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ANDERSON, Ind.-July 23, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 All-Star Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, July 23 and it was Sam Widger who took home top honors and won his share of the $5,000 round 1 prize. In its' third year, the 2016 All-Star Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park against one another in a five-race challenge with the ten coveted spots being based upon wins during the 2016 season. Widger, a 52-year-old, Illinois native, earned two wins, a second, a third, and a ninth place finish during the five-race competition for a total of 49 points to secure the win. John DeLong finished second with 39 points followed by Dan Shetler finishing third with 35 points. John DeLong found the winner's circle in the opening race of the challenge behind Skyway Billy for 15 points while Rick Plano and KW Express finished second to earn nine points. Widger was only able to muster a ninth place finish, earning two points. In the very next race, Dan Shetler and Why Ya Wanna used a gate-to-wire performance to find the winner's circle in a new lifetime best of 1:53.4. Trace Tetrick and Harley J rallied well to finish second while Legal Image got up for third place honors to give Widger 8 points. Widger eventually found the winner's circle in the third race of the challenge behind If I Lose for trainer Brett Selby, also scoring gate to wire in 1:51.4. After the third race of the challenge, three different drivers had found the winner's circle and it appeared to be a wide open affair. Widger lead all drivers with 25 points while Dan Shetler and John DeLong were tied with 24. After the fourth race of the series and just one race left to go, Mike Peterson garnered 15 points to move into third place with 30 points after a win behind Always A Force while just two points separated DeLong and Widger. Dan Shetler had accumulated 29 points for fourth. Widger was able to clinch the Round 1 trophy and the lion's share of the $5,000 prize in the final race by steering Steviescooter to victory in 1:52.3 by two and a half lengths for trainer Steve Brannan. DeLong secured second place in the series after a fourth place finish with Justlikeithought while Dan Shetler moved into third. "The last race of the challenge really worked out in my favor," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "Of course, you can play the races out in your head all you want but you can never be sure how they will go when the gate folds. Things worked out for me and I also had a little racing luck." Now in his 30th season as a driver, Widger has over 5,000 career wins as a driver and is responsible for the winners of over $42 million in purse earnings. Widger has been a mainstay atop the Hoosier Park leading driver ranks for the past several seasons and is currently third in the standings for the 2016 harness racing season. Widger is anxious to make amends for his second place finish in the 2015 Driver Series at Hoosier Park. "These challenges are always a lot of fun," Widger continued. "I was pretty happy with my picks coming in to tonight and felt good about my chances. I would love to win it all this year, I haven't forgotten about finishing second last year. We have fun with it and I'd like to thank everyone that made this possible." Widger will look to defend his title in round 2 of the All-Star Driver Series slated for Saturday, October 22 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While round 2 will be conducted in the same manner as the first, the winner of the final challenge will have their choice of a dream prize, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. With the points carrying over, the top eight finishers from round 1 will return for round 2 on Saturday, October 22 and the final two positions will be determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, October 15. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 26 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, Ind.-July 21, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recently announced the addition of 12 overnight series and special overnight races to compliment Indiana's most prestigious pacing race, the Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 12. With an estimated purse of $300,000, The Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race and will now be supported by an all-star, 14-race harness racing card that includes overnight series action. "With Dan Patch weekend being the biggest racing event of the year we wanted to put together a solid undercard for our signature race," Hoosier Park's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. "In conjunction with the Dan Patch Stakes, hopefully these additional overnight series will bring the best out of some of our most competitive classes." All of the Dan Patch overnight series and races 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 Dan Patch overnight series and special races, please click here. Each of the overnight series will be comprised of a preliminary leg with the finals being contested on Friday, August 12. Also included for the Dan Patch card is a $30,000 Gregg Haston Memorial Invitational pace. The race is named in honor of driver Gregg Haston, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1996. Haston, a native of Indiana, was the track's leading driver and trainer during the inaugural live racing season. Once again, the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 2016 harness racing season as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, the purse for the 2016 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by dining specials and specialty wagers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park will host "Thrillyard 200" featuring helicopter rides, zip-lining and a food truck festival for racing fans. Live racing on Saturday will be held at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for a free concert by country music legends Asleep At The Wheel in the Outdoor Music Center at Hoosier Park. The entire evening will be culminated by a free fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 2016 season of live harness racing will be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 19, 2016 - For the first time this season, a track record was re-established at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the evening's 13-race harness racing card on Tuesday, July 19. Fly Jesse Fly kicked the evening's program off with a bang as he lowered the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings to 1:53.2 in the first race of the program. The 1:53.2 mark was a new lifetime best for Fly Jesse Fly and re-established the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings, a mark that was previously co-held by Rose Run Parker and Homicide Hunter. Fly Jesse Fly used his customary front-running tactics and left aggressively from post seven to grab command before the opening quarter in :27.1. The Ron Otto trainee dictated fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 while the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. As the field turned for home, Fly Jesse Fly's lead was ever-increasing. Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander were next in line second but the quick pace was beginning to take its toll. Dreamstyle Herbie and Ross Leonard were next in line third but Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman were gaining ground in fourth. Tetrick simply asked his mount for more and Fly Jesse Fly used a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by three lengths. Topville Avatar rallied for second while Dreamstyle Herbie rounded out the trifecta. It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae and fifth seasonal victory from nine outings. He was also victorious in the last round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings; handing Bridge To Jesse's his first loss of the season. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Ronald Otto, Fly Jesse Fly has bankrolled $92,462 throughout his three-year-old campaign. Fly Jesse Fly will look to make his next start in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for July 26 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. It was a training double for Ron Otto as he also scored with veteran pacer JJ's Gazette in "The Old Codger" pace later in the program. The 14-year-old gelding stopped the timer in 1:53.3 to notch his 62nd career victory from 330 lifetime starts. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 20 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 19, 2016 - Continuing upon the successes of the second edition in 2015, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the third annual All-Star Drivers Series for the 2016 harness racing season. The 2016 All-Star Drivers Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver winning a dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. "When we embarked upon the Drivers Challenge two years ago we knew we were going down a road that had yet to be traveled," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore said. "Would the format that we chose work or would we need to rethink the way drivers drafted their horses?" "Well, the answer to that question was that the format was a resounding success as witnessed by the wild and unpredictable outcome of the last two years of competition. We appreciate all of our drivers at Hoosier Park and are excited that the 2016 All-Star Drivers Challenge will not only highlight their talents but also give them a chance to win a dream prize." In the first of the two challenges, the top ten drivers will compete in a five-race competition on Saturday, July 23 for their share of $5,000. The winning driver will take home a check for $3,000 for top honors while the second place driver will earn $1,500 and the third place driver earning $500. The rankings will be based on number of wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as of Saturday, July 16, 2016. The drivers will pick their horses via a draft system to be held in the following order: 1st race: Number 1 ranked driver picks first, number 2 picks second, etc. 2nd race: Number 10 ranked driver picks first, number 9 picks second, etc. 3rd race: Same as first race 4th race: Same as second race 5th race: same as first The top eight finishers from Round 1 will return for Round 2 on Saturday, October 22 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, October 15. While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first, the winner of the final challenge will not only be crowned the champion of the 2016 All-Star Drivers series but also have their choice of a dream prize. Jason Dillander took home top honors in last year's edition of the All-Star Drivers series. Dillander won the final round of the challenge by a narrow margin and was awarded a Hawaiian vacation for four, a prize valued at $15,000. "I'm definitely excited," Dillander said. "I thought it would be hard to top a vacation but giving the drivers a chance to choose their prize is really cool. We have a lot of fun with this every year and kudos to everyone at Hoosier Park for bringing it back again this year. Of course, I hope I win it." Qualifying for the 2016 All-Star Drivers Series began on Friday, April 1 and continued through Saturday, July 16 for Round 1. Each of the drafts will take place at a community luncheon to be held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the 2016 All-Star Drivers Series, please visit Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 9, 2016 - Paver Jack used a strong stretch rally to pull the 28-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9. Skillfully driven by Tyler Smith, Paver Jack avoided an early speed dual to score in 1:51, recording a new lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds. Mike Peterson sent Matrix of Luck away from the gate firing as they grabbed the early lead through an opening quarter in :26.1 with Paver Jack leaving just enough to grab a pocket seat. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in third but quickly made a move to the front. Ville Valo reached the lead at the half in :54.4 and was quickly joined on the outside by Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander who were heading the first-over attack. The heavy betting favorite, Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler, were well placed second-over at three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3. Ville Valo continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but there was a cavalry charge behind him. Ville Valo was able to put away Downthehighwy but Paver Jack and a host of others were looming large in the background. Bourbon Chase tipped off cover just as Duel of Truth and John DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane. Smith also found late racing room and Paver Jack used a :26.4 final quarter to prevail in a tight photo. Bourbon Chase rallied nicely to finish second while Duel of Truth rounded out the trifecta. As the fourth longest shot on the board, Paver Jack returned $59.00 for the victory. "I knew I didn't want to get in too much of an early speed battle," Smith noted in the winner's circle. "After driving him last week, I knew this was a really nice colt. I didn't know if I had enough to hold off the horses on the outside but he raced really well tonight. He's a nice colt and Tyler (George) has got him really sharp right now." Trained by Tyler George, Paver Jack notched the third win of the season from 14 starts while bankrolling $72,597 in 2016. Owned and bred by Leroy Slabaugh, the son of Panspacificflight-Not Home Yet has now won 4 of 20 lifetime outings. With the win, Paver Jack also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Live racing action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 12 with a 14-race card. 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. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 8, 2016 - After a week's worth of stakes action, the pacing fillies took their turn in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they played host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for both the two and three-year-old pacing fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. The three-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the stakes action for the evening and it was Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who delivered as the heavy betting favorite to score in a new lifetime best of 1:51.1. Using the Hoosier Park passing lane to her advantage, Seventimesavirgin notched her second consecutive victory to make a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action. Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin protected her inside position but Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger also left alertly to grab the first call in :26.1. It was a bit of give and go as DeLong sent Seventimesavirgin back out to the front but just as she grabbed command at the half in :54.2 Topville Cadillac and Tyler Smith were up to take the lead. Topville Cadillac continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 but the rest of the field was closing in. Seventimesavirgin sat patiently in the pocket before DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane and she powered home using a :27.1 final quarter. Seventimesavirgin finished three lengths in front of a hard-charging Aux D Lox Bluegrass while Topville Cadillac held on for third. "The trip never works out like you think it will," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle. "She raced very well, she doesn't like having to wait, she always wants to go but she loves to pace home. She's just awesome." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is also trained by John DeLong and notched her fifth victory of the season from six starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $182,240 lifetime while winning 10 of 18 lifetime outings. A little later on in the evening, Rockin Serena and Trace Tetrick powered off cover to score as the longest shot on the board in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off at odds of 44-1, Rockin Serena was able to overcome post position nine and used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to score in a new lifetime best of in 1:55. The victory was also one of five winners on the program for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Owned by Kales Co., Dolne Farm Services, S&R Racing Stables, and Wrenn Racing, Rockin Serena is trained by Melanie Wrenn and notched her first win from two starts. The daughter of Rockin Image-Day Lily Hanover has now earned $37,900 lifetime for her connections. With the wins, both Rockin Serena and Seventimesavirgin also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9 with the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old pacing colts. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IND. - July 8, 2016 - Madison County police officers and fire fighters will compete in a series of challenges in the sixth annual Guns & Hoses charity event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9 starting at 5 p.m. The event will take place in-between live harness racing and is open to all ages. The series of challenges will begin after race three and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers and a jelly donut speed eating contest to a dunk tank and the crowd favorite tug of war competition. Hoosier Park will also offer various children's activities along with a classic police car and fire truck on display. The family friendly event will feature live Standardbred racing and a community fair, complete with dining specials and family-fun games. At the culmination of race nine, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore, will present representatives from the Fire Rescue House of Madison County with a special $5,000 donation towards their charitable work. As a token of Hoosier Park's appreciation for their continued work to help local families in need, Hoosier Park will make the donation to help further their goals and maintain their high level of community service. As a special thank you to local heroes, all first-responders, such as police officers and firefighters, with valid credentials will receive $10 in casino cash available at Club Centaur. Additionally, each guest who would like to donate $5 to the Madison County Fire Rescue House will receive $5 in casino cash. The mission of the Madison County Firefighters Foundation, Inc (Fire Rescue House of Madison County) and its volunteers is to provide the victims of domestic house fires, natural disaster, or other personal difficulties, including but not limited to, victims of domestic house fire or natural disaster with temporary housing, assistance, and inspiration in a safe and supportive environment as they begin to rebuild their lives. As part of the community, the Fire Rescue House