine is part of a stakes-filled card at Hoosier, along with the $275,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, $193,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old female trotters, and $176,500 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old female pacers. Father Patrick hails from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who conditions the five richest trotters in North America this season: 3-year-old colts Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton, followed by 3-year-old fillies Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Nuncio, who last weekend won the Yonkers Trot, has earned $1.29 million. It marks the first time in harness racing history that one trainer has produced two million-dollar trotters in the same division. Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit will square off in the Moni Maker Stakes. Father Patrick is coming off a three-length victory in the American-National Stakes at Chicago's Balmoral Park on Oct. 11. He has won 11 of 14 starts this year, including the Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, and Stanley Dancer Memorial. He has five wins in his most recent six races, with his only setback being a second-place finish to Nuncio in the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 5. "He got a nice little break after the American-National," Takter said. "He had a little foot issue (in the Futurity). He wasn't happy about that. In his start in Chicago, I saw right away he was on the right foot there. "It's got to be perfect for these horses, that's the way it is." Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream owned by the Christina Takter-led Father Patrick Stable ownership group, has won 21 of 25 career races and $2.12 million. He was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. Takter also sends Odds On Amethyst to the Erskine. Odds On Amethyst has won three of 10 races this season, but gone off stride in five losses. "He's fast enough, but whether he's going to manner himself, that's another thing," Takter said. The race also includes home-track star Rose Run Parker, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Rose Run Parker, who has never raced anywhere but Hoosier Park, has won 13 of 15 races this year and $324,700. He will start from post three with regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Shake It Cerry has won 12 of 14 races this year and $803,436 while Lifetime Pursuit has won eight of 15 starts and $706,729. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, leaves from post six with driver Ron Pierce while Lifetime Pursuit has post two with Gingras. Last time out, Shake It Cerry beat Lifetime Pursuit by three-quarters of a length in the American-National for 3-year-old female trotters. "Both of them raced very good in Chicago," Takter said. "They're going to meet again in Indiana. They're both very, very nice fillies. They've been able to stay sound." Takter's Somewhere In L A, who bumped the starting gate and suffered a nosebleed in the American-National for 3-year-old male pacers and struggled to a seventh-place finish, takes on the Burke Stable's JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach, Big Boy Dreams, At Press Time, and Forty Five Red in the Monument Circle. "He's such a good horse," Takter said about Somewhere In L A. "I love that horse. He's as good as any 3-year-old pacing colt out there. He's very, very tough. I trained him back twice now, and no bleeding. I talked to (Dr.) Patty Hogan and she thought he's going to be fine." The Monument Circle also includes Joe Holloway's Always B Miki, Joe Seekman's Let's Drink On It, and Erv Miller's Jet Airway. Takter's Uffizi Hanover is among the nine 3-year-old filly pacers in the Nadia Lobell, which also includes Jugette winner Color's A Virgin from the stable of Brian Brown. "Uffizi trained so good," Takter said. "She's been having so much problems in the turns, but she was fantastic today. Uffizi, when she has the right day, she's good." The Burke Stable is also well represented in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, sending out Sweet Lou, Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 16 races and $958,558 this year, will try to snap a three-race losing streak. Foiled Again has won six of 23 starts and $701,643 this season, pushing his North American record for career purses to $6.73 million. To view the full card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
ANDERSON, Ind. - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 24 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. The 14-race card was highlighted by divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and it was Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke who stole the show with five winners on the 14-race card. Teaming up with drivers Matt Kakaley and Ricky Macomber Jr., the Burke stable found the winner's circle four times in stakes action and ended the evening with a victory in the Invitational Pace. Sayitall BB kicked off the stakes action for Burke as she was able to turn a pocket-trip into a 1:51.4 score in her $35,650 split of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Kakaley sent the sophomore pacing filly away from the gate to grab a pocket seat behind Skippin By and Trace Tetrick who carved out fractions of :26.1, :54.3, and 1:23.4 before ever feeling a threat. Sayitall BB was