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
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2014 - It was a night ruled by favorites as Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a 14-race card on Friday, October 11 featuring the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two-year-old divisions. Four Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned as the publics' choice delivered in each of the four divisions. The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for two-year-old trotting colts and Airman Batten looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as he overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:57.1. Driven by regular pilot Lewayne Miller, Airman Batten was uninvolved in the early stages of the race but quickly made up for lost time just past the half. As the field turned for home, Airman Batten began to put his talent on display and trotted on to the wire to win by three-lengths. The victory was the tenth win of the season and fourth Indiana Sires Stakes final win for the son of Swan For All-Ladylike Volo. "I was happy with the trip," Miller noted after the win. "I just wanted to make sure I didn't get away too far back because I knew he would do his part. When we turned for home I was pretty comfortable because I could tell he still had plenty left. He's just a professional in everything he does." Trained by Erv Miller, Airman Batten has now won ten of 12 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $217,900. Owned by Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman, and Greg Gillis, Airman Batten will now be pointed toward the $200,000 Indiana Super Final slated for October 18 at Hoosier Park. Fresh off a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Churita and Trace Tetrick turned in another dominant performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:56.4, Churita took the lead just past the half and remained uncontested before trotting home to a five length victory. "She was really sharp tonight," Tetrick noted. "She has matured quite a bit from the beginning of the year and tonight she was all business. The trip worked out for us and she showed a lot of class tonight." Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita kept her seven race win streak in-tact as she scored her third Indiana Sires Stakes final win and seventh career victory from nine lifetime outings. From the first crop of Airzoom Lindy, the freshman filly has now amassed $163,225 for her owner Jackie Porter. As the stakes action switched gears, Rockin Good and Jared Finn kept the favorite trend alive for the night as they prevailed in a tight photo for win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Using a sharp, front running effort, Rockin Good held off a late charge from Feetonthedashboard and Dale Hiteman to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.2. Trained by Jared Finn, who also co-owns the filly with Mark Finn, Rockin Good scored the biggest win of her freshman career from ten seasonal starts. From the first crop of Rockin Image, Rockin Good has now earned $81,250 for her connections. The two-year-old pacing colts completed the stakes action on the evening's card and it was Freaky Feet Pete who continued his winning ways to score his fifth consecutive win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Out nearly every step of the mile, Freaky Feet Pete put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile to score in 1:52.1. The victory was also the third win of the night for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick. "When I looked at the sheet I thought there was going to be a lot of early speed in the race," Tetrick noted after the win. "I wanted to come from off the pace and it ended up working out because we got cover." "Tonight was the first time he's had to come from off a helmet and he did everything I asked," Tetrick continued. "He is just a great colt that loves his job. The Rheinheimers have done a great job with both of their two-year-olds this year they have been a lot of fun to drive." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his third Indiana Sires Stakes final win and eighth career victory from nine lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $161,950 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 time in stakes action earlier in the season. The 2014 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 Saturday, October 11 with a 13-race card featuring the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for the three-year-old competitors. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 9, 2014-Indiana's finest trotters and pacers will be on display Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for Hoosier Champions Night, the fifth and final round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals. Each night, the Hoosier state will showcase its best two and three-year-old competitors and after the dust settles, eight new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. both nights. Revamped for the 2014 season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The freshman finals and consolations will highlight the 14-race card on Friday, October 10 with the three-year-old divisions slated for Saturday, October 11. The 2014 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. "Our Hoosier Champions Night has become a much-anticipated event among horseman and racing fans alike," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The 2014 season has already exceeded my expectations and I am excited to offer racing fans another stellar night of racing. To have horses of this quality racing at Hoosier Park speaks volumes to where our racing program has come and where it is going." In its' 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park is in the midst of one of its' fastest season to date. Sweet Lou recently lowered the overall track record to 1:47.2 in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational on August 8. Of the eight respective Indiana Sires Stakes divisions, five of the eight divisions have produced track record breaking or equaling miles this season. In conjunction with a rich Indiana Sires Stakes program, Hoosier Park will also offer Grand Circuit racing action two more times during the 2014 season. The $75,000 Circle City stakes and the $75,000 Madison County stakes will highlight the live racing card on October 24 and October 25. The $225,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature some of the best older pacers in the country and headline the final Grand Circuit racing action at Hoosier Park on October 31. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15. Hoosier Champions logo attached. Logo Courtesy of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON – Former Anderson lawmaker Craig Campbell, a leader in the fight to legalize pari-mutuel wagering that led to the opening of Hoosier Park, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home & Crematory. His influence on the Madison County community is seen through Hoosier Park and improvements made at Mounds State Park in the 1980s. Campbell, 76, served 14 years in the Indiana House. He was first elected in 1970 and decided not to seek re-election in 1984. He guided the first legislation for pari-mutuel wagering through the Indiana Legislature in 1974, but former Gov. Otis R. Bowen vetoed the measure. A second bill was passed in 1976 with lawmakers overriding a second veto by Bowen, but the Indiana Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional because it was a lottery. Pari-mutuel wagering was finally passed in 1989. Hoosier Park received the first state license and opened on Sept. 1, 1994. During an interview with The Herald Bulletin in 1994, Campbell said he wanted to be remembered for his efforts to provide funding for Mounds State Park. Pat Kiely, who served as a Republican in the Indiana House at the same time as Campbell, said he was absolutely respected on both sides of the political aisle. From the AP and UPI files
ANDERSON, Ind - As Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues their 21st season of live harness racing, horsemen should be advised that Hoosier Park will offer several new overnight series for the remainder of the racing calendar. The 2014 live racing season, comprised of 160 days, offers an extended stakes schedule and will be conducted through November 15. In conjunction with the extended stakes schedule, Hoosier Park will offer the fall overnight series beginning in October and will continue through the end of the live racing calendar. "The Polar Vortex" pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming price of $6,000 or less in one of their last 3 starts (up to and including 10/23/14), $6,000 claimers are also eligible. "The Polar Vortex" pacing series will also offer a division for fillies and mares. "The City of Anderson" trotting series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming price of $7,500 in one of their last three starts (up to and including 10/22/14), $7,500 claimers are also eligible. Each of these series is comprised of two preliminary legs and a final with the top ten money earners in each series making up the final. A consolation will also be offered for each. Horses that enter for a claiming tag in the claiming series will not be eligible to be claimed in the following starts in the series. The "Polar Vortex" pacing series and the "The City of Anderson" trotting series will be open to any horse that fits the condition with a $25 entry for the legs of the series but will not have a nomination requirement. Hoosier Park will also offer several overnight series for Indiana-sired horses. Each series will be comprised of one leg and a final. The series will be made available to any Indiana-sired horse that fits the condition and will also not have a nomination requirement. The conditions for the Indiana-sired series, listed individually, are as follows: 1) Two-year-old colt and gelding trot, winners over $40,000 lifetime are not eligible 2) Two-year-old colt and gelding pace, winners over $40,000 lifetime are not eligible 3) Two-year-old filly trot, winners over $40,000 lifetime are not eligible 4) Two-year-old filly pace, winners over $40,000 lifetime are not eligible 5) Winners of one but not more than three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 life (up to and including 10/13/14) to be claimed for $10,000 trot 6) Winners of one but not more than three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 life (up to and including 10/13/14) to be claimed for $10,000 pace 7) Winners of one but not more than three pari-mutuel races or $15,000 life (up to and including 10/13/14) to be claimed for $10,000 (fillies and mares). All of the fall overnight series will be on Hoosier Park's condition sheets and can be found on Hoosier Park's website as soon as they are made available. To see a full list of the fall overnight series, please click here. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2014 season of live harness racing will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2014 -- Anaffairtoremember made her debut at The Meadows a memorable one when she peeled off cover late, roared through the lane and captured Tuesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Anaffairtoremember, who had been plying her trade at Hoosier Park and Mohawk, was away sixth for Aaron Merriman when she picked up the live cover of the first-over Mistress Valentine. She shed her cover in the lane and scored in 1:54.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than early leader Kandian Club. Mistress Valentine saved show. Bill Bercury trains the 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman, who now boasts $253,732 in career earnings, for MT Pockets Stables. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 27, 2014 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2014 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, September 27 and it was Lewayne Miller who stole the show. After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, Lewayne Miller accumulated a total of 83 points in the final round to win the grand prize, a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. In its' inaugural edition, the 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another, not once, but twice in a five-race challenge throughout the season. Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races and was crowned the winner, walking away with the $5,000 prize of the first challenge. With the points from round one carrying over to round two, Miller led the group of ten drivers into the final round and earned one win, one second, one third, and two ninth place finishes in the five races of the challenge to take make a clean sweep of both rounds in the Champion Driver Series. "I was nervous all day," Miller, seemingly still in shock, noted in the winner's circle. "I tried to forget about it and keep my nerves down. I felt good about my horses coming into tonight so I knew if I had a little luck I had a good shot but I tried not to think about it. I showed up tonight and just tried to do the best I could." After a ninth and a third place finish in the first two races of the challenge respectively, Miller found the winner's circle in the third race of the challenge and scored 15 points with Starven Darven at 7-1. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Miller found late racing room and Starven Darven used a :27.2 final quarter to coast home a winner in 1:52.4. With a ninth place finish behind The Flight Rose in the fourth race of the challenge, Miller accumulated two more points but still held the lead by a narrow margin with 74 points heading into the final race. Ross Leonard was a close second with 67 points and Sam Widger just behind him in third with 62 points. Heading into the final race of the challenge, it appeared to be anyone's game. Miller secured the keys to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with a second place finish in the final race, earning nine more points, behind VC Scooter for trainer Grant Wilfong. Dismissed at odds of 10-1, VC Scooter rallied late in the lane to get up for second place honors behind Rocknroll Special and Ricky Macomber Jr. "That is definitely the happiest I've ever been to finish second," Miller noted after the race. "After talking with the trainer before the race, I knew he (VC Scooter) would be good, I didn't want to get buried or locked in so I made sure I had him out when we turned for home." After the dust settled, Miller led all drivers with 83 points, Leonard finished second with 73 while Sam Widger and Brad Hanners tied for third place with 65 points. "This is a really big deal," Miller continued. "A few years ago I was just a fan watching all these guys drive. To win this challenge against this group of drivers and here at Hoosier Park is a really big deal for me. This was my first driver's challenge I've ever been in and to win a car like this, it's a really big deal." As the youngest driver in the group of ten, Miller is now a proud new owner of a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. In just his second full season as a driver, Miller has recorded 335 career victories and is on track to record his best season to date in the bike in 2014. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 30 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2014 - After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, Lewayne Miller is set to defend his title on Saturday, September 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the second and final round of the 2014 Champion Driver Series. Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races of the opening challenge and was crowned the winner, walking away with the $5,000 prize. Now, he will lead the talented group of ten drivers into Saturday night's card and has his sights set on the grand prize. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the champion driver cruising away in the grand prize, a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "I feel good about my chances going into it," Miller said modestly. "Like always, I am going to need some luck and my horses to race well but I am looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of fun. Winning the first round was awesome, but winning the second round and the car would really be something." With their points from the first challenge round carrying over to the final challenge round, Lewayne Miller will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and Andy Shetler. Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out 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, September 20. The drivers, listed by position in the standings of the challenge, are as follows: Lewayne Miller (47 points), Sam Widger (38), Andy Shetler (37.5), Brad Hanners (34), Ross Leonard (33), Trace Tetrick (26.5), Mike Peterson (25), Ed Hensley (24) Ricky Macomber Jr. (22) and Peter Wrenn (0). The challenge races will be five consecutive races (races 6-10) and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be driving away in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "It would be great, I've never driven something that nice," Miller said with a smile. "It's a convertible too so if I do win it, I will definitely be taking a trip to Florida." As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2014 Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one winner will take home $5,000 cash and five lucky guests will win $1,000 each. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2014 - Ten of the top drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, September 27 as they compete in a five-race challenge for the ultimate prize, a one year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, in the inaugural 2014 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. 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 19. With a total of 47 points, Lewayne Miller was crowned the winner and walked away with his share of the $5,000 prize after the first round. With their points from the first challenge round carrying over to the final challenge round, Lewayne Miller will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and Andy Shetler. Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. will round out 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, September 20. The drivers, listed by position in the standings of the challenge, are as follows: Lewayne Miller (47 points), Sam Widger (38), Andy Shetler (37.5), Brad Hanners (34), Ross Leonard (33), Trace Tetrick (26.5), Mike Peterson (25), Ed Hensley (24) Ricky Macomber Jr. (22) and Peter Wrenn (0). As in round one, the drivers will be picking the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon to be held at Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 25. In the first race of the challenge, the top rated driver based upon wins at Hoosier Park, Trace Tetrick, will get first pick of the horse he wants to drive. Next the No. 2 ranked driver, Peter Wrenn, will pick and then continue through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order will be reversed and the No. 10 driver, Mike Peterson, will pick first. This alternating selection process will continue through all five races of the challenge. 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. The challenge races will be five consecutive races (races 6-10) and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be driving away in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2014 Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one winner will take home $5,000 cash and five lucky guests will win $1,000 each. The 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27 will begin at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. For more information on the 2014 Champion Driver Series, please visit Hoosier Park's website or click here. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
$154,150 Trot Kentuckiana 2yo Fillies Hoosier Park 2nd race SATURDAY – This is a tough call as you never know how young filly trotters will race. And so I am going with the class of the field in Speak To Me. She has been super consistent this season and hails from Jimmy Takter Stable. Use Gatka Hanover and Gold Cora in exotic plays. $154,400 Trot Kentuckiana 2yo Fillies Hoosier Park 4th race SATURDAY – Despite having just one win in eight starts this year I am going with Smexi. She never makes breaks, has the rail and has been game all season long. Use Livinthefastlane and Sweet Hana in exotic plays. $266,000 Pace Milton Final Older Mares Mohawk 7th race SATURDAY – Classic final with many of the top older mares in the sport going to post. I like Krispy Apple as draws well, has won her last two starts in this company both on and off the pace and if need be can wire the field as she did two starts back in 1:48.4. Use Yagonnakissmeornot and Anndrovette in exotic plays. $153,200 Pace Kentuckiana 2yo Fillies Hoosier Park 9th race SATURDAY – With more than three times the purse earnings of anyone else in the field you have to go with Southwind Roulette. She comes into the race on a four-race winning streak and should not be beaten. Use She’s A Hot Mess and Cashaway in exotic plays. $151,950 Pace Kentuckiana 2yo Fillies Hoosier Park 11th race SATURDAY – Fans will get to see a filly in here who is the leading contender for Horse of the Year honors in her division. JK She’salady has the breeding and ability to be a world champion. She is undefeated in six starts and will lay over this field with her great pacing speed. Use Bedroomconfessions and Mr Leland’s Filly in exotic plays. $238,500 Trot Centaur Classic FFA Hoosier Park 12th race SATURDAY – The last time Sebastian K took this much time off he came back and nearly set a world record. Super class trotter should be able to toy with this field and put on a great race for Hoosier fans who should be flocking to the track to see this world champion perform. Use Market Share and Uncle Peter in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace Prix D’ete 4YO Hippodrome 3R 9 th race SUNDAY – What a great match-up for the revival of the Prix D’ete, one of Canada’s premier events for many years. So tough to make a firm pick. Yannick Gingras comes back to his home track and after his impressive victory in the Little Brown Jug I think he can overcome starting from post 8 with Sunfire Blue Chip. He is on a four-race winning streak and has overcome starting this far out before. Use Mach It So and Lucan Hanover in exotic plays.