attempts to fill the gaps in a manner that leaves no one or no family without a place to call home in their time of need. For more information, please visit www.FireRescueHouse.org . In conjunction with the Guns & Hoses activities, Hoosier Park will host a 14-race card that is set to begin at the regularly scheduled post time of 5:45 p.m. Saturday's card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 8, 2016 -- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to congratulate the connections of the Indiana-sired horses, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit on their recent success in Grand Circuit racing action. The 5-year-old pacing stallion Always B Miki captured the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a world record equaling mile of 1:47 while Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit finished a game second and third, respectively. The winning time equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. Always B Miki, who also won in 1:47 last week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, shares the record with Sweet Lou. With nearly 2 million in purses offered on the evening's 14-race card, the Sun Stakes Championship Night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono showcased arguably the greatest collection of harness racing talent assembled on a single card thus far in 2016 and the results did not disappoint. Not only did the Indiana-sired horses complete the trifecta in what some were calling the race of the decade, Always B Miki is now the No. 1 ranked horse in the sport of harness racing's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly poll. Along with Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit and the Indiana-sired, aged trotting mare Hannelore Hanover are included in this week's top 10 rankings. "We are both elated and proud that these horses are representing the state of Indiana in such fine fashion on the national harness racing scene," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The fact that the state program continues to evolve and produce national champions speaks for itself." With hopes of another highly anticipated aged pacing rematch in their home-state of Indiana, all three of the Indiana-sired pacing superstars have been nominated and will headline the list of the 26 horses made eligible to Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes. Just as it has in years past, Hoosier Park's 23rd edition of the Dan Patch has attracted some of the nation's top rated older pacers and will highlight the racing program on Friday, August 12. "On behalf of everyone at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, we want to congratulate these horses on their success and wish them the best of luck in future races," Moore continued. "Of course, we are hoping the Dan Patch Stakes will find all three returning to their home state of Indiana to continue this new found rivalry." Once again, the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 2016 harness racing season as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, the purse for the 2016 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes action and specialty wagers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park will host "Thrillyard 200" featuring helicopter rides, zip-lining and a food truck festival for racing fans. Live racing on Saturday will be held at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for a free concert by country music legends Asleep At The Wheel in the Outdoor Music Center. The entire evening will be culminated by a free fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 7, 2016 - Fly Jesse Fly, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7. Fly Jesse Fly turned in a near gate to wire performance to hold off the heavy betting favorite, Bridge To Jesse's, to score in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Fly Jesse Fly was sent away from the gate firing but he would have to work for his position as Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream also left aggressively. J-S Livethedream found the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but Fly Jesse Fly continued his mission to the front and grabbed command at the half in :57.1. J-S Livethedream benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were content to sit along the rail in fifth. Fly Jesse Fly went unchallenged to the third station in 1:25.2 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Bridge To Jesse's was underway with Lil Day Drinkin and Walter Haynes Jr. in tow but he would have his work cut out for him. Tetrick asked Fly Jesse Fly for more and he responded with a :28.4 final quarter to finish three lengths to the good. Bridge To Jesse's rallied nicely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors while Lil Day Drinkin rounded out the trifecta. As the 5/2 second choice, Fly Jesse Fly returned $7.00 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his fourth win from eight starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $85,275. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won seven of 21 lifetime outings. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts also produced a mild upset on the evening as On The Virg and Eric Goodell scored in 1:53.2, a new lifetime best. Also using gate-to-wire tactics, On The Virg notched his second lifetime victory and made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts after scoring in his elimination last week. Saddled with the outside post nine, On The Virg left aggressively but would be caught wide as Always A Shark and Doug Rideout protected their inside position. On The Virg would reach the front at the opening quarter of :27.1 and dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before coasting home a winner. Using a :27.4 final quarter, On The Virg coasted to the wire to win by a length over Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. Incredible Shark and Sam Widger also rallied gamely in the lane to round out the trifecta. On The Virg returned $12.80 for the win and Meadowbrook Tiger, the heavy betting favorite, was off the ticket. Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A. Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi scored his second win in 2 lifetime starts. On The Virg has now earned $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Fly Jesse Fly and On The Virg also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 8 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old pacing fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2016 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. Time To Travel, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Time To Travel overcame the long, first-over grind to score in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. As one of two Jeff Cullipher trained horses in the field, Time To Travel was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position and left alertly to grab the first call through an opening panel in :29.2. Captain K was content to sit in the pocket with Nutravictory and Jason Dillander next in line third at the half in 1:00.2. As the field approached the final turn, Jesse V was still calling the shots with a three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4 but DeLong, unable to wait any longer, had Time To Travel aimed at the leader first-over. Nutravictory grabbed the cover and was well placed second-over as the field turned for home. Jesse V appeared to be up to the task but Time To Travel continued to rally. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Time To Travel trotted evenly to find the wire first. Jesse V held on gamely for second while Captain K rounded out the trifecta. Time To Travel returned $9.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Both of these colts were really nice colts all winter training down," Cullipher said after the race. "They were perfect all winter. This colt (Time To Travel) is very handy and after training them both this week, I really thought he would be good tonight." Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flanery Hall notched his second victory from three starts. Time To Travel has now bankrolled $48,300 lifetime for his connections. In the very next race, the state bred three-year-old trotting fillies were in the spotlight and it was Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith who took home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Using a near gate to wire victory, Ooh La La La stopped the timer in 1:54.2 to establish a new lifetime best mark. Leaving from post six, Smith sent Ooh La La La away from the gate firing but she would have to work for her position as Naughty III and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also left aggressively from post seven. Naughty III reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but her lead would be short-lived as Ooh La La La pressed on. Ooh La La La dictated middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field and as they turned for home she had a two length lead. Naughty III tipped from the pocket but Oh La La La was able to hold her off and withstand a late rally from Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler. Fawn De Savage, the heavy betting favorite, closed well but had too much work to do at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Ooh La La La returned $7.60 for the victory. "She's been drawing outside so much, I told Tyler (Smith) to leave with her tonight," trainer Jeff Smith noted after the victory. "I really think she's better coming from behind but I knew we had to leave with her tonight. She's a really nice filly who I think will only get better." It was the third victory from six seasonal starts for the daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust who has now bankrolled $94,218 this season. Owned by Tdtrot LLC, Ooh La La La has now won six of 17 lifetime outings and surpassed the $100,000 mark for lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Time To Travel and Ooh La La La also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 5, 2016 - Indiana-sired freshman trotting fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 5 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and $25,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ajessia broke her maiden in fine fashion as she used a perfectly timed rally to pull the slight upset and best nine other rivals in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Trained and driven Doug Rideout, Ajessia scored her first career victory from just two lifetime starts in 1:57.3. Leaving from post three, Ajessia left just enough for position but a host of others also had the same idea. Trace Tetrick had Foxy Swan out and firing from post five and the duo grabbed the early lead in :27.4. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Ajessia continued her mission to the front and grabbed command just past the half in :57.1 but would yield the lead back to Foxy Swan approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Foxy Swan looked strong on the front but the field was starting to close in at the third station in 1:27.3. LeWayne Miller had Satin Dancer well placed along the rail in third but Ajessia was looming large in the pocket. Rideout tipped his filly to the outer flow and she dug in gamely to track down the leader and finish four lengths to the good. Satin Dancer rallied nicely in the lane to finish second while Foxy Swan held on for third. As the 7-1 choice, Ajessia returned $17.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She can be a little tough to handle," Rideout noted of his filly. "She's fast, that's for sure but she is a handful and you just have to be careful with her. She threw her head last week so I let her have her way this week. I've always known she was fast, we just have to be careful with her." With the win, Ajessia not only scored her first career victory but also scored the first victory for her owners at S&R Racing who are new to harness racing this season. Purchased for $55,000 at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Atia has now earned $39,900 lifetime for her connections. With the win, Ajessia also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. J-S Jesses Girl and Sam Widger also used a big rally late in the lane to score at odds of 5-1 in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies. Stopping the timer in 2:00.1, the two-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Whatsyourpleasurek scored her first career victory from five starts for owner Jack Myers Racing, LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting colts. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 2, 2016 - On an evening stacked with stakes races, it was a $12,500 claiming event that stole the show at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 2 as Boogie Nights made his racing debut for First Turn Stable, Hoosier Park's first fractional ownership opportunity, a winning one. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Boogie Nights and Jason Dillander crossed the wire nearly two lengths in front of the next closest competitor and stopping the timer in 1:51.4, a new lifetime best performance. Boogie Nights was sent away from the gate firing from post eight and grabbed the early lead through an opening quarter in :26.3. Henry Blue Chip ranged up to take the lead at the half mile station in :55.4 but Boogie Nights was back out for more and grabbed the lead approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Boogie Nights was on top and used a :27.1 final quarter to get the victory. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Boogie Nights notched his second victory of the season and 13th lifetime victory. Several members from the stable were on hand and excitedly joined in the winner's circle, many visiting the winner's circle for the first time. "That was very exciting," Quincy Cunningham, member of First Turn Stable, noted in the winner's circle. "I've watched a number of horse races in my life but it's definitely more exciting when you own part of one." Unfortunately as the claiming game goes, Boogie Nights was claimed for $12,500 out of the race tonight. Cullipher will start the process of finding another horse for First Turn Stable immediately. "It's a great feeling to see so many people in the winner's circle," Cullipher noted after the race. "The horse raced great and it is unfortunate he got claimed but that's part of the game. We're glad he could get the win for them tonight, it's a pleasure to be a part of an opportunity like this." The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was recently launched at Hoosier Park and designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership for a one-time, $250 buy-in. Updates for First Turn Stable will be posted weekly and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 5 at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing at Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 1, 2016 - White Metro returned to her winning ways as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 1 at odds of 6-1. After a third place finish at this level last week, White Metro and harness racing driver Jason Dillander staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3, just missing her lifetime mark established earlier this season. Sparks were flying early as Tyler Smith sent Rock The Look away from the gate firing but a host of others also left aggressively. Rock The Look got the first call but her lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite, American Girl, dialed in and aimed to the front. American Girl grabbed the lead just past the quarter in a brisk :25.4 and would continue to call the shots through middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.2 while the field remained in single file order. Unable to wait any longer, Dillander gave White Metro the green light and she began the long first-over grind with Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. As the field turned for home, American Girl looked strong on the front but would have her work cut out for her down the long Hoosier Park stretch with the rest of the field closing in. Just as White Metro reached the leader, Wild Wanda tipped off her back and fanned out across the track. Dillander asked his mount for more and White Metro dug in gamely to wear down American Girl and hold of Wild Wanda to prevail in a tight photo. Despite her best efforts, American Girl was forced to settle for second place honors while Wild Wanda rounded out the trifecta. White Metro returned $14.80 to her backers at the betting window. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, White Metro scored the fifth victory from 12 starts this season while bankrolling $208,107 lifetime. Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the four-year-old daughter of Metropolitan-Bye Bye Peachy Pie notched her 15th career victory from 49 outings. The evening also featured three divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two and three-year-old pacing fillies on the 14-race card. It was the opening round of stakes action for the two-year-old competitors and second round for the sophomores. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for their respective division slated for Friday, July 8 at Hoosier Park. Can't Touch This and Dan Shetler turned in the fastest division for the three-year-old pacing fillies as they took their split in 1:51.2. Trained by Roger Welch, Can't Touch This notched her second win of the season from four starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. The daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika has now earned $213,354 lifetime for her owners W.C. DeLong, W.P. DeLong, D.A. Riccolo. Hah ChaChaCha produced the fastest mile of the three splits of eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies after using a near gate-to-wire effort to score in 1:55.1 with LeWayne Miller in the bike. It was the second consecutive victory from two starts for the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Miss Atm. Trained by Erv Miller, Hah ChaChaCha has now earned $15,000 lifetime for her connections at Shim Racing, LLC. It was also one of four victories on the evening's card for driver LeWayne Miller. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 2 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Saturday's 14-race card will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and three divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the sophomore pacing colts. In conjunction with the live racing action on Saturday, the 2nd annual Hoosierfest Community Carnival returns to Hoosier Park for three fun-filled, action-packed days of rides, games, fair food and amusement. The carnival is located in the South parking lot at Hoosier Park and all ages are welcome. Guests can enjoy full-day, unlimited ride passes for only $25. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 30, 2016 - On Saturday, July 2 the dream of being a Standardbred race horse owner will come true for 50 people, courtesy of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While much of the harness racing world will be focused on the numerous stakes races around the country on Saturday, 50 first time horse owners will have their attention directed to the seventh race of the program at Hoosier Park as Boogie Nights makes his debut appearance for Hoosier Park's new ownership club. Boogie Nights is a six-year-old gelded pacer who has made $74,949 in lifetime purse earnings. Sired by one of Indiana's leading pacing sires, Always A Virgin, Boogie Nights has won 12 of his 83 lifetime starts and took his lifetime mark of 1:52 at the age of four. Boogie Nights has had 13 starts while earning $10,010 in 2016. Claimed out of a $10,000 race last Saturday at Hoosier Park, the brown gelding has now been entrusted to trainer Jeff Cullipher who has been assigned the training duties for First Turn Stable. With Jason Dillander in the bike, Boogie Nights will start from post eight in the field of nine and has been tabbed 6-1 on the morning line. "First Turn Stable's 50 new owners are about to experience something probably to a person they never dreamed of; that being the thrill of watching their very own horse race," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Best of luck to all of them!" The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was recently launched at Hoosier Park and designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership for a one-time, $250 buy-in. Members of First Turn Stable will be treated to the on-track perks of racehorse ownership while experiencing firsthand the economics of what it takes to own a Standardbred racehorse. Updates for First Turn Stable will be posted weekly and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members. Hoosier Park's 14-race card on Saturday will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace and three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts. The first race will line up behind the gate at 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

In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the United States Harness Writers Association announced Monday (June 27) that Centaur Gaming-owned Hoosier Park will be the lead title sponsor of next year's Dan Patch Awards banquet in Las Vegas. The event, to be held at Planet Hollywood on Feb. 26, will be named "The 2017 Dan Patch Awards presented by Hoosier Park." The Dan Patch Awards are for top equine and human performers, Harness Horse of the Year honors, as well as the first introduction of the newest member(s) to the Hall of Fame. The spotlight will shine on Hoosier Park in the fall of 2017 when the Breeders Crown makes its first visit to the Indiana racetrack. But several months prior to that big event, Hoosier Park will help direct the limelight toward harness racing's equine and human stars thanks to a new partnership with another of the sport's premier festivities. The awards, first presented in 1947, are named in honor of one of the great stars of the early 20th century --- in any sport --- the Indiana-born pacer Dan Patch. Born in 1896 in Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch attracted huge crowds wherever he traveled and set numerous world records. His mark of1:55-1/4 set at age 9 in 1905 stood for more than three decades and his name and image endorsed products from breakfast cereals to washing machines. Indiana-sired horses have also garnered national attention more recently, with the most notable examples including 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and Breeders Crown champions Always B Miki, Color's A Virgin, and Freaky Feet Pete, all hailing from the Hoosier State. "Hoosier Park and Centaur could not be more honored to serve as the first title sponsor for these prestigious awards," said Jim Brown, president and COO of Centaur Gaming. "Considering Dan Patch was an Indiana-bred made the opportunity feel even more appropriate. "Indiana harness racing is being recognized nationally, with some of the top horses and racing in the country, and sponsoring the 2017 USHWA awards and hosting the 2017 Breeders Crown races should both contribute to making this a year to remember for Indiana racing." The 2017 Dan Patch Awards will honor this season's top performers, including divisional champions plus Trotter, Pacer, and Horse of the Year. "This is a great opportunity for USHWA to team up with an outstanding racing organization like Hoosier Park to present our 2017 Dan Patch Awards banquet," said Tim Bojarski, president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "We believe the synergy of this partnership will better enhance the promotion of harness racing and its stars throughout the upcoming year and hope it will lead the way for other entities of the sport to work together for the same reason. "I can promise everyone a night to remember at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Feb. 26, 2017." For more information on the Dan Patch Awards presented by Hoosier Park, log onto www.ushwa.org, where all the latest news and announcements will be available throughout the year. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 23, 2016 - With a carry-over in excess of $5,800, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for Friday, May 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-5 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $5,867.51 and will kick-start the Pick-5 pool for Friday. The 14-race card slated for Friday will be highlighted by the$21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace and the $20,000 Bill Thompson Pacing Series final. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the tenth race and will continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the tenth race, is 8:45 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 12. Racing fans are reminded of an upcoming adjusted 4:30 p.m. post time at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 25 to accommodate the Steve Miller Band concert in Hoosier Park's outdoor music center. For more information on the upcoming entertainment of live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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