given the green light around the final turn and the sophomore filly used a :27.4 final panel to finish three-parts of a length in front of Skippin By. Fresh off her win in the Cinderella Stakes at Maywood Park, Sayitall BB has now won eight of 13 seasonal outings. With a seven-race win streak on the line, Rose Run Parker delivered as the heavy betting favorite in his $37,150 division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a final time of 1:53.4. With regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Rose Run Parker made his customary move down the backside and was in control around the three-quarter mark. As the field turned for home, Rose Run Parker put his talent on display and he trotted away from the field to win by five lengths. The 1:53.4 mark was a new track record at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for three-year-old trotting geldings and a new lifetime best for Rose Run Parker. JK Endofanera looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as he cruised home a winner in 1:49.4 in the first $30,000 division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With driver Matt Kakaley in the sulky, JK Endofanera made his winning move down the backside and never looked back. The son of Art Major-Presidential Lady powered away from the field with a :27.4 final quarter to win by eight lengths over his stablemate At Press Time and Ricky Macomber Jr. JK Endofanera was prepping for the $250,000 Monument Circle Pace slated for Friday, October 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Burke team found the winner's circle once again, but this time it was with the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, Limelight Beach who stopped the timer in 1:50.3 in the third split of the $30,000 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. Kakaley wasted no time as he sent Limelight Beach away from the gate firing from post five. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear rattled off fractions of :26.1, :55.1, and 1:23.3 before using a :27 final panel to coast home a winner by two lengths. Limelight Beach has now won four of 17 seasonal outings and pushed his 2014 bankroll to $539,118. The Burke-Kakaley duo notched their final victory of the night after Bettor's Edge used a near gate-to-wire effort to score in the $22,000 Invitational pace in 1:49.4. The five-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Spring Wind was able to hold off a late charge from Mykindachip and Ed Hensley late in the lane to score his seventh of the season. The stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 25 as the 14-race card will feature the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Each of the four divisions carries an estimated purse of $75,000. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
This Week: Messenger Stakes, Yonkers Trot, International Trot Preview, Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Fall Four Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby, Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Dayton, Ohio; Circle City and Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and John Simpson Stakes, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday (Oct. 24) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for older trotters and the $122,000 Dayton Pacing Derby for older pacers. Also on Friday, Hoosier Park will offer Circle City races for 3-year-old trotters and pacers, There will be three divisions in the $90,000 3-year-old colt pace, three divisions in the $82,200 3-year-old filly trot, two divisions in the $74,300 3-year-old colt trot and two divisions in the $71,000 3-year-old filly pace. On Saturday (Oct. 25), Hoosier will race Madison County events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Each of the four divisions carries an estimated purse of $75,000. Rounding out the busy Friday of Grand Circuit racing, Vernon Downs will contest the John Simpson Stakes for freshman pacers and trotters. There will be three divisions in the $31,005 2-year-old colt trot, two divisions in the $26,816 2-year-old filly trot and single divisions in the $26,503 2-year-old colt pace and $25,616 2-year-old filly pace. Yonkers Raceway will offer five Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday night led by two Triple Crown events, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters and the $500,000 Messenger for 3-year-old pacers. Also on tap will be the $250,000 International Trot Preview for older trotters, the $150,854 Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacing fillies and the $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Woodbine will offer the Fall Four Stakes on Saturday featuring the C$565,000 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the C$521,000 Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters, the C$464,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, and the C$424,000 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Woodbine entries can be seen at this link. Last time: The Windy City Pace at Maywood Park was the featured event this past weekend on the extensive Grand Circuit schedule. Big Boy Dreams and Tim Tetrick won the Windy City Pace. Big Boy Dreams won the $180,000 Windy City Pace on Oct. 17 in wire-to-wire fashion for driver Tim Tetrick in 1:51. The Ron Burke trainee and New York Sire Stakes competitor notched his fourth win of the