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 20, 2014 - Master of Law pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored, Sebastian K, late in the stretch to win the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 20. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Master of Law was able to close off cover to win at 21-1 in 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sebastian K and driver, trainer Ake Svenstadt left alertly from post six but would have to work for position as Creatine and Trace Tetrick left aggressively to get the first call around the opening turn in :27. Their lead would be short lived as Sebastian K pressed on to the lead and reached the front just before the half mile time in :55.4. With a target on his back, Sebastian K would once again have to work for position as the outer flow quickly began to form. Verlin Yoder had Natural Herbie out and firing down the backside and was forcing the issue first-over approaching the final turn with Master of Law in tow. As the field began to tighten, Sebastian K still called the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4 but the taxing trip began to take its toll. Sebastian K was able to fend off Natural Herbie but Master of Law loomed large in the background. Tipping three-wide late in the lane, Master of Law surged passed his rivals and coasted to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Creatine. Natural Herbie held on gamely to round out the trifecta while Sebastian K faded late in the stretch to finish seventh. Dismissed at the betting windows, Master of Law returned $44.00 for the victory. "We got away decent, obviously the track was a little sticky but everything worked out in my favor," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "The track favored my horse a little more versus my other horse in the field (Uncle Peter) who was not shod for this track. This is a nice horse. He's developing all the time and he can play with these guys." Master of Law who has now won three of six seasonal outings is owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Son, and Christina Takter. The gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Posses The Magic has now won nine of 17 lifetime outings and pushed his career bankroll to $331,753. "My owners wanted me to drive this horse," Takter continued. "He is kind of a one man show, you can't rush him. I've only had him for a little while but I really like this horse. He's only four and he is staked to everything, so We Will See." Master of Law Takter also scored another training win on the 14-race card with his two-year-old trotting filly Speak To Me in one of two divisions of the $154,150 Kentuckiana Stallion Management. With driver Brett Miller in the bike, Speak To Me recovered from a break in the final turn to stop the timer in 1:55.2, a new track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting fillies. The second division of Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes action for freshman trotting fillies went to Livininthefastlane and driver Tim Tetrick in 1:56. Trained by Julie Miller, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise was able to score from off the pace to record her third win of the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 23 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2014 - Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card of the 2014 live harness racing season to-date on Saturday, September 20. Grand Circuit racing action will make its way to Hoosier Park for the second time this season and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park as they convene on the seven-eighths mile oval in search of the lucrative purses offered on the card beginning at 5:15 p.m. Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $150,000 Elevation Pace and the $50,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The world's fastest trotter, Sebastian K will highlight a powerful field of ten for Hoosier Park's richest trotting event, The Centaur Trotting Classic which has been slated as the twelfth race on the 14-race card. Fresh off his win in the $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot, Sebastian K has won eight of nine outings this year with a career bankroll of over $2.9 million and will start from post six with driver, trainer Ake Svenstadt at the lines. Joining the stellar cast of entrants in The Centaur Trotting Classic will be Hambletonian Winner, Market Share who has drawn the coveted rail position. The winner of last year's edition of the Centaur Trotting Classic and Hoosier Park's current track record holder for older horses on the trot, Uncle Peter will start from post seven. "I am overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of exceptional horses that are coming to Hoosier Park," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager or Racing, Rick Moore noted. "This is unequivocally the best harness racing card to take place at Hoosier Park this season and we couldn't be more excited to showcase this night of nights to racing fans across the country." In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will provide exclusive coverage for all the Grand Circuit racing action on Saturday. HRTV 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 conjunction with all the action taking place on the track, Hoosier Park will host the inaugural "Food Truck Throwdown" in Hoosier Park's yard. Starting at 5 p.m., racing fans will have the opportunity to select from a variety of the best food trucks in the area and local craft beers. The Food Truck Throwdown ticket package costs $20 and includes: $10 food truck voucher, 16 oz. Dan Patch mug, two craft beer pints, and a mystery racing voucher that could be worth up to $1,000. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Madison County United Way. Racing fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy the annual FarmTastic event, a farm themed and family friendly day at the races. The event will feature an antique tractor exhibit, a tractor parade, children's activities and farm food favorites. Free sweet corn and watermelon will be available while supplies last. Hoosier Park's stakes filled 14-race card will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:15 p.m. Hoosier Park's live racing action will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin