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ANDERSON, Ind.-Sept. 26, 2016 -  "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Centaur Gaming, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Larry Rheinheimer. Along with the entire Standardbred harness racing industry, we've lost a great horsemen and friend. We honor Larry's many contributions to and accomplishments in Indiana horse racing over the course of his lengthy career," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's vice president and general manager of racing. "Our hearts go out to Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the entire Rheinheimer family during this difficult time." Hoosier Park, along with Indiana horsemen, will hold a remembrance for Larry Rheinheimer in the upcoming week. Please visit www.hoosierpark.com for more information. Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist

ANDERSON – Standing in the bricked Winner’s Circle in front of the track at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Ellen Taylor calls forward Erskine Elementary School fourth-graders two by two to share harness racing history facts from laminated cards. The students then look for the places where the facts took place on a map of Indiana and affix their cards to a 5-foot paper timeline held up by two other students. “The point of history is to learn from the past,” the director of Westfield-based Harness Horse Youth Foundation told the group of 30 students in the Freaky Feet Pete group. Each of Anderson Community Schools’ 600 fourth-graders went on the special Indiana Horses for Youth field trip over two days last week at Hoosier Park. There the students learned about harness racing in Indiana, careers in agribusiness and toured the stables. In addition, Hoosier Park is supplying coloring books to ACS kindergartners and first-graders. The partnership is one of many ACS and individual schools have with local businesses. The event was set up in five stations, including Meet the Athlete, which of course, is the horse; Dressing the Racehorse; A Bike, Not a Buggy! about the sulky driver; Heaps of Hoosier History; and It’s all Related. Students also were served lunch and given gift bags containing a real horseshoe. Zamarion Bryant, a fourth-grader at Erskine Elementary, said his favorite part was the visit to the stables, where he and the other students were allowed to pet 4-year-old Justice. “I’m learning really a bunch,” he said. Volunteers from the Daughters of the American Revolution also were on hand to help out and distribute pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution in honor of Constitution Day on Sept. 17. The first-of-its-kind program at Hoosier Park is a Legacy Project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Organizers said they hope to have conversations that will allow a similar program to be offered in the future. “This year, with it being Indiana’s bicentennial, all of our grade levels are doing related activities,” said Erskine Elementary Principal Scott Merkel. The reason fourth-graders were selected for the Hoosier Park trip, Merkel said, is because this is the year in which they learn Indiana history. “They’ve done a really good job of incorporating state standards, academics, into their presentations,” he said. “This is a good exposure experience for all of them.” Merkel said he was surprised at how many of his students have been horseback riding, shoed a horse or even owned a horse. “We take for granted our kids don’t know about our rural economy,” he said. Becky Young, vice president of marketing for Hoosier Park, said she came up with the idea for the field trip after Hoosier Park’s Mike Kase, who serves on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, mentioned the possibility of a Legacy Project. Many people tend to believe the history of harness racing started in Kentucky, and most would be surprised to learn it touches each of the Indiana’s 92 counties, Young said. “Indiana has made a name for itself in racing long before Kentucky,” she said. “We wanted to show them how it began in Indiana.” Local DAR President Beverly Duncan said she believed it was important to share with the students how the Constitution supports free enterprise, such as Hoosier Park. In addition, 90 percent of Americans work in the hospitality industry at one point in their lives, and so will many of ACS’s fourth-graders, she added. “This world is built on free enterprise, and this is a great example of it,” she said. “Everything about this place is educational.” Economic impact According to the Equine Business Management Program at the Purdue Calumet School of Management, the economic impact of racing on Indiana’s economy in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available, was more than $319 million. Direct and indirect employment touches about 3,000 Hoosiers. Rebecca Bibbs Reprinted with permission of The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 25, 2016 - The majority of the members of the Hoosier Park audience were in attendance to witness a show of superb speed and unrivalled power. They certainly received what they traveled to the Anderson harness racing oval to witness, as Always B Miki paced yet another tour-de-force in a facile triumph in the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. "I think he and Wiggle It Jiggleit are horses before their time," said David Miller, who steered the 5-year-old stallion through his mile. "They are just not like any other horses we have seen before. We will see other horses that come along like them as time goes on with their speed and how far they can carry it, but right now they stand alone." The overwhelming public selection at 1-9, Always B Miki and Miller left from the rail and went straight to the front. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were right on their heels from post position three as those two horses clicked off a first-quarter mile of :26.2. Miller and Always B Miki pulled comfortably away from Freaky Feet Pete to lead by a length at the half-mile pole in :55. At that juncture, Dealt A Winner with Aaron Merriman at the controls and Always At My Place in rein to Ricky Macomber Jr., made their bids for the front, with Dealt A Winner passing Freaky Feet Pete to take second and locking the 4-year-old stallion in the pocket. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, the six horse field entered in the stretch with Always B Miki and Miller still reigning supreme. As they were set down for the final push to the wire, Freaky Feet Pete's only option for victory was the passing lane, while it appeared Dealt A Winner and Always At My Place, had far too much real estate to cover to even draw even with the leader. Tetrick and Freaky Pete punched through the inside to give chase and despite a :25.4 final quarter panel on their part, it was simply not enough to relegate Always B Miki to their rearview mirror prior to the finish line. Miller and Always B Miki crossed the finish line in 1:48.2. Like Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki came home in :25.4, yet it appeared the stallion could have went much more swiftly if Miller had truly asked for what remained in reserve. After a valiant effort, Freaky Feet Pete was second with Always Bets Off rushing from sixth to claim the show position over the fading Dealt A Winner. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, world and Indiana champion Always B Miki, is conditioned by Christina's husband Jimmy. The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper, paid a paltry $2.10 for a trip around the Anderson oval that truly demonstrated his hooves step in rarefied air, with the exacta paying $4.20 and the trifecta $18.00. After the winner's circle festivities were complete, Miller solemnly stated what over recent months is beginning to become very obvious. "I have driven a lot of very good horses over the years," he said. "I've been doing this for a long time, but this horse has to rank up there with the best of them and he may be the best." **By: Kim French, for Hoosier Park**

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2016 - Hannelore Hanover, with driver Yannick Gingras in the bike, returned to her home state of Indiana to turn in a dominant performance in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24. The Centaur Trotting Classic serves as Hoosier Park's richest trotting race and for the second consecutive year, the race was won by a mare. Just as Bee A Magician did the previous year, Hannelore Hanover easily handled a field of nine male counterparts to add another stakes victory to her resume. With a final time of 1:52.4, the World Champion mare made her game winning move down the backside and coasted on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of the competition. Leaving from post six in the talented field of ten, Hannelore Hanover was eased off the gate to settle in fourth while Homicide Hunter and David Miller got the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman benefitted from a pocket trip while Crazy Wow and John DeLong were next in line third. Gingras gave Hannelore Hanover the green light just past the half in :55.0 and she ranged up to reach the leader's wheel to grab command just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover began to put her talent on display as she found another gear and started to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North and Corey Callahan rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Crazy Wow and John DeLong rounded out the trifecta. As the 1-5 favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $2.60 at the betting window. "She's just a great, great mare," Gingras noted in the winner's circle. "I wanted to race her off the pace but that was a nice horse on the front and I had to move when I did so he didn't get away from us. She was strong turning for home and just coasted to the wire. She was unbelievably good again tonight." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, the four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 15th win from 17 seasonal outings. Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $1,201,685 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "I always knew she was a nice mare," Burke noted before the race. "I told Yannick (Gingras) last year that she was third best trotting filly in the country and she's proving it now." "I am very fond of Mission Brief but Hannelore Hanover is right up there with her," he continued. "Hopefully Mission Brief can come back and we can see these two racing together. They are definitely the nicest trotting mares I've ever had and that's saying a lot because I also trained Buck I St. Pat. It's been a lot of fun with Hannelore Hanover this season." The victory with Hannelore Hanover was one of four winners on the evening's 14-race card for both Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras. Burke currently leads all trainers at Hoosier Park for the 2016 live harness racing season with 64 wins on the season through 125 days of racing. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 27 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, IN --- Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Sept. 23). The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate-to-wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can’t I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Can’t I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. “My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late,” Callahan noted after the victory. “I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight.” Trained by John Butenschoen, the 2-year-old daughter of  Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter-Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. “This filly raced great,” Takter noted in the winner’s circle. “Post nine was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn’t like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with 2-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she’s such a nice filly, she will be okay.” Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Sept. 24 ) with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - September 23, 2016 - Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 23. The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate to wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can't I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by three and a half lengths. Can't I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late," Callahan noted after the victory. "I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight." Trained by John Butenschoen, the two-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter, Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. "This filly raced great," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "Post 9 was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn't like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with two-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she's such a nice filly, she will be okay." Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. 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.-September 22, 2016 - Grand Circuit racing action will return to Hoosier Park for the second time this season and with it, bring some of 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 harness racing card beginning at 5:45 p.m. With purses topping the $1 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make her return to her home state to headline the entrants in Hoosier Park's richest trotting event, the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. The four-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All was a supplemental entry to the race and has recently taken the harness racing world by storm after winning 14 of 16 starts this season with seasonal purse earnings approaching the $800,000 mark. Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post six with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. The $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between aged pacing stars Always B Miki and Freaky Feet Pete. Always B Miki will start from the coveted rail position with David Miller in the bike for trainer Jimmy Takter. Freaky Feet Pete will look to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory from post three with Trace Tetrick handling the lines for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. "Being able to attract the true superstars of our sport, such as Always B Miki and Hannelore Hanover, among many others, to compete on the same stage on the same night, speaks volumes as to what we have been able to accomplish with our open stakes program at Hoosier Park," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore noted. "Having the spotlight shine on Hoosier Park this Saturday evening gives the entire Hoosier Park team a deep sense of pride." In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, the local news station WISH TV Channel 8 out of Indianapolis will provide exclusive coverage for all the Grand Circuit racing action at Hoosier Park on Saturday. WISH-TV 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 throughout the evening. WISH-TV's live coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 and includes the live showing of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and the Centaur Trotting Classic. Also making a special appearance during the night will be three local WISH-TV celebrities as they race for charity in the second annual charity exhibition race. The local personalities will climb aboard a double-seated jog cart accompanied by one of Hoosier Park's drivers and compete against each other for a prize purse of $1,000 donated to their selected charities which include the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Standardbred Retirement Foundation and Teachers Treasures. The celebrity exhibition race will take place before the start of live racing at approximately 5:30 p.m. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 6-9 p.m. for their chance to win $1,000. Additionally, the first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur on Saturday will receive a mystery voucher worth up to $500. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Personality can make all the difference! As we gear up for Grand Circuit Harness Racing this weekend at Hoosier Park, we chat with Emily Gaskin about some of the horses who might be competing and what their “kind eyes” might say about their overall demeanor! Here are a few of the highlights for this weekend: Grand Circuit racing action will make its way to Hoosier Park for the second time this season on Saturday, September 24 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 $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $150,00 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make her return to her home state to headline the entrants in the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic.  The four-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All has recently taken the harness racing world by storm after winning 14 of 16 starts this season and her seasonal purse earnings approaching the $800,000 mark. Trained by Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover will look to score her 15th win of the season as they only mare in the field. WISH-TV celebrities will compete in the Celebrity race. Racing begins at 5pm and admission is always free. If you cannot come to the track, WISH-TV will have a live special from 8pm to 10pm hosted by Anthony Calhoun. Hoosier Park is just minutes north of Indy off I-69 in Anderson. Visit www.hoosierpark.com for more info.

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 20, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and Anderson School Corporation, will host a series of field trips for fourth grade students in Madison County on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21 as part of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebration. The field trips will offer a hands-on introduction to harness racing and the history of harness racing in the state of Indiana. The event will give more than 600 young children the opportunity to see live harness racing and learn the importance of the Standardbred industry in Indiana's economy. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and volunteers will provide interactive history lessons of harness racing in the Hoosier state along with demonstrations of the various aspects involved in harness racing. The students will have to opportunity to sit in a race bike and learn about the equipment a harness horse wears when racing through, all through live demonstrations. Students will also get a "behind the scenes" look at harness racing through backside tours provided by Hoosier Park trainers. Some of Hoosier Park's leading drivers will also be on hand to answer questions and sign autographs for the students. Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free t-shirt, a "lucky" horseshoe, and souvenir cards featuring facts and pictures of some of Indiana's most famous racehorses, which can be used in the classroom following the field trips. In conjunction with the field trips, Hoosier Park also partnered with the Anderson School Corporation to launch the "Play It Forward" campaign. Guests of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are invited to donate $10 to the campaign to receive $10 in casino cash. The goal is to raise $60,000 to provide Google Chrome Labs for the community schools. On Friday, September 23, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host "Community Night at the Races" in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment, carnival fare and giveaways. Additionally, the first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur on Friday will receive a mystery voucher worth up to $500. Racing fans are invited to enjoy $1 hot dogs, cotton candy and other dining specials. A free fireworks show will culminate the entire evening at the conclusion of live racing. In combination with the community festivities, Hoosier Park will host a weekend of Grand Circuit racing action for the second time this season. On Friday, Hoosier Park will host the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies while the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic and $175,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will highlight the racing action on Saturday. First post is 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 16, 2016 - The Hoosier state's top three-year-old pacing colts were in the harness racing spotlight on Thursday, September 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The evening's 14-race program was primarily ruled by long shots but it was Granite, with Mike Peterson at the lines, who converted a pocket trip and a break by the heavy favorite to pull the biggest upset of the night in the featured event of the evening. At odds of 44-1, Granite stopped the timer in 1:50.4 to win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post one in the talented field of nine, Peterson sent Granite away from the gate firing to protect their early position but would eventually relinquish the lead to the heavy favorite Duel of Truth and John DeLong at the first quarter in :27.1. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler also left well to grab a spot along the rail in third while Matrix of Luck and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third. Duel of Truth dictated middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.1 but was soon joined on the outside by Bourbon Chase with Matrix of Luck in tow. As the field turned for home, Duel of Truth and Bourbon Chase were matching strides and the stage was set for an epic battle to the wire. Duel of Truth appeared to be up to the task as he was able to put away Bourbon Chase half-way down the lane but Granite was looming large in the pocket. Just as Duel of Truth seemed to be pacing away from the rest of the field, he made a costly break and took himself out of the race. Granite inherited the lead and paced on to the wire to win by nearly two lengths and hold off a hard charging Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller. Bourbon Chase held on for third place honors. As the second longest shot on the board, Granite returned $90.60 to his loyal backers at the betting windows. The exacta including Granite and Uncmprmising Z Tam, at odds of 18-1, returned $836.80. "The trip worked out great, it actually couldn't have worked out any better for us," Peterson noted in the winner's circle. "I didn't know all that much about the hors because last week was the first time I had ever driven him but he raced really well last week too." "Coming around the last turn I knew he (Granite) had pace and I was just hoping to get a good check," he continued. "Every time I asked him though, he dug in a little more. He's a very nice colt." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Real Desire-Precious Stone notched his third win from 11 seasonal starts. Owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Granite has now won seven of 20 lifetime outings while bankrolling $145,252 in purse earnings in his career. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 16 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday's program will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and will also feature a $6,216.95 Pick-5 carryover beginning in Race 9 and a $3,896.24 Hoosier High 5 carryover in Race 13. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 14, 2016—Freshman trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fourth round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Wednesday, September 14. After a third place finish in the eliminations last week at Hoosier Park, Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. rebounded nicely to score in 1:57.3 and become the sport’s newest $100,000 winner in the process. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Jesse V left vigilantly but would have to work for position as a host of others also left aggressively. After a costly break at the start by the post time favorite, Jesse Stone and Trace Tetrick, the race appeared to be wide open. Herbies Wild Child was hustled off the gate by driver Rick Farrington but it was My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon who would get the first call through the opening panel in :29.2. Jesse V was unable to find a spot along the rail and continued to press on to the lead, eventually grabbing command at the half in :59. Things continued to be eventful on the front end as Joe Essig Jr. had Rockin Mania on an assignment to the front approaching the final turn. Rockin Mania continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 but was bracing for the stretch battle that was about to arise.   Macomber Jr. tipped Jesse V from the pocket and he found another gear to win by a length and a half over a hard-charging My Uncle Cuz. Rockin Mania held on gamely for third. Jesse V returned $6.60 to his backers at the betting windows. “He’s been a very nice colt since day one,” winning trainer Mark P’Pool noted in the winner’s circle. “He trained down with older pacers all winter and he was able to stay right with them. He’s a very nice colt to be around and seems to be getting better with every start.” The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa’s Victory scored the second win of his young career from ten starts. His maiden breaking victory came in the last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park in late August. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P’Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark as he has now amassed $112,500 for his connections.  The Indiana Sires Stakes action will carry on at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 15 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.   Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist Hoosier Park Racing & Casino            

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 13, 2016 - Foxy Swan, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, continued her divisional dominance as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday. With a final time of 1:57.2, the Erv Miller trainee made her game winning move down the backside to score by three lengths and notch her third consecutive stakes victory at Hoosier Park. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Foxy Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Intothelight and Rick Plano left alertly from post five to grab command at the first stop in :27.4 but would quickly yield the lead to Ajessia and Doug Rideout. Ajessia lead the field to the half in :57.3 but her lead would also be short-lived as Dan Shetler and Best Wishes wanted their turn on the front. Best Wishes was in command at the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.3 and as the field rounded the final turn, Tetrick had Foxy Swan pointed to the front. Foxy Swan ranged up to take the lead and as the field turned for home, her lead was ever-increasing. Using a :29.4 final panel, Foxy Swan coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish three lengths in front of Best Wishes. Intothelight continued to rally to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Foxy Swan returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Owned by the Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click has now won six of nine lifetime outings, with five of those victories coming in her last six starts. With the win, Foxy Swan has now amassed $154,786 lifetime for her connections. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 14 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5 sequence, race 10. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

(September 11, 2016) While still the overall leader in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation,The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park,The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, for the first time in this year’s contest the name Jay Hochstetler is not on the top of the standings.  The honor of second half leader falls to Ray Garnett who leads Hochstetler by 46.63 points (587.2 pts vs. 540.58 pts).  While Garnett scored 226.56 points for the week, the weekly champion is DRF Harness’ Matt Rose who led the pack with 263.4 points.  Show honors went to Ray Cotolo who scored 155.9 for the week.   Friday night (9/9) belonged to Garnett who scored 182.35 point thanks to his quartet of winners which included Ms. Versatility winner My Happiness EP ($12.80) and Kindergarten Classic division winners Southwind Prius ($7.60), Explosive Ridge ($30.00), and Dream Baby Dream ($13.00).  Matt Rose had a trio of winners tallying 145.1 points by tabbing Hillarmbro ($18.00) and the previously mentioned Explosive Ridge and Dream Baby Dream.   Ray Cotolo was the top handicapper on Saturday evening (9/10) with a trio of winners.  Contributing to his 118.4 points were Kindergarten Classic winner Jenny’s Terror ($13.60) and at Mohawk Raceway, Champlain Division winner Blameitonthenight ($17.90).  Just behind Cotolo was Hochstetler with a quintet of winners totaling 112.8 points.  2nd Half and Overall Standings Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back 1st Ray Garnett 226.60 587.20 - 12th 1375.98 953.70 2nd Jay Hochstetler  130.50 540.58 46.63 1st 2329.68 - 3rd Sally Hinckley 119.50 511.98 75.23 2nd 1681.85 647.83 4th Russ Adams 107.85 458.83 128.38 4th 1639.75 689.93 5th Matt Rose 263.40 437.78 149.43 8th 1539.83 789.85 6th Bryan Owen 87.50 433.03 154.18 10th 1410.30 919.38 7th Adam Friedland 173.00 419.28 167.93 3rd 1665.43 664.25 8th Gordon Waterstone 102.40 406.98 180.23 6th 1575.45 754.23 9th Mark Deutsch 55.20 404.98 182.23 11th 1383.18 946.50 10th Dennis O'Hara 67.05 390.45 196.75 7th 1567.35 762.33 11th Michael Carter 0.00 351.45 235.75 9th 1444.00 885.68 12th Ray Cotolo 155.90 340.05 247.15 15th 1135.58 1194.10 13th Rusty Nash 109.60 338.08 249.13 5th 1634.23 695.45 14th Anne Stepien 68.80 318.23 268.98 13th 1254.73 1074.95 15th Joe Bengston 60.20 309.30 277.90 14th 1224.65 1105.03   The HANA Handicappers begin a marathon with contest races for nine straight days.  This week’s races are Friday night’s Kindergarten Classic splits for 2yo trotters while Saturday evening races are Kindergarten Classic tilts for 2yo pacers at the Meadowlands and Mohawk’s William Wellwood (2yo trotters), Peaceful Way (2yo filly trotters), Canadian Trotting Classic (3yos), Elegantimage (3yo filly trotters), and Maple Leaf Trot (Open).  Sunday, the handicappers take their first stab at the Delaware County Fair with the Standardbred for 2yo colt and gelding trotters.   Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information such as the complete standings from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator allan@hanaweb.org   Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 10, 2016 - Limited Edition and Sam Widger pulled a stunning 11-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2., Limited Edition found late racing room to score his maiden breaking victory and give driver Sam Widger one of his four wins on the program. Leaving from post four, Widger sent Limited Edition away from the gate firing and he grabbed the early lead through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. On The Virg and Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the heavy post time favorites, grabbed a pocket seat while Meadowbrook Tiger and Ross Leonard were next in line, third. On The Virg made his move to the lead down the backside and took command just past the half in :56. As the field reached the third station in 1:24.3, On The Virg continued to call the shots but Meadowbrook Tiger was applying pressure first-over with Rock N Tony and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. On The Virg was able to hold off Meadowbrook Tiger but his biggest threat was patiently waiting to strike from the pocket. Widger moved Limited Edition to the passing lane and he exploded past the leaders with a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by two lengths. Rock N Tony rallied for second while On The Virg held on for third place honors. Limited Edition returned $25.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's always been a nice colt," Widger noted after the victory. "We've just had some tough racing luck here and there. Tonight, the trip worked out perfect for us and he (Limited Edition) raced awesome." Trained and owned by Perry Smith, the son of Rockin Image-Modern Way notched his first victory from seven seasonal outings. Establishing a new lifetime mark with the win, Limited Edition has now amassed $56,550 lifetime. The victory was also one of four wins for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 13-race card. Widger pulled a 7-1 upset with Double A Cash Hall for trainer Scott Galloway in the $21,000 Invitational Trot earlier on the card. Widger's other two victories came in the 5th and 6th race behind The Right Move for trainer Tim Wilson Jr. and J-S Maple for trainer Jack Meyers, respectively. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 13 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin solidified her divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks in the Hoosier state as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, and remain flawless in stakes action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2. With a final time of 1:51, Seventimesavirgin coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths to the good and give driver John DeLong, who also trains the sophomore filly, one of his six driving wins on the program. Leaving from post three, DeLong eased Seventimesavirgin away from the gate to settle along the rail in third while Can't Touch This and Dale Hiteman got the first call through the first quarter in :26.2. Seventimesavirgin made her customary move to the front down the backside and when she reached the front at the half in :55, she never looked back. It wasn't until the three-quarter station in 1:24 that Seventimesavirgin began to separate herself from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin's lead was ever-increasing as Can't Touch This and the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Using a :27 final panel, Seventimesavirgin found the wire six lengths in front of Dalianna and Ross Leonard who rallied late in the lane. Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy post time favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.10 at the betting windows. "She's just awesome," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle after the victory. "She loves to pace home and loves her job. The ear plugs were still in at the wire tonight and she had plenty left in the tank. She's something special, not only to drive but for my family. We're lucky to have her." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her ninth victory of the season from ten starts. Her only loss of the season came earlier in the season in a conditioned event for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park where she finished fourth. Seventimesavirgin remains undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season and has now amassed $277,240 lifetime while winning 14 of 22 lifetime outings. The victory was one of six winners on the program for driver John DeLong who is currently second in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park behind Trace Tetrick. DeLong also found the winner's circle with Im So Handsome for Hoosier Park's fractional ownership group, First Turn Stable. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Im So Handsome stopped the timer in 1:52.2 to notch his fourth win of the season from 27 outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 3 with a 14 race card highlighted by the $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invite Pace. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 1, 2016 -- Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1. With a final time of 1:54.1, Bridge To Jesse's notched his third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and equaled his lifetime best. Leaving from post eight in the field of ten, Bridge To Jesse's left aggressively for early position but a host of others also left alertly. Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream were the first to get a call through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1 while Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick grabbed an early pocket seat. DeLong eased Bridge To Jesse's back along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. J-S Livethedream was able to slow the tempo and dictate middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.4 while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman were the first to apply pressure, first-over. As the field turned for home, J-S Livethedream continued to call the shots but was bracing for the stretch battle that was about to ensue. Tetrick tipped Fly Jesse Fly to the outside and he made a bid at the leader but it was Bridge To Jesse's who utilized the passing lane to get up in the final strides and win by length. Topville Avatar staged a big rally late in the lane to take home second place honors while J-S Livethedream held on for third. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's returned $3.40 to his backer's at the betting windows. "The trip never works out like you think it's going to," DeLong noted after the victory. "I didn't know what Sam (Widger) would do with his horse because I know he likes the front but it ended up working out for us in the end. My horse felt great tonight, he had a lot of trot and was strong at the wire." Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $473,024 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Bridge To Jesse's has now won eight of ten seasonal starts and has only two off the board finishes this season. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card also features the return of 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in the $21,000 Invitational pace slated as race 9 on the program. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin  

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