year in 10 starts. Big Boy Dreams took the field to a brutal :25.4 first quarter and a :54.1 half, with Let's Drink On It challenging the leader going to the 1:22.2 three-quarters. But Big Boy Dreams just continued to draw away in the stretch to win by 2-1/2 lengths. He now has $168,495 in seasonal earnings for owner Dominic Rosato. It was "Elimination Saturday," on Oct. 18, with Yonkers Raceway hosting elims for three stakes events. Fifteen 3-year-old colts and geldings turned into eight for Yonkers Trot No. 60, as standouts Nuncio (John Campbell) and Gural Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) were comfy winners in the pair of $40,000 eliminations. Nuncio, in play early from post position No. 5, waited his turn before finally making the lead. He parked Skates N Plates, then strode home by 3-1/2 lengths through fractions of :28.4, :58, 1:26.4 and 1:56.2. Don Dorado was second, with Journey and Expressive Action third and fourth, respectively. Gural Hanover, New York Sire Stakes champion and the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into this season's Trot, won the draw in the second elim. He retook from a breaking-soon-after Flyhawk El Durado before finishing his four turns though panels of :28.4, 58.1, 1:27.2 and 1:56.3, a length faster than Resolve. Third went to King City, with Datsyuk getting the final place at the table. The $40,000 elim for the 59th Messenger -- nine sophomore colts/geldings to end up with eight -- was won by a pocket-sitting Luck Be Withyou (Tim Tetrick). From post No. 2, he whipped a cone-skimming Forty Five Red by a neck in 1:53 with McWicked a belated third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,890; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,002; 3. David Miller - 869.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 625.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 523. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,957.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,519; 3. Erv Miller - 396.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 349; 5. Tony Alagna - 312. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 431.4; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 386.4; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 277; 4. Brittany Farms - 254.45; 5. Robert Key - 232. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs. Hoosier will feature the Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds, the Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters. Vernon will offer the Artiscape for older pacing mares, the Muscle Hill for older trotting mares, and a pair of Kindergarten finals for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
ANDERSON, Ind.-- The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 18 to battle it out in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a chilly, October evening. As expected, the Super finals delivered some outstanding harness racing battles and well-deserved championships. With purses topping the $1.8 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided an exciting conclusion to the 2014 stakes season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick kicked off his four-win evening with an impressive score in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies with Churita in 1:56. The freshman filly looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite as she took control just past the half and rattled off fractions of :57.2 and 1:27.1 before coasting home to an eleven length victory. The 1:56 victory was a new lifetime best for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and eighth of the season. Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners held on for second place honors while Herbies Wildflower and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Churita returned $2.40 to her backers at the window. "She has certainly surpassed my expectations," winning trainer Matt Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "She had typical two-year-old stuff earlier in the season but she has really developed into something special. She's really easy to get along with and she loves what she's doing." Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita kept her eight race win streak in-tact as she sent her career bankroll to $263,225 for her owner Jackie Porter. Churita has now finished on the board in all ten of her career outings while winning eight of those. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Hudson Jesse and driver Peter Wrenn were able to take advantage of a pocket trip to score in their round of the stakes action, the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, with a 1:56.3 final time. Hudson Jesse left aggressively from post three to get the first call around the opening panel in :27.2 but their lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick had the bettors' choice, Hall Pass Helen, out and firing going toward the half. Hall Pass Helen cleared to the front to carve out soft, middle fractions of :58.3 and 1:28 while Hudson Jesse waited patiently for the stretch drive from the pocket. Wrenn found racing room up the rail and Hudson Jesse used a :28.2 final panel to find the wire two lengths in front of a hard charging Baby Steps and Tyler Smith. As the public's third choice, Hudson Jesse returned $7.60 at the betting window. "She's like driving a car," Wrenn noted after the win. "She doesn't really have any quirks, she responds so nicely to everything. The trip worked out to my favor and she was very strong tonight." Trained by William Crone, Hudson Jesse notched the fifth win of her sophomore campaign from 16 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Angel Touched has now amassed $232,688 in her career. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts Quiet Hall and Ed Hensley made a loud splash in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings as they pulled a slight upset at 8-1 to score in 1:56.1. Quiet Hall was able to use a :27.3 final panel to nose out the heavily favored Airman Batten at the wire. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Quiet Hall was away a worrisome ninth in the early stages of the race while Andy Shetler and Steal N Gas dictated early fractions of :27.3 and 58.2. Heavily favored Airman Batten and Lewayne Miller began the first-over attack just after the half and Quiet Hall grabbed the cover. Airman Batten reached the leader's wheel around the three-quarter clocking in 1:28 but began to drift out in the stretch. As the top pair began to tire, Hensley guided Quiet Hall up the middle of the track and the colt responded to win by a narrow margin. Airman Batten held on gamely for second while Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington closed nicely for third. Quiet Hall returned $18.00 for the victory. "We missed the final last week to prepare for this race," winning trainer Roger Welch noted. "He has trained well lately. He is a green colt that is a bit immature still but he has come a long way. He is a nice colt." Sired by Justice Hall, Quiet Hall bested his lifetime mark by a full second with the 1:56.1 victory. It was the third win of the season from nine outings as he pushed his career bankroll to $149,020. Quiet Hall is owned by W. DeLong, W.DeLong, R. Welch, and G. Wright. Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Rockin Good continued her winning ways in the two-year-old pacing filly division as she scored her second consecutive win in stakes action in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:53.3. Driven, trained, and co-owned by Jared Finn, Rockin Good scored her fifth win of the season with the victory. Unhurried from the gate, Rockin Good settled along the rail in fifth while the rest of the field battled for early position. The heavily favored Feetonthedashboard and Dale Hiteman had to work for position but reached the front in :27.2. Finn made his winning move down the backside as he gave Rockin Good the green light and the freshman filly easily captured the lead at the second station in :56.4. Rockin Good saved her best for last as she used a :27 final quarter to fend off a late charge from Rock The Look and Trent Stohler to win by two lengths. Sent off as the second choice in the field of nine, Rockin Good returned $7.80 for the victory. "I didn't want to get caught in an early speed battle so I eased her off the gate," Finn noted after the race. "She's really easy to drive, it's not exactly how I thought the race would go but that's racing. She raced great tonight, from the first time I qualified her, I knew she was something special." From the first crop of Rockin Image, Rockin Good has now won five of eleven seasonal outings. Owned by Mark Finn and Jared Finn, the freshman filly now sports a career bankroll of $181,250. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Rose Run Parker continued his winning ways as he turned in a stellar mile to capture the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for sophomore trotting colts by nearly nine lengths in 1:54.2. Driven by his regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr., Rose Run Parker notched his seventh consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. Nothinbutanallstar and Mark O'Mara were the early pace-setters as they established early fractions of :27 and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Rose Run Parker made his customary move to the lead down the backside and was in control at third station in 1:25.4. Appearing to be on cruise control, Rose Run Parker used a :28.3 final panel to coast home a winner. Chips and Ross Leonard staged a big rally late in the lane to finish second while Nothinbutanallstar held on gamely for third. As the heavy favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "He's such a great horse," assistant trainer Jamie Rucker noted in the winner's circle. "I would be lying if I said he didn't make me nervous at times but he always pulls through. As for the rest of the season, he will be aimed at the Carl Erskine Trot here at Hoosier Park and we will go from there based on his performance." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won 12 of 14 outings at three while earning $206,125 this season. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy has earned $537,250 lifetime for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Color's A Virgin proved her dominance once again in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks as she coasted home a winner in 1:52.4 in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. The 2014 Jugette winner looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite as she scored her 11th of the season and gave driver Trace Tetrick his third victory of the night. Leaving from post eight, Color's A Virgin was unable to find a spot along the rail in the early stages of the race and was forced to make an uncharacteristic move to the lead. No Lies and Lewayne Miller got the first call around the opening panel in :27 but quickly yielded the lead to Color's A Virgin. Color's A Virgin dictated middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.4 before being joined on the outside by her stablemate, Candy's A Virgin and Tyler Smith. Tetrick asked Color's A Virgin for more and the three-year-old filly dug in gamely to hold off a late charge from Sand Tilly Lace and Ed Hensley. Candy's A Virgin held on for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Color's A Virgin returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "I've been in the business long enough to know this is a once in a lifetime kind of filly," winning owner Bruce Trogdon noted in the winner's circle. "Trace (Tetrick) has done a phenomenal job driving her and he always takes such good care of her. These kind of fillies don't come around everyday so we're just enjoying the ride." Trained by Brian Brown, Color's A Virgin has now won 16 of 24 lifetime victories. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color has amassed $596,072 through two seasons of racing. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts Trace Tetrick would find the winner's circle once more on the evening as he guided Freaky Feet Pete to a sizzling 1:50.4 score in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Over a track rated good, Freaky Feet Pete dominated his competition by 11 lengths and just missed his lifetime record by a fifth of a second. Starting from the trailing post position ten, Freaky Feet Pete was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Camturo Rock and Andy Shetler carved out fractions of :26.4 and :55.2. Skim The Top and Don Harmon made a move to the front down the backside and Tetrick followed suit. Freaky Feet Pete reached command around the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete cruised home with a :27.1 last quarter. The Big Year and Dan Shetler rallied for second while Harfo Hanover and Tyler Smith rounded out the trifecta. "I just wanted to make sure I didn't get locked in or have any traffic issues," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "He is an amazing animal who loves his job, he continues to impress me with every start he has." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his eighth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and his ninth career victory from ten lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $261,950 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete currently holds Hoosier Park's track record for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:50.3 mark in stakes action earlier in the season. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts Not to be outdone by his two-year-old counterpart, Always B Miki returned to Hoosier Park and dazzled with a 1:49.1 victory in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Peter Wrenn, Always B Miki was home a winner by eight lengths en route to his third consecutive victory. Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Always B Miki eased off the gate while Bluehourpower and Sam Widger established a hot, opening panel in :25.3. The speed continued as Bluehourpower led the field to the half in :53.3 but Wrenn had Always B Miki aimed for the front. Always B Miki effortlessly grabbed the lead at the third station in 1:22 and appeared to be on cruise control to the wire. Using a :27.1 final panel, Always B Miki finished eight lengths in front of his closest competitor, Always The Sun and Tyler Smith. TG's Divine Scene and Andy Shetler rallied late to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the 1-9 choice, Always B Miki returned $2.10 to his backers at the betting window. "Anything below top speed with this horse and you feel like you're walking," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "When he is in against some top, top horses it would be scary to see how fast he would go. He's just a machine." "If he raced well they said they were supplementing him to the Breeders Crown," Wrenn continued. "I think he has certainly earned his right to go. He deserves to showcase his talent against the best of the best." Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched the 10th victory from 17 seasonal outings. The son of Always A Virgn-Artstopper has now earned $776,866 for his connections of Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind. -The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 18 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2014 stakes season. With purses in excess of $1.8 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be one of the richest nights offered in the history of the Indiana Sires Stakes program featuring eight $200,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous finals, and the top point earners will return to seek ultimate glory in the $200,000 finals. With the fields now established, the 14-race card will be a star-studded program with the top contenders from each division set to battle it out. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors carrying a purse of $70,000 with the exception of the aged mare pace which will offer a purse of $50,000. After re-establishing the overall track record earlier in the season with a 1:47.2 score by Sweet Lou in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park has been the host of impressive stakes action all season. Revamped for the 2014 season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program has showcased the best horses in the state throughout the season. The divisional stand-outs have not only taken the Hoosier state by storm but have also made a splash on the national scene this season as well. The 2014 Jugette winner, Color's A Virgin will look to keep her winning streak in-tact from post eight in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, the sophomore filly is currently riding a four-race win streak and has been enlisted as the 7-5 morning line choice. Fresh off his win in a $218,300 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile, Always B Miki will return to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval seeking his third win in Indiana Sires Stakes finals action this season. With driver Peter Wrenn at the lines for trainer Joe Holloway, Always B Miki currently holds the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old pacing colts with a 1:48.4 score earlier in the season. Freshman stand-out Freaky Feet Pete will look to continue his dominance in the two-year-old pacing colt ranks from post ten in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori not only holds the track record at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:50.4 mark but was also a national season's leader earlier in the season. In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will provide exclusive coverage for all of the racing action on Saturday at Hoosier Park. HRTV's on-air personality, Peter Lurie will be on property to provide racing fans with exclusive coverage of all the festivities happening on and off the race track. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park on the HRTV programming. In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track as well. Hoosier Park, in conjunction with The Anderson Center for the Arts, will play host to Oktoberfest, a German themed night at the races. Starting at 5 p.m. in The Yard, guests can enjoy German-style eats and treats, outdoor activities, arts & crafts booths, and a Biergarten featuring seasonal brews. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:15 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
Last week we came up short on the win bets at $-2.90 for the weekend but more than made up for it in some decent exotic scores that totaled more than $350.00. This week there are tons of racing action Friday and Saturday with the Windy City Pace Friday at Maywood Park, the Indiana Sire Stakes finals at Hoosier Park Saturday, Woodbine is back in action with the elims Friday and Saturday for the top freshman stakes, Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds & Goldsmith Maid, Yonkers has the eliminations for the Messenger Pace and Yonkers Trot and we even stop at Batavia Downs for the Robert Kane Memorial Pace. Good Luck! $25,000 Pace Three Diamonds 2yo Filly elim Woodbine 1st race FRIDAY - She is the "little darling" of harness racing. Unbeaten JK She'salady is a perfect 8 for 8 going into her elimination division. She has beaten everyone in this field already this season and continues her domination of the freshman pacing filly ranks. Use Happy Becky and Solar Sister in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Goldsmith Maid 2yo Filly elim Woodbine 3rd race FRIDAY - World record holder Mission Brief either wires the field or runs like a deer. Temperamental filly is super-fast and should be able to win in here. Use Danielle Hall and Stubborn Belle in exotic plays. $37,600 Pace Cinderella Stake 3yo Fillies Maywood Park 8th race FRIDAY - Last week this filly was gutted trying to get to the front and never making it. Lady Shadow has been great for most of the season and has the speed and ability to get the jump on the field and return to winning ways. Use Major Dancer and Kayla Grace in exotic plays. $180,000 Windy City Pace 3yo Colts Maywood Park 9th race FRIDAY - Top stakes race has drawn a very competitive field. After last week's great closing effort in American-National from post 10, I have to go with Somewhere In L A. He is never out of the money and from good inside post he is due to get some great cover to score from. Use Big Boy Dreams and Let's Drink On It in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Messenger Stake 3yo Colts elim Yonkers 2nd race SATURDAY - This is the prelude to next week's finale as only one will be eliminated from this race. I think the Ron Burke entry of All Bets Off/Forty Five Red will be very tough to beat. All Bets Off has been awesome all season with ten wins. He draws inside and is on a five-race win streak. Use McWicked and National Debt in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Valley Victory 3yo Colt elim Woodbine 3rd race SATURDAY - Having won five of his last six starts makes Habitat the big favorite in here and rightly so. Has beaten almost everyone he has faced this year on the front end and can overcome outside post to do it again. Use Whom Shall I Fear and Noble Power in exotic plays. $40,000 Yonkers Trot 3yo colt elim Yonkers Raceway 4th race SATURDAY - Being the class of the field does not hurt Nuncio's chances in here, but having only once qualified on a half mile track (won in 1:58.4) at age two makes this a tough start. Draws into easier of two divisions but questionable if can take the turns but Jimmy Takter would not have entered him if he can't handle it. Use Way Outta Here and Don Dorado in exotic plays. $40,000 Yonkers Trot 3yo colt elim Yonkers Raceway 5th race SATURDAY - The Ron Burke entry of Gural Hanover/Hillustrious looms very tough in here with their 1-2 post positions. Well matched field has to be dwindled down to just four to advance to the final so the action will be fast and furious. Use Flyhawk El Durado and Datsyuk in exotic plays. $200,000 Trot Indiana Sire Stakes 2yo Colt Final Hoosier Park 7th race SATURDAY - This race should belong to Airman Batten as he has won ten of his twelve starts this year and had beaten everyone in the field this season and has done it from on and off the pace. Use Steal N Gas and Homicide Hunter in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Robert Kane Memorial Invit Batavia Downs 7th race SATURDAY - Changed my mind a couple of times on this race which only shows how competitive the field is. I decided to go with Aracache Hanover off his two straight wins at Yonkers, wiring the field in extra distance races. Use Easy Again and Apprentice Hanover in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Governors Cup 2yo Colt elim Woodbine 8th race SATURDAY - We Will See tonight if the break by Artspeak was a fluke two weeks ago or if he is getting tired from the tough season. Outside post not much help but with a week's rest if he is fit he will work his magic, get to the front and return to winning ways. Use Dudes The Man and Pierce Hanover in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace Indiana Sire Stakes Final 3yo Fillies Hoosier 11th race SATURDAY - Winner of the Jugette has not missed a beat since her impressive victories in Delaware. Color's A Virgin has won 10 of 14 starts this year and is on a four-race win streak that she should be able to add another triumph to. Use Candy's A Virgin and Always Wearable in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace Indiana Sire Stakes Final 3yo Colts Hoosier 13th race SATURDAY - Having ruled in the Indiana Sire Stakes this season, Always B Miki returns for the rich final for Joe Holloway Stable. Has won five of last six starts, rested a week and should be primed to lay over this field. Use Bluehourpower and If I Lose in exotic plays.
ANDERSON, Ind.—October 11, 2014—The three-year-old divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action took center stage at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 11 as they played host to the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The Hoosier state’s top sophomore competitors were out in full force and did not disappoint in each of the four divisions. The stakes action kicked off with the sophomore trotting fillies and it was Hall Pass Helen and driver Trace Tetrick who emerged victorious in the $75,000 final. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Hall Pass Helen was able to find late racing room deep in the stretch to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:55.3. It was the second consecutive Indiana Sires Stakes Final victory for the daughter of Justice Hall -Rompaway Olympia and fourth win of the season from 15 outings. Trained by Kelly Goodwin, Hall Pass Helen sent her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win for her connections of T. Halstead, K. Goodwin, T. Hathaway, and Chestnut Acres. Hall Pass Helen has now won four of 23 lifetime outings. Tetrick found the winner’s circle once more in the very next division of the stakes action with Color’s A Virgin taking home top honors in the $75,000 three-year-old pacing filly final. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color capped off a near perfect stakes season as she scored in 1:52. After being out nearly every step of the mile, Color’s A Virgin used a :26.1 final panel to find the wire six lengths in front of her stablemate Candy’s A Virgin and Tyler Smith. Trained by Brian Brown, Color’s A Virgin scored her third victory in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season and 15th lifetime victory from 23 outings. The 2014 Jugette winner has now amassed $284,372 in 2014 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. kept their winning streak in-tact as they scored their fifth consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Rose Run Parker stopped the timer in 1:54.1, just a fifth of a second off his lifetime best. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker notched his 11th victory of his sophomore campaign from 13 outings. The victory pushed his career earnings to $437,250 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. In the final division of the stakes action on the night, Bluehourpower was able to overcome a taxing trip to return to his winning ways and score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. With driver Sam Widger at the lines, Bluehourpower held off a late charge from If I Lose and Trace Tetrick to stop the timer in 1:51. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won seven of 15 seasonal outings while amassing $172,925 in 2014. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour notched his 11th lifetime victory from 26 starts. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 18 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 14